The Modern - Bar Room
The Modern - Bar Room

The Modern - Bar Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themodernnyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-333-1220x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Abram Bissell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining at the Modern consists of one magnificent room which overlooks the Museum's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden through floor to ceiling windows. The space can accommodate up to 64 guests for seated functions and up to 80 guests for receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Special Events 212-408-6611x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is street parking, as well as a public car park across the street from The Modern.
A word from The Modern - Bar Room
The Bar Room offers a more casual way to experience an expansive à la carte menu in a vibrant and welcoming setting. The restaurant boasts an award-winning wine program, as well as a carefully curated list of cocktails, beer, and spirits. Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Modern’s Bar Room accepts reservations 28 days in advance. The Bar Room also includes a bar and lounge area to welcome guests on a walk-in basis. The restaurant's Dining Room features a prix fixe only menu and a beautiful terrace space, overlooking the MoMA Sculpture Garden.
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The Modern - Bar Room reviews from OpenTable diners
208 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (137)vibrant bar scene (81)great for lunch (75)notable wine list (66)special occasion (62)hot spot (61)neighborhood gem (45)romantic (26)great for brunch (25)good for groups (22)scenic view (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Great for business lunch
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Sat in Bar Room w client. Very energetic (that's a good thing) vibe. Could still hear each other talk at normal level. Crispy chicken was great. I started w fluke carpaccio which was very flavorful. Tuna sliders were eh. Paired meal w bottle of cider for a nice Fall change. Friendly and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portion Control
    elisacamisa
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Perfect for small plates---yummy tidbits and great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Very disappointing since departure of previous chef. The menu selection is lacking as is the graciousness of the wait staff. Had lobster sausage and it arrived covered in unaesthetic froth. Wonderful venue but lacking the soul that made a real culinary treat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a joy
    FoodwomanVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food is creative and delicious, and the service is terrific. The gluten free bread is as awesome as the miniature warm baguettes. The wine selection is thrilling. Ask for guidance and yes, state your price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Try
    RyllVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were unable to make a last minute reservation at The Modern - Dining Room so thought we would give the Bar Room a try. Overall, the food was very good. The fried oysters, the beef entree for two, and the cinammon doughnuts were the highlights. The Zuchinni (gnocchi) dish was lacking which surprised us since it was highly recommended by our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy cultural lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    If you are looking for a trendy cultural lunch ,brunch or dinner after a visit to your favorito expo, do not hesitate to have something to eat or and drimk at he The Modern!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is great, never any attitude
    185WEA
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If I could just have the scallops and cauliflower one more time before I die...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HansiVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Outstanding food but very noisy. Service excellent but overeager, constantly interrupting conversation at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    Rockwell
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The Modern-Bar Room is always a fabulous place to finish a great night out. The food is utterly delicious and beautifully plated. The service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Modern is great fo business
    DrdaveNYC
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I met a former colleague for lunch and since I'm a member of MoMA, this made a great place to meet up in midtown. I would suggest using Opentable for a reso since I've had to wait in the bar room before without one. Food is great, ambiance even better, and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Modern is an excellent restaurant to go to for an intimate dining experience. The service is superb and the food is top notch. The timing of the server is perfect, well-timed, polite & friendly. Will be returning again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Room
    JohnJoseph
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My time at The Modern was great however, I wish I would have known that the tasting menu is not available in the bar room and is only available in the more formal dining area. The whole reason I went there was for the tasting and when I arrived I was told that the bar room does not do tasting menu. Overall it was a good experience, the food was executed very well, the service was very professional and accommodating, and it was a great atmosphere to dine in. The staff did a great job making me feel comfortable and really took time the time to care for what they were doing and was very thoughtful of how we were treated. They set an example for what service should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lydie69Kia64
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall, food was Okay, the menu lost what was making it "Special" and worth the trip. Food is good, but its missing something. Tuna over Brioche, doesn't get it. Fried Oysters were too dry, The tartare of beef was okay but again missing "Kick" Dessert was good. Wine was excellent as well as Expresso
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service and decor
    Nikki10023VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Always a great place to dine. Staff went out of their way to be considerate. I said I was cold & they brought me a cup of hot water with lemon. My friend explained she could not eat the bread as she had to eat gluten free products. They brought her gluten free bread. She said it was the 1st delicious gluten free bread she had eaten. However she ordered white truffles & said she wanted it on Cauliflower not pasta or rice. This was to be her only course. The portion of the cauliflower was tiny - charged her $6. The truffles were 3 razor thin slices - $38. Even though we arrived at 6:30 pm thinking at that early hour it would be quiet. It was not and sometimes the noise was overwhelming - hence the 4 stars not 5 stars. My meal was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising service
    RatherbnNY
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have been to the modern many times. I was aware that the prices are high and the plates small. However, I have never had such poor service. We waited 20 minutes for bread and asked 4 times. The same was true of refills for coffee and tea. And this was at 2:00! While I might return for the convenience, if this experience repeats itself, I'll need to find something else in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning in every way!
