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About The National Bar & Dining Rooms

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.

557 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 10:30am; Sat - Sun 8am - 10:30am
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sat - Sun 10:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
50th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 715-2400

Website:
http://www.thenationalnyc.com/

Catering:
Allow us to plan your next event, and experience Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Modern American Cuisine in a memorable setting. A bronze spiral staircase leads guests from the main restaurant to the second floor of The Benjamin hotel, where five private dining salons accommodate seated dining for up to 80 and cocktail receptions for up to 150.

From weddings, baby showers and birthdays, to corporate dinners and holiday parties, leave the details to us.

To consult with us about your private dining experience, contact: SLAVKA KMEC T. 212 465 3888 / slavka.kmec@denihan.com

Parking Details:
Street Parking and Valet Parking provided by The Benjamin for an hourly fee.

Public Transit:
Take 6 Train to 51 Street.

Executive Chef:
Rezart Gorencavic

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Allow us to plan your next event, and experience Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Modern American Cuisine in a memorable setting. A bronze spiral staircase leads guests from the main restaurant to the second floor of The Benjamin hotel, where five private dining salons accommodate seated dining for up to 80 and cocktail receptions for up to 150.

From weddings, baby showers and birthdays, to corporate dinners and holiday parties, leave the details to us.

To consult with us about your private dining experience, contact: SLAVKA KMEC T. 212 465 3888 / slavka.kmec@denihan.com

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH Monday, December 25

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Executive Chef Rezart Gorencavic are showcasing a special three course holiday menu at $85/person. Limited seatings from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the NEW YEAR at The National

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Executive Chef Rezart Gorencavic have created a soigne three course menu for the New Year. Booth seating and table service available upon requests. Limited seating at 6:30PM and 9:00PM seating available.

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Private Dining

PRIVATE DINING SPECS: The Corner: 48 seated dinner, 70 reception 575 square feet The Lexington Rooms: 100 seated dinner, 150 reception, 200 reception with Foyer 1200 square feet Restaurant Buy-Out: 125 seated, 200 reception 3,400 sq. ft.

The National Bar & Dining Rooms Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 11 hours ago

The bartender was the best thing about this place. The host was disinterested. The front of the house was chaotic. Maybe it’s better when it isn’t Christmas in NYC. I’d give it another try.

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 (Tampa)·Dined a day ago

We had a nice dinner. One of us had short ribs on our minds due to a previous review and unfortunately this was no longer on the menu. Filet was good and the chicken was as well. Brussel sprouts were yummy. Fries were disappointing (appears they don’t change the oil regularly). Our waiter was very pleasant and accommodating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Went with our two friends from England for dinner a few nights ago and we were blown away with the attention from the manager and staff and the wonderful dinner we had. Everyone made sure we enjoyed our dinner and we did! Beautiful restaurant, great wine and atmosphere. Thanks Jonathan for all your help!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Solid food, good service, albeit pricey but it is midtown Manhattan

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Had been here before and enjoyed it - was able to get a table durin. The Christmas season and now I know why. Simple dinner was 2.5 hours, service was totally inattentive, fat to few servers and they didn’t know what they were doing. Food was good when it arrived but service was incredibly poor. Assume this place will not be around long.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Though I’ve eaten and had events here before, they managed to both ignore me and make me feel unwelcome as a single diner. Quite disappointed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We visit NYC 2-3 tines per tea and love having brunch at The National! Nice selection, pleasant staff and reasonably good value. I highly recommend it!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nice for brunch in mid-town area.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a great time at The National. We were disappointed when we arrived at 9:30 am and found they did not start brunch until 10! However, they graciously shifted our reservation and we returned to a great table and waiter. The food was excellent, service unhurried, and our mimosas stayed full. I would definitely come back when I am in this part of the city.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We ate here on a Saturday 10 am for breakfast and it was busy/holiday season. The waiter had a hard time keeping up - our coffee was slow to be refilled, cold, then the cream ran out. One cream curdled so we needed new cups. Our food took forever to come out and when it did, one dish was cold. They offered to heat it up or take it off the bill (I chose the latter as we were in a hurry). The food was really good, even cold, but the place was busy and there was a REALLY loud group at a big table behind us. They were not only loud voices, but also pounding on the table, sitting/standing, and it really made the whole experience unpleasant. We mentioned it to the manager on our way out, so not sure if there were any actions after we left (the noisy group was still going strong when we finished). I probably won't go back, there are many other places in the area to choose from.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great Manhattan!! Had a great time catching up over dinner!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food ok, service, not so much.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food, service was adequate

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had a great cousins get together! Service flexible and great. Food very good!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always great but really disappointed the chicken salad disappeared from the menu!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

If I could have given the service a negative number I would have. I made a reservation for 5 but 1 person had canceled. We were moved from our original table to a table in the bar. It was a business dinner planned well in advance. One of the ladies I was entertaining kept getting hit in the head by a gentleman at the bar (the table was a low table so it was right at elbow level with the patrons at the bar).

I went over to the maitre d' and explained the situation with a request to be moved to a different table but he refused rudely. After my prospective client got hit several more times, he agreed to move us.

The waiter was clearly stressed upon arrival and it took him over an hour to take our order. He never once checked on us or came to pour our wine and when I waived him down because we needed to order another bottle he told me I’d have to wait until he had time to come back instead of taking the order then.

I would absolutely never recommend this place or go back there. Someone needs to manage this place - the service is horrible. BTW the food was pretty decent and the prices are good so someone needs to get their act together.

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

Too noisy for sure

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

The only thing consistent at this restaurant is the terrible service, high volume noise level and mediocre food.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Love the food every time. Like other side of dining room best.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The fish was excellent, expertly done. The service was fair at best, making us feel a little rushed to order and without much hospitality considering the price tag. Cocktails were far more expensive than their taste suggested, and while the entrees were delicious, they were not satisfying. The ambiance is cold and dark, making it feel like a perfunctory experience.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

First we were offered table next to the swinging kitchen door. No thanks. Then they forgot about us as we waited at the bar. Thirty minutes later we were seated. The drinks were good, the bartender very friendly but the food was not worth waiting for. Perhaps other meals are good here but the brunch was sub par.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was good;
food was good but not really amazing.
Their prices were quite high considering the breakfast items were nothing special. I expected something better from this place

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Have eaten here before and had a good experience.
Tonight we were disappointed as food was good but not great and the level of service given was not at a high level. We were forgotten several times and had to ask for service or wait for long periods before being attended! We were at our table for two hours not by choice.
Staff was disorganized this evening and seemed no one was in charge or prepared.
Retraining of staff is needed!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great brunch, as always. Very convenient to so many things in midtown. Looking forward to next time.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Did Thanksgiving dinner here. Service got backed up so took a long time to get drink orders in but staff very polite and friendly. Sides and starter were good but the main event (turkey ) was over done and dry. The birds were supposedly brined for 2 days so it's disappointing the meat came out so poor.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The staff is absolutely wonderful. The food was mediocre.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Awesome! Incredible food and service...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We went for a work team lunch. 3 out of 4 of us got burgers and they were amazing. The "ugly" burger was delicious, but my favorite was their lamb burger which was just amazing! Both burgers had a bit of a spice to them which I also really liked as well. The fries also had a nice spice on them for a unique flavor. Great food and would definitely recommend!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Spicy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent lunch spot. Very disappointed to find unclean restrooms!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

only issue was the hostess got our reservation mixed up with a Dave T. We had requested 4 with a booth and we got sat in a louder area because the hostess thought we were a different reservation with a party of three adding one.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

food quality was good ( went for business breakfast. I was disappointed that I had to alert the service staff each time we needed anything as they were not really paying attention and needed Prodding too frequently

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The burger was ok. Fries were good. Eggs Benedict inedible. Lax and bagel good.
We were staying at the hotel so we had room service and ate there several times
It’s convenient if you are at the hotel, other than that we would have gone elsewhere

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good is great recommend the steak and eggs or pork belly eggs Benedict Service however was poor and inattentive

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good atmosphere and not too noisy. Staff attentive and friendly. Had the steamed mussels with coconut milk, thai basil and green carry which was just right and nicely spiced. The lamb burger was a disappointment- the bun ordinary, the grilled halloumi chees tasteless (or missing?) and the harrissa with too much tomato and no chilly bite. Wine-list (by the glass selection) not up to date.
Few minor attentions to detail would have made it perfect

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Expensive. Surly servers, food is so-so. Not that great an experience for a lot of money. Wouldn't do that again...

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a really nice brunch here. The pancakes and the waffles were both good, but we would have preferred to have the yogurt that comes with the waffles to be served on the side, but we didn’t ask for it that way, so it’s not on them. It was just a little too much for us. Overall, a good experience.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Met a longtime acquaintance I know from business, but we were just catching up. I had the ugly burger, my favorite, and it did not disappoint.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

1 server for a score of tables.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent neighborhood spot. Very creative menu. Salmon cooked perfectly rare as ordered. Mussels/frites excellent. Reasonably priced. Great everyday dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great location and they serve a good breakfast. Highly recommend

Tags: Great for Brunch
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