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The National Bar and Dining Rooms

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557 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.756593 -73.971947
nr. 50th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-715-2400 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Eclectic/Global, French
  • Price Range: $$$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

thenationalnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 7:30ammidnight; Sat-Sun, 8am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$19-$38

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

If Geoffrey Zakarian's bistro, the National, were downtown, it would be just another seasonal, locally-sourced menu served amid artful décor. Yawn. But given its decidedly unhip midtown location inside the Benjamin Hotel, it stands out as a gem. Fish plates are particularly appealing, but not every item on the menu succeeds. The National’s aesthetic is McNally-esqueboth old-timey and au courant. Tables are surrounded by generous banquettes of soft brown leather, recently-laid tiles look to have been there forever, and delicate stemware straddle the classic and contemporary. When the quitting whistle goes off in nearby skyscrapers, the bar room fills with suits: Young ballers popping Champagne over oysters and enormous steaks would not be an unusual sight on a Tuesday, and neither would tourist families with young children in tow. But if you can find your way to the adorable nook for four tucked in the corner of the back room, you probably won’t even notice.

Note

Kitchen closes one hour before closing time.

Recommended Dishes

Burger, $19

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