The Modern - Bar Room
The Modern - Bar Room

The Modern - Bar Room

  • 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,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
254 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (166)vibrant bar scene (100)notable wine list (89)great for lunch (88)special occasion (74)hot spot (73)neighborhood gem (47)great for brunch (31)romantic (31)good for groups (27)late-night find (23)scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • I took my mother to The Modern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    I took my mother to The Modern Bar Room for mothers day lunch. The food was good but arrived slowly. We asked the waiter about our food when we noticed people around us who arrived after us were being served. He said the kitchen was slow and it would be up shortly but it was at least another 20 minutes. I'm sure he forgot to put the order in. We also thought it was overpriced. Lunch was about $75 a person with one glass of champagne. I won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, just a little on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Very good, just a little on the noisy side for conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impossibly loud. Ignored when
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Impossibly loud. Ignored when we were seated. Two orders forgotten and ultimately brought late. Couldn't have been less interested. At this price, poor value. Would avoid at all costs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food that can occasionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Great food that can occasionally be spectacular, but very slow service at lunchtime, probably due to the huge number of walk-ins from the museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are many dishes on the
    jinatnrtVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    There are many dishes on the bar menu that is shared by the dining room menu! Fantastic wine list, wonderful cuisine of Gabriel Kreuther, and Danny Meyer's attentive service team will make you feel like you're dining at a three star restaurant (although you're only in a bar room!).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Always a great meal at the Modern, no one had a bad dish!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a server who was helpful
    KateInDCVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    We had a server who was helpful but also had a quick wit and clever sense of humor, adding to our enjoyment of the evening. All four of us enjoyed our meals, desserts were spectacular, and the general vibe was cool and fun. Only downside was the very high noise level that made conversation at our table difficult.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful! - as always... Excellen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Wonderful! - as always... Excellent cooking and flawless, friendly service without an ounce of attitude - bravi! We have and will always recommend you to our friends. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was amazing, and
    Tortoisestyle
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    The food was amazing, and everything else was great, but the service could have been better
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Really really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    Great food. Really really well prepared and executed. Excellent combination of flavours. Very enjoyable. (Service was a bit absent, but the room did seem to be under-staffed.)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was great until dessert.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Service was great until dessert. Then the waiter seemed to disappear. Have been many times- always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really liked the Bar Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Really liked the Bar Room at the Modern. I was catching up with a friend so the slowness in service worked in our favor, but it was really slow.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Due to my dinner companion's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Due to my dinner companion's sudden illness, I arrived solo, and asked to be seated at the bar. The bartender was very kind and attentive, and made me feel less self conscious. He even refreshed my cocktail, the wonderfully named "Run for the Roses" which featured fresh rose petals, with some additional champagne. The food and room are very modern and cutting edge, and attract a hip young crowd, as well as older well-heeled patrons. This was my second visit, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for an after-work
    ProfcVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Perfect for an after-work date with my partner. Sort of swanky and (of course) mod, but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While the portions were comically
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    While the portions were comically small the food was delightful, the service impeccable and the neighboring diners were friendly an engaging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Sunday Brunch but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Went for Sunday Brunch but the menu had no brunch items. Choices were a bit rich for lunch. More light fare and eggs would be good. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste are very delicate. trimmings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    taste are very delicate. trimmings are new for me. not casual, not formal very comfortable atomosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    It was a very nice evening The food is very good the service is very good BUT The NOISE???~~it is such a shame that something cannot be done to absorb noise in the room It would be nice if you could hear the music rather than the people at the next table!??
