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60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #730 of 11,750 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $80
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Asian, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Park and Madison
Transit: 4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
Description: Established in 1936, Monkey Bar was returned to its former glory in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. The dining room's lush red leather banquettes and dim, attractive lighting have restored the fizzy thrill of dining in a restaurant - both attractive and cozy - and harken back to a bygone era when a gentleman never left the house without a tie and a lady always had a pair of white gloves in her purse. Monkey Bar's menu boasts American classics alongside seasonal dishes using sustainable and organic products whenever possible.
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Atherton, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Location and ambience were good. Service so so. A bit expensive for my taste, but that is NYC these days.

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Food was good. Was it excellent, no. We've had our Christmas dinner here and ambience was nice for this purpose. I've tried the octopus for appetizer which was acceptable but had better before. Personally asked the waiter between duck, lamb and pork chop what is best. He said they are known for the duck and I went with it. If... More 

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New York City, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Whether you are a lady who lunches, a media mogul, or just a local looking for a great place to lunch, dine, or grab a great cocktail...this is the place. Monkey Bar is elegant, sophisticated, and has great old-world charm. Terrific food and ambiance. The back room offers perfect food and service. For lunch I highly recommend all the salads.... More 

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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Good food in the bar with a piano player to add background music to the hub! They also had a good wine list to choose from.

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Carlton, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We ate here twice during our short stay partly due to it being attached to our hotel but also based on a recommendation. The place has a jazz club feel with booths around the outside and tables in the middle, with a wall of iconic caricatures. I would describe the menu as typical American, presented well and of a good... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Stayed at the Elysee with the Monkey Bar being downstairs We loved the restaurant A traditional old style New York restaurant with style and unique ambiance Always busy but on the two occasions we ate the service was excellent The menu is not extensive and the food is not top notch but overall a great choice to eat

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Rocky Mount, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Lively and fun place well located and part of my hotel! It has a fun atmosphere with great food and drinks!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Iconic New York venue! Beautiful, warm decor Loved the red leather booths (which I sat in!) My dinner was delicious! (Boneless chicken breast pounded flat with arugula.) I usually don't like arugula but they made it taste wonderful. And I asked them to hold back on the olive oil marinade and they could not have done so more deliciously. Dress... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We booked a table here at 9pm on a Saturday night. There were very few people in there, which to fair could have been because it was early (for NYC). Food was average for the price but the service was far too rushed. My partner ordered a grilled chicken main. She put the last piece in her mouth and her... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The steak tartar is a good appetizer. Ask them to add spice if you like it hotter. A nice range of wines, would like to see more California wines however. Service was pleasant and the dinner was very good. The restaurant surprisingly is not well prepared for gluten or dairy allergies.

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Additional Information about Monkey Bar

Address: 60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: 212-486-2408
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 80
Cuisine: American, Asian, Steakhouse, Contemporary

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