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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
Terrible service- slow in a half empty restaurant. Hauty not friendly service. Asked repeatedly for check- took 20 min to pay. Never asked re dessert or coffee. Booked table as birthday occasion- on reservation & mentioned upon arrival. Nothing materialized.
Special occasion ruined.
Shocking that a Zakarian restaurant was so poorly managed.
I was dining alone for dinner and felt very comfortable. I am a foodie with various food sensitivities so eating out can be a challenge -- but not here! The California chardonnay was great. I had the grilled mission fig salad and the pan roasted Scottish salmon. The salad had a perfect combination of flavors, especially with the mission figs and arugula. The salmon was tasty -- and the sauce that it had been placed upon provided a great complement (the entree is shown in one of the food photos currently online). The portions were a perfect size but I didn't have room for dessert! The only silly thing is that after I asked about gluten free choices, the waiter still delivered some great looking regular bread to my table. I would definitely return -- and bring family and friends!
I have been to the National before and enjoyed it. I don't know if it was the location of my table or the groups around me, but it was so loud that I could barely hear the person I was dining with. As a result, it was not a good experience and I would think twice before returning.
Considering this was a Geoffrey Zakarian, an Iron Chef, restaurant I expected more. I had the halibut which was great. My wife had the steak which was good but the Broccoli Rabe was terrible and almost every plate that had it went back with it still on the plate; no one ate it. The server confirmed it wasn't good after the fact.
The server almost saved the meal by bringing an order of fries to the table and they were outstanding. It was still a disappointing evening in NYC for dinner. There are plenty of options for a great meal in NYC and this just wasn't one of them.
Love the French toast, but had to be particularly easy on my stomach this week and asked the server if I could get the French toast but without crust. She said the crust was not thick. Said I know, but can I please have it without the crust and was basically told no. I did it myself, but at a business breakfast, would have preferred not to have a plate of crust.
Four of us get together a few times a year to try a different restaurant in NYC.
We have been hitting the celeb chefs lately-Gato, Butter, and this time was the National.
The restaurant was quiet (see below for a possible reason). The appetizers and entrees were mostly good except for the Branzino which was slightly overcooked but still tasty. The service was very good and our waiter was a pleasure and very informative (Harry?). The concern was on a Saturday night at 8:00 two of our dining choices were not available-The Osco Bucco was out and veal shank was substituted and the Halibut was out and replaced with a Skate special. It does seem odd that more than one menu item was not available on a Saturday-certainly not the right message so send.
Being in the food business I think it’s important that the concerns get to the right level (ownership) so corrections can be made.
The food was quite good. I was there with a friend for Restaurant week; I went with the normal menu, but my friend used the special one. She felt that the portions were small. The biggest issue was that the service was really slow. I think that they just didn't have enough wait staff.
While overall the food was good, the grilled chicken in my Caesar was overcooked and dry. I would be chopped for that for sure!
And the service was completely uninspired. The waiter could barely muster any interest and wait for us to respond.
Not what I was expecting.
Brussel sprouts were out of this world but am not sure they are enough to earn a return meal.
Since we had eaten at The National on previous trips to NYC, we chose it meet up with friends on this trip as well. It was Restaurant Week and 3 of the 4 chose the special menu - branzino. It did not disappoint. As it was a Sunday evening, it was not busy and so was quiet and the servers were most attentive. It will continue to be a favorite of ours.
Definitely has good burgers and fries if you are looking for that during a lunch time visit. I would recommend making reservations ahead of time as the lunch crowd is usually very heavy . Have had dinner there as well and the food has never disappointed. The staff is always friendly and courteous.
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