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took my hip-foodie parents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    I took my hip-foodie parents and they really enjoyed it - AND the fab chairs were comfortable for my mom (which is always a plus over a banquet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've eaten here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    I've eaten here many times before, and enjoyed it. But this time it was so loud, I could not hear what my dining partner was saying. Also, it took a long time for each course to come out, and at times it seemed that our waitress had forgotten about us. For example, it took about 15 - 20 minutes before we were brought our menus at the beginning of the meal; surprising for a Danny Meyer owned restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have no complain for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    I have no complain for the sevice at all. They are fantastic! The food presentation is beautiful. but I am not a big fan of the black leather arm chair ( i know it's a designer chair...) Thank you.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small portion approach makes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Small portion approach makes it possible to sample a number of different dishes. All were nicely prepared, enough to impress our guests from Paris. Kept waiting 30 minutes past reservation time, but staff handled it well and comped our party ann extra dish for the inconvenience caused.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    One of the best meals I have had in NYC in a long time. I am a huge fan of this restaurant. Everything we had, including the wine was perfect. Jennifer was great. We have booked a special occasion for July. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrendous service - nice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    Horrendous service - nice, but very disjointed. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The food was outstanding and the service was perfect. Overall it was an outstanding dining experience. We will recommend this restaurant to everyone we know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Server was so nice, friendly,
    NightOwl
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Server was so nice, friendly, knowledgeable, and competent. We _loved_ the chocolate panna cotta and tapioca pudding with hazelnut tuiles. Coffee was great, too. I had the duck confit, and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A truly fantastic meal - a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    A truly fantastic meal - a real gem. A very sophisticated experience where the quality of food was outstanding. The food was quite rich and the small portions were deceiving. Great for a date or a dinner with friends - i will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our second visit.
    HandleVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    We enjoyed our second visit. The food is excellent, and the beignets are outstanding. Our one suggestion is to space the tables in the Bar Room are farther apart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Modern -- Bar Room was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    The Modern -- Bar Room was a perfect spot to catch-up with an old friend and share great food : small plates that were creative, prepared well and delicious. We stayed for almost three hours and never felt rushed. The wine was fantastic.!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our lunch and were
    Happy
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    We enjoyed our lunch and were not rushed. The request for a table as quiet as possible was honored. (it is not a quiet restaurant). The food was excellent. Mary Ann Shaw
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had an enjoyable time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    I had an enjoyable time at The Modern - Bar Room. The food was excellent and the service great. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family. My only problem was the wait time even though I had a reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was shocked at how bad the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    I was shocked at how bad the service was. The waiter forgot to order one of our courses. Nobody checked on us to see if we needed more cocktails, which we did, and nobody asked us how the food was. Had they asked they would have realized we were missing a course. Also, the steak was supposed to be medium rare and it was medium well. It took an exceedingly long time for the waiter to take our order. We received our first course before any cocktails were served. We had to ask for our cocktails. When I finally asked to get a second it was made incorrectly. A highly disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    One of my favorite restaurants of all time. The French Laundry (Napa): it's all about the food; The Modern: it's all about you (the diner). The chef is a master of balance; eating his food is like looking at a great painting, where perfect composition (balanace of ingredients) enables the eye (palate) to wander.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I live in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    I live in the neighborhood and I absolutely love going there with friends and family! Incredible, food, service and amosphere! Long live the MODERN!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum! Took some visitors here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Yum! Took some visitors here for dinner on a Friday night. It was trendy and delicious without being over the top.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A group of 4 of us ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    A group of 4 of us ordered a dish from each section. The dishes were either a hit or miss, mostly miss though. Ingredients were put together when they should not be (an indication that the chef is trying too hard). The cocktails were watered down. The waiter was no where to be found throughout the night. And when leaving the restaurant, even though our waiter along with a manager were standing by the door, no one bid us farewell. If I remember correctly, this is one of Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants. I think The Bar Room may have to work more on their hospitality, as well as, the service. This was quite a disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a wonderful time at the
    flashVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Had a wonderful time at the modern - service is excellent food is delicious -
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a restaurant to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    Definitely a restaurant to re-visit again and again....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a meal and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Great place for a meal and I loved the food. It's on my list for must eat at every time I am in NYC. Definitely love the place and how well designed everything was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My clients were very impressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    My clients were very impressed. I specified in my reservation that I would appreciate as quiet a table as possible but we were placed in the middle of the room. I had trouble hearing some of our discussion. Other than that, it was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic