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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
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative food and beautiful setting. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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
  • "Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous experience as always."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Staff was amazing. Relaxing to have a long lunch filled with surprises for your taste buds. Elegant, minimalist decor makes supporting the Modern theme in NYC style. Every plate was more beautifully presented than the next. Heart and soul go into the dishes. Make it a tradition after MOMA, we do!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "great food----small portions for lunch- decent price ($62) for 4 courses- quiet dining room overlooking the sculpture garden-"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Definitely one of my favorites in all of Manhattan. The food and service are so consistently great I leave happy each time. The bar room is more upbeat and lively for those more casual nights, the dining room is much more formal for this special nights. I so love it here and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Poor choice of reasonably priced wines. Wines generally far too expensive. Wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved every moment of our dinner here. Prime people-watching on free Friday at MOMA at our window table overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Each course was a delight to see and taste. We loved the service that managed to balance a formal attention to our wants with a welcoming but not intrusive friendliness."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A absolutely wonderful memorable lunch. One of the nicest times I have had for lunch in NYC. The view was beautiful. Every bite was a delicious adventure. The service was impeccable. Everything was perfect. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I wanted a romantic dining experience lunch and i received. A table for 2 seated on the same side with view of the gardens and water. Peaceful view. Delicious food. Great selection. Pricey but worth it. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "For being a mid-town business appropriate restaurant, the food was much more thoughtful and interesting than many of these types of restaurants. Our waiter was casual, but very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. He made us feel as if we were the only table he served that night. We would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food and service was outstandiing as usual. The portions were just right and the preparations were unique. This is a must stop for anyone dining in New York."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Is all about the wine! Never been served a wine glass from a magnum. A definite class act. Congratulations to the sommelier for the excellent selection of wines. Great service and food. A definite return. we have our return reservations confirmed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was great . Nice experience and the view is very nice. If you are not a scenic view fan I recommend you the other side of the same restaurant with the food is 5 star and the price is less more than in dining room ."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I was looking for a dinner place to meet with a long-time-no-see Italian friend from Milan. Couldn't get a table at my favorite Japanese restaurant so was looking near Hilton where my friend stayed. Since I have been paying a lot more at some 3-star Michelin in NYC, I was only expecting "good" food for Modern's $99 4-course dinner. My foodie friend from Milan and I were actually both impressed by the quality and presentation of the food. The service was more than adequate as well. My friend found a bottle of CA Pinot Noir he liked - all things combined, we had a great dinner. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great place for a business lunch or to entertain people. I've had their evening tasting menu, which is a marathon of food. Definitely worth it, given the way the MOMA courtyard looks at night. The menu rotates very often, which is good. Incredible service. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I came here with my best friend and my family that was visiting from out of town. I had requested to sit close to the sculpture park which they kindly provided. The ambiance was perfect for the evening - lighting was great, noise level was a little low, service was on point. My only complaint is that I expected there to be more vegetarian options available. The food was great! I just felt limited in my options. My meat-eating companions told me the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The room is lovely, with a view onto the Sculpture Garden. The service is discreet and unobtrusive, and the food is lovely. Lots of nice extras (amuse bouche, lovely bread, end-of-meal chocolate) to keep things ticking along. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been to The Modern for dinner three times and each time the food has been delicious. Aside from the great food and ambiance, what stood out to me this last time was the sommelier. We just told him two types of wines we liked and he recommended we try a wine none of us had ever heard of. It was an excellent recommendation- one of the best white wines I've ever had!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014