The Modern - Dining Room
The Modern - Dining Room

The Modern - Dining Room

  • 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,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Abram Bissell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, 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 sit down 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 - Dining Room
The Dining Room at The Modern occupies a stunning space overlooking MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. Dinner options include a six-course tasting menu or a $108 four-course prix fixe menu with diverse options for each course. Meanwhile, lunch offers a $76 four-course or a $66 three-course menu. The restaurant 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), a beautiful terrace overlooking the MoMA Sculpture Garden, and a bar & lounge area to welcome guests on a walk-in basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Modern - Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (174)special occasion (164)romantic (94)notable wine list (92)scenic view (88)great for lunch (64)vibrant bar scene (49)hot spot (33)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (24)great for brunch (10)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Lovely food, friendly staff but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Set beside Moma this is a lovely restaurant with tasty food, friendly, efficient staff but the location is very noisy and the dining room was draughty so make sure that you take a warm jumper or wrap in winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    Phyllis
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This was one of the best, if not the best, dining experiences I have ever had. The food, service, wine list, and ambiance were all extraordinary. I had lobster and salmon--both were out of this world and the portions were larger than is usually the case at restaurants of this caliber. In addition, for only an extra $8 I ordered from the dessert cart and they fill up an entire (small ) plate with incredible desserts. Also, when i reserved it on this website i wrote that it was my husband's birthday so they brought out a beautiful desert for him at no extra charge. and if that wasn't enough, they gave me a little to-go box containing 3 additional desserts! I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. The only downside being that it is very expensive--but definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of NYC's Best
    EattcVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Have eaten here twice and both times found the combination of the space, the warm service and impeccable food creates a perfect way to spend an evening in Manhattan. There are many wonderful restaurants in the city, but this is one of the truly special ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I've been to The Modern 3 times before and I was never wowed. This time, however, it was just spetacular. Amazing food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much less of a special experience than last time
    RosenVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The Dining Room has definitely regressed from last year, when it felt like a 2-star experience. The menu is less interesting than I remember, but not much more so than the Bar Room. The food itself was at times too salty or simply not creative; only one of the three courses had a "wow" factor to it. Only one amuse-bouche was served, and even compared do last year when we were served two types of delicious butter, this time it was only one. The whole experience made me feel like they greatly cut down on costs to make their restaurant more profitable. Props for the hostess and manager who were able to switch our reservation from 2 to 3 people last minute; apart from that, service was a little stiff and awkward at times, maybe not as courteous as I had come to expect, and overall felt less experienced. I believe we were also charged for a 4-course meal instead of a 3-course one. Overall, expect a slightly more formal version of the Bar Room--great and interesting dishes, but not consistently delivering the quality expected from a Michelin-starred restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • horrible hospitality
    vickie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    we ordered the tasting menu at the modern the waiters were always in a hurry, out of the 8 dishes, we only got explanation we never got any full explanation of the dishes. every dish deserved 15 seconds of explanation or less.....didn't even know what they were serving to me. the appetizer and entrees were great: taste and look. but the desserts were a little disappointing....the components didn't suit very well with each other. maybe it is my own preference to get something very sweet, rich, and dense to be paired with something more refreshing and light to the palate, but the entire dish was a little too overwhelming for me. we were served tortellini dish with white truffle but no one explained what was inside the tortellini and all they said was this is white truffle. didn't realize the white truffle was an extra 38 dollars until we got the bills.....they never asked....how would i know?........
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So many superlatives
    4tastingmenusVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I've long loved The Modern Dining Room, from the elegant silverware to the view of the sculpture garden, the superb service and, of course, the delicious inventive menu. The restaurant seems to go from strength to strength. The new fall menu has delightful new dishes and the service is absolute perfection--warm, friendly, informed. The wine list has treasures for all budgets. I cherish all my experiences at this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desappointed
    Ben75
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had diner two years ago on this restaurant. According to our opinion, the quality has decreased. The pork (but very few food) was good but the chicken and the tuna had no taste. Very disappointed. High prices
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it
    Luiz
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This is the 5th time we have been there, and it is always very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never miss The Modern
    Philip
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I never NEVER am in New York without either a lunch or dinner reservation at The Modern. They are one of the very best in the city, and thus, in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    moma
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Perfect welcome, excellent food good service and great attention to the client
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dazzling
    HypedOnNYC
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The Modern spoils you with spectacular service, inventive food and caring service. Each course was thoughtfully created to balance health, complimentary tastes and overall beauty. No one ingredient stood out; each part elaborated the whole do that the taste experience was dazzling. The service is 'the best'. The room is quiet do a group of sic can talk and hear one another. A magical evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missing Gabriel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Disappointing on a number of counts, most of all the food. We knew Gabriel was gone. Thought we would try the tasting menu with the change of chefs. Uninspired. Tasteless egg and caviar to start. Roasted foie gras cluttered with cloying candied lemon. Texture and flavor of cod was off. If there was a chocolate cart the waiter must have forgotten to offer it. Was asked when confirming reservation about my seating request; reiterated banquette, was told OK, but not seated there when we arrived. All around mediocre experience. An unpleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Having eaten at Daniels the night before, we were excited to try out the Modern which came with its jacket-required dress code. From the moment we walked in, you could sense the mayhem--confusion as to who was to seat us or take our coats. The place was LOUD because of the bar and the dining area seemed very crowded and busy. We had the tasting menu and it seemed like every dish was brought out by a different person. One time, they brought out a dish and didn't even tell us what it was and just left! So much for a high end dining experience. We paid the same amount at Daniels and got soooo much more out of it. The food presentation was good at the Modern but definitely not a personalized experience. Not going back unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A great meal, a great evening
