The Bar Room at The Modern

4.8
4032 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On Valentine's Day, The Bar Room at The Modern will be offering a special 3-course menu at $118.00 per person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless experience yes queen

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came in for lunch, snagged a couple of seats at the bar. It’s always a cheerful ambience, very attractive setting, the food is always sublime. We split the tart flambé to start, then I had the charred avocado with crab. Hubby had the sea bass. Just delicious. Always feels like a holiday mood!

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always beautiful and delicious. Ideal for a great midtown business lunch.

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

Staff very courteous and pleasant.
The chef has to be reminded that if he has a salty tooth, not everyone shares his taste.
Tip included in the price is not well advertised. I did not see it on the menu. did not review my
check and added about 22% to the check.
The menu is not enough accommodating and the variety very limited.
The Mont Blanc dessert was good despite a suspicious brown sauce which did not belong at all
with the meringue.
It is a good place for the MOMA goer, but not for every day.

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w
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and service was great. All the waiters were efficient and personable. One waiter and I forgot his name did something really special for us which started as a joke but when we left there was a package with chocolates for us to take home.

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r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many years of very happy food and dining here. Sophisticated food and wines, Union Square runs a great operation and makes a fine meal.

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M
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. All waiters knowledgeable and so kind. Food exquisite. Fine dining. Great bar. And then go to MOMA!

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that place! Always treated like a VIP😊 From the decor to the service the food presentation its always a great time!

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Low key, friendly, professional service. Great food. No tipping policy wonderful.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First ime out; good experience. Early reservation (12 noon) a good idea for any Manhattan restaurant.

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LB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and presentation are all beautifully done. The no-tipping philosophy is the cherry on top.

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JK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent

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AS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern is one of favorite place in NYC! Love everything about it, from the amazing food, to impeccable service, beautiful décor and overall very cozy atmosphere!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The bar room is a non tipping experience ehich is interesting. The service we revieved versus the table next to us varied greatly. The food and wine selection were deserving of the michrlin rating. Unbelievable wine by the glass. Exceptional food and great decor. However, our server wine pours were scant. We were never told about the lunch special. The server was not seen after our order was taken and other staff were indifferent to us, tossing dessert mrnus ln the table, never sdking if we wanted coffee, etc. Told us about the lunch special when asked after our meal and even remarked that the special was larger snd perhaps a better option. The tablr nect yo us was treated to tasting to wines befire choosing their glasses. With larger pours and an actra top off. They were offered the special which looked great since it was actually brought to our table as we were eating. As we left, we mentioned this all to the host staff and recieved an indifferent response.

So go for the food which is wonderful and inventive. It is pricey and worth it. But if you want the food AND service if restaurant if this price, be ready for good or bad.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Food on point for a bar associated with a 2 Michelin starred restaurant adjacent. No complaints. Waiter made some recommendations. Enjoyed the ones we followed. Would return.

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D
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the Bar room and it was terrific. The service was outstanding without being overwhelming, the food was delicious, especially the appetizer and dessert (the chocolate extravaganza), the champagne was great. We liked the no tipping approach.

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MT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy, but worth every penny. Service is impeccable. Creative cocktails. Excellent wines by the glass. And food both beautiful to behold and a delight to the palate.

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NV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, nice people around, very good service.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Stylish but could hear!! Delicious. No tipping just great. Staff exceptional.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfectly prepared and of course delicious...(didn’t hurt that truffles were in season ;). Cool ambience and vibe in the Bar Room - service was professional and relaxed. Special thanks to the Manager (Jenna) and our server Max for the warm welcome and special touch

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KB
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great cocktails and delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ate here on NYE. The menu was pre fixe, everything was a bit too rich, no clean eating options. There was also a hair in my entree, but they were very accommodating and did not charge for that entree.

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food here especially the scallops..Usually scallops taste just bland.But at Modern they can make it real delicious..

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SH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, service was very good. Ambiance was mediocre, not private and modern cold. Over priced even for New Years Eve.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, food and overall environment was awesome

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cocktail and ambiance!

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the experience was outstanding.
Impeccable food and extremely professional service.
Fantastic!

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ER
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in New York around New Years staying near Rockefeller Center. We were able to make a reservation at the Bar Room for dinner. They have a small but nice menu. A great option when staying in the area.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely had the best meal and dining experience we have ever had! Service was incredible. Each dish was perfect. We can’t say enough! And no tipping?? We have a new standard for restaurants...The bar room at the Modern!

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OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food consistently exceptional. Server needs more seasoning. Prices remain high. Menu could use more variety.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to unwind after viewing several floors of the museum!!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very small portions. Even for NYC. Expensive for just ok food.

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B
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best meal we’ve ever had in the city! Amazing drinks and unbelievable food.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. Would definitely recommend and return.

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F
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting MOMA one day, got hungry, and stumbled on The Modern Bar Room. Who knew it was a Michelin Star restaurant? Since then we go every chance we get. Creative cuisine: a delicious pizza-esque tart, truffled pasta dishes, herbed chicken, beef tenderloin, salads, delicious and beautifully plated, of course. Great signature drinks, an exhaustive wine list, and a team of sommeliers. Great place for lunch, dinner, or drinks and dining at the bar. A bit more casual than the main dining room, but still quite special. No-tipping policy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic special occasion lunch ! All food cooked to perfection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Comprehensive wine list from around the world.

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U
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make a pilgrimage from Tampa to NYC annually between Christmas and New Years. One of our cherished traditional stops is lunch at The Modern’s Bar Room. Sit at the bar an soak up the quality NYC service combined with a level of cooking you won’t experience anywhere else.

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BW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here so much we can hardly stand it. Every trip to NYC centers around a meal at The Bar at The Modern. The vibe is chic and cool without being hipster and trendy. The service is impeccable and the food is beyond outstanding. Is there a 6th star to add???

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