The Bar Room at The Modern

4.8
3884 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(212) 333-1220
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Abram Bissell
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Private party facilities
Private dining at the Modern consists of one magnificent room which features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Museum's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The space can accommodate up to 64 guests for seated functions and up to 80 guests for receptions.
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Private party contact
Special Events: (212) 408-6611
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
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Parking details
There is street parking, as well as a public car park across the street from The Modern.
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Special events & promotions
Easter Sunday reservations are available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here 3 times in the past one month, always great service and food.

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SL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

just not a special place. pricey, in a way that puts it in the same league as other second tier nyc restaurants (ie, it's not priced like per se or 11MP, but it's similar to places like marea and Gramercy tavern) without being anywhere near to the same quality. never had such tasteless truffles in my life (how can it be? ) plus risotto was super weird and hard. I can live with a $200 lunch, but it should be special @ that price point. this was barely enjoyable.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food in a cool setting. Portions a bit small for the price. We asked to be seated in a not-too-loud area; I don’t thnk they did that, but the noise level was not too bad. The service, like all Danny Meyer reataurants, was excellent, if almost too overwhelming, changing glasses and cutlery multiple times. Need to be a bit more ecological there. Don’t miss the tarte flambe!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice service. Good food and great restaurant.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Modern is a great place for lunch and casual meeting! thank you so much for the great service

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our son Thom’s 39th birthday at the Bar at the Modern. The food was tasteful, including its presentation, and the waitstaff attentive, not intrusive. With our coffee, espresso, and dessert cocktail, the staff presented our son with a plate beautifully inscribed with birthday wishes and with macaroons to share. (Thom was relieved that the staff did not sing “Happy Birthday”! The Modern is our home away from home. Thank you for making yesterday such a memorable day.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and superb service...Plus no tip policy. Two thumbs up!

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J
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints.
Excellent drinks, wine.
Perfect food.
Great wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in my life. Service was beyond perfect, ambiance was calm but hip, and we even were given a tour of the kitchen after our meal. Portion sizes might seem small at first but they’re perfectly filling, and the value for your money is exceptional. Prices are cheap by NYC standards, especially when you consider that tip is included.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Very disappointing. Used to be a favorite but menu has completely changed and all favorites gone -replaced by mediocre, greasy fried food in small portions. Even those wonderful rolls have been replaced. Service still good but wont be back

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BR
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent job all around. Courtney the Assistant Wine Director and Judy our server, among others, were fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sorry to say - did not stand up to my expectations. In our opinion the food was not more than ok. Not worth the high price at all. Kind of uninteresting and futile.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to The Modern every we come to the City - sometimes more than once! It's our tradition and we think the best restaurant anywhere. It's primarily about the food and service but we love the decor and atmosphere, also.

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TO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. They made us feel special celebrating our 25th anniversary. We even glanced in at their gorgeous kitchen.
Tamrah O’Neil

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had lunch. The food was excellent, the staff was very attentive. Our waiter, Aron, was very attentive and took the time to show us other areas of the restaurant since it was our first visit. We are looking forward to returning!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. They catered to my food allergies and the service was exceptional. We will definitely return.

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RB
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Waiter was odd, sort of pompous. Somollier wasn’t a good listener and didn’t make a reasonable recommendation based on our description of what we’d like.

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L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The restaurant is very nice along with the ambiance. The food is amazing; but the service was so horrible the worst we have ever had especially at an upscale restaurant like this one! We had to wave down servers we didn’t have one assigned to us! How does that happen? Insane.. the food and drinks were both amazing that’s why the 4 stars but the service was so bad at 1 Star. The manager or whoever in a suit helped us each time 2 different people was really nice and felt bad but it was just so odd for us to not have a server. We had a show to catch so we had to wave someone down after sitting for 20 mins with no server taking our drink order.. the manager messaged and said to call him next time were there but that doesn’t do much for us since we live in California. Perhaps if he had said to come by for lunch or something we could’ve gone back and maybe experience better service with amazing food but he didn’t mention that. We’ll see if we come back since there are so many nyc restaurants

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find. The ingredients are all fresh and natural. The dishes are delicate in taste and not too large. Quite a creative menu. Truly delicious.

