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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Executive Chef Rezart Gorencavic invite you to celebrate Valentines Day at the National.

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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (10)
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Cozy (8)
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Quick Bite (8)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

2nd time we have been here and it was great, food is excellent, best omelet I have had.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Returning this time for a Birthday because of such a great experience last time and they did not disappoint. Excellent food and staff accommodated special candle requests and staff added their own contribution with a Birthday song.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and excellent service. Very loud. Not suitable for quiet conversation.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice ambient and service

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was excellent. Pork chop special and the pork tenderloin with peach BBQ sauce were tender and flavorful. The broccoli raab was tough and large stalks, could not cut with steak knife. The profiteroles with chocolate sauce were very yummy!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My all time favorite place for business meals and meetings! Food and service is always consistent. Love it and highly recommended.

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Te Service Is not a good opinión. he recomendad us more expensive menu

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a special birthday and Chef Zarkarian offered his personal congratulations! It was amazing!! AND the best hamburgers (both beef and lamb) in NY

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food delicious, good service, cozy place but... the wines are really overpriced. And when one at 15 per glass was not available, the waiter suggested a more expensive one, but charged it! It is not the customer who should pay the lack of availability!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 25, 2017

An inattentive, slow, and personality-free waiter can ruin the overall experience.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nos encantó!!! Una cena realmente maravillosa.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Pasamos la noche buena en el restaurante. La comida nos gusto y el servicio fue muy bueno. Muy atentos. Gracias!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

There's noting special to the place, that's why I found it expensive. Food was good.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Impeccable service, great atmosphere, food was to die for reasonably priced. Overall we had a fantastic experience and would highly recommend!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I find it hard to give this restaurant even 1 star for for quality and service on the night we went. I do hope this was just an off night for them as I’ve followed and liked the owner for many years, was referred by the concierge from our hotel nearby, and was happy to be able to get a last minute reservation for 4 the night we went during the busy week of Christmas. I ordered the sliders with pickled jalapeño to start.....they were so incredibly dry and tasteless I had to actually say something to our server and they were promptly taken away after two bites. I fully expected an adjustment to our bill or at the very least, a comment or option for an alternative from our waiter......none of which happened. The other 3 dishes arrived (lukewarm), nothing special, and certainly nothing that we feel would be worthy of a repeat visit. Overall, very disappointing considering a total bill for a family of 4 came to about 275.00....although that did include one bottle of wine, which was the only redeeming part of the meal. So many other great places in Midtown.....wrong choice, wrong night (hopefully)?!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Warm ambience and terrific food. The angry burger is a must!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nice lunch!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious! Food was incredible and the atmosphere was terrific.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a lovely time and the bottomless mimosas were very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Probably the worst dining experience I've had in the city. The waiter passed us up for about half an hour before I asked where our waiter was. Someone else took out order and after that we were left to rot at the table. It was horribly loud and needed a flashlight to see the menu. Never again.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Thank you for making my anniversary dinner so special! The complimentary dessert was so thoughtful!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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 on December 16, 2017

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 on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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