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The Modern - Dining Room
The Modern - Dining Room

The Modern - Dining Room Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themodernnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 333-1220
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday–Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
  • 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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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 sit down 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 - Dining Room
The Dining Room at The Modern occupies a stunning space overlooking MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. Dinner options include an eight-course Tasting Menu or a $108 four-course prix fixe menu with diverse options for each course, while lunch offers a $62 three-course menu. The restaurant also boasts an award-winning wine program as well as a carefully curated list of cocktails, beer and spirits. The Modern’s Dining Room accepts reservations 28 days in advance. The restaurant also includes the vibrant and lively Bar Room (reservations encouraged), and a Bar & Lounge area that welcomes guests on a walk-in basis.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "I was taken here for my 26th birthday and had possibly the most amazing dinner. Every dish was perfect in taste and presentation. The waiters were able to answer any questions about food/wine in great detail. And the manager even made sure t make the experience special by having the chef bring out a special dessert for me."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The beef medallions are excellent.in fact it's one of the best I've eaten including a steak house."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have visited here before and again we were very happy with our dinner. It is a top flight restaurant and the food is inventively prepared. It has a nice view of the Courtyard of MOMA and it is nice except when full of people and you may feel a little like being in a fish bowl. The only downside is the price but it is NYC."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We had a delicious dinner too."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Just simple, fresh and tasty food, great presentation ... Service was very professional but also friendly and helpful. We had good time...should have just one drink... gets expensive !!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is awesome, great food. We we t before visiting the Moma museum, which makes the visit to the museum alot more special."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "food was very good but only a tasting menu was offered. food was very slow coming out of the kitchen and this was a Monday night."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The combination of atmosphere, creative cuisine, delicious drinks and perfect service come together to provide you with a very special dining experience. Outstanding."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were three people. Two had the four course meal and one the tasting all with pairings. We often had three different wines, but it always felt graceful and comfortable. The service was professional and talented but also warm and fun. We became acquainted with several servers and felt like regulars. Each course was adequate in size and delicious."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Perhaps the Bar adjacent to the formal dining room at the Modern offers far better value for tasting and people watching, but the loveliness of the main dining room as a special spot from which to contemplate the sculptures in the MOMA garden whilst sipping wildly overpriced spirits cannot be unappreciated. The servers are solemn and respectful, and did get us out for theater as promised with time to spare. Their pleasantness in such a setting was quite welcome and the chocolate cart at the end a fantastic touch. One of our appetizers had only a tiny piece of lobster with peaches and did not work, but the scallop and beef entrees made up for this. Desserts were more satisfying . But especially nice was the ambience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The best meal I had in New York. Amazing service too!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant gives innovative and superb food, the price fixe menu is well balanced or choices."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and service perfect size servings highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "No one does it better than the Union Square Hospitality Group from the moment you confirm your reservation, through seating, menu presentation and suggestions, the fabulous wine selection and of course the food. It is elegant without being stuffy. The staff wants to be there and knows how to serve without being intrusive. The best of the best in a wonderful setting. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Excellent in every respect. The price of wine was unusually high."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, including the appetizer foie gras tart, the mustard glazed lamb, and the pistachio stuffed chicken. All was outstanding. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, the service was impeccable and the bar area is absolutely stunning!!! No complaints here, I defeinitely recommend!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous experience as always."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Modern for our 7th Anniversary. In my reservation, I noted this, and asked that if anything could be accommodated to make it an extra special evening, please would they. The Modern certainly delivered. They made the whole evening feel special from end to end. Our waiter was Jim, who was absolutely perfect. He was a really nice guy, not pretentious or snooty in any way shape or form. Overall the service was excellent, non-intrusive, and polite. The food was truly an experience (a positive one), very original, but still recognizable. We enjoyed port and chocolates in the MoMA courtyard to finish off the evening, which was amazing. Thanks so much for making our dinner so fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love The Modern. We gushed so much the wait and managerial staff must have thought we never get out of the house. Not so. We'd had so many poor meals lately, it was a special treat to be in such wonderful hands. We have never been disappointed at The Modern. How can you beat outstanding food (the cod melted in my mouth, the chicken with pistachios was just the right serving size-- rich and delicious, the crabmeat appetizer divine), superb service (understated yet attentive, professional and friendly) in beautifully designed surroundings with meticulously chosen tableware, while gazing at Degas, Picasso and Moore. It is beyond perfect. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "great food----small portions for lunch- decent price ($62) for 4 courses- quiet dining room overlooking the sculpture garden-"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Spectacular location but the service is not--rushed, ungracious & inattentive. Very good food was oversalted even for me (and I oversalt!) The dining room is too much like a noisy bistro."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been to The Modern numerous times. It is a good spot for a light business lunch. The space is open and attractive and I never have trouble getting a reservation. The service is attentive and timely but not intrusive. The food is delicious and interesting but as my lunch guest noted, a bit "weird". The menu in the dining room is prix fixe and rather limited. You should not go there if you are very hungry but you will not have a bad meal there."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Another great meal at the Modern. Excellent service and delicious food."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We celebrated a special birthday here and were pleased we chose the modern. Welcoming and professional service that was attentive without being in your personal space too much. The food was superb. We had one small incident on timing of courses but this was proficiently dealt with. We were overall really impressed and the setting is modern- but not to the extent it becomes stark or uncomfortable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Beautiful dishes, sophisticated, well-thought through combinations. Some yin yan effects borrowed from Asia. Expensive wine list with not many US wines. The sommelier recommended an inexpensive NY wine which was a perfect fit with the food we had closen. Well done ! Very professional reception and waiter staff, with good sense of humor. The entire experience was pure perfection. The day before we had cocktails at the bar: friendly staff and great cocktails."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The suggestion I did not see above is before theater. This is a great spot, I always love seeing the flower arrangements and the menu is fantastic. You can get a variety of things, share or not and enjoy unusual tastes and presentations. I always leave very satisfied but never with that uncomfortable stuffed feel. Everyone I have ever taken here has enjoyed it. I have not done the dining room, but love the bar so much, i do not think I ever will."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food is terrific and innovative. The view is lovely. The Modern is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. If you are in a hurry, this is not the place to eat."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Everything was excellent...including the staff being very aware of our show time and had us out at the appropriate time. Food was perfect and staff explained each course to us. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting fine dining in New York City. My friend and I had a memorable lunch at The Modern, with pleasant, relaxing atmosphere, excellent food, and good service. The food was arguably the best I've ever had. Having a window table with a view was the icing on the cake! The menu was innovative, the waiters courteous and helpful, and the kitchen accommodating. The room acoustics enabled conversation, a very important issue for me."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We've taken clients here for lunch once a year for several years now. It's a wonderful space, with a view of the sculpture garden. Always amazing. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Interesting, creative, and delicious menu, service is both highly professional and genuinely warm, and the space is beautiful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cons: Very expensive. Tiny portions. Over salted. Pluses: Good service. Lovely elegant space."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went for our 50th wedding anniversary. Everything was beautiful. Food was excellent"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch. Food was excellent, service good and a great way to celebrate our anniversary ."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Poor choice of reasonably priced wines. Wines generally far too expensive. Wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend for his Birthday to The Modern for dinner. You should only go there if you would like to enjoy food. If you would like to enjoy the whole fine dining experience I would not recommend this place. I felt rushed, and honestly did not know who our waiter was, they kept switching. Felt rushed as well. The service was decent though. Would not go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It was a Pre-theater dinner, reservation at 5:30pm. My wife arrived shortly before 6pm. The staff were very friendly and accommodative. The food was fabulous. I have never enjoyed asparagus and peas as much as I did that night. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It was our 20th wedding anniversary -- and it seemed everyone knew and made special accommodation for us. The hostess"remembered" me from my call and wished us Happy Anniversary. The woman who seated us said they wanted to provide champagne gratis for our celebration. The manager (?) Adam came over to chat, talk about family, and suggest we take our dessert outside on the veranda because it was a perfect NYC evening -- and then added two additional . And the food was magnificent -- subtle, nuanced, original without being pretentious. Even the gluten-free bread for my wife was an edible revelation."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant used to be our go to place when we get to NYC. We always go for our first night after flying in. It has been our stop for recent birthdays and anniversaries. It just isn't the same. I miss the wait staff coming around with rolls. I missed the chocolate cart going by while we ate so that we could hardly wait for the lovely end to the meal. My husband's beef was cold and we had to send it back. No spoonful of sorbet as a palate cleanser. The box of "chocolates" I was given to take home included 3 cakes with some kind of chocolate center. Blah tasting and I threw them away. I asked and was told there is a new chef. I think it is more than that. It appears to be a change of attitude. We will not be back."
    Dined on 6/4/2014