The National Bar & Dining Rooms

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Lamb shank at the National Bar & Dining Rooms
Midtown East
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This luxe new eatery, from hotel restaurant impresario Geoffrey Zakarian, offers American bistro fare from morning till night in a grand corner setting. For breakfast, there's a pork-belly Benedict drizzled with béarnaise; lunchtime highlights haute classics like a truffled croque-madame; and at dinner look for mains like a roasted lamb shank with farro and butternut squash. For those just wanting a drink, expect high prices (cocktails hover around $14) and a stunning space to justify them: The bar is zinc, the tables marble, and the staircase (leading to a private dining room above) is gleaming bronze.
Venue name: The National Bar & Dining Rooms
Address: The Benjamin, 557 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: at 50th St
Opening hours: Daily 7am–1am
Transport: Subway: E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $42. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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