    Roadrunner2VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The Modern is always excellent, and this was the same. Outstanding food, superb service, great wine list - the complete package. What made this special was the outstanding effort to provide us a great experience after the normal close of the kitchen. We had planned to meet friends for a late seating after theater. Our friends were delayed and it appeared they would not arrive until after the kitchen would close. We discussed with the maitre d' and our server and they could not have been more gracious and accommodating. They provided a great meal, great service - a wonderful and unexpected experience. We were fans of the Modern before, but we think they truly surpassed themselves on this evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Lunch
    Laureen
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    One of the best meals that I have had in all of my years in New York. Had the four course lunch and every course was special! Service was attentive, but not hovering. Pricey, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very rewarding experience
    FernleighVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Lunch following an early look at the Matisse Cut-Outs. Everything was really lovely -- the setting as beautiful as ever, gracious and well-paced service, and food that seemed a perfect match for the season. Just very highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It is a tasting menue , with nice flavours. I did not feel it special. The ambiance and service are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    kiyo
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I stayed NY 6 days and went many restaurants. One dish in three prefix manue at The Modern was the best dish in my 6day stays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You can't go back
    hershebar
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I didn't realize Gabriel Kreuther was no longer the Chef at the Modern. It was my husband's firsts visit and he enjoyed his meal, but I thought the food fell flat in comparison to the delicious Alsatian French I enjoyed last year at the Modern. I was really looking forward to going back, which instensified my disappointment. I should have done my homework. My bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The service was the most amazing I have ever seen. Not just nice people all around, but great recommendations for the best menu picks, quick to smile, they took away plates before we even used them. And the (free) chocolate cart... at the end... was a tremendous surprise... and absolutely to die for. Oh, by the way, the food was creative and delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Occasion
    spartan83
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Started the evening off with going through the museum of modern art and then headed to the Modern. Started with a bottle of champagne from a distinguished list of vineyards. Dinner was an experience not a meal. The food preparation and quality was outstanding. The service was exceptional. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food.
    Oneda600
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I will recommend this restaurant for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good.
    Foodie1
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Didn't quite have the wow factor for me and was a little pricy, especially the wine list, extensive but over the top on price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing tasting menu
    Tifflin194VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I am not always a fan of tasting menus--there's a lot of food, and usually the best dishes are the appetizers. I'm often disappointed by mediocre mains featured in tastings (and high-end restaurants in general). But our experience at The Modern was phenomenal. Each dish was delicious and beautifully presented. The Kobe beef was a highlight for me. Even though I was stuffed I ate everything on my plate. My only piece of negative feedback was the combination of tastes in the foie gras tart. It could have used a generous sprinkling of sea salt and some more cranberry jam to cut through the overly rich taste of foie gras. I generally prefer seared but in some cases cold can be delicious too. It just needs to be appropriately seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JerryTop
    Jerrytop
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Fabulous food and service. This restaurant is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Wonderful food, amazing service and beautiful views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    EvyNYVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This is my third trip to the Modern and as usual, it was a wonderful experience. My only observation is that recently I have noticed that the presentation of the desserts is not as spectacular as before. Perhaps a new pastry chef? Could use improvement there. Otherwise just perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    michaelBYOB
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Everything was amazing. Such a great experience. Order the tasting menu... it's well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant was a wonderful experience. It is well worth the price. The food was innovative without being fussy. The wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I would definitely return and recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I went while in NY and had very high hopes! We ordered the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Food was ok, but the wine pairings were WAY OFF. We were expecting way more for a $500 dinner. Needless to say we will not be returning when we come back to the city.
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  • Utterly Spectacular
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were a party of six which gave us ample opportunities to sample most of what was on the menu, and the flexibility to have the tasting menu, or not, or to have any combination of items on the prix fixe menu meant that I got to taste almost everything that I might have been curious about. The experience of each of those bites was, as my review title states, UTTERLY SPECTACULAR. I look forward to going back again with just my wife as The Modern is a beautiful space with top notch service that just begs for a special romantic occasion as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Bravo to Chef.. Extraordinary taste, interesting combinations, delicious food, well refined.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • blcooks
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Delicious, delightful, delovely. The food was top notch, And the staff knows all about the menu items, their ingredients, and preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    SusieQVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We went to The Modern for my husbands birthday. The whole experience was top notch- food was wonderful, service was great. My only issue was that it was very expensive. I did not realize that it was a pre fix price for three courses. Normally, we do not all have three courses but the portions were not huge so it worked out. They brought a piece of cake with a candle for my husband after dinner which was a very nice touch and people wished him a happy birthday. But it was expensive-$600 for four people plus tip so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous!
    CgwilsonVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is just a great experience. Went for dinner with a friend. Food was exceptional. Service was attentive, not doting. The sommelier was very helpful and approachable in offering wines that paired well with our courses. If you are looking for a wonderful experience for a special occasion, look no further.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion
    good2taste
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had a lovely few hours with a friend I hadn't seen in several years. We had a view of the sculpture garden and although the restaurant was full I felt we had privacy and a leisurely lunch. The meals were delicious and beautifully presented. No one hurried us. Servers were young but experienced. A definite place to return to for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Modern was perfect.
    OZtraveller
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I only have one question - Why does The Modern only have one Michelin Star? It should have more. Thank you for a beautiful lunch and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for sommelier.
    FrequentdinnerdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It is always good practice to become friends with sommelier especially if intend to frequent restaurant regularly. I do not believe that we worked with sommelier here, but instead someone on the wine staff whose recommendations were disappointing. So if "sommelier" isn't wearing a suit, ask for the real sommelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good indeed
    NeilD
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the degustation menu which is expensive but worth it. Excellent wine suggestion from sommelier. Service friendly and efficient. A memorable night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate