Monkey Bar

4.6
1134 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romance
  • Business Meals
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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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An NYC classic--and the prettiest bar in midtown. Highly Recommend!

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NB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal in cool setting. Our server Edward was outstanding!

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VB
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

It was good. Service was good, but only one waiter for the entire room, so a little slow.
Food was good, ambiance was very nice.
I would recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We made a reservation for 9:30 and upon arrival to our table our waiter said very bluntly that we need to order soon because the kitchen closes at 10.
This isn’t how I wanted to start my meal and considering the prices...this isn’t how we should be greeted.
We let it go though.
The ceviche was CRAZY salty! We didn’t finish it.
The lamb was fatty and the wine was overpriced and just “so so”.
Honestly, I rarely give bad reviews but sadly this restaurant was a HUGE disappointment!

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite place in midtown when I want a fancy burger.

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F
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

This is a beautiful room with excellent servers. And I'm usually favorably disposed to places that have been around awhile, and aren't trying to follow fashion but offer consistently high quality food and professional service in an elegant setting. Which makes it a shame that they delivered a "NY strip steak" that was not only disappointing but barely edible. Yes, it was overcooked, but even if cooked properly, it just was not a good cut of meat -- in fact, I've never seen a real NY strip that looked like that. In 21st century NYC, it is utterly routine for steaks to be priced at $50+, but there are tons of competitive options and the baseline level of quality that one can expect both at respectable steakhouses and good restaurants generally is quite high. I can't fathom how the Monkey Bar thinks it can get away with serving this piece of beef. The appetizer (tuna tartare) was much better, and the potatoes were fine. So were the drinks. I'd like to believe that this was an aberration, but it's a hard one to explain.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Took my kids out to dinner and had a wonderful meal and get together

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C
Naples
40 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great prime rib special!

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t
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having moved out of the City seven years ago, I was thrilled to re-discover one my favorite haunts, the Monkey Bar. I hosted a friend for lunch on her birthday and she too is now an enthusiastic fan of the place. The service/food/scene was excellent and the experience every bit as good as my fond memories of former ones.

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only surprising aspect of our meal at Monkey Bar last Saturday night was that there was no one else there... Why is this? The service was excellent, the drinks were fabulous, the food was delicious and the dining room itself is delightful. Can't find a single fault.

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AE
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Solid choice for a good meal with good service. Was there on a rainy Wednesday and while the seating area was 70% full the noise level was very low and that made for easy conversation. The scallop ceviche was excellent. Well made cocktails. The bar was kind of hopping when I arrived, which was fun while I waited for my dinner guest.

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SR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the restaurant was beautiful, the hostess was very friendly. The waiter could have been friendlier and more attentive.

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JB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Classic old-school restaurant in a great neighborhood.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

Terrible service

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Overall from the reviews it sounded as if this was a hot spot but it wasn't even close. The crowd was very old...very. The food was basic considering the price.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for early Mother’s Day w my sister My parents used to go there back in the day. We celebrated our parents who are no longer with us. A treat was meeting the original mural artist who happened to be dining at the sane time an over the top experience fir us! Food and service excellent

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bestie Trip 2019

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YP
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service as always and food was terrific. We had the halibut special.

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GE
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and professional, terrific service in a wonderful quintessential old NY establishment. Love sitting in the booths. Private, quiet and cozy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Quintessential NYC bar, never disappoints.

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a
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I do always lunches at the Monkey Bar, a classic NY City restaurant.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a wonderful time at the monkey bar. the service was great as was the food and ambience. we go there often and will continue to do so. the bar area is fun too. they have live piano music and it's very cozy. the main dining room is more formal and glamorous.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was good about 10 years ago but I am sorry to say the menu was limited.....on a Saturday evening. Too dark to even read it! Offer small flashlights and reading glasses like Davios. My salad was extremely salty. Inedible. My friends liked their burgers. I expected better, frankly. I’ll be going to another restaurant next time. I think the Monkey Bar is a bit tired.
Did you change chefs? Owners?
Oh well.

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n
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Dining room was dead on a Thurs pm
bar was vibrant
food and service good

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JN
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and fun restaurant. Salads are expensive and uninspired. Main dish was fine. Salad course was a disappointment. Thank you. Service was superb.

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RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice lunch

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent.

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JK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was its usual excellent self, topped by a wait staff that left us discreetly alone when they understood that we were in for a long and romantic dinner, not an eat and run. The were observant, but stood back as needed. Superb. Tactful.

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LH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed the ‘old New York’ ambience. The Monkey Bar is always enjoyable!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, perfect for an intimate meal or business dinner when you want to actually hear the other person.
Food was great?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Power lunch.

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love the ambiance at Monkey Bar! Went for lunch with friends and had a lovely time.

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DS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful iconic NYC restaurant, whose baretenders mix the best cocktails in town. Lovely dining room with lots of "monkey" decor touches and a wonderful mural. Love that the tables are well spaced so that you never feel crowded. Food was excellent, service attentive without being in your face. Everything prepared perfectly, as ordered, with no mishaps from the kitchen. Classic NYC dining at its best.

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food. Can’t go wrong.

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PJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely ambience and varied menu. We sat in the bar area, a bit less noisy and business like than main room. Prices at lunch were extremely high, however. $40 for 5 sea scallops a tad over the top. If money no object a nice piece of nyc history.

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Y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good cocktails

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JC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

An overall great place to hang out. The piano bar was fun, the appetizers tasted great and the service was incredible. It was great in 2009 and just as good in 2019. I highly recommend it.

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, classy and dignified atmosphere, excellent service, too pricey.

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r
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we have been here a few times before and it's a wonderful place for a special occasion. the food was delicious and the rom has a wonderful 1930"s NYC vibe. Make a date!!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a very good experience with good service and good food. My table for two was quiet and the decor, including the wonderful murals and monkey themed artisan pieces.

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