The National Bar & Dining Rooms

Restaurants, American Midtown East
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The National Bar & Dining Rooms
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Lamb shank at the National Bar & Dining Rooms
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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Adam V

Bar and restaurant from celebrity chef Zakarian. Welcoming staff, warm and welcoming atmosphere, though it can get a bit loud, especially closer to the bar area. Serving new American, with a focused, well put together menu - almost everything is worth trying, and many are exceptional. Comprehensive wine list, and cocktail/bar menu, many of the small bites/appetizers are great for sharing. Overall, a decent experience - especially if you want to try out his menu without having to pay even more at his other establishment.

Julie S

Located at the beautiful Benjamin Hotel, which has been said to be an architectural landmark, this James Beard award winning restaurant is always super crowded. The changing seasonal menu is expertly crafted by famous celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Some delicious starters, or as they call them, bar snacks are the meatballs, cheese board, and the delicious fried cauliflower which comes with crispy garlic, goat cheese, lemon and jalapeno. The kale salad is amazing as well, with pomegranate, green apple, and apple vinaigrette. For your entrée there are so many stand out dishes, but if you love burgers, order the “ugly” burger which may be the only burger you will ever want to eat from then on.