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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Romantic (16)
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Cozy (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (7)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Casual (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Just a super cool place. Awesome cocktails.

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Nice place with history. Good atmosphere, nice and professional service, very good selection of wines from all the world.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food somewhat slow for a work lunch.

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 (London)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Pretty restaurant with a fun atmosphere, good food and good service.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Was really expecting more as the food used to be quite good at Monkey Bar. Disappointed.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was delicious. Ambiance still lovely, but feels like more of a tourist destination than it used to. Server was not friendly. Wish we had picked another spot for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our evening at the Monkey Bar was excellent in all ways. Being our first visit, I can confidently say that we look forward to returning for another special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We loved the restaurant in every way and will return for dinner on our next NYC visit.
Kim

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Love everything about the Monkey Bar, the murals on the walls, the red banquettes , the feeling of entering a kindler, gentler time when you walk in. The service is impeccable. Our waiter, Eddie was superb.

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

We love the old world vibe of the dining room with fabulous murals of old Broadway stars and clubby red leather banquettes. For was yummy and service very attentive! Do go!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Loved the ambiance. Met friends from out of town there and will return again.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

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?

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Took advantage of restaurant week menu and everything was delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent experience. Will be back. Had a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent Restaurant Week lunch. Can't wait to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

とても雰囲気が良かったです。ただ、入り口入っても誰も案内してくれず、戸惑います。店の真ん中あたりに案内人がいます。

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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