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Monkey Bar

4.7
4.7
1234 Reviews
$50 and over
American

Established in 1936, Monkey Bar was returned to its former glory in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.

The dining room's lush red leather banquettes and dim, attractive lighting have restored the fizzy thrill of dining in a restaurant - both attractive and cozy - and harken back to a bygone era when a gentleman never left the house without a tie and a lady always had a pair of white gloves in her purse.

Monkey Bar's menu boasts American classics alongside seasonal dishes using sustainable and organic products whenever possible.

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Menu

Starters

  • Lobster Bisque$17.00

    Buttered Croutons, Chives, Sherry

    • Yellowfin Tuna Tartare$24.00

      Wasabi-Ginger Vinaigrette

      • Crab Cake$24.00

        Remoulade, Herb Salad

        • Classic Shrimp Cocktail$25.00

          Cocktail Sauce, Horseradish

          Salads

          • Organic Mixed Greens$17.00

            Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

            • Roasted Beet Salad$22.00

              Sumac Yogurt, Pomegranate, Soft Herbs

              • Little Gems Caesar Salad$21.00

                Garlic Croutons, Parmesan

                • Chopped Salad$24.00

                  Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Chickpeas, Feta, Parmesan, Avocado Vinaigrette

                  Main Courses

                  • Chinese Chicken Salad$32.00

                    Napa Cabbage, Fried Wontons, Peanut-Sesame Dressing

                    • Monkey Bar Cobb Salad$34.00

                      Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes

                      • Steak Salad$35.00

                        Fried Artichoke Hearts, Gigante Beans, Tomato, Red Radish, Olives, Chermoula

                        • Cavatelli$29.00

                          Lamb Ragu, Swiss Chard, Pecorino

                          • Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata$30.00

                            Seasonal Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Pear and Arugula Salad

                            • Organic Chicken Paillard$34.00

                              Arugula Salad, Caramelized Red Onion, Garlic Butter, Parmesan

                              • Pan Seared Halibut$36.00

                                Fregola Sarda, Baby Kale, Romesco

                                • Miso Glazed Salmon Filet$38.00

                                  Wild Rice, Grilled Broccolini

                                  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich$26.00

                                    Cheddar and Gruyére, Sourdough Tomato Bisque or Mixed Greens

                                    • Monkey Bar Burger$30.00

                                      Sesame Bun, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, French Fries, Aioli

                                      Sides

                                      • Crushed Fingerlings$16.00

                                        Parsley, Scallion

                                        • French Fries$14.00

                                          Rosemary, Parmesan

                                          • Sautéed Mushrooms$16.00

                                            Garlic, Parsley, Thyme

                                            • Wilted Spinach$16.00

                                              • Blistered Shishito Peppers$16.00

                                                Oregano, Lime

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                                                What 1,234 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                4.7
                                                4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.5Food
                                                • 4.6Service
                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                • 4.2Value

                                                NoiseModerate

                                                96% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                1. EN

                                                  EviNYC

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 3, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                  Waiter could have been more friendly. Beautiful dining room, very good food, expensive.

                                                2. PV

                                                  PedroV

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The staff is very kind and attentive. The food was delicious. Will return!

                                                3. T

                                                  Thalie

                                                  New York Area

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                  Went for lunch. Service is very good. Top notch. But the food was bleh. Soup du jour was very tasty. And was smelling so good but the Chinese chicken salad was kind of gross. Price are a little too high regarding quality of the salad. Will not go again.

                                                4. DA

                                                  DrA1

                                                  Miami

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  14 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great atmosphere! LOve everything about it Very romantic and decor is great Dr.A

                                                5. AA

                                                  AniaA

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 26, 2020

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                  Extremely overpriced Food is ok nothing out of the ordinary The ambiance is nice

                                                6. MT

                                                  MatthewT

                                                  New York Area

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Took our parents here after a show. Their first time in the city. Was a real NYC type of night!

                                                7. S

                                                  1Savvygirl

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  THE PERFECT place to spend Valentine's Day! No prix fix b.s... great wine, cheeseburgers & romance I love the ambience. Consistently of my favorite spots on the upper east side.

                                                8. JN

                                                  JakeN

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Really solid. Upscale without being pretentious. The seafood had lots of flavor. It couldn’t have been better.

