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Monkey Bar

Map & Directions 60 E. 54th St.
New York, NY 10022
  • American, Traditional
  • Daily 5:30pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Coat Check
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's Midtown spot is a throwback to the days when New York's moneyed elite cared more about who was at a restaurant than the food it served. Not that the food is bad; it's just the social scene can sometimes overshadow it. The menu is a tribute to the time the original Monkey Bar opened back in 1936, full of throwbacks like lobster thermidor, seared Scottish salmon and duck a l'orange. Cocktails (gimlets, sidecars and the like) are similarly era-appropriate as are the appetizers, including a shrimp cocktail, clams casino and a baby iceberg wedge served with blue cheese and bacon. The dining room might as well be a theater with its big red booths holding media bigwigs, its Edward Sorel mural filled with famous New Yorkers and its white-uniformed waiters weaving in and out of the crowd. While it's not as exclusive as it was when it first opened, a reservation is still probably a good idea.—Keith Wagstaff

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  • Eater on 02/19/13

    Cocktail maven Julie Reiner revamped the list and the bartenders. As has always been the case, the room is dark, romantic, and old school--a perfect place for fun rendezvous or a business drink.

  • The Corcoran Group on 05/21/10

    Great Midtown business lunch spot. Try the bacon lobster roll.

  • Bergdorf Goodman on 02/24/11

    It's a BG New York City Secret! Victoria Beckham loves this uber chic and classic bar.

  • ThePurplePassport.com on 01/10/12

    Cocktail swilling at Monkey Bar is a classic NYC experience–we particularly dig the tastefully restored vintage digs and the stylish crowd.

  • Dave H. on 09/22/09

    Go to the Monkey Bar, have dinner, have a drink and then stay a night at the Hotel Elysee right next door.

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