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Monkey Bar

60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
212-486-2408
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Ranked #1,171 of 11,649 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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Ingleside, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great beers on tap, we tried a few different ones. And had some nachos before the show. Just a couple of doors front Club 54.

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Arcadia, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We discovered this on our departure day and had a quick lunch. Great atmosphere, and easily accessed through the Hotel Elysee or on the street.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

What a find...we stopped in one afternoon for some refreshment after a grueling day of sightseeing. It was earlier enough that the afterwork crowd had not arrive. Chatted with the manager, Julie, and she gave us some good recommendations for a drink. Expertly prepared and as good as advertized. We had such a good time, we planned to come back... More

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Four of us had a wonderful lunch. The service and atmosphere were both perfect, and our meal was delicious. We particularly liked the manner in which the wine is served by the glass. Each is poured from the bottle and if needed, topped off from the bottle at the table. Really impressive. Just wonder why all restaurants can't use this... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We went for dinner. The atmosphere, decour and ambience is very chic. Really worth it, Had classic cheeseburger which was quite delicious. I highly recommend it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We ate lunch at the Monkey Bar and had one of the best cheeseburgers ever. The onion roll it was served on was light & flaky, yet bursting with flavor.

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