Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar

New American Restaurant and Steakhouse$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Serious Eats
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  • Vanessa R.
    "The Monkey Gland cocktail is a must."(4 Tips)
    Eater
    "old school--a perfect place for fun rendezvous or a business drink."(2 Tips)
    7th.List
    "old school--a perfect place for fun rendezvous or a business drink."(2 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "sweet Southside Fizz."(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    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.
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithFebruary 3, 2016
    the oysters the popcorn the burger the chicken salad the cocktails the clubby atmosphere lived for all of it + service was great.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListSeptember 4, 2012
    Cocktail maven Julie Reiner revamped the list here. As has always been the case, the room is dark, romantic, and old school--a perfect place for fun rendezvous or a business drink. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    A very “Mad Men”-esque watering hole – especially when you get a perfectly made Manhattan, an interesting Monkey Gland or a sweet Southside Fizz.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheySeptember 7, 2011
    A fun, faithful facsimile of gilded age Gotham, from the menu to the murals. Order the most old-school stuff on the menu and enjoy.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.April 9, 2012
    NY Foodie Reco: App: braised pork belly, crispy oyster & Hatch chile kimchee Dinner: Smoked fettucini, w/uni, Hackleback caviar & pickled shallot, Dessert: choc. mousse
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 16, 2012
    “Monkey Bar is a great place for a delicious meal and a midday martini, all while surrounded by celebrities and their agents at the other tables.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/monkey-bar.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 2, 2013
    The bar menu at this clubby New York institution underwent an overhaul and now features delicious small plates and a great burger.
  • M C.
    M CMay 3, 2015
    Generally good food and drinks. The restaurant area is much nicer than the bar. Don't be fooled by the bar area and dismiss the food!
  • Casa Dragones
    Casa DragonesAugust 1, 2013
    Join the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Fred Astaire by visiting this Manhattan institution (Also look for those figures on the Edward Sorel three-paneled mural on the back wall)
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMarch 22, 2012
    Overpriced but good if you're on a corp Amex. The cote du boeuf was excellent. And the cocktails are solid. Feels kind of like you walked into a Mad Men episode. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dipsology
    DipsologyJuly 31, 2012
    Something a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet: Chinatown Daiquiri with aged rum, muddled strawberries, ginger, honey, lime juice and sriracha
  • Margaret q.
    Margaret quigleyJanuary 18, 2011
    Wow. A slow Monday is worth a visit. Lots of great service. Flexibility w/ menu (I asked for 1/2 portin of a dinner SPECIAL. And they said YES. Lovely food as well
  • erik l.
    erik leeSeptember 13, 2013
    great atmosphere. food was good, not excellent. ran into Goldie hawn while at dinner. previous dinner Marc Jacobs was there. celebs like the vibe.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveNovember 4, 2010
    The tiered restaurant seems so much like the sophisticated New York of the wicked ’30s that you’ll look around to see if Nick and Nora Charles are at the next table, feeding one another witty lines.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 14, 2012
    Gorgeous mid-town spot for lunch or dinner. Come here to feel like you're doing legit business deeds in the 1950s.
  • Esquire UK
    Esquire UKJanuary 10, 2013
    It’s the kind of place someone with a serious reverence for nostalgic style would imagine: in fact, it was reopened in 2009 by Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter and his wife Anna.
  • Andrew
    AndrewSeptember 5, 2013
    Great place for cocktails, dinner or both. Great place for a business cocktail gathering as well...
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownApril 3, 2012
    The old fashioned cocktail here is phenomenal, I cannot stop thinking about it. The burger is doused in mayo and did not rock my world
  • Hannah D.
    Hannah DNovember 2, 2011
    It may seem pretentious but go in with an open mind and read some Hemingway first. The food is good but some minor details are missing. Atmosphere is why you go.
  • Olivia K.
    Olivia KragenMarch 21, 2013
    Bartender Brian hooks it up with some amazing cocktails. Come for the mixology leave for the bros. The only decent bar in Midtown. Ahmen.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 20, 2012
    Stay for some late-night drinking and enjoy Julie Reiner's wonderful concoctions until 2am: Read more
  • Autumn M.
    Autumn MoscaOctober 18, 2014
    OMG all I can say is "Bourbon Smash" ! Best Cocktail (a lil to pricey, but soooo good)
  • Jean-Marc B.
    Always fun. Usually an older and out of town crowd. Good drinks and live piano.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 21, 2010
    Great Midtown business lunch spot. Try the bacon lobster roll.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MJune 24
    Pick your poison: gin or vodka (martinis)
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Jeanne H.
    Jeanne HouwelingJuly 2, 2013
    Order the no problemo cocktail. Don't worry if its not on the menu
  • Jamie D.
    Went for restaurant week summer 2017. We were underwhelmed by the food, the highlight was the tiramisu desert. Service was lackluster we seemed an inconvenience to our waiter. Wouldn't rush back
  • Angela S.
