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Mar 4, 2012 04:24 PM

Monkey Bar? Saw RGR's is the food???

Haven't been to the Monkey Bar since the new chef started. Saw RGR's photos, but couldn't find any comments about the food or service. Would love to know!

Monkey Bar
60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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    1. I appreciate your checking my photos, topeater. :) Like loratliff, we very much enjoyed our dinner at Monkey Bar. The food was delicious, Mr. R. was pleased with the wine, service was excellent, and the room is an eye-popper.

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      1. re: RGR

        Question for you, RGR: did you find the room to be loud? I didn't think it was, but I'm not noise-sensitive. I'm considering it for a family dinner next month with one relative who, like you, doesn't like loud dining rooms.

        1. re: loratliff

          I'd love to hear more about this as well, as we're also considering it for a family dinner...

          1. re: kathryn

            I think the food is delicious.

            The room is not particularly loud.

            The decor, however, is a hoot.

            I recommend this restaurant pretty much without reservation -- especially for something like a family dinner.

          2. re: loratliff

            We arrived around 9:30 on a Saturday night, and the room was full. I found the noise level to be very acceptable. I should note that we had one of the best tables, a large booth along the back wall. Surprised the heck out of us! I suppose the noise level could be higher if the room was dominated by loud diners, which wasn't the case the night we were there. One other thing. Tables emptied pretty early for a Saturday night. As you can see from my photos, by the time we left a little after 11 p.m., we were nearly the only ones left.


            1. re: RGR

              Thanks for the response, hopefully we can grab that same booth when we go.

              1. re: kathryn

                How many people will be at your family dinner? The booths can accommodate up to six people.


                  1. re: kathryn

                    Then perhaps you could request a booth when you reserve.


                      1. re: kathryn

                        I just heard back from a friend who went last night, who wrote to me, "I had a Monkey Gland cocktail, the scallops app, my standard Sancerre, the Berkshire pork main, and mousse. All were were good, especially the scallops and pork. Excellent service, atmosphere."

                        We'll be going in about a month from now, I'll definitely report back. If anything, I'm hoping the in-laws will LOVE the mural.

          3. re: RGR

            My friend owned the Monkey Bar in LA, but I don't think it was related to this one

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            1. My son and went recently and it was all excellent, food, ambience, service. Not loud at all. Very easy to hold a conversation.

              1. It sounds as though things may be going downhill:

                Damon Wise made it clear when he took over the kitchen that his real interest was opening his own restaurant, and those plans were already in motion. So, who knows how much time he is now spending at Monkey Bar?

                Also, .Belinda Chang, who was hired as the G.M. when the restaurant was revamped, left two months ago.


                That means she was probably gone when we ate there at the end of January. Unlike the service described in the linked review, ours was fine. However, it does sound as if her departure is now having negative consequences in that regard.