The National Bar & Dining Rooms

4.1
2690 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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3.7
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3.9
ambience
3.7
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner at the National Bar was spectacular. The service was excellent and the food was spot on. We saved a little money because we used a Travel Zoo voucher. We each had an appetizer, a main and shared desert. I would go back. A great place to dine.

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JudyZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very good
always enjoy my meal and experience.
would recommend to friends

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vipJPNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an intimate birthday brunch. The food was great, the service was awesome and I loved the space!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. Banana-walnut pancakes were incredible, and a big hit with everyone.

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vipKathy2go
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and services are top notch. Staffs are friendly as well.

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vipJean
Montreal
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice bistro with very good staff and very nice menu with a wide variety of items.

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DouglasB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Oversold, overpriced and underwhelmed. An average meal at a premium price (even for NY NY).

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vipmichael
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Really slow service. They did not appear to be shorthanded, so hard to understand. Took a long time to bring a glass of wine and when we ordered a bottle with dinner took at least 15 minutes to arrive. Please note that the wine, red, was way too warm also. Had to ask to have our appetizer plates removed as they sat there for 20 minutes after we were finished with them. Waiter was friendly when here was around but overall service was really lacking.

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AlexG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good.

Waiter was INDIFFERENT and INATTENTIVE.

Suggested gratuity was based on total bill AFTER tax, which is typically an AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIER from a repeat visit.

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vipDorothyG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is lovely, but very noisy with tables close to each other. Otherwise, the food was very good as was the service.

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vipvalerien
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Expensive but good food. Go with parents or an expense account

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KULWINDERJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Good for burgers but not non meat options. I has the fish and chips which was just fish sticks and baked wedges, think the menu should be more honest and the chef may want to visit the UK to learn what fish and chips are.

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DuxGal
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service and a delicious meal! They made a birthday celebration special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend away with the family. It’s one of our all-time favorites! Delicious food and wonderful staff!

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Foodguy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business lunch. The waiter was very good and attentive. the food came out quick and was very good.

DB
DeborahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My dinner was not as expected and I sent it back so while my husband ate I watched. The menu did not have many choices especially if you did not eat meat and only two fish options . The wait staff were disinterested and not friendly. The food was overpriced but expected being in New York.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Perfect service.

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vipDavidC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was seated 25 minutes after reservation time and didn’t get first course of prix fixe until 30 minutes later

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BigIrishDogs5
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely experience, wonderful service, and the food was exceptional.

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vipCraftymom
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Warmly greeted on arrival. Service was topnotch. Very pretty, warm ambiance. Had grilled octopus, very tasty. Salmon was good, sides not memorable. Wine list "tres cher'. I'd noted we were celebrating our anniversary and we were treated to as an extra dessert. Overall enjoyable.

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RICHs
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first visit. Our menu selections were delicious. The staff were very observant and attentive to my group.

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Carl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First but not last visit. Drinks at the bar first were great. Food was fantastic, and the service attentive. Overall great experience.

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roryz
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

too loud for lunch convo. the chairs and tables by the bar are old and rickety--sit t the booths to the right of the matri de station and keep away from the bar for lunch

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AndreR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great lunch at reasonable price. Nothing too fancy but reliable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall OK! Fries were limp, and burger buns looked pale!

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nbfoodcoma
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Restaurant week

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CeliaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This was our second visit. The first time, the food was superb, especially the pork chop. It was tender and perfectly cooked. The second time, the chop was just as costly, but it was tough and leathery. The fish in my fish special was thin and bland. The restaurant itself is stylish, the service very good, but on the basis of this second visit, I'd say the food is inconsistent.

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Quintessential32
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience1

This was my second visit for lunch but first during Restaurant Week. The noise level was overwhelming when I arrived for lunch with my friend at 12:45 PM. Naturally it’s expected during that hour but the low key lunch I was hoping for was gone. We ordered the same selections, Butternut squash soup and Branzino. The soup was utterly tasteless. And the fish was perfectly cooked but served over a bed of what appeared to be Farro. I just thought overall it was tasteless, bland with very little sauce. I actually felt hungry when I left the restaurant.

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vipJodyC
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business dinner for three. Everything was just perfect, from the drinks to the desserts. Perfectly executed modernized american classics. Best beef tartare I've had in years.

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DustinM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

the waiters at the national are always dicks though

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was at a business breakfast and the waitress handed my guest a styrofoam dish for him to pack his own “to-go” food.

Then upon leaving the restaurant the two unfriendly hostesses were preoccupied as one was on her cell phone and wouldn’t pick up her head and the other was standing up reading a newspaper wide opened on the hostess stand.

Classic result of absentee ownership.

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vipDebraR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Being told to leave a table not just move to another is Unacceptable to me. They needed the table we were at. No offer of a coffee or dessert for the inconvenience just that “we need that table”. Pathetic behavior for what turned out to be an overly priced average meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The service was awful this morning

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vipSonjaW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The National never disappoints. The food is reliable, always at least very good and sometimes superb. Tonight they were out of the first wine we chose but the sommelier helped us choose a different bottle which our party of four all enjoyed. The atmosphere is nice, too - it’s lively and a little bit festive. Can get loud at times so not a great choice if you are trying to have a quiet conversation. But this is really one of the very best places in midtown.

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ashley
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went on a Sunday evening and it wasnt crowded as it seemed we had our own private waiter. Our server was great. We started with the octopus which was amazing. My husband had the french onion soup which was delicious. For meals we had the filet and pasta carbanara. They were very good. The only complaint was the pepper sauce on the filet was almost too peppery. Sides were great (Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes).

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Susan
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at The National Bar & Dining Rooms. We elected to sit in a comfortable corner of the room. Our dinner was delicious. The wine was fabulous. Great time had by all.

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Junior
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A classy midtown lunch meeting people coming into Grand Central.

Great Brussel Sprouts!

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sherrief
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here every trip to nyc for a couple years now. Food is always excellent. Service is stop notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dessert was little disappointing didn’t taste fresh

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vipMichaelH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been here several times and it always satisfies. The room is very comfortable bistro old-school - there is a bar area with small tables and a more restaurant type room with regular tables. Both are comfortable. We shared a very tasty peekytoe crab salad with endive and avocado mousee. I had a branzino with a good crispy skin and an array of veggies on the side. My date had the skillet chicken, which he liked but was not wowed, with delicious roast potatoes. It's a bit pricey, but I would still go back.

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