The National Bar & Dining Rooms

4.3
2518 reviews
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Contemporary American
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  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian brings his vision of a contemporary New York grand café to life at The National Bar & Dining Rooms. Housed in the same 1927 Emery Roth-designed building as The Benjamin Hotel, The National's all-occasion modern bistro offerings satiate guests from breakfast through late night. Modeled after the celebrated grand cafés in Europe, The National is both residential and metropolitan in design and offers thoughtful details such as antiqued mirrors, a bronze spiral staircase, distressed peacock blue and chocolate leather banquettes, classic marble table tops, and black and white glazed-tile flooring.
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.1
Ambience
3.7
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nothing spectacular
Mostly midtown business crowd at lunch
Certainly convenient

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

I won’t be back. Very overpriced food. Very medocre food at best.

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ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Mediocre food - nuff said. Geoffrey Zakarian, you have been CHOPPED.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Best meal I enjoyed during a week in NYC. Only drawback was noise level.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food is really delicious. The service was a little pokey, but adequate. The noise level is simply defeaning. It's impossible to carry on a conversation with the people at your table.

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PS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was so attentive and nice. I had the lamb burger and it was so flavorful. The chocolate mouse for dessert was amazing, Definitely the best I’ve ever had

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l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

NOT thrilled! I was disappointed. and I never write a bad review but feel this time it warrants.
Pricey lunch (portions small)... very noisy..not the best time

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyable place to dine. Friendly, attentive service. But more importantly, everything we ate was delicious.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had the Mediterranean Branzino for my entrée and it was delicious. I would have preferred a different side with it other than the wild arugula though - something with more substance.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great location. Good food, good service - ideal for a business lunch...Bar looks like it could be fun at happy hour..

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TO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for breakfast business meeting. Fast, good food, mid town location and reasonable priced

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l
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, the homemade butternut squash soup and the salmon dish. The staff was very accommodating and helped us to find a quiet table in a noisy room. Bravo!

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GS
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely experience as always. Terrific fish and octopus and great service.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

I like the food at the restaurant, and go a fair amount because it's close to my office. The service is generally good, but it's REALLY noisy; very loud. There is nothing to muffle the sound with, and it can get very annoying. That said, the food is good value.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service so so incredibly slow and the dining area and restrooms were dirty. Food was subpar for the price. Will not be going back.

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TO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome lace for breakfast-good food and fast service

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WB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Overpriced, mediocre food, a bit grubby inside. Noisy, too. Staff is pleasant enough but it is a poor value.

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MG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I try to have dinner at The National whenever I travel to New York, as the food is very good and prices quite reasonable. This time, the noise level simply overwhelmed everything else--even though we were there on a weeknight. Very disappointing.

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JG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Quite good food. Have been often in the past visiting on biz. Service fizzled out as the waiter clearly got overwhelmed once the dining room got full — sitting between courses without plate removals (no buss staff??) and after the entree’ “check!” Which still took forever. Could use a touch up on service.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I am a regular customer and generally enjoy the experience. There was a new matre’d on duty who could not handle the crowd. I had a reservation- as usual - but still waited 20 minutes. That is not acceptable for a business breakfast where my guest and I both had commitments to meet on the back end of the meal. I will look into other options in the area next time....very disappointing!

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GR
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

This place has gone downhill quite a bit. It used to be my go-to spot for breakfast meetings but the service has really gone downhill. There is not enough staff and the ones who are there are pretty rude. Had to repeat orders multiple times. The food is fine but not good enough to put up with the other issues.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

A dependable place for good food. Unfortunately they always put to many people at one table even when they are empty. Wait staff is always looking to turn the table.

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KS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A convenient location for most midtown people. Staff was courteous and attentive. However the food was somewhat uninspiring. I had a chicken that was a bit dry, and vegetables that were undercooked. Onion soup was good. Overall it was ok, but a bit overpriced for what they serve.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food, always a winner!

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A
Miami
621 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch was excellent. Betsy was a superb server and we will be back again.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

SUPER IN EVERY WAY!!

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H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service and food were great. My only complaint is that the noise level is high.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic

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JM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The worst restaurant that I ever been ever. Please remove it from any list. They may my client and me wait for 20 minutes, despite having a reservation, then we ordered, the food took 50 minutes to arrive from the time we ordered it, the noise is unbearable, the steak was overcooked and the meat dry despite I requested rare. Please remove from list of recommended restaurants. I WIL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN.

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s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Great for everyday dining but an it too noisy for a business meal during lunch.

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CF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Excelent place and food , but The Service is too bad , only The manager , he is perfect

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We had to ask to be moved as we were a group of 8 pushed to the very back. Then, when we sat we were told we had 15 minutes to order lunch even though we had a reservation at 2:15 pm. The server informed us that the chef wants all orders taken by 2:30 pm. We were confused as to why they take reservations but promptly tell you to hurry and order because the chef does not want late orders ("they are getting ready for dinner"). One of my guests asked if they could order the salmon as a Caesar salad option and was given a swift "no," even though it was an option on the menu - the server wanted us to order both entrees. Drinks took forever. Service was not as professional as had hoped as this was a NYU graduation lunch. We did get a celebratory dessert for the graduate which was a nice. Food was a 3, service a 2. We were hoping for more. Probably would not recommend to a friend.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at The National Bar & Dining Rooms. The friendly relationships among the staff and attentive service was a welcome change compared to some other establishments. The food was excellent. Will be back again the near future.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was pretty loud and a little hard to talk but the food and service were incredible, and the vibe was great, and honestly the restaurant looked as good as the food tasted, which was very good, and which feels weird but delightful in midtown.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Food was incredibly ordinary. Service was poor.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Terrible, terrible, terrible service. Food was good though. Probably better off ordering delivery. Unfortunately, I will not be back.

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h
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I’ve been here three times now and each time was underwhelmed. The food is mediocre (this time the fish was over cooked, side dishes were incorrect and then not particularly tasty when the right ones came) and the wait times long. Not sure I’ll be giving it a fourth chance.

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ED
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite spots to relax with family and have a great cup of coffee with simple, delicious food. I love the portion sizes ... small enough to eat healthy and enjoy additional sides. Also, a cool place to have a cocktail at the bar. I always make a reservation at The National when visiting New York!

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LK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The location is nice and the space is elegant. The food was a bit lack-luster. We both had salads for lunch and split a side of fries. The fries were the highlight.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great location, service was excellent, nice menu choices but the noise level is through the roof.

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