The Bar Room at The Modern

4.7
4118 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, The Bar Room at The Modern offers Chef Abram Bissell's vividly seasonal contemporary, à la carte cooking, along with an award-winning wine program and carefully curated cocktails, beer, and spirits.

Guests have the option of sitting in The Bar Room, the adjacent lounge, or at the vibrant 20-seat marble bar. Walk-ins are accepted in all three areas, and The Bar Room at The Modern welcomes reservations up to 28 days in advance.

The restaurant is adjacent to The Modern which features four and eight course menu options overlooking MoMA's Sculpture Garden, as well as the exclusive Kitchen Table, which offers a custom tasting menu for up to four guests in the heart of the restaurant's world-class kitchen.

The Bar Room at The Modern is a non- tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Please join us in The Bar Room at The Modern for a special Easter Pre-fixe at $88.00 per person.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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JG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my favorite spot for a business lunch in Manhattan. The food is imaginative and beautifully prepared, the service is smart and attentive, and the location is ideal.

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SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place, very trendy and relatively informal for a 2 star restaurant. if you are looking for a great 2 star place, you will be disappointed. My food was very good but uninspired for a 2 star. I do rely on the Michelin guide from time to time and this place should be a soft 1 star or there next lower rating.

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o
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely luncheon for friends especially before visiting MOMA

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, this restaurant never disappoints. Excellent, interesting dishes, prepared to highest standards. Amazingly warm, efficient staff, in spite of the usual crowding and clamor. Be prepared to spend some money, but if you're looking for a great meal in a sophisticated, exciting atmosphere, this is your place

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LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went on a whim to celebrate our friend getting into grad school and it was a dream. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the coconut lemongrass sorbet was the best way to end the night. We will be back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall ok.. service was very good, agreeable/funny and helpful when not distracted or forgetful..

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this room, especially the flowers. The food is beautiful and the service professionally done (refolded napkin, etc.). This visit disappointed in one regard: dessert. The ice cream had melted and was a soppy puddle on the plate, and the dessert course arrived after a long wait, for which the waiter apologized. Not sure if there is a connection, but... Just one item not up to the usual standard, so I'm still recommending The Bar Room at The Modern.

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A
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual food and service was excellent and impressive wine list.

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b
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great.
The crab avocado, the scallops and lettuce salad were great.
The service was be there in 10+
Cavatelli was just okay; however I’m not a pasta fan..

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L
Milwaukee
42 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What great food! Wow! Every course was tasty, beautifully presented and a nice size portion. We thought that we may have given up something by sitting in the Bar Room, but we were not at all disappointed. Great service and atmosphere too!

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JC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner at The Bar Room — superb service (friendly, helpful and not intrusive), creative and delicious food, and a fun vibe. The portions were a bit modest, so I can’t say it was a “good value,” but I’d go back in a heartbeat. Love the “hospitality included” policy, which I take is well accepted by the staff, as they are top notch.

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the best food in midtown with superbly professional service

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exquisite food and service, not to mention truly great value.

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a
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time on the Bar side. Will continue to go back and recommend to friends. Same great service and food as the dining side, but a la carte and reasonably priced.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food- the rice pudding dessert wonderful

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was out of this world, food was delicious, and the setting was fantastic. Wish I could have had three meals there while in town.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went for lunch pre museum visit. Space was cramped, should remove some tables. Although there were several people that visited our table for many different things, did not get sense that thye communciated with each other well. An example, we ordered a dring pre lunch which did not arive until after lunch. Drink was comped but enjoyment lessened, especially for the price. Food was very good, but should be for the price so no surprises. A lot of more comfortable good restaurants that provide higher level of value in NYC.

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding time. We felt welcomed and at ease. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful and they tasted as good as they looked.

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D
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Went for my husbands birthday. When the restaurant called to confirm they made sure to ask if it was a special occasion and asked for my husbands name. Sure enough, when desert came, he got a personalized dessert. Nice touch. From the drinks, to the appetizer(charred avocado with crabmeat) to the entree ( velvety scallops) to dessert (brioche bread pudding), everything was delicious and perfect. Service was professional and friendly. 3 course price fixed menu is definitely the way to go. Great value all around.