    Angela StevensonSeptember 6, 2013
    Beijing peach is great! Jasmine tea -infused vodka, white peach puree,lime juice ;)
  • Anne Mai B.
    Anne Mai BertelsenMarch 16, 2012
    Amazing mixologist even if the crowd's a bit stodgy
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJuly 10, 2012
    Great, old school New York. Go for the Monkey Gland - I mean, why not?
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WDecember 18, 2015
    Great space for nice party! Fantastic food.
  • Amber S.
    Amber SchiffFebruary 12, 2016
    The monkey gland and the dessert were very good.
  • Jason T.
    Jason T.May 19, 2010
    Prices are steep, but its NYC so its average. Prime NY Strip Steak ($48) was excellent. Seems like I can only get good steak in NY.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KonomanyiJuly 26, 2016
    Andrew Konomanyi is a successful businessman who owns various ventures all around the world.
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaFebruary 25, 2013
    The Monkey Gland cocktail is a must.
  • Harish H.
    Harish HoonJanuary 29, 2015
    All business - enjoyed the scotch though.
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KellyDecember 4, 2014
    Only spot I've ever found meatloaf sliders. Boom.
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.July 25, 2016
    Very nice Restaurant Week menu for Summer 2016
  • Anita M.
    Anita MathewJuly 7, 2015
    Best old fashioned in this area
  • rebecca l.
    rebecca liebNovember 4, 2011
    the decor is just fantastic. it's a pleasure just being here.
  • David P.
    David PilgrimJuly 10, 2013
    Try the Moscow Mule...yum!
  • Donald P.
    Donald PatzOctober 10, 2011
    Hot! What a great revival of a classic speakeasy.
  • Jawahar H.
    Drinks, bread, everything!
  • Jackie
    JackieFebruary 20, 2012
    Try the Slow Cooked Farm Egg — no joke.
  • Danny L.
    Danny LozanoSeptember 30, 2011
    It's all about the Southside Fizz, (London Style)!
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanOctober 3, 2011
    It's a BG New York City Secret! Victoria Beckham loves this uber chic and classic bar. Read more
  • Glen G.
    Glen GilmoreNovember 27, 2011
    Sssh. It's a sanctuary. Let's keep it that way! :)
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.July 26, 2016
    Nice Restaurant Week Menu
  • Jay M.
    Jay MandelJanuary 3, 2016
    So this is what it was like in the Mad Men days.
  • Adriana F.
    Adriana FalconOctober 23, 2014
    Old fashion drinkito mmh👌
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanFebruary 24, 2011
    It's a BG New York City Secret! Victoria Beckham loves this uber chic and classic bar. Read more
  • Jessie T.
    Jessie TettemerFebruary 5, 2010
    The scallops were salty but the oysters Rockefeller was delish. Good service too.
  • karen l.
    karen liebsJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Server Michael is amazing. Listen to his suggestion and get the scallops over corn puree.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockJanuary 6, 2013
    Short rib garganelli is bonkers.
  • Gary E.
    Gary EdwardsJuly 28, 2015
    I 💗 Monkey Bar!!
  • S A.
    S ADecember 19, 2014
    Nuts and rye
  • Greg M.
    Greg MunvesMay 18, 2012
    Incredible burger
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew D.January 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails used to be better
  • Julie B.
    Julie BlinbaumApril 26, 2012
    Classy stylish bar
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardOctober 16, 2013
    Shishito Peppers Read more
  • Philip M.
    Philip MorrisonApril 3, 2011
    Live Jazz M-F from 7-11pm
  • Dave H.
    Dave HendricksSeptember 22, 2009
    Go to the Monkey Bar, have dinner, have a drink and then stay a night at the Hotel Elysee right next door.
  • Ulrike D.
    Ulrike DoehlerAugust 29, 2013
    Drinks for Peter's bday
  • Roo-eee-koh
    Roo-eee-kohOctober 13, 2011
    The change in chefs is unfortunate and the service was the slowest ever. Another table left before getting food because it was taking so long.
  • Brodie Johnson M.
    Wow..! its good.
  • Ulrike D.
    Ulrike DoehlerSeptember 24, 2013
    Hanging with Marc...
  • Roo-eee-koh
    Roo-eee-kohOctober 13, 2011
    And MAJOR waiter fail. No spoon for my friend having soup and no steak knife for me having steak.
  • Bertrand G.
    Bertrand GMarch 24, 2010
    Scandal : no bloody Mary at the Bar, we waited a long Time for our table even we had a reservation. I aggree : go somewhere else !
  • Frank S.
    Frank SApril 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Sidecar!?
  • christian b.
    christian buschJanuary 6, 2011
    Meeow says the cougar
  • Charles M.
    Charles McSweeneyMarch 4, 2010
    Go somewhere else. Read more
  • Yves
    YvesMarch 28, 2011
    Lieblingsplatz für eine 5 pm Martini
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