We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Monkey Bar

60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
+1 212-486-2408
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“spaghetti” (9 reviews)
“crab cakes” (6 reviews)
Opens in 17 min
All hours
Bar, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
60 E 54th St, New York City, NY 10022-4612
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Write a Review
Reviews (463)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 463 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I talked about going to the Monkey Bar for years. We finally made reservations, and it was just wonderful. Inside the Hotel Elysee, the Monkey Bar itself has great, fun murals of monkeys all around the bar. Monkeys having a birthday party,...More

Thank delospoppy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made the reservation one month in advance as eating here was part of a surprise celebration for my sister in nyc. Our table was ready and we were seated at exactly the time of our reservation. I loved the ambiance as the restaurant had...More

Thank emraf09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Classic jazz age ambiance, with very good food, food service and great ambiance, Great place to dine to capture classic New York dining,

Thank L R D
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Very nice indeed! A friend of mine who lives in Manhattan, took me to eat here on my first visit to New York and I loved the atmosphere and the food was stellar. The restaurant did have a nice dark ambience to it as one...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Meet old friends here for dinner on recent trip to the city. What a fascinating little place this proved to be. Top notch menu and service. The food was wonderful. Would recommend a reservation as it is rather small venue. We also were pleasantly surprised...More

Thank pclouds
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Just went to get a couple of small dishes prior to theater. Seated in the back away from the noisy bar. Crab cakes seemed made on premises and good; smoked spagetti was an unusual dish but very tasty. Prices are a bit high for the...More

Thank MrPickwick
Reviewed 13 April 2017

My husband and I had a night out together without our son and went to the Monkey Bar. It was full on a Monday night, so we definitely recommend reservations. We thought the food was absolutely delicious, the wine list excellent and the service very...More

Thank DAS123123
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Established in 1936, this simple yet special bar has some character. The dark ambiance, red heavy blinds, frescos, beautiful bar counter, evoke some 'old Americana' scenery. The best, the martini menu & light fare. A great place to hangout for a drink after some business...More

Thank Ana C
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Visited bar after returning from the theatre and had a couple of drinks. Good atmosphere for nightcap.

Thank Ocirisbugba
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere. The selection of dishes is good and the food was wonderfully prepared. With so many places to eat in NYC this place sets themselves apart with their location and ambiance. I was happy eating here and would do so...More

Thank Curt C
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
Nearby Restaurants
446 reviews
.02 km away
453 reviews
.10 km away
311 reviews
.01 km away
Nearby Attractions
St. Thomas Church
357 reviews
.25 km away
Paley Park
49 reviews
.16 km away
Central Synagogue
29 reviews
.24 km away
Seagram Building
27 reviews
.15 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How do customers dress? Looking at the pictures it appears that men were dressed in jackets and ties and women worn dresses. Can you dress casual? Are sneakers acceptable? Thanks
12 May 2017|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from JNFII | Reviewed this property |
Show some cuff and dress up. You don't wear sneakers in a place like this.
Ed M
Do you serve breakfast?
21 April 2015|
What is your answer?
Posting guidelines
Ed M
do you serve breakfast?
21 April 2015|
What is your answer?
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 80
Bar, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
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.