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The National Bar & Dining Rooms

4.2
2242 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(212) 715-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rezart Gorencavic
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
50th Street
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Parking details
Street Parking and Valet Parking provided by The Benjamin for an hourly fee.
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Public transit
Take 6 Train to 51 Street.
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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
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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

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.

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What 2242 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very good good, excellent value for money.
Portions not too big, which is always tasteful

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Really, really loud and the tables were very close together. I felt like I was screaming at my colleague across the table. Otherwise, service, food and value were great.

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vipBethC (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Honestly every time I go to the National I find the service to be terrible, the room too loud to have a meaningful conversation and the tables too close to one another.
Despite its convenient location, I say skip it!

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vipDeirdra (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I like this restaurant, however i feel that their items ar slightly overpriced...but for the few times i go there i overlook that.

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vipcccc2015 (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Nothing special.

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vipAndrewH (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was fine, but nothing exceptional. Menu during brunch a bit of a hodgepodge - variants on traditional brunch food but with elements that seemed more lunchy than brunchy (more savory than sweet) and a limited selection of true lunch items.

Fine, but nothing special.

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Tootsie 
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We actually struggled to find something of interest on the menu. Also prices were high for the choices. Tables are close together. Not so much a nice couples place for dinner - maybe better for business dinner or lunch. Although for a business lunch or dinner it would be hard to hear because of close seating and noise level. Our waiter was very good. Our food did come in a timely manner. We shared the Caesar salad. I thought the dressing was strong. My husband had the “ugly burger”. I had the meatballs from the starter menu and a side of Brussels sprouts. The food was not bad but not amazing. We didn’t leave hungry but wouldn’t choose to return with so many other great choices. We were staying at The Benjamin which is in the same building and it was a choice of convenience but disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Let me lead with the positive. We enjoyed the food and the ambience was terrific. I never leave reviews but I have to comment on the insane up charge for Grey Goose. While their cocktail menu listed drinks at $16-$17, a grey goose martini clocked in at over $22. ( before a tip). I spoke with the manager assuming there had to be an error in the bill, however not only did the manager assure me that was the price, he was rather mean in telling me that he would not do anything about the price simply because I didn’t like it. He said he would take my comment back to management but I sincerely doubt he would and so I leave this review. While he was not willing to adjust the price (or his attitude) I do get to vote with my money and needless to say my husband and I will not return. Nor will I be recommending this restaurant to others. Thankfully, there are many, many amazing restaurant options in NYC.

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Businessdiner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The National is a nice restaurant with good ambience and a great location. In my opinion, the quality of the food has been going down in the last 4 years, since I started visiting and what used to be really great food is now just average for NYC. Since the prices have not come down, I believe the restaurant is now only a fair value.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The service was great. The food was delicious and we got out at a reasonable time. Everyone enjoyed it. thank you

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The National was a fine place to dine. Typical NY pricey but the food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Very pleasant

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We went for our anniversary, it was also restaurant week. We really enjoyed our meal, the short rib was excellent. They also gave us a complimentary dessert that said happy anniversary—so nice!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The food was great but the service was terrible. The noise level of the restaurant made it difficult to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Service was extremely slow. Reservation at 9:00 am. Had to inquire about food at 9:40 am. Server replied that the restaurant was out of avocado toast. I only ordered poached eggs and avocado toast, so we told him to go ahead and bring the eggs and the other meals. Seems like he forgot that the kitchen was holding the ticket until he advised us about the avocado toast. No apology. No concern at all.

We had lunch at The National the day prior and everything at that meal was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food very good, service was a little slow, it was the 8:30 am breakfast hour, so i kind of expected that, but seemed extremely slow, was hard to keep the coffee cups and water glasses filled.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was mediocre, at best. We expected it to be much better since it’s owner is a famous TV chef. Quite disappointed. And it’s pretty loud.

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vipjudyyank (Palm Springs)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We were quite disappointed - expected better from Zakarian and for the cost. Food was just okay and the service was really lacking. We went for breakfast and maybe that's not indicative but it seems to me that would be the easiest meal to get right. Will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

This is my go to place for business breakfasts. The staff is very friendly. Excellent range of food choices. Prompt service at the front end (ordering and food delivery). Can be a bit slow delivering the check. It has a good buzz, but not so loud one cannot talk. Always packed, so get a reservation.

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vipLana (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Great service and wonderful food!

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