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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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM
Between Park and Madison
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.
4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Monkey Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Martinis were excellent. Glasses of Malbec and Montrchet were expensive and bland. Excellent food: lobster bisque (but they should offer sherry to add); and crispy oysters (but should offer plain tartare sauce rather than the spiced aioli); and sticky toffee cake. OK were the arancini and the strip steak,but nothing special for the price. Service was attentive.
Historic ambience is the biggest asset, especially of the bar.
Had to move table myself for my wife to get in. Nobody helped. Limited menu for a swanky midtown restaurant. No Shrimp or veal dishes on the menu. Why?? Fish special (halibut) was very good,however it was not halibut, it was flakey which halibut is not. Overall not a great experience
I love the ambience of the Monkey Bar. It's like stepping back in time to when sophistication meant something. While the food was very good, it was a bit overpriced, as was the wine. I suppose it's priced for the expense account crowd. For those of us eating out on our own dime, it's worth a splurge now and again!
Used to come here years ago. Once great, real character, now like an overpriced Cheesecake Factory. Food fine, service unbelievably pushy, just getting you through the meal as fast as possible according to system. My table was asked about 20 times if we were finished, starting mid-meal. Empty tables everywhere. Food far too expensive for what it is. Kind of a touristy vibe. Super loud, obnoxious bar up front. What happened?
Went to the Monkey Bar for Restaurant Week. I ordered the cavetelli, and my husband ordered the steak. Both were excellent. The room is beautiful. But the real stand-out was our waiter, Robert. He was one of the most professional and attentive waiters I have ever seen in my life!
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