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Monkey Bar

60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
212-486-2408
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Ranked #838 of 11,658 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $50 - $80
Hours:
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
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Had some great nights at the Monkey Bar after dinner. Friendly, great staff and good drinks. We unfortunately ran out of time to get there for dinner but it will be on our list next time.

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Brussels, Belgium
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149 reviews 149 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This restaurant unique atmosphere exceeded all my expectations. "The monkeys" is literally the jazzy NewYork feeling together with the nice staff and great dinner.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband, daughter and I stayed in the Hotel Elysee and visited the Monkey Bar one evening for a late night bite and drinks. The atmosphere was fun and the service was great. The salad we ordered was delicious. The trio of Movie Stars we saw was Lagniappe!!

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Chicago
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Next to our hotel, Monkey Bar is a small but charming spot. Our lunch there - salmon salad, tomato soup, and grilled cheese sandwich - was FAR above average.

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Arlington, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

What a fun bar! We loved the live music on the weekends & the signature drink was great! This was a wonderful way to end a busy day.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Wonderful! The meal was excellent and very delicious, chicken paillard with a lovely salad. Service professional. Excellent overall. Beautiful decor.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

the designer cocktails and the hip but friendly bartenders. this place is right out of a movie, dark, romantic. The red leather banquets say it all.

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NC, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had the misfortune to visit this establishment during an otherwise very pleasant stay at the Hotel Elysee. First, if you are a tourist or guest at the hotel, there are iconic NYC restaurants within a short walk - 21 Club and The Four Seasons to name two - so why are you going here in the first place?? Second,... More

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Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There are so many fabulous place to eat in NYC that you really don't have to dine at the same place twice. The Monkey Bar is one for which I would make an exception. 1930's style with modern day food and excellent service. Would definitely put this high on my list of recommendations!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had dinner at Monkey Bar the day we arrived. We were super tired, but we enjoyed the food.The a/c was too high and we asked for them to turn it down and they did. The food is good but overpricing, for my point of view.

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