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Monkey Bar

€€€€American, ,
60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
+1 212-486-2408
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“spaghetti” (14 reviews)
“halibut” (8 reviews)
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American, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in on impulse as we were walking by on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon. Great place, easy to talk to each other without having to yell, not still lively and happening. Love the monkeys everywhere, the black & white TV, and the interestng...More

Thank BHP_Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monkey Bar has the atmosphere of a fine New York spot from the 1950s. The lighting is warn and low, the rooms are nicely decorated in heavy, dark wood; the tables are good sized and comfortable. The feeling is not "hip", but "class". No...More

Thank em7491
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an under utilized location that had a big name decades ago. It is a power lunch spot that you can always get a table at and arguably some of the best food you scan find around. Had the lobster bisque followed by the...More

Thank TrvlsEatsExplrs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely dinner at the Grill and just wanted to have a last drink at a nice bar. Monkey bar was all but nice. Very quiet atmosphere and quite unfriendly bartender. Cocktails were average. Not recommended.

Thank Stel0rd
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

$23 shrimp cocktail app was tiny. $28 steamed mussels were not flavorful in least and were the smallest portion I have ever received. Grilled crostini accompanying it was equally unflavorful. As was the $35 cobb salad. See where this is going? No idea why the...More

Thank ExRIGuy
Reviewed 16 January 2018

This is a classic old NYC bar. Great atmosphere. Excellent cocktails. It's got class in an old school way. Whenever we visit NYC its a stop for cocktails and appetizers. We had Southside Fizz Cocktails (Gin, Seltzer, Cucumber, Mint & Lime). We had the cheese...More

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Had a drink at the bar before we went to dinner. Very nostalgic only wish the nuts at the bar could have been on the house.

1  Thank Dudly
Reviewed 27 December 2017

We had the best time at this wonderful restaurant which has an unmistakable NYC vibe. It was so peaceful and we were treated to excellent and very helpful service. Great wine selection and we will long remember the excellent halibut we fully enjoyed. Can't wait...More

Thank Dkklima
Reviewed 24 December 2017

Classy place inside Hotel Elysse. Service was ok. Food was ok, I had burger & beer. My wife enjoyed a salad.

Thank Mugsy001
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Had drinks at the bar, there are bar tables also, small selection of wines by the glass at the bar. Seated in the restaurant a booth, very nice. Food was good, ladies had halibut, very good, I had chicken, ok. Nice place to have dinner...More

Thank Jerry B
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Kevin R
14 August 2017|
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Response from pclouds | Reviewed this property |
Honestly it wasn't Christmas time when we were there. My suggestion would be to contact them directly to find out. That way you can either plan for it or some other venue, as to not be disappointed. Regards, Pam
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
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
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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