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Monkey Bar

) #520 of 9,243 Restaurants in New York City $$$$ American, ,
60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
+1 212-486-2408
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
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1 - 10 of 423 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled into the monkey bar at the end of a long day of touring. All we wanted was a fast meal and since this was attached to our hotel we thought we would give it a try. This turned out to be a wonderful...More

Thank Allen W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone should have the smoked spaghetti....it is without a doubt one of the nest smoked dished I have ever had! Wonderful!

Thank Clarke C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in after reading other reviews. This restaurant/bar is a piece of history. The atmosphere and decor are truly old New York. The bar menu has old stlye cocktails with a new spin to them. Definitely worth a visit. Would have liked to try...More

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 15 May 2017

My husband and I talked about going to the Monkey Bar for years. We finally made reservations, and it was just wonderful. Inside the Hotel Elysee, the Monkey Bar itself has great, fun murals of monkeys all around the bar. Monkeys having a birthday party,...More

Thank delospoppy
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I made the reservation one month in advance as eating here was part of a surprise celebration for my sister in nyc. Our table was ready and we were seated at exactly the time of our reservation. I loved the ambiance as the restaurant had...More

Thank emraf09
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Classic jazz age ambiance, with very good food, food service and great ambiance, Great place to dine to capture classic New York dining,

Thank L R D
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Very nice indeed! A friend of mine who lives in Manhattan, took me to eat here on my first visit to New York and I loved the atmosphere and the food was stellar. The restaurant did have a nice dark ambience to it as one...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Meet old friends here for dinner on recent trip to the city. What a fascinating little place this proved to be. Top notch menu and service. The food was wonderful. Would recommend a reservation as it is rather small venue. We also were pleasantly surprised...More

Thank pclouds
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Just went to get a couple of small dishes prior to theater. Seated in the back away from the noisy bar. Crab cakes seemed made on premises and good; smoked spagetti was an unusual dish but very tasty. Prices are a bit high for the...More

Thank MrPickwick
Reviewed 12 April 2017

My husband and I had a night out together without our son and went to the Monkey Bar. It was full on a Monday night, so we definitely recommend reservations. We thought the food was absolutely delicious, the wine list excellent and the service very...More

Thank DAS123123
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the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
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How do customers dress? Looking at the pictures it appears that men were dressed in jackets and ties and women worn dresses. Can you dress casual? Are sneakers acceptable? Thanks
12 May 2017|
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Response from Meideia | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure sneakers are acceptable, I was wearing a dress and my sister too! I saw men with suit and vest, I will suggest not so casual.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$80
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-486-2408
  • E-mail
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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