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“Not fabulous enough”
Review of Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar
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Ranked #627 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: American, Asian, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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 November 14, 2013

The Monkey Bar was fine. But, so are a lot of less expensive options. I dined here with a business associate. First, the restaurant does "feel" nice, although the bar, check-in, and coatroom areas were uncomfortably crowded. However, the table we were given forced us to sit adjacent to one another rather than across, which would have been more comfortable for conversation. Also,it was pretty small, and we had to constantly maneuver our drinks and plates to manage. The food was good, not great. The drinks were of standard quality but were quite expensive ($14 and $18 for each of ours). Service was very attentive.

While I have no major complaints and would be willing to return again at someone else's choosing, I don't think the value proposition is great here.

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2  Thank pick6king
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

A place must to be. Innovative food though not many vegeterian dishes on the menu. But our wish is there order, try to make it best possible and trust me its really awesome. And i cant stop talking about the ambience, the small entrance leads to this most amazing place esp when the party at Christies actually starts getting high here.

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1  Thank Abhilasha8
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

The monkey bar has been around a very long time. It has been good and a great hangout to see and be seen
It is owned now by Graydon Carter. It is great for a drink before dinner . Its good for dinner and an after dinner cocktail. It is beautifuly located and a fun Friday night scene. Its a great scene all the time. Service and food is really good.

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Thank NewYorkCityCarolina
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Part of the Elysee Hotel, lovely bar with snacks - excellent selection of whiskies, armagnacs etc. A sophistiated choice - not one for families, great for business or couples.

Thank fabfoodfan
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

While in NYC Me and my friends where looking for a nice place with a really good atmosphere, This place looks kind of glamorous...

I can tell the place has pricey, but its services and goods make you enjoy the place without complains!

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Thank Cport89
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