The Monkey Bar

The Monkey Bar

60 E 54th St, New York, NY
(212) 288-1010 serving: Midtown Center, Midtown
open:Mon-Fri 11:30am-12am Sat-Sun 5pm-12am

Sidewalk Score: 7 out of 10
Location, Location, Location:


Bar Scene, Dressy, Hotel Restaurants, Asian, Business Dining, $$$$, Open 7 Days, Mastercard Accepted, New American, Discover Accepted, Visa Accepted, Restaurants, American Express Accepted, Historic Setting, Steakhouse,

The Low Down


Know Before You Go: If you don't have the clout to snag a table in the back dining area, which channels the old school Hollywood glam of the Brown Derby, don't worry; the full menu is available in the bar area.

The Extras: The hand-painted mural in the bar area is by famous caricaturist Charlie Wala.

Fun Fact: The original Monkey Bar opened during the Great Depression and went on to become a classic New York fixture, serving up cocktails to famous patrons like Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando and Ava Gardner.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

by at Gayot

Graydon Carter strikes again! The maestro of both Vanity Fair and The Waverly Inn has deigned to sprinkle his special too-cool pixie dust on the Monkey Bar in the Hotel Elysee. Big red curved booths overlook the dining room, and looming…
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Rude and Bizarre
By DatMel at Citysearch

I made a reservation here for my wife's birthday. They just called me up to say that it was cancelled because they decided to close the restaurant... Read More

Great food and service Decor stunning NY at its best
By sophia LES at Citysearch

This is a great room where you feel like you are really out to dinner in an "Old NY way" food is straight forward and very good someone had the fri... Read More

worst restaurant experience
By crustambekova at Citysearch

The worst restaurant experience in my life. I took my dear friends for their respective birthdays. we were greeted by suave and creepy host Peter. ... Read More

Citysearch Editorial Review
By Amy Abate at Citysearch

Graydon Carter--Vanity Fair editor extraordinaire and owner of the uber-exclusive Waverly Inn--has revamped this old-time New York lounge, nestled ... Read More

nice bar
By Jessica B at Insider Pages

Had a drink after dinner here with some friends. No celeb sightings, but drink was decent. Nice atmosphere. Read More