Monkey Bar, New York City

Monkey Bar, New York City

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60 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, United States

Replete with red leather banquettes and low lighting, the glamorous and intimate Monkey Bar has a long and colorful history dating back to the days before World War II (playwright Tennesee Williams is said to have mysteriously choked on an eyedropper cap here, which lead to his death). Men in bespoke suits—think AMC's Mad Men—would come here after-hours and eat and drink their weight in oysters Rockefeller and gin martinis. The Monkey Bar was purchased in 2009 by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter, at which time acclaimed illustrator Ed Sorel painted an elaborate mural of Jazz Age titans. You can still order old favorites like the creamy lobster thermidor, as well as more imaginative dishes, such as the Nora Ephron-inspired meatloaf.

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