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An oasis of tranquility in the heart of Manhattan

Hotel Elysee

Dining & Entertainment

The Monkey Bar

We know many of you choose to visit New York City to experience fine dining at its best. Among all the hotels in NYC, Hotel Elysee boasts one of the hottest and most world renowned restaurants, the Monkey Bar, which has been featured on 'Sex in the City" as well as "Mad Men".

Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair and an owner of the Waverly Inn along with partners, Hotelier Jeff Klein and Jeremy King of The Wolseley in London are the new owners of the Monkey Bar.

For reservations please email or call 212.308.2950

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History of the Monkey Bar and Hotel Elysée:

Hotel Elysée has been home to the Monkey Bar since it opened in the depths of the Great Depression. The Monkey Bar became known as “the place to go” especially for those who enjoyed off-color jokes and double-entendre songs spun by such performers as Johnny Payne (1934-1944) and Mel Martin (1945-1983). Starting out as just another dimly lit hotel piano bar with mirrored paneling, patrons started to mimic one another (“monkey see, monkey do”). The tiny room was formally named The Monkey Bar in the early 1950’s when the mirrors came down and were replaced by wrap-around hand-painted murals of monkeys by caricaturist Charlie Wala. In successive years, other artists have added to the tableau, keeping the Monkey Bar as polished as it always was in days gone by.

The Club Room:

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Hotel Elysée’s Club Room where guests enjoy complimentary breakfast; Monday - Friday 7 am - 10:30 am; Saturday & Sunday 7 am - 11 am assorted croissants, mini-muffins, scones, danishes and pastries, bagels with cream cheese, peanut butter, preserves and butter, fresh whole fruit and fruit salad, fresh orange, apple and cranberry juice, assorted cereals, oatmeal and yogurts, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and assorted teas.

We also offer breakfast delivery if you wish to enjoy your morning in the comfort of your own room with a $5.00 service fee.

Guests may enjoy a complimentary wine & hors d'oeuvres reception each evening from 5pm - 8pm. Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, cookies and whole fruits are available to our guests in the Club Room throughout day.