The Bar Room at The Modern

4.8
3932 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.
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

The Bar Room at The Modern will serve a three-course menu at $98 per person.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3932 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything. Impeccable

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r
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a wonderful dining experience: elegant without being overly formal; superb service; excellent food and food presentation.

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente me encanta es uno de los mejores restaurant, buen servicio excelente comida

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good atmosphere, superb food and value.

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

Excellent food and service. Would definitely go back!

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X
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

So creative! Very flavorful without being salty nor spicy. Dawn to Dusk cocktail: fantastic! Sea Base tender and perfect with amazing harmonizing around it. Pumpkin desert, don't remember the name, full of lovely flavors that enriches one another.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All parts were excellent.

Unlike some restaurants, all parts were excellent. This includes the mixed drinks, the starters, the mains, the desserts, the service, and the gratuity policy. As someone who likes dessert, often the desserts seem an after thought and not on par with the rest of the meal. At The Modern, this was not the case.

The unique "service included" in the price policy is refreshing and I wish more restaurants would follow suit.

Our server Max was very helpful, patient, and helped make our daugther's birthday special.

Definitely worth checking out.

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Really disappointing service.

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SG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our attentive waiter Ryan took great care of us as we enjoyed cocktails with shrimp fritters and steak tartare, and later glasses of a wonderful Willamette Pinot Noir with the Almond Frangipane Cake with Chèvre Mousse and Mirabelle Plum Sorbet (wow!) to celebrate my rock star friend Jennifer getting inducted into the National Academy of Design class of 2018. Loved everything about being there.

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CY
New England
50 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time and will not be the last. They never disappoint at The Modern. It may seem pricey but remember that tip is included. Worth it!

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In every way this restaurant rates a 10! The atmosphere, the service, the food, the setting are always perfect. The evening always starts with a warm welcome by the Host Team. The Bar at the Modern is perfect for dinner with friends and perfect for a business dinner.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern is unique and elegant dining and suitable for all occasions, but for me it was for special occasion. The staff creates an experience for every guest which makes you feel like the most important person in New York City during your time at their table. Prepare for sublime flavors on your plate and delicious pairings in your glass. Bravo!

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MS
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious offerings! Perfect service!

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

Such wonderful service! We will definitely be returning.

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GS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Good food. Great location.

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NY
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently excellent. We've been a few times now, and it's as terrific as ever.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and great service! I loved the experience!!

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FM
Orlando
66 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative but still very accessible food. All familiar but new and inventive. Every item was delicious - even for the picky eater. Large enough portions to share but small enough that you get to try many - and I think we tried most of the ones on offer. Handcrafted cocktails were fun and tasty.

Service was outstanding - some of the best I've experienced. Gratuities are included in the prices - no tipping allowed. I think if this is the example of the quality of service you can expect under this type of policy, then I'm all for it!

Our party of five had a wonderful evening.

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MO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience and vibe is totally New York. The food and drink offering is well-edited and of a great standard. However what took our evening tonight off the chart was the service - all the staff who looked after us tonight, from the front desk, our waiter to the bus boys/girls were phenomenal!

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OT
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious but served cold. It is a no tipping restaurant which resulted in the service not being commensurate with the dining experience.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jackson was an absolute delight. He really knew his stuff and delivered detailed and professional service. He even offered a kitchen tour at the end of the night where we took a picture with all of the chefs. Truly a one of a kind, special experience.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Modern and the Bar Room, keep up the great work!

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WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food at The Bar Room was shockingly disappointing. The green bean and poached egg salad had obviously come right from the fridge and the shrimp fritters were deep fried balls of breading with a tiny hint of shrimp. The texture was mushy. The good news is that the management was immediately responsive and removed these items from our bill. Perhaps a drink at the bar next time.

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MC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends birthday

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet my cousin from CA every year for our birthdays
(We don’t sing). Always elegant but casual with great service & food!

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always buzzing, friendly staff and great food. A bit loud and crowd 40+

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1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Staff seems genuinely happy you are dining there.

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have visited The Bar Room on many occasions, as had our guests, and we have always really enjoyed it. However, this time, each of us found the food was not as good as we have enjoyed in past visits. The soup was too salty, the chicken too dry, and the green bean salad, which was accompanied by a poached egg, was not the type of poached egg I'm used to (deliciously runny and warm....this one was ice cold, like the beans.
I get is was a salad, but still somewhat of a surprise).

Would still recommend it, because we're hoping this was just a fluke. Even though this trip was a bit disappointing, we hope to be back soon.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite and exceptional. Each bite, perfect, as was the service.

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PO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight! Our service was outstanding and so attentive on a very busy afternoon. Every need anticipated. We allowed that they would certainly get a good tip! Guess what? NO TIPPING ALLOWED! It was a pleasant surprise that some of the best service I've had in New York was from a place that didn't even allow tipping! The food was delicious; drinks great!

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AL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Looks like anatomical theater than a restaurant for us

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was very good but we waited almost 45 hours for our entrees.

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M
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the bar/restaurant and go every time we are in New York. For two we prefer the bar if a seat is available (first come), but the tables are good for three or four. Great for pre theater.

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S
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 3

Service went smoothly until the admittedly delicious and beautiful appetizers were removed and the wait for the entrees began. After 20 minutes, the server informed us that the entrees would be out shortly but even then we had to wait. At least they were hot. No explanation was given. Whether it was a glitch in the kitchen or we got treated shabbily because see were casually dressed tourists, I have no idea. We had to rush to our next appointment so that added to the disappointment with the experience. I've always visited the Bar Room at The Modern after a morning at the museum but won't be going again.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a lunch, and one of the best meals I have had in the last five years, and I’m comparing to three and four star restaurants.

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S
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern doesn't disappoint. Excellent food and gracious service.

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MJ
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were wonderful. Food-excellent! The lobster risotto was perfect.

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CK
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner before a concert at Radio City Music Hall. A really enjoyable experience - everything was excellent. They have a good variety of smaller items in case you don't want to eat a big meal before the show - but heartier dishes as well. Don't miss the chicken - I know no one orders chicken in a place like this, but it was truly exceptional. Waited on by Nicole - she was outstanding. We basically put ourselves in her hands and she guided us through the menu and wine - didn't miss a step. It's a perfect place to go before a show at RCMH.

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