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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.

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/

Public Transit:
Take 6 Train to 51 Street.

Executive Chef:
Rezart Gorencavic

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us and experience a Thanksgiving that promises to delight and provide lasting memories.

Three courses menu, $85 per person. Half price for kids less than 12yrs of age. Seating time: 2:30pm - 5pm, 5pm - 7:30pm and 7:30pm - 10pm

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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

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food

4.1

service

3.7

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
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Local Ingredients (7)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Lamb burger was excellent.
Asparagus side order very good.
Cheese cake and Strawberry cakes ok.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Terrible service for a simple breakfast. Loud, rushed and not at all reflective of the high prices

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service and food were both excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Service was relatively poor. Food was fine.

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

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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I was disappointed in my first visit to Geoffrey Zakarian's restaurant. The food was mediocre and did not meet my expectations.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This restaurant is top notch. We go every time we're in NYC, sometimes more than once. Geoffrey Zakarian does not disappoint!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Seems like they have changed the menu. Looks like a welcome improvement. Service still too fast and rushed and generally feels overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Service slow. Waiter disappeared.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Disappointing . Note that this is a hotel restaurant. The food was good, but I haven't experienced such poor service in a long time.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It’s my go to spot for breakfast. Never disappointed. Never cheap either but it’s NYC. Service is spotty but the food is always great. Dinner there is in the French brasserie style

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Unattentative service and expensive for breakfast, but food was good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

No gluten free bread. No almond milk.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Breakfast menu was very poor they need to add more options!
Grate location and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

There is absolutely no reason to go there. This is my third and last time.
They are full of themselves and for no reason
New York is filled with fabulous restaurants skip this one.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food. Service was a bit slow, particularly giving us the check.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We absolutely loved the National a 1920's feel to it the food and service was outstanding I would highly recommend the Tabouli and Kale salad with chicken also the Oysters on the half shell were amazing

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The only tables for 2 people are in the bar area which is very noisy. We had burgers that were delicious and shared the profiteroles for desert which had a bitter chocolate sauce that we did not like

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very disappointed with the place. The host and hostess were too young and immature for a restaurant striving to maintain a business crowd.

Portions were small yet over-priced. Ate here a few years ago and liked it. It defintely went down hill.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was good but mediocre. My friend nearly went the chicken back because it was so dry. However, our waiter compensated our bad experience with free dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Sunday Brunch was very pleasant , good service, nice food.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Weekend with friends in NYC, staying in midtown. Found this place on Open Table and everyone was really impressed with the beautiful space. Great food, service and wonderful tea list. My friends were very pleased!

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great for breakfast, business lunch or casual dining. Menu is limited, but spans cross sections of palates. The burger is great anytime.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I frequent this area when in nyc for business. Last time I dined here was several months ago. Runs like clockwork

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The mussels are very good. The tuna tartare was ehh. Nothing special

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 (Naples)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great ambiance. Good location.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Amazing lunch spot.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was mediocre and over prices. The service was Abidjan with wait staff surly . When ask for a second butter the response was avoidable look of disdain and the Amal better dish was thrown on the table with a thud.

No excuse for this kind of service .

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Fabulous as always. Restaurant Week menu was excellent -- surpassed my expectations.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

this is my go-to restaurant. i am always greeted with courtesy and seated promptly. i like the environment- casual but in the swing of things. The food is good. I can have a salad or a complete meal. I'm so happy to work nearby

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Nice looking restaurant, with a convenient location, but the food was very disappointing. I would not return again and wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

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