                                                9. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Fun night with my husband on his birthday weekend in NYC. Nice food and good service in an iconic spot.

                                                10. HF

                                                  HowardF

                                                  New York Area

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My wife and I loved everything about our dinner. The ambiance, cocktails, service and food were all outstanding. A bit on the expensive side but worth it. Will definitely be back soon.

                                                11. JD

                                                  JoeDining

                                                  New York Area

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We had a delicious and pleasant dinner experience.

                                                12. E

                                                  Eatwell

                                                  New York Area

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  First time here. Some did the restaurant week menu and some did not. All were delighted by the 30s-40's environment, luxurious seating, and impressed with the food, which was not especially adventurous but was a creative and thoughtful take on standards-- meticulously prepared. The swordfish rw portion was too small--but delicious; pork loin medallions were excellent, pappardelle ditto. The servers were knowledgeable and gracious. Cocktails and wine list were exceptional but pricey. The dining was unhurried; staff pampered without being ingratiating. Monkey Bar is out of my price range and most everyone's, except for great occasions and rw, which is a great shame. I don't ever give gushy reviews but this was just plain fun and delicious.

                                                13. b

                                                  barb

                                                  Vancouver

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We went for restaurant week and weren’t disappointed. The only wish was that the server had pointed out that the suggested pairing of the red wine was less expensive that what I got when I requested a house red. I guess I did mention Cabernet, but still.

                                                14. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was lit. I got crumpled off of gin and tonics and balled so hard.

                                                15. M

                                                  Milosh

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 6, 2020

                                                  overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                  I made a booking for 4 people in advance, but in the end we were 5. The manager at the desk made our 5th friend leave saying the table was just for 4 people and that the restaurant was overbooked, but when we were seated, we found out the restaurant was half empty till closing and our table would easily seat 7 people. That was very disappointing.

                                                16. CT

                                                  ChrisT

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Old iconic NY restaurant built in 1934. Gorgeous surroundings with vintage monkey furnishings, etc. Main dining room is beautiful and looks newly done.

                                                17. LL

                                                  LeeannL

                                                  New York Area

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent. Best service.

                                                18. a

                                                  annette

                                                  New York Area

                                                  60 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  60 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Finally got to The Monkey Bar - wish I had gone sooner. Old NY at it's best. Elegant and refined, spectacular food and service. Would definitely recommend to friends and co-workers.

                                                19. NB

                                                  NadineB

                                                  New York Area

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Loved the Restaurant Week winter 2020 menu. Monkey Bar might be my new favorite.

                                                20. j

                                                  jalma

                                                  New York Area

                                                  88 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  88 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 4, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  A Restaurant Week lunch with a friend. Love the ambiance of the room. Food was delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Nice, relaxing meal.

                                                21. PE

                                                  PamE

                                                  Columbus

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Restaurant Week menu before theatre - always an excellent value and the staff gets us out in time to make the show!

                                                22. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food was delicious, the ambiance unique, like we stepped back in time a little and the service was wonderful. I will be making return visits for sure.

                                                23. LH

                                                  LHHSr

                                                  New York Area

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  23 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We went for lunch during Restaurant Week and were quite pleased. Food and service were excellent. We will definitely visit again.

                                                24. N

                                                  Nats1

                                                  Cincinnati

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  37 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I am now 67 years old, and I believe my first visit to The Monkey Bar was with my Dad when I was 10 or 11 years old. Now retired, I have many fond memories over the past 35 or 40 years there. Eddie was our server and bartender, and he was great. In my life, this is and was a very special place. Stan.

                                                25. FF

                                                  FamousFresser

                                                  New York Area

                                                  65 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  65 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  Went for Restaurant Week. Wanted to see the famous murals but didn’t really expect fabulous food. As it turned out, I was spot on. Our table of four received one RW menu. Compared to other RW food I’ve had in the past, these portions were minuscule. So what? They were not particularly flavorful either. Only the brownie dessert had anyone saying, “Yum.” Excellent espresso though. Interesting cocktails. And their special dinner rolls live up to their reputation! Wonderful service from a bustling staff was much appreciated. If you go, don’t forget to request the key to the famous faces on the walls. Really fun!

