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60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
212-486-2408
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Ranked #600 of 11,845 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Neighborhood:
Midtown
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Famous, fun bar in the Hotel Elysee. The service was quick and they have a nice selection of appetizers.

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Monroeville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The Monkey Bar is something everyone must experience. The walls are so interesting and trying to pick out whose who is fun. If you are lucky enough to find a table at the bar, ask for Michael. He is an awesome waiter. Micheal is very knowledgeable, and will recommend the perfect cocktail. The Bartender has the most interesting "shake" so... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This place is great. Decorated with a myriad of monkey images the bar and restaurant offer a blast from the past. The staff is pleasant and engaging. The bar itself is intimate so make sure you get there early or late, or in between if you like crowds. Interesting cocktails to tempt the palate.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I was there for lunch which considering the location and the venue was very reasonable. I only had the very delicious burger but in the Monkey Bar you can feel like Fred Astaire while eating it. There is something wonderful about the ambience of this old speakeasy type bar. It is a still-vibrant relic of a New York long gone.... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

First night we went into the bar, we were a bit "old" for the crowd and therefore did not get exceptional service. But they did take care of us and when the kitchen was closed we still got yummy roasted nuts "on the house"! The restaurant was fantastic! Excellent wine and food both!

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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Ever since visiting Charleston SC, I've been on the eternal quest for the perfect crabcakes. At Monkey Bar, I almost reached perfection. Round, crisp, packed with crab, scant filler to hold it together, and delicate, delicate, delicate sublime flavour. So subtle as to be an angel dancing on your tongue! It was the perfect lead in to my pork fillet,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is a very cool jazz vibe! The bar area is cozy and cool too. Highly recommend!

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Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Brilliant like going back to the 60's and 70's for the luxury and the great service. Food eas exceptional.

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

had dinner here with drinks a cool bar with a great vibe would def recommend this place fairly priced with very good service

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Delaware, USA
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219 reviews 219 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Nice cocktail list, but drinks and snacks are very expensive! A small bowl of nuts was $8.00. Limited beer selection. Good service and decor is unique. Have to travel into the hotel and upstairs to use the restroom.

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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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