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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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
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.

l
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole experience dining at the National!

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

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

OT
New England
4 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
1 review
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
9 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.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome cocktails, wonderful service, & surprise, surprise: Restaurant Week delicious bargain! Girls night out couldn’t have been better!

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I had the lamb shank. It was tiny! Tasteless and on a hard bed of beans The food took too long to be served and was cold. I had a cocktail and the glass was chipped. I returned it and requested a replacement. They charged me for the replacement drink. I will not go here again

TL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Worked well for a small group business lunch

MC
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice variety of choice on the menu. Food well presented, very reasonably house wine, and friendly service but not the high class cuisine it portrays itself as. Average quality steak, from our experience in NY! Would have been sent back in the UK or NL. Would still go back but not choose steak!

Z
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Average food with pretty terrible service. Waiter was extremely inattentive and awkward (when he was actually around). I wouldn’t go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great restaurant with great food and service. Loved the interior and atmosphere

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was mostly bland.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot for business meetings. Mango chicken salad is my go-to. Most excellent.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always the right choice for a business lunch. Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor greeting, poor service, tasteless food. Very disappointing

r
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting American food with international influences. Nice wine by the class. Big portions so easy to share and taste. My only complaint is that their were strawberries in the tomato burrato salad and they were not disclosed on the menu- as somebody who is sleepovers to strawberries that is an issue. Staff was lovely and helpful.

A
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Every time we wanted service, we literally had to get up and ask a waiter to come to the table. Nothing was done without us making an active request. The food quality was average for the category of restaurant; nothing stood out as particularly special. It was the feeling of being treated as a nuisance rather than a guest that made it entirely unworthy of the price.

DH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We had breakfast. Great place to have a business breakfast. Food was good. Not great. But good and consistent. Ambiance was great. Service was fair, they took forever and did not really wait on us. We had to chase the waiter down every time we needed something

JH
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Wine list is small and a bit overpriced. Red wine also isn’t kept in climate controlled environment so it had to be chilled down to a palatable temp.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. While it is a beautiful restaurant it is very noisy.

KG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We had eaten here several years ago and had found it so-so, but recently moved to the area and thought it might be worth another try. The service, overall, was abysmal and the wine service was nonexistent. I stood at the receptionist desk for fully two minutes before my presence was acknowledged, as the hostess was too busy dealing with her computer to even bother to ask me to please wait a minute. The food was okay, at best, but definitely not a great value. And we had the misfortune to have been seated next to two woman who shouted nonsense to one another the entire time they were there, barely stopping to eat. Definitely not going back for a third time.

Y
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I regularly go to this restaurant because the food is good, but it is quite loud. I'm always happy when I leave because I feel as though I can breathe again. It's not the kind of place where you can linger: they rush your food out and rush the service. Also, it is VERY loud.

PS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Not impressed..food was eh and it took forever to get..even manager was apologetic. Very disappointing and unimpressed! I do not recommend!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food arrives quickly, so it's a great place to have a business meal with limited time to spare.

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