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About The National Bar & Dining Rooms
Iron 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.
New York, NY 10022
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
$30 and under
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Take 6 Train to 51 Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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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
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!
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
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.
I have frequently walked past the National and liked the smart look of the dining room, and when I read that it was a Zakarian restaurant, I wanted to try it. It was a very mixed experience. Once inside, I realized that the room was better suited to big groups (our party of 3 was seated at a banquette for 6), and when those big groups did enter, it was quite noisy. We enjoyed the Brussel sprouts as an appetizer, and my salmon was quite good, but my friend hated his pork dish, and the expensive steak looked hard to cut. Dessert, my favorite part of life, was meh. Despite having the room almost to ourselves for quite a while, service was not overly attentive. I wanted to love the National, so that I could have a go-to place midtown, but I didn’t.
Very dissapointing. I was expecting a much different experience, particularly because Jeffrey Z. is quite picky with his criticism to other chef. For starter, the place was as noisy as a regular sport bar. Tables for two so close to each other, that you cannot hold any private conversation, or avoiding listening or being distracted by those of your neighbors dinners. The food was far away from expectacular, bland and lacking seasoning. And the service just regular. In general, not a pleasant experience.
We went for brunch, the menu needs an urgent review. The owner of this restaurant judges other peoples’ cooking talents and the food at his restaurant is quite plain!!.
The service is not good, we came a reservation, and the girl who was in charge, was living on a different planet. It took us about 10 minutes to get water and about 15 minutes to get the drinks that we ordered!!
Even after specifying that I would like to reserve a nice table for an important client lunch, we were seated in the bar area. When I complained to the host about the noise level and asked to be seated in the main dining area, I was told that the noise level was the same in the dining area and I would have to wait for a table even though I had made a reservation a week in advance.
This was one of my worst business lunch experiences and I wouldn't be inclined to recommend this place to any of my friends/colleagues.
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