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KJ
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We have been to The Modern before and opted to return because of a previous good experience. Unfortunately, this one was NOT. We had a 5:15 reservation and advised our server of an 8:00 p.m. show time in the Theater District (about a 15-20 minute walk from MoMA). Everyone in our party ordered the 3-course dinner. At 7:05 we had been served only ONE course. When we reminded them (again) of our show time, they hurriedly served the two remaining courses but we could not enjoy them, but instead, we were forced to eat quickly so we could leave on time. The meal is far too expensive to have such an experience. Two hours and 30 minutes is more than enough time to have leisurely paced meal. Very disappointed. We are unlikely to return.

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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Showed up on time and our table wasn’t ready. Not a big deal as the bar itself was really nice. BTW - discovered a hidden gem - one of the best bloody Mary’s I have ever had. Spicy but not over the top. The tomato juice was fresh as well. About 20 min later we sat down and the food was excellent. I had the steak tartare followed by the scallops. Both dishes were well presented and delicious. The service was also very good. Nice balance of attentive but not obtrusive. I would definitely go back.

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DI
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. From the moment we entered the restaurant the staff was friendly and professional. It was a lovely dining experience. I’d highly recommend this restaurant.

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MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

A bit disappointed in this visit. Seemed like the lunch team was off its game- food was cold, meat was undercooked.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good to be at The Modern again. Always a pleasure!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what I's expect from Danny Meyer! Elegant simplicity with great attention to the food and service. Very relaxing. One of the most European spots in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Best experience eating in NY.

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WG
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime experience today. Service met every need and expectation while being unobtrusive. From presentation to the last bite, we savored the amazing food. A perfect experience to top off our visit to MOMA. So happy we added this experience to our fine dining choices!

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a
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food; great service, knowledgeable staff; quiet atmosphere

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was my 3rd experience at The Modern. It has a lot of potential but comes across as very amateurish. The service is mediocre at best. The food is tasty but not memorable. For a preshow dinner it is not worth the price. It was my 3rd and last visit.

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T
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here many times and it is one of my favourites in New York.

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N
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service , atmosphere and food ! My second trip upon visiting NYC - I highly recommend for a stellar cocktail and fabulous lunch !

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The Somelierre was unprofessional. In addition it took over 20 minutes for our wine to be served.

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S
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very beautiful, hip room for an early dinner after an afternoon of viewing art. My friend and I enjoyed sharing four appetizers--the shrimp fritters with tarragon yogurt topping, the fennel salad with smoked salmon and grapefruit, and , and two servings of the fingerling potato gnocchi with charred broccoli and aged cheddar, and wine.

The room is absolutely gorgeous with lovely fresh flowers and several mirrors and a lively bar scene. A cheaper way to dine lightly!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

. Our server was helpful and willing to answer any questions. It was a very pleasant setting. The food was excellent - we both had the scallops. It was so convenient to go to the museum and eat at the same place.

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f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Always excellent. Appropriate for business meals, dates, any occasion. Even brought the family for our son’s 18th Birthday dinner a year ago. Everybody enjoyed the experience. Very reliable.

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here a lot and we are never disappointed. It is always a perfect dining experience

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern never disappoints. You will always be warmly greeted and the waiters are knowledgeable and so pleasant. It is a very happy environment. And you will not find better bar "snackins". Our waiter suggested the unconventional carrot rillette and the charred avocado with crab and now so do I! Don't miss them! The rillette isn't in a pot - it's diced carrots on rye toast (odd sounding but fresh and delish)
As for charred avocado, there is a lovely smokiness to it that counters perfectly with the sweet crab. Beet salad and tarte flambe also mighty fine. ANYTHING you order is going to be a dream, really. Treat yourself to a lovely night out - even if it's just snackin's at the bar. You'll come out smiling.

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TW
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Modern, most especially because of the gracious staff. And the fresh baked bread. The bartenders are especially attentive and remember me every time. Chris and Zeb are particularly outstanding. The cocktails and wine selection is impeccable. A fine experience to cap a trip to the museum whether alone or with a date

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible - avocado and crab, cavatelli and truffles, and carrot tartare were highlights - and the service absolutely top notch. Marcela is the best! Thank you for such an incredibly indulgent long lunch!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was outstanding. The food was delicious and our waiter was wonderful.

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