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“A Classic New York Restaurant”
Review of Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar
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Ranked #618 of 14,144 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: American, Asian, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
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.
Reviewed August 9, 2013

I've been to the Monkey Bar twice this year, and both times the food and service were great. This is one of the quintessential New York restaurants that should be on anyone's shortlist of places to eat in midtown east. Although in a hotel, the restaurant does not attract a touristy crowd - be prepared to be seated among a lot of office workers wearing suits. The service is prompt and attentive, they have a great wine list (with several good options around $40 and going up from there) and a menu that strikes the right balance of offering variety without being overwhelming. The food itself is well prepared, the dishes tend to be on the more basic side but executed perfectly.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The bar person really knows how to mix very nice cocktails. I had a bloody Mary and it was the best one every. No other bar on our trip could come close.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

For a special meal in NYC there are better choices. The restaurant is pricey for the experience. The food was good, but in Manhattan there are so many good restaurants that offer good food at a better value.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I had a pleasant lunch here during Restaurant Week while staying at the Hotel Elysee. Food and service were fine, and the extra added attraction was the wrap-around mural of famous folks who were all said to have stayed at the hotel. (Hard to believe ALL of them did, but that's what a staffer told me.)

Thank Virginia D
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

A really fun spot to see and be seen. A unique spot in the City with a cool atmosphere and attitude. The Monkey Bar has a retro feel that makes you feel like you have entered the 1920's.

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