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Monkey Bar

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$$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612 (Between Park and Madison)
212-486-2408
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Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a drink and fries in the bar as we were staying next door at The Elysee Hotel. A classy dark bar, with a great ambience and very good service. Recommended!!

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Thank Richard J
NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was very pleased with our dinner. Excellent service, mid level noise so could speak easily, lovely atmosphere all around. Its very nice to be in a space that is not new, has stood the test of time, been renovated and kept its charm. One feels like they are in Europe and its worth the trip.

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Thank shozgirl
Paphos, Cyprus
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monkey Bar has a great history and also a colourful TV ranking (Sex & The City and Mad Men). Its a great place for a relaxed, jazz filled snack and chat in a booth with friends and a glass. We happened to bump into it as the bar in the hotel we were staying (Hotel Elysee) on 54th Street.... More 

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Thank KatyO1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On arrival we were greeted warmly and taken to a nice seating place with a good view of the rest of the restaurant. The food was nice but a little overpriced. They kindly brought us some complimentary ice cream with 'congratulations' wrote on the place which was a nice touch. The decor was really interesting and quirky. Overall an enjoyable... More 

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Thank Charl F
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a recommendation and was very nice, really lovely food and an interesting choice of cocktails

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Thank Katie N
Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You step down the stairs and you immediately expect to see Don Draper in the corner drinking a scotch. Great atmosphere.

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Thank Christian C
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We had a really good dinner and drinks in the piano bar. We would recommend trying it, as the service is also very good

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Thank 125MacDonald
Tayport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Popped in here for a drink as it is next to the elysee hotel were we stayed. It is quite pricey but then so are most bars in New York. It is a lovely bar, nice cocktails, good service and a good location. We did not eat here but the menu looked excellent. Worth a visit if you are in... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

The Monkey Bar is a small, after work spot. It's overpriced, even by NYC standards. This is just a head's up. It's NOT a reason not to stop in for a drink. Just an FYI. Order the fries while you're there!

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Thank DownShore888
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Had a quick bite at a booth (note: not the restaurant, rather the bar area) and while the ambiance and decor are old world and charming, the menu is just as dusty and boring. My husband ordered a shrimp cocktail, I ordered a simple salad and arancini balls, simply because everything else seemed so unappetizing. Sorry. With the clientele they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $80
Cuisine
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
    (Between Park and Madison)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-486-2408
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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