                                                26. MA

                                                  MARGARITAG

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Thanks so much, nice designe , tasty food, just come for restaurant week a little bit late of my reservation and did not get restaurant week menu because was late on 20 mins and did not have anymore for lunch..sad

                                                27. PZ

                                                  PatriciaZ

                                                  New York Area

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We were there for the Restaurant Week menu. The food and service were excellent. The swordfish swimming in a pool of spicy hummus was delicious as was the pear and endive salad, and all topped off with a banana split which we enjoyed. Love experience. Can't wait to go back!!

                                                28. S

                                                  Satisfied

                                                  New York Area

                                                  28 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  28 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 30, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                  The ambiance makes this restaurant 'MAGICAL', and the presentation is second to none.

                                                29. MW

                                                  MarkW

                                                  New York Area

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 30, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful as always. Steak tartare entree portion. A wonderful intimate place for conversation, unobtrusive service and world class food. Love it.

                                                30. I

                                                  Inquiringmind51

                                                  New York Area

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 30, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Nothing to say other than always a fabulous meal.

                                                31. j

                                                  james

                                                  Seattle

                                                  154 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  154 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 29, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  NYC Restaurant Week lunch, food good, service friendly/attentive. Venue very cozy/welcoming. Would return, we were impressed!

                                                32. c

                                                  chacha

                                                  New York Area

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 28, 2020

                                                  overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                  Arrogant waitress: walked off with restaurant week menu and had to be called to provide one

                                                33. BK

                                                  BryanKirk

                                                  Atlanta

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 28, 2020

                                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                  Sadly the food was bland for our entrees. We started with appetizers, scallops and a shrimp cocktail. Both were very good but it’s hard to mess up a shrimp cocktail. The scallops melted in our mouth. Our entrees were the lobster risotto and the sole. Both were completely under seasoned, as if they forgot to salt at all. Sadly salting at the table is not the best way to season food. Would we go back? Yes. The atmosphere alone is great. Please tell the chef to taste his cooks food before sending it out. Bland food is unforgiving on my part.

                                                34. JM

                                                  JoanM

                                                  New York Area

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 27, 2020

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                  I went for a Restaurant Week lunch so the value was excellent even though I ordered wine and coffee which weren't included. I had a late reservation (1:30 pm) so it wasn't as crowded as it probably was earlier and it certainly wasn't noisy at that time. Service-wise I got water shortly after I sat down. Then it took a while for the waiter to take my order and I had to ask for bread. For the longest time, he was the only waiter I saw. The salad, grilled pear and endive, was really good. However, I finished the salad, the plate was cleared and the main course followed immediately. I don't want to wait a long time between courses, but would like a few minutes at least before the main course arrives; a chance to sit back and sip my wine. I had the pork schnitzel with red cabbage. They tasted very good, but the pork was a bit greasy; I could almost taste it. I've had schnitzel before and I've never seen it greasy. I still enjoyed the experience and will probably go back again as there was something on the regular lunch menu that I really want to try.

                                                35. W

                                                  Wilson

                                                  New York Area

                                                  42 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  42 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Restaurant week menu was good, ambience was memorable and service was attentive and professional.

                                                36. B

                                                  Bob123

                                                  Cincinnati

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Had a great time here. Airport shuttle didn’t show up and they accommodated us being late. Great food, service and ambience.

                                                37. n

                                                  norm

                                                  New York Area

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  32 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 23, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  as always monkey bar has one of the most interesting and desiring menus for restaurant week as opposed to many other participating restaurants. food was excellent, well prepared. plating was excellent as well as service by staff.

                                                38. RL

                                                  RossL

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 22, 2020

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My dad - a former New Yorker - is unimpressed with every single Manhattan restaurant. Walking out, he said this was the best meal he had in years.

                                                39. JM

                                                  JoeyM

                                                  New York Area

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 21, 2020

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  I went for Restaurant Week. It goes without saying the atmosphere is sensational. My server made great wine recommendations and was friendly (sorry I didn’t get his name to give him a shout out). Food was great. Cocktail was also super.

                                                40. AS

                                                  AngeliaS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 17, 2020

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  The Irish hostess is super nice. I asked about the show, Younger, being filmed there. She shared a few details. We had a great time there!

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                                                Monkey Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1234 OpenTable diners

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                                                This restaurant is permanently closed.

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