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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
  • 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
  • "Returning to the Modern Bar for an informal but high quality lunch is always a pleasure. The summer salad with peaches was savory and sweet--just delightful. The Salmon was cooked perfectly ( and we had not specified the level of cooking desired). The dessert was scrumptious. The wait staff was attentive but a little pushy, trying to encourage us to order more dishes than necessary and clearing our plates when one of us was still eating. All and all, it was a fun, tasty experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "While a few old favorites are gone, the new items are even better. The constantly evolving menu is a genuine adventure - not a cliché on the list, and everything lives up to its promise. It is great to see new life in a place that may have been coasting for awhile."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Contemporary restaurant with nice ambience. Many of the guests are visiting MoMA and have stopped in for dinner. Food average. Small portions, high price."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I love the place but I prefer the previous chef's style. So glad they kept the bacon/gruyere tart."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food was better previously - reads better tha the execution. All over salted, bright wrong starter for one person, presentation still very pretty, charge for bar nuts& olives egregious (asked for nibbles as we were waiting for the 3rd of our party, those were brought over to our table, no mention of charge)"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food here is always tasty in an interesting way, and the small portions make it possible to have several taste bombs. ThereS a funny carrot dish that Bugs would love."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Finally, a restaurant around the theatre district that's not cheesy and trying to rip you off by putting tons of stuff on your table! Great food, nice ambiance and no loud background music or the unavoidable DJ!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Perfect Friday night out following MOMA visit. The food waas quite good - we ate at the bar which we preferred to the main room. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The new menu (and I assume chef) has drastically changed the quality of The Modern - Bar Room. I am not sure why, but the entire dining experience has declined in quality. It may have been the holiday weekend, but this was really not a good experience."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The menu at first glance seemed good but not too exciting--HOWEVER, my date and I ordered 4 plates for sharing and each was incredibly complex in flavor without being too rich. The marinated tuna was fresh, tangy, and well dressed with greens and surprising crunch bits. The carrots were unreal (yes, carrots). Who knew roasted carrots could have such punch! Scallops were cooked to perfection (buttery on the inside and nicely grilled on the outside...plus the romesco, broccolini, and hazelnuts were the perfect companions. Good portions too - the plate included 4 nice scallops. Salmon was fresh and juicy. All in all we walked away very satisfied sharing 4 small plates--usually not the case! Service was outstanding. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Sometimes everything just falls into place & you have a great dining experience. This was one of those times. The waitstaff was attentive & the waiter steered us to wonderful selections. I especially enjoyed the crab/radish salad & the carrots as a side dish rather than appetizer was a perfect suggestion. We weren't rushed & enjoyed a leisurely meal finished off by a decadent chocolate dessert with lemon verbena (to die for) ice cream."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had lunch here with a friend before going to a Sunday matinee. The food is consistently good here and the service is always cordial and ready to please. I didn't give service 5 stars because I twice asked for ice and never got it. While this is a minor infraction I would expect no oversights for this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Salmon was very good. Guest seemed to enjoy dinner. Service was fine. Would return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Bar Room at The Modern turned out to be the perfect spot for a special dinner! Thank you so much for a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Stunning presentation, cuisine, and wine. Simply put, perfection. The foie gras and tuna tartare were the highlight of the evening. Visit MOMA, and then have lunch or dinner in the bar area, and you will have a sensational day."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was great but the portions were shockingly small. I was still hungry after three courses!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "the food was outstanding; we will certainly go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite spots. The food is consistently good and service is impeccable. Our California friend raved about everything!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We love The Modern and try to go whenever we're in the city. The food never disappoints but our lunch took two precious hours out of our busy day. We couldn't tell if it was the fault of the kitchen or the server. We will go back but if it happens again we may have to reconsider. We did love the maitre d' - he was delightful and was enthusiastic about taking a picture of us as we were leaving."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The Modern is in a great location and it is a very good looking restaurant with a good crowd. Unfortunate the food doesn't live up to the restaurant's great atmosphere and the service is best described as aloof and kind of slow. I had the pork loin with pork belly confit. The pork loin was overcooked and a bit tough, and while I didn't think it through before ordering, pork belly "confit" is just a strip of bacon, not some type of fine, artisanal bacon, just the regular strip of bacon you would expect for $.99 at a diner. For the price point, there are a lot of better restaurants in Manhattan. Great place for a drink, but not to dine."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great food , Great atmosphere , Lively , In Place . i"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had an early curtain and the food at the Modern-Bar room was perfect. The food was delicious, creative and in small enough portions not to weigh us down for the evening. The wines are pricey."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Sometimes, the departure of a chef can signal a decline, but not here. The new dishes are even better than the ones that they have replaced - one of my best meals here yet! Extremely professional, accommodating and friendly service is an added plus."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "liked it a lot , would recommend again. liked it a lot , would recommend again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "As always, food and ambience were great, but unlike prior visits, the service was lacking. We were seated 15 minutes before waitress first even approached us. Things got better from there, but it was a rough start."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The room gorgeous. Our lunch was delicious. HOWEVER, the portions were tiny. My tiny, 80 year old guest as for the bread basket to be refilled. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent summer menu in the bar. Fresh, seasonal, innovative. Excellent service as well. A little noisy due to some unhappy children."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Dinner in the bar room was a great choice for our group: some posh foodies, and some urban adventurers with not-so-deep pockets. The Bar Room at The Modern provided an interesting menu, cool space, great food, and excellent service; all the best of NYC fine dining at half the price. Our server helped us order just enough, letting us know about small portions and encouraging us to share plates. The staff was present without hovering, and despite the packed room we never lacked for attention. Food was well presented, creative, and delicious without trying too hard. They avoided the hip restaurant tendency to combine too many exotic flavors. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The steak was not of a quality expected and the wine list is too expensive. The noise is too much. Besides all these, I like the vibrancy of the ambience."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Attentive and friendly service. You feel welcome. Concerned staff but not fussy. Concerned staff but not cold. Interesting food - well prepared. Worst case scenario, a place to take a boring person - you can always talk about the food, the ambiance, the people around you. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food was sensational. Service impeccable. Portions tiny. Danny Myer does it again and again and again."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The service was attentive without being obsequious; the wine steward very knowledgeable without attitude. As usual the menu was interesting and very well prepared, although I was a bit disappointed in my dessert. The cost is higher than I usually spend on a meal out, this is one of my favorite places for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Although the Modern has been open for years, it still doesn't disappoint. We had a great pre-theatre meal."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "excellent lunch.we had a crab salad that was delicious, but very small ,light if one is only having this for lunch. the bread, and excellent dessert left us very satisfied. restaurant quiet early, but does get quite noisy as the lunchtime scene unfolds."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The new chef has added some enjoyable vegetable dishes, but the mains are dull. A pity to see such a wonderful restaurant go downhill."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding food, drink, service and ambience "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Outstanding service, excellent food, pleasantly bustling atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have gone to The Modern since it opened. It has been a destination for us every time we visit New York. This last time, however, will be our last. The food is always good to wonderful, but the noise level at dinner in the Bar Room on a Monday night was akin to standing in the middle of a highway at rush hour. It was a steady din, so bad that we cut dinner short, much to our regret. We have had both lunch and dinner there in the past -- maybe will try lunch again. But if you are looking for a place where you can converse, The Modern is not it. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had a great experience after a horrible one 2 1/2 years earlier when the kitchen could not accommodate my husband's pepper allergies and the server was too weak to advocate for him with the kitchen. This time everything was perfect, from the attentive bar service for drinks and appetizers to our dinner server and wine steward, who somehow managed to notice in a dimly lit room that there was a small piece of cork in my wine glass and gave me a new glass cork-free right away. We will surely be back the next time we are in New York."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This has been one of the best restaurants I've been to in NYC. The taste is magnificent and I'm not exaggerating. One thing that initially made us want to rush through dinner was the noise level but after 10 mins you get use to it. I will be returning some time soon. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014