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Modern offered one of the most sophisticated and memorable dinners I've ever had in NYC. It was definitely pricey, but if you're willing to splurge, it will not disappoint! Every single dish, from cocktail to dessert, blew me away. Still dreaming about the Brussels sprouts plate and tuna sliders...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some changes
    NYC2BVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I would like to clarify that it is no longer free corkage on Sunday. $35/bottle instead. However, opentable hasn't updated the info. Also, the menu has changed--kind of moving away from small plates (fewer options and larger plates are more than $30 now), however the larger plates are not much bigger than appetizers neither. in fact I don't like big portions when I go to restaurants, but I hope they could have charged us a few dollars more for our entrees and gave us the bigger entree portions. Nonetheless, the taste of the food is still good, but I think the restaurant is still transitioning its style. Right now, it is kind of in the middle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time - last time
    stampeeder
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Quality of the food is good, but portions are too small. The plate for dessert was covered by 1 one of ice cream ($ 12,00). We had the feeling something was missing.... . Sommelier forgot to fill up the glasses....There were at least 5 waiters around our table, but the organisation is a disaster. It's far too pricey for the service and food portions offered. By the way, the bread was stone hard.....
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had lunch and were amazed from the moment we sat down. This is what fine dining is all about. The food was exceptionally creative and perfectly prepared. The server was knowledgable and pleasant and assisted by a host of helpers. The decor is chic and yes... modern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Step up lunch
    magicmike
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Not for the economy dinner, but this is a great restaurant right next to the MOMA. Everything we had was unique, full of flavor and beautifully presented. When you want to kick up a notch, this is a place to consider.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey and small portions
    starfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is very good, but the portions are tiny. We were very hungry later in the evening and grabbed a few slices of pizza, after having dropped almost $165 on a simple dinner for two at the Modern's Bar Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top shelf in every way
    mynextbestmeal
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Hip, chic, lively with great food and superior service. When a minor error was made, 5 different people came by to apologize and offer treats! Food is creative, beautifully presented and very tasty. A new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uwsdaveVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was a great experience dining at the Modern Bar Room. The service was top notch, the food was creatively presented and of course it was tasty and memorable. We loved all of the dessert choices and the waiter ultimately suggested two choices that were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new2nycVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    always very good food,well presented and served. a treat before going to Moma...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyable light lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was delicious from the small menu. enjoyed my lunch with a friend as we were able to talk and listen to each other in great comfort. The staff was very attentive; in all a very good experience. I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprised at how good this was!
    salemwitchVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    i've been here before, and it was good, but not memorable. this time they worked to accommodate our need to be in a less noisy spot, and our server was very, very good--made good suggestions, wasn't weird abt suggesting we taste a couple of wines (by the glass) 'til we each found one we liked, and was attentive and responsive. the food was also exceptionally good--and interesting! all in all, a place i'd mk an effort to go bk to--even when i'm not visiting moma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    isnyc
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. I enjoyed the white truffle risotto and the scallops. I am not sure how to describe the scallops but they were awesome. I also had an amazing chocolate desert that unfortunately I can't remember the name of. It was beautifully plated with gold leaf and as delicious as it looked. The wine list is extensive and they had a good variety of wines by the glass. My friend had a bourbon cocktail with burnt orange syrup, it was special and I'm sure impossible to remake elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Apathetic Service
    phillyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Haven't been in several years....food remains impressive (including the prices!) and memorable...wine list is imposing with some nice gems. Service, however, was so disappointing. Our waiter showed not one iota of interest in us.....we waited and waited for everything....and his dialogue with us was perfunctory. The meal was good, the dining experience a downer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JJCCVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Menu was limited. That said, the dishes we ordered were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • really good food in a fun place
    Editchef
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food here was exceptional and is set up for sharing. Noisy fut fun atmosphere..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Service
    opentableJP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Service was absolutely excellent. Food portions were on the small side but overall food was great as well. The Citrus Carpaccio was one of the best desserts I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I have been to The Modern-Bar Room many times and have always found the food and service to rate five stars; however, this time my experience was not quite as good as I had expected it to be. The Maine shrimp fritters were good, but not great, and served on a plate, which while attractive, was so small that one of the fritters rolled off it and onto the table. However, the salmon was delicious and roasted exactly as I had wanted it. I wish the chef would bring back some outstanding offerings of the past, e.g., lobster pappardelle.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of favorites in mid-town
    knowswhatshelikesVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very attentive staff, great food. Brussel sprout salad was unique and amazing; desserts are very inventive and entres are perfect-- taste and portions. Great wine and drinks list and good advice from staff. Great for business lunch/dinner; after work drinks with clients or friends; great for brining out-of-town guests. Never go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointing
    mjan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The entrees were not as inspiring or as tasty as they have been in the past. I did have a great brussel sprout salad though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    While the servers were very amiable, the crowded room made service very slow and difficult to get servers' attention.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid Evening
    cmcdwh
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It's a beautiful room, to begin with. Comfortable and stylish. Terrific menu, too: we started with the Assemblage 1961, a delicious autumnal bourbon drink with a little kick of heat. Moved on to salads (not the strength), smoked carrot rillettes. Mains were fabulous: the most tender pork loin ever and scallops with cauliflower to die for. Best moment though: there were gifts being opened at the table and the waiter figured it out. The birthday gal made it clear she didn't want a fuss. The kitchen sent out a complimentary dessert and the server actually called it back before it got to our table, and removed the candle. Festive but no fuss: the way we like it. So thoughtful. Great night all over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive Modern Cuisine
    TravelinMan
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I had a delicious, post-theatre meal here with excellent wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TellieEllie
    TellieEllieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food. Neglectful service.. Ignored for 10 Minutes, appetizer order incomplete, main dish plated incorrectly. Bill was incorrect. Charged for an extra glass of wine. So loud, one could hardly speak across the table! Not for a quiet dinner, especially for those over 40.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This remains one of my favorite places in NYC and I don't visit enough! The food and staff never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeeL
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    2nd time, in three years, dining at the Modern -Bar Room while visiting NYC. Happy not to be disappointed - the fare was perhaps better than the first time! Highly recommend the scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic