The National Bar & Dining Rooms

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Contemporary American
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian brings his vision of a contemporary New York grand café to life at The National Bar & Dining Rooms. Housed in the same 1927 Emery Roth-designed building as The Benjamin Hotel, The National's all-occasion modern bistro offerings satiate guests from breakfast through late night. Modeled after the celebrated grand cafés in Europe, The National is both residential and metropolitan in design and offers thoughtful details such as antiqued mirrors, a bronze spiral staircase, distressed peacock blue and chocolate leather banquettes, classic marble table tops, and black and white glazed-tile flooring.
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was cold, menu was limited- nothing tasted good!

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has become a tradition to visit this special place to celebrate our anniversary. The National keeps getting better every year. Service gets better and even the food and the drinks. Will keep coming back. Thanks to all the staff to make us feel welcomed every time.

AW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food; Attentive Waiting Staff; Great Ambience -- Will definitely go back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Constantly had a table waiter looking after us. Staff were extremely hospitable . Clean and classy. We attended 4 times out of the week staying in NY.
The entire experience of enjoying dining is definitely recommended at The National Bar.

j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to all at The National for a lovely meal and evening, especially since we (unexpectedly) arrived about a half-hour late for our reservation. We were grateful that you still were able to fit us in. Thanks again!

TO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fast service. Reasonable prices. Never to noisy

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Great waiter. Food was excellent only thing missing was Chef Zakarian!

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service.

K
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner tonight before a show. Wait staff was attentive. Food was superb. Thanks National for the start of a fun and memorable night!!

AL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, service a bit slow. Seating was next to a service station which was not all that great.

E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food! Service was pretty bad though

c
Chicago
199 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We thought that things were overpriced, but the charcuterie board was quite good, as was the service. However, the filet was a bit undercooked.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such great service

G
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Average food
Ambiance ok

WC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining room and gracious service. Perfect for lunch with a friend or group.

m
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food very good service
We had lunch and had very good service
Two salads and excellent white bean soup

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, a bit noisy but well worth it. Food was good, great looking place and great location. If having a business meeting ask for a quieter table on the left side which would be better.

MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I read the reviews so decided to try the restaurant with a friend. The noise level was staggering. I could not hear my companion across the table. I ordered the soup it was very good, but the portion was huge and I was afraid it would ruin my appetite. I had the iron roasted chicken the leg and thigh were done perfectly the chicken breast was very dry and chewy. The potatoes were fine, nothing special.

I heard the breakfast is good.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was awful. He came to our table no more than once every 25-30 minutes. Our drinks didn't even come out for 20 minutes. It took over an hour for our food to get out, and everything was cold by the time it did... as if it had been sitting for an extended period of time while our waiter was busy. Overall, it was not a good dining experience. I was actually agitated leaving instead of happy.

D
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would have preferred a booth as I was having a business meal and 2 were available when we came into the restaurant. I find the tables for 2 to be too close together.

l
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the service and food were excellent. The noise level was low because there were so few diners, which surprised us on a Saturday night. In the past, the restaurant was crowded when we attended at different times of the year. We hope the sparse crowd does not signal problems for this wonderful restaurant.

D
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

One of the busiest breakfast spots in town - LOUD but otherwise fine.

TN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed. This used to be good. The food was decent but the ambiance was lacking as was the service from the host (waitstaff was good). We got a terrible noisy table, asked to move and got attitude from the host indicating other booths had reservations. I too had a reservation. The next 3 parties to arrive also did not like the table they were given and all decided to wait for another. Take a hint guys, if people keep turning down your squeezed together round tables or high tops you should solve that. Get more comfortable seating and don’t make it so cramped. I used to like this place as a mellow upscale spot in my neighborhood but I’ll look to go elsewhere next time.

A
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for a good breakfast. Nice interior and fresh food.

T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole experience dining at the National!

TO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for breakfast meeting. Quick service and good food.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff, relaxed and unpretentious.
We will return !

ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Server didn’t know about the items on the menu.

C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly Wonderful Experience! Would make a return visit for sure. The ambiance, quiet easy and comfortable. Delicious food and excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was very good. One of the staff members was very rude. But other than that it was a very enjoyable experience.

RW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, good service, can have a conversation that is private, nice buzz but not noisy - hard to find in NYC.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Satur Farms salad was OK. Dressing was too strong. Chicken on top was delicious. Ordered an iced tea which was a little weird - definitely flavored in some way and I had no idea. Prices are somewhat expensive for lunch. Probably not worth a repeat visit.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal and the service was excellent.

MI
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

While a lovely setting, everything after we entered went down hill. The service was sub par. Our waiter seemed like he could be bothered to help us. The food was bland...the side salad on the eggs Benedict had brown edges and looked as if it had just been poured out of a dole precut salad bag. I would not recommend this place to eat...not to mention the ear splitting noise level.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The venue and drinks were great as was the service. We thoroughly enjoyed appetizers and dessert with our drinks. The meals were okay. I'd go for a burger or entree, but they didn't hit the mark on the steaks.

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family in midtown.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food is very expensive and the service is terrible. You have to beg for a server to come over to your table.

k
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had walked past The National several times (visiting the city as we do every summer). My husband and I were going to entertain an old friend and I chose to have brunch here. We all loved it. It happened to be a quiet Saturday so we wouldn't have needed our reservation but I would certainly recommend making one - not hard to see how the place could fill up. We would go back.

S
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but pricey. Staff mixed up the leftover boxes of two of my friends, resulting in a loss for both as they had to discard the food. What a waste!

k
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always excellent..branzino is the best. Nice decor and service too.

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