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i
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great way to conclude a visit to MoMA, especially an evening event. Interesting combinations (grapefruit/fennel/smoked salmon salad) and techniques (charred avocado). Can get pricey, and the portions are small. On the bright side, you can eat a memorable meal and not feel stuffed. Service is excellent and the no-tipping policy (it's built into the price) is helpful. You don't have to do math after one too many glasses of wine.

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The service was phenomenal, the food very tasty, and overall I just had a lovely experience.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations at the Bar Room at the Modern for a Saturday evening, and were seated as soon as we arrived. The service was attentive without being annoying. The Tarte Flambée appetizer was a perfect start. There were four of us dining, and each entree was amazing. I ordered the Lobster Risotto which was a delicious work of art. Dessert was the summer berry tart and theMilk Chocolate Pain Perdu, a perfect end to a wonderful meal. Truly a first class dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food in a comfortable, cozy setting! Service is truly commendable!👍👏❤️😘

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L
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were fantastic and a great location for dinner after 5th Avenue shopping.

There wine list is massive and I’m pretty sure they told us they have 4 sommeliers on staff.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Immaculate service: engaging and helpful but discreet
Wonderful food: delicious and beautifully presented

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern Restaurant was a sheer delight. Excellent service and delicious food from beginning to end. I recommend the crispy salmon and lobster risotto. For dessert, the berry tart. Although anything on the menu won't disappoint.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with a very knowledgeable staff. I would back in a heartbeat

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely; Reasonably priced for a higher end restaurant, the beef tartare was delicious. Creative presentation and high quality food.

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LE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this gem of a restaurant/bar. It's perfect in every way. Creative menu, beautifully served, the staff is professional, well orchestrated, attentive and friendly. Being located at MOMA, the setting is appropriately contemporary with a casual elegant vibe.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Steve was amazing. His timing, expertise & humor was impeccable and charming. I was enchanted with the kitchen & he extended a brief tour. It is obvious the team is amazing and passionate about their roles. Bravo!

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D
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great lunch in a vibrant atmosphere! A tad noisy, but ok during the day

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a repeat customer, and The Modern always gets it right.

When I walk in the door, the know who I am, including my name. The staff is delightful, professional and helpful, offering various options for seating.

On this occasion, I was dining solo and opted to dine at the bar. Each of the bartenders knew my name, and each of them went out of his way to make sure that I had an enjoyable experience. The food was excellent, as always; properly timed, just as I requested.

Danny Meyer and his team get it right every time. I can say that about very few restaurants anywhere in the world.

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DS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top quality restaurant. It is clear the food is prepared by a 2 Michelin stars staff. The choice is of course limited, compared to the main dining room, but you can spend a wonderful dinner at a reasonable price.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was simply amazing and the service incredibly attentive. Really support the no tipping concept… Would rather pay extra for a meal if it supports better wages for all staff rather than just a few.

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VF
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy lifestyle Grand style Excellent in regarding cuisine

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To add to the experience we were invited into the incredible kitchen, given a tour and had our photograph taken with the staff including the head pastry chef. What a memorable photo it is. My guest loved the attention and promises to go back.

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NA
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a perfect dining experience. Ambience, service, food, perfect.

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WD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service - never had a bad experience here

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SN
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Bonafide NY Experience, The Bar Room at the Modern is a great dining experience -- ambiance, food, service all get high marks. This is a room where you really feel a buzz. It's exciting. I recommend it to anyone -- native or visitor -- who wants to have a fun evening on the town.

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r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service - and excellently prepared food, with a minimum of extra salted dishes ( which we feel is the sign of a chef who trusts the natural flavors) mad e this a perfect dinner. The sleek space and the perfect attention to every detail ( like a glass of ice cubes when I wanted my water colder) made this meal memorable. If you can afford it, a fantastic wine list, but the by-the glass selections are very well chosen.
And nicest of all, a card signed by the whole staff for our anniversary!

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