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About Monkey Bar

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.

60 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM

Cross Street:
Between Park and Madison

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 288-1010

Website:
http://www.monkeybarnewyork.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.

Public Transit:
4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Monkey Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (17)
Business Meals (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
People Watching (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Authentic (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Live Music (2)
Casual (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 hours ago

My daughter and I had a delicious and restful late lunch ... very happy with all aspects of dining experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The dinner menu was adjusted, moving from the traditional American flavor to spices not so American per se. Disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Ambiance; food; great decor; lighting; overall experience was quite pleasant. Easily recommend to anyone for any occasion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fun, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Walked in and told no tables available until 8pm
Went to bar opened open table and was able to book a table for 7pm - 15 min later
Disappointing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food, great location, excellent service. Have eaten there a number of times and never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic New Year Eve. Sadly there was not duck in the menu

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We visited the Monkey Bar on the evening of 30th December, there was no atmosphere in the restaurant, service poor and the presentation of food shocking, I’ve had better service at a fast food restaurant. The experience felt like this restaurant is facing difficult times with no care and attention offered to customers from staff that are clearly not interested.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Horrible value. Not worth it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a wonderful place to have a Christmas Eve dinner

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The ambiance is delightful and the decor is fun. The tablecloths were way to big for the tables and sometimes when you moved you took the cloth with you - a tripping hazard!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Horrible service. Mediocre

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The Monkey bar is a staple but never disappoints. It’s a great bar scene but the dining room is also charming and the food is excellent. Great service and an excellent bartender. It a sure bet for a first date or for hanging out. Beware, bar is very crowded during happy hour. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We love everything about the Monkey Bar. It's one of our happy places in NYC.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Business Meals, Live Music, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We love this place. It’s a jewel from the glory days of the night club scene in old New York. The Monkey Bar has good food and excellent cocktails. It’s a special occasion place while being fun and comfortable. Great artistic deals with monkeys are everywhere. The menu never changes but we’ve always loved our meals.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our meal there was wonderful. Halibut was some of the best I have ever had. Old school NYC restaurant. Service was excellent and wine list was broad, though pricey.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Loved loved loved my dinner out at Monkey Bar. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food and service were excellent. Ambience perfect for quiet dinner for two or just friends getting together.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 13, 2017

An iconic space; red leather booths all around the periphery; vintage caricatures of NYC denizens from the 1920s-1930s by renowned cartoonist Ed Sorel on three walls. The food was excellent -- tuna tartare exceptional starter; halibut was great; clams linguine with plenty of clams and even more (never enough) garlic. Service was also exceptional. A place to go to savor old NYC with the best of 21st century American cuisine. Will definitely return on next visit to Manhattan.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great ambience and good food. Fun evening. Traditional New York vibe well executed.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

While we did enjoy our dinner at Monkey Bar, we felt neglected by serving staff once we had our food. For example, once we had our entrees, no one came to check on how they were. The food was excellent, especially the lobster bisque, so no complaints there. Granted, the restaurant was VERY busy, but more attentive service would have been nice.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent meal and wonderful waiter. I was there with my wife and two clients and we all had a great time. The bar scene is millennial heaven if that is your thing. The restaurent in the back is much quieter and they have a lot of booths which makes dining more enjoyable. All in all an excellent experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Was great
Hadn’t been there in many years
Will go again soon

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great on all levels service food ambiance. Will go back again.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I went to Monkey Bar with my tweens. It is not appropriate for children, but older tween/teen and adults will enjoy the ambiance and food.
I had the best Moscow Mule that I have ever tasted!! It was chilled perfectly and I tasted each ingredient and not one over powered the other. Highly recommend the Moscow Mule. I was under impressed by the wine by the glass menu. I was the only one drinking wine so a bottle was not an option.
Otherwise, everything was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Monkey Bars gets it right. Think of Joe Jackson’s Steppin Out....walk through the doors and take a step back to a time when things were mysteriously cool. You take the night from there.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I personally loved this place, however my husband found some of the staff rude (specifically the coat check staff who apparently weren't particularly helpful when it was time to claim our coats).

I loved the ambiance though. Though, for an upscale place people around the bar were dressed extremely casually, sort of brought down the vibe a bit.

Still great evening with friends and would do again.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Just a super cool place. Awesome cocktails.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is good but the service was exceptionally slow - it took over 25 minutes to get a drink and another 15 minutes to order food. Too bad - the food was good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter was attentive and friendly.
The host/hostess needs a better skill set.
Overall the taste of the food was fine, nothing special though. Certainly over priced.
A place with history, lacking charm in the air.
The mural was the best part.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was terrific

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Interior is fun! The paintings on the wall remind you that this place has been around since 1936! Seating is cozy and private. Food was very good, service was great, and the desserts were excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The Monkey Bar is the quintessential Manhattan bar and restaurant but more like a private club with great food, excellently crafted cocktails and lots of ambiance! I am never disappointed when I go there.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great NYC spot! Highly recommend
Service drinks food and space excellent

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was the slowest I have ever experienced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My kind of place ...... good food, excellent service and ambience. AND the martinis are great, too !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Lugar excelente de precio elevado. Excelente servicio, ambiente, bebida y comida muy sabrosa aunque los platos no son abundantes

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Monkey Bar is a place that everyone must experience once. Its ambiance is great, food and signature cocktails are amazing and the crowd is so New York. Loved it and will definitely be back again.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Three friends met for a reunion dinner and had a wonderful time. Fantastic service, delicious food, great atmosphere, like being on the set of a movie, and just an all-around great dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Drinks were the best hand crafted by their mixologist that I've had. Appetizers were amazing delicious and beautifully presented. We just wish the dinner menu had more options

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Chance the manager found and returned the iPad I left behind. Thank you!

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