The National Bar & Dining Rooms

American, Cocktail
$ $ $
557 Lexington Ave (at 50th St)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 715-2400
7:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm



  • Holy crap was this an awful experience. From the start to the bitter end, it was all bad. Starting with terrible service, it steadily snowballed into a heaping pile of shit. I don't recommend it.
  • Sit to the right, and ask for a banquette if you can manage one, then dont shy from ordering a hamburger after the octopus.
  • Classic food done with modern flair. Don't leave without having their burger topped high with gruyere cheese and accompanied by well crisped paprika laced fries.
  • What a great experience! The short ribs are to die for and you must get the whiskey infused mousse for dessert! Great service and impeccable food!
  • Delicious & cozy....the chicken will melt in your mouth.
  • Follow us on Twitter @TheNationalNYC and send us a note. We'll show you the love next time you're in!
  • Excellent grub spot. Ask for Ronnie, he is the best.
  • The signature cocktail is the National Mule - a very well-made Moscow Mule variant. Once "elite", it appears they have trimmed a couple ingredients (not sure why) so I now consider them "very good".
  • Iced tea ice cubes!
  • Very nice bar with an excellent service and delicious food! Come and enjoy!
  • All of the dishes from celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian are tempting, but you cant go wrong with the ugly burger: its got pickled japaleos, house pickles, and special sauce. Yum.
  • If you find yourself in this area, there is no better choice. Fantastic bistro food and vibe.
  • Service was amazing and the food was better! I ordered flourless chocolate cake after overhearing another guest say it was the best dessert she's ever had. I could not agree with her more! Amazing!
  • The shortribs are to die for! The wine is really overpriced.
  • Don't get Elin as a server. Food is good!
  • With credit to Sam Sifton, the burgers are baptized as "Ugly Burgers" .... Not the most photogenic but packs an incredible punch!
  • Breakfast is really good, so make sure you get here before 10:30.
  • best spot in this part of town, mushroom gnocchi, skate, steak frites, Ntl Mule cocktail served in metal cup, see photos here:
  • Biscuits and gravy (more like duck confit goodness) is beyond good. Throw in a spicy bloody and you will be a happy camper.
  • Geoffrey Zakarian's newest offers a comfortable, yet chic atmosphere with modern bistro cuisine here. The Lamb Shank is prepared with Farro, Butternut Squash, Cranberry that is elegant and tasty.

Nearby places

1000 3rd Ave Fl 5 (btwn E 59th & E 60th St)
11 W 53rd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
541 Lexington Ave (at 49th St)