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Monkey Bar

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free
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60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Between Park and Madison)
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank 125MacDonald
Tayport, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Hejb35
Toms River, New Jersey
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

Thank DownShore888
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! What a very special find! I had to be dragged here because I'd found a perfectly nice bar around the corner from where I was working and I'm a lazy so-and-so, I didn't really want to walk 5 blocks but I am so glad I did! This is an absolutely super little bar. Red checked tablecloths, charming booths, gorgeous... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late due to unbelievable traffic in Times Square. The kitchen had closed, however the staff was polite to seat us and bring us the bar menu which was more than sufficient. We ordered the sliders and fries which were delicious! The drinks outstanding. The best Moscow mule I 've ever had! The ambiance with the murals and the... More 

Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We had dinner here one night since we were staying at the Elysee. After being spoiled by the staff at Elysee, the service was average. It has a very cool feel and good ambience. Our waiter didn't get the order right, which he corrected but it was obvious he was just doing his "job". He was not very engaging. The... More 

Thank BellaEv13
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Traditional bar with good drinks and great burgers. Service was great and the wine selection was great. Great atmosphere to meet up with someone after work.

Thank 470diana
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My brother told me about this little gem of a place. Didn't have any trouble getting a reservation for the 5 of us. Food was very good. Pastas are all home made and really yummy. Moscow Mules were sooooo good!!! They had a piece of candied ginger as a garnish! The decor is what really makes this place. Ask to... More 

Thank Beth K
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Great selection of cocktails and amazing food. Small, intimate restaurant with an old world feel. Try the smoked spaghetti and the beignets were incredible!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $80
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 E 54th Street, New York City, NY 10022
    (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
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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