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The National Bar & Dining Rooms by Geoffrey Zakarian

The National

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian brings his style, passion and culinary expertise to The Benjamin with his award-winning Midtown East restaurant in NYC, The National Bar & Dining Rooms. His modern bistro menu delights as a result of his philosophy to use only fresh, perfectly sourced ingredients set into unexpected combinations that draw out their essential flavors.

The New York Times recently touted,“It is the sort of restaurant where it is nice to be. And the food, which hews close to Mr. Zakarian’s new-American aesthetic, is to match. It is simple but not really, a menu of standards put through the reinvention machine, followed by wise and often wonderful desserts.”

The 125-seat Midtown East Manhattan restaurant was designed by the Rockwell Group to serve as a New York grand cafe, where warm amber lighting and leather banquettes encourage its patrons to linger and delve into cafe culture.

When Zakarian is not helming the kitchen or competing of Iron Chef America, he continues his never-ending global quest for new ingredients, techniques and challenges to enhance the all-occasion dining experience at The National. The National is an all-occasion grand cafe that is not to be missed during any travels to New York City.

Don't miss live jazz each Sunday evening from 6PM-10PM.

The National is open daily from 7AM to midnight.


Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7AM-10:30AM
Saturday to Sunday 7AM-11AM
Interim: Monday to Friday 10:30AM-11:30AM
Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30AM-3PM
Interim: Monday to Friday 3PM-5:30PM
Saturday to Sunday 3:30PM-5:30PM
Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 5:30PM-10:30PM
Brunch: Saturday to Sunday 11AM-3:30PM
Late Night: Monday to Sunday 10:30PM – MIDNIGHT

The National provides complimentary Wi-Fi for your convenience.

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