Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lunch at The Monkey Bar at Hotel Elysee


During my stay at Hotel Elysee, I decided to do lunch at The Monkey Bar. It is located inside the hotel, and has a very long history with New York. 


We know many of you choose to visit New York City to experience fine dining at its best. Among all the hotels in NYC, Hotel Elysee boasts one of the hottest and most world renowned restaurants, the Monkey Bar, which has been featured on 'Sex in the City" as well as "Mad Men".

Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair and an owner of the Waverly Inn along with partners, Hotelier Jeff Klein and Jeremy King of The Wolseley in London are the new owners of the Monkey Bar.


Hotel Elysée has been home to the Monkey Bar since it opened in the depths of the Great Depression. The Monkey Bar became known as “the place to go” especially for those who enjoyed off-color jokes and double-entendre songs spun by such performers as Johnny Payne (1934-1944) and Mel Martin (1945-1983). Starting out as just another dimly lit hotel piano bar with mirrored paneling, patrons started to mimic one another (“monkey see, monkey do”). The tiny room was formally named The Monkey Bar in the early 1950’s when the mirrors came down and were replaced by wrap-around hand-painted murals of monkeys by caricaturist Charlie Wala. In successive years, other artists have added to the tableau, keeping the Monkey Bar as polished as it always was in days gone by.

When you walk in, you definitely feel like you are going back in time. Think Frank Sinatra music playing in the background. 


The most amazing hot rolls I ever enjoyed! 


Next to my table was actually former New York Govenor Eliot Spitzer with a group of people. 

I had a crab cake sandwich which was really quite tasty 


Wonderful chocolate mints after your meal 


If you are looking for a really vintage New York restaurant, this is for sure the place. You will enjoy the atmosphere just as much as the meal! 

60 East 54th Street 

Sunday Closed
Monday 12–1AM, 11:30AM–1AM
Tuesday 11:30AM–1AM
Wednesday 11:30AM–1AM
Thursday 11:30AM–1AM
Friday 11:30AM–1AM
Saturday 5:30PM–12AM


Monkey Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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