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The Modern - Bar Room
The Modern - Bar Room

The Modern - Bar Room Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themodernnyc.com
  • Email: info@themodernnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 333-1220
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Abram Bissell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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) 408-6611

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 a la carte menu in a vibrant and welcoming setting. The restaurant also 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 & Lounge area that welcomes guests on a walk-in basis. The restaurant also features a prix-fixe only Dining Room. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We've always loved the Bar Room but what a surprise to find there is a new chef who seems to be a minimalist. In an apparent effort to remake the menu in his own image he has chopped it into a small fraction of what it was. Five (5!) entrees is all there is to choose from. Five appetizers and five other dishes, basically also appetizers or maybe side orders. And the dishes are tiny. The grilled scallop entree consisted of four (4! count 'em) scallops. The food, what there was of it, was tasty, but really ... Since we had eaten there so often before it never occurred to us to check the menu online. We won't make that mistake again and we urge other potential patrons to do so to make sure things have improved before making a reservation."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Love this place. I had the chicken breast and it was served sliced, moist and bursting with flavor. My Chardonnay choice was $30 per glass...gulp! But it was a generous pour and in the end I must say it was the perfect choice to go with the chicken and I would replicate this dinner all over again. Divine! The bar which stretches the entire length of the restaurant is beautiful and creates the perfect ambiance."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have been here many times and the food is always excellent. Most recently the food was outstanding. One of my favorites places in the midtown area."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "FAR TOO EXPENSIVE and not worth the price. everything should be at least five dollars less for what you're given."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Small menu but still too many tantalizing choices. We devoured our shared appetizer of miniature lobster rolls with smiles and sighs...just a few bites, but ever so yummy. Scallops and pork entrees were well presented and delicious, although the brussels sprouts would have been better roasted until almost sweet. Roasted carrots tasted as good as they looked. Cheese course with warmed raisin bread topped off another grand experience at The Modern. A plus: our waiter provided a taste of wine by the glass that just didn't do it for me and immediately asked what I liked and suggested an alternative. Delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "MODERN Bar Room is large open space, noisy. Very popular with locals and fills up quickly. Small plates. Expensive, but excellent and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent bar and knowledgeable server. The menu is limited, but there will be something for everyone. We started with a very good arugula and endive salad, which was nicely portioned. The big disappointment was the size of the entree. I ordered the grouper, which was a finger-sized portion weighing about two to three ounces, set in a lovely sauce with a scattering of morels. It was excellent, but I rarely leave a restaurant hungry and this time I did, after spending $180 for dinner for two, three drinks and gratuity. I suppose they must do something to distinguish themselves from The Modern Restaurant, which is much more expensive, but the degree to which they cut the portions went too far."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Celebramos el Cumpleos de mi esposo y disfrutamos mucho, la comida y el amable servicio."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Good beef tartare, but overlooked tagliatelle (though very tasty sauce of hedgehog mushrooms, kale and black garlic). Service was good, but only because the support wait staff's friendliness eclipsed the waiter's surliness. Lovely decor, too."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The Modern was my favorite restaurant and I knew the transition of the chef leaving would be rough, but I was shocked by the change to the menu and service. Different structure, fewer choices and those that do remain are less appetizing. This can all be understood in the context of a chef changing, but to top it off I could not get over how poor the service was as well. While I am sure the waitstaff are getting it constantly from patrons about the changes, hostile defensiveness is not the optimal response. Discussing the transition and highlighting new menu items is a far better approach than being told to go to Gabriel's new restaurant if that is the kind of food you're in search of. I hope they can right the ship, but it will take time."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Bar Room has a beautiful environment, with the most expansive wine list I think I've ever seen. The service was attentive and well-versed in the menu, making wonderful suggestions and answering all of our questions knowledgeably. A bit expensive, but not unreasonable. Portion sizes are on the small, but appropriate size."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The terrine appetizer and the scallops as a main course were both excellent. The black cod was even better. This was more than just a meal, it was an experience. We finished with a terrific chocolate dessert with pistachios and very good coffee. The wine list is extensive, but a bit pricey."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We are always pleased to be at The Modern! The service, friendliness of the staff and ambiance Is always outstanding, as is the food. We enjoy introducing Friends to your restaurant and will continue to do so In the future. Thank again for creating a special Dining experience! Karen Dandurand & Bob Teweles"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was interesting and made with great attention to detail. The cauliflower salad combined an amazing flavors and ingredients for a delicious dish. The tagliatelle was richly flavored but salty and monotonous."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Top notch ingredients; interesting and innovative preparation, and elegant presentation. Could not ask for anything more."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good restaurant to go to if you are visiting the museum. Food is good."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went for a business dinner. Poor service quality: didn't keep track of whose order was whose (and there were only 3 of us), had to stand up and walk to someone to ask for a bill, gave my coat ticket to the front desk and then found a guy standing there with my caot 10 minutes later rather him having taken 5 steps to hand the coat to me. Very disappointing service. Food was fine, but nothing extraordinary."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I try to visit each time I am in the city. Visually this is perhaps my favorite restaurant anywhere, it is perfectly appointed. Service is professional, never there when I don't need anything, always there when I do. Food of the highest quality in ingredients, preparation and presentation. House cocktails are imaginative and balanced, and the wine list is, in my estimation, a work of art itself and the by-the-glass offerings are just numerous enough to make a glass or two for lunch a grand affair. Go at least once then go next door and enjoy the MoMA."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "First time for lunch in the Bar Room since the new chef has taken over…both apps were stunning…my Tagliatelle w/wild mushrooms would have made from a perfect main course and my friends foamy mushroom soup had us both anticipating the mains. But we were both mildly disappointed…my Scallop course was technically fine, but it seemed to have been sitting on the pass a bit too long and was perhaps too simple to truly excite. The puny bits of steamed broccoli were almost an afterthought. My friends pork loin looked amazing, and had wonderful flavors going on, but was surprisingly tough. OK, maybe tough is a bit hard, but it certainly was chewy. The food is normally a solid four-stars here, but on this day just managed (barely) a three…"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Loved the vibe of The Modern Bar Room- happening hipster environment. Steak tartare was very good along with flatbread app. Pork entree was delicious! People in our group thought beef was just okay. Pistachio and chocolate dessert was divine!!!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pretty much everything was great about our experience at The Modern. The noise level was the only real drawback."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The bar room at the Modern is extremely attractive, tables well appointed, with interesting food and excellent, friendly service. We enjoyed our dinner, but the menu (described as "new") by the captain who seated us wasn't nearly as interesting as the one we had several months ago. For my husband and me, it's a special occasion restaurant. The prices are not alarming (not like in the main Modern room), but add up to a point that's beyond a casual meal. Probably not a problem for many other diners, who included the jeans-and-backpack crowd in addition to the dark suits just coming from the office. A great place to go after visiting MoMA, which closes at 5:30 on weeknights, just in time for a drink and a nice, sophisticated meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "we selected this restaurant after checking the online menu for items that our children would enjoy; the menu with which we were presented was different and it made for a difficult experience; please update for proper presentation of your fare;"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Salad was not wonderful--not terrible. Scallops were outstanding! Cod was mediocre. Very convenient to MOMA! Noise level can be vvvv high."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "You can't find a better NY midtown spot to have a drink or a meal than here at this bar !"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The menu has always been a little strange, but that being said, once you tried the food it was delicious. This time, the food was a little bland. The tuna appetizer was fishy and the Grouper entree was not good. Only tasty things were desert!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We went for lunch while visiting the museum. My food was yummy. the ahi tuna and the cauliflower salad were things I would order again. My husband's chicken was very underdone. I looked like they had barely braised it and it was pink in the middle. Very unappetizing. The zero proof drinks are good--especially the citrus one with salt!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Heard about The Modern from friends and were not disappointed! Spent morning at MOMA followed by lunch at Bar Room of the Modern. Our waiter was knowledgeable and made the experience fun, the food was delicious and the setting is great! Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Always keep coming here every time I'm in NYC and it just gets better and better each time. Had my bday lunch there recently and got a superstar treatment and food was superb, then came back again for dinner a week later with a date and it was even better - food was amazing and it was very romantic setting. Very versatile place but food and service always remain top notch. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "over all great experience that lived up to expectations..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have often eaten at the Modern and was surprised that so many choices were no longer available. I was told that a new chef had just taken over 3 days ago, and that the menu was being retooled. We made our choices and decided to share the salad and appetizer, then ordered our second courses. The service was excellent and understanding, the food good. I am glad they still have the Tomcat Bakery rolls, which resemble the Hungarian kifli. I hope that eventually the menu will once again include more choices."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Beware, much has changed. The chef left and the menu radically reduced. Even dishes that remained, e.g., an extraordinarily rich mushroom soup is now mediocre. How can a restaurant of this class be unable to serve steak tartar without onions "because all of it is prepared in advance"! The jury really is out on the Modern Bar. I advise not going until there's a favorable verdict."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Whenever I visit NYC, I have a meal at the Modern. The combination of a sophisticated dining room, experienced staff and incredibly inventive and delicious food is irresistible. I have only had great experiences."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "It used to be better portions have gotten much smaller but prices are the same . so it has become sometimes a bit ridiculous to pay such high prices for tiny dishes- A bit disappointe din the alst few times i went used to be a favorite... not anymore"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "It was fine - dishes are tiny, but filling. Wine menu is expensive. Fills up rapidly after noon, so if you can go for lunch at 11/11:30 it is a bit more quiet and manageable."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I love art and am obsessed with food, so this is the perfect marriage of both! Very upscale, but in a laid back, and elegant way. You could dress up or just come smartly attired and fit right in. I love to sneak this place in when I finish work early and am Uptown, but mostly we save this for special occasions. The menu never disappoints and is always clever and delicious! Very educated waitstaff, attentive but not obnoxious. Every bite is amazing and such a memorable experience! Almost don't want to tell anyone how good it is!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "wonderful desserts. The scallops however needed some kind of "puree" or sauce. They have been better in the past."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great place to get together in midtown - energetic room that stands out. (Midwest guest: wow! this is something...) Fun and managable menu that's good for building a sensibly sized three or four-course meal or something more restrained if its all about the company and hunger is low. Not cheap but sensible for the locale and venue."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food never disappoints. The service did. And the wine is delicious but extremely expensive. Even for NYC"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "nourishes body and soul. every dish is tasty and flavorful. The ambience is conducive to joy."
    Dined on 2/16/2014