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The Bar Room at The Modern, New York, NY

The Bar Room at The Modern

4.5
4.5
4035 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • 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.
  • Phone number
    (212) 333-1220
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Abram Bissell
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Special Events: (212) 408-6611
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Cross street
    Between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Parking details
    There is street parking, as well as a public car park across the street from The Modern.
  • 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

What 4,035 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 1.6Value

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4,035 Reviews
  1. AmandaD

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was fabulous. I can't wait to go back! Of note was our wonderful waitress. Thoughtful, knowledgeable and just lovely.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was a bit too salty. However the presentation of the food, room ambience and service was excellent.

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  3. Anon

    Denver

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely menu, well-executed dishes. Interesting wine list and excellent service.

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  4. benisnotyoda

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Michelin starred restaurants in NYC with zero stuffiness. Incredible value. I am going as much as I can. Need I say more?

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  5. happyguest

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my favorite restaurant in NYC these days. go go go go

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  6. KatieS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love coming here. The atmosphere manages to be intimate and buzzy at the same time. The service/food/wine is impeccable. Since it is a no-tipping restaurant, the price point ends up being well below other restaurants that aren't even on its level. Definitely recommend!

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  7. DavidP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While the food was very good, the service was NOT attentive (unless you were the wealthy couple sitting near us who had chefs come out from the kitchen to fawn on them). We had to ASK our waiter for a refill of our water glasses and then nobody actually did it until we finally stopped a suit clad higher functionary who actually did the work himself. Staff training is needed (as is an attitude adjustment).

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  8. SheratonK

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    While waitstaff is polite and knowledgeable, they were slow during a midday rush. Perhaps too few people for the guest load.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was outstanding!

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  10. LorenaC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After so many years, the Modern has maintained its high standard with food, service and ambience! Its a reliable place to go back to!

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  11. SusanP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, the service, and the food make this our favorite place to eat in New York.

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  12. PeterH

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great casual place. The food is creative and delicious, the service was great. I highly recommend it.

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  13. Theodor

    Toronto

    120 reviews

    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have dined at the Modern Bar room dozens of time-never had a bad meal-you can't go wrong if you decide to eat there and it is also very popular for just drinks.

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  14. debra

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. The setting, the food and the wait staff. We had a lovely evening. Will definitely visit again

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  16. MichaelM

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always!!

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  17. LindaN

    Vancouver

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With the MOMA renovations causing closure of the art museum temporarily, we had to skip our annual visit. However, the Bar at the Modern was available so we were able to enjoy a marvellous Saturday lunch. Service was skilled and our waiter was very well informed on the options and preparation details. Every course of our three course meal was amazing in taste and presentation.

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  18. patriciar

    Naples

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I cannot believe the huge disappointment I experienced at The Bar at the Modern, which has been one of my favorite spots in NYC since it opened...we even celebrated there the day of the birth of our first grandson eleven and a half years ago...and I always want friends visiting us in NYC to meet us at The Bar at the Modern. I brought a friend who had never been to the restaurant for lunch, specifically to try the tart d'alsace. This was a new food for her...when this rectangle that looked like a slice of pizza arrived I was shocked. That is not a tart d'alsace, I thot...it had a lot of red and green in it...not the creamy white I was accustomed to...and the taste was unidentifiable...my friend said all she could taste was salt. I did not complain...at least I thot the tart was edible, but could not explain the taste. My baby gem lettuce salad was ok, but not as lovely as I expiated, to the eye and the tongue. My friend was aghast that the soup of the day cost 24 dollars, but she ordered it as she was not very hungry (we lunched early...ll:45 )... I was so devastated that I considered, and still am , writing directly to Danny Meyer. He would be horrified had he been at our table yesterday Aug 30. I will not be returning to The Modern, unless an explanation is given. I can get a beautiful tart d'alsace at BENOIT, as I did on Aug l9...the size of the tart was generous and share - able with 5 other people at my table for drinks and small plates...the size of the MODERN's tart was not even enough for two. Ah well..in the big picture of life I can handle such a disappointment. But this indeed feels like a loss of one of my favorite places in NYC. Patricia Lahrmer Ross on Aug 3l 20l9

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, fantastic food, highly recommend

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  20. luckyrice

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner!

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  21. HeatherM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was top notch. This proved to be a perfect choice for the night.

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  22. nycdoglover

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service at the Modern Bar Room were excellent. I was also struck by the quality and presentation temperature of the wines by the glass. Many restaurants in nyc serve very poor wines by the glass kept at the wrong temperature. This was not at all the case at the Modern - the wine was excellent.

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  23. milwaukeebrian

    Milwaukee

    87 reviews

    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is so high quality and the tastes explode in the dish. The crispy salmon was tremendous.

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  24. PamelaH

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an amazing meal here, and it really made me want to experience the main dining room someday. My spouse and I each ordered the three course tasting menu, choosing an appetizer, entree, and dessert. I had the wine pairings as well, while he ordered a Manhattan. Every single thing I ate was perfect. My very favorite was the charred avocado with peekytoe crab. The flavors and textures of that dish will stay with me for a long time to come. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My spouse started with the corn soup, which I had almost ordered. It was very tasty, but nowhere near as good as the avocado. The service was very attentive, with our water frequently refilled and being checked in with regularly. The time between courses might have felt long if you were in a hurry or very hungry, but for us it was the perfect pacing. The room definitely has a lively atmosphere, which is nice, though the tables are quite close and it was hard to tune out the conversation at the table next to us.

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  25. Eric

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bartenders were very attentive and demonstrated great mixology Skills as well as menu knowledge.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Caesar was just an amazing service provider - his suggestions were spot on and so was the service provided by every other member at this restaurant, thank you for making a huge difference in the way you treat your guests.

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  27. Xxcxcxcxcxccx

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was terrific. Staff was very accommodating. However the room smelled of fresh paint. That is very unappetizing. Perhaps the restaurant should close on days when it is freshly painted.

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  28. rinsdb

    New York City

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a most pleasurable dining experience. The wine list is extraordinary as are the prices with only a handful below triple digits.

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  29. santa32claus

    New York City

    84 reviews

    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant week menu ...we both had the salmon that was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent...waiter/waitresses friendly and professional..

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  30. MimiMom

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance, door and service were spot on. The ‘announcement’ of each dish was over the top and unnecessary, particularly when some of the dishes were repetitive from one diner to the next. It seemed silly and disingenuous. $18 for a glass of white wine had us passing on spirits at lunch. It would have been nice for the iced tea drinker and the coffee drinkers to be offered seconds for the price of $7.00 for an iced tea and $6.00 for a cup of Joe. It’s the little things...

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  31. JanG

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection! Fabulous food, great service, lovely ambience. Can't wait to go back :)

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  32. YelenaG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was visiting this place twice during a restaurant week. Amazing a nd delicious food, great service!!! Thank you!!!!

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  33. StaciandCrew

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Wait staff excellent. Picked two course restaurant menu for lunch. Amazing salmon and cavatelli dishes. Cocktails sublime. Also, the modern is a no tip establishment but you wod never know it, the service was impeccable. Only negative was we had planned on going next door to MOMA but its closed until mid October.

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  34. Janet

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really like and enjoyed the service and the food! We go to upscale restaurants sometimes. This one is at the top of the list of the restaurants we went in terms of the food taste. Highly recommend.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very nice and sweet. Food is of great quality and value. Went there for the restaurant week but will certainly go back again.

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  36. DavidB

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a terrific evening made all the better by the attentiveness of Maitre d' Michele Molier. I had managed to put our reservation on the calendar for the incorrect date. We showed up a day early and could not have returned on the next night. Michele led us to the bar and then went to work finding us an table. Shortly we were escorted to an ideal table for memorable dinner.

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  37. MartinS

    New York City

    103 reviews

    1.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing from start to finish. We have come to value the Modern on our “A” List of fine cuisine. We selected the Restaurant Week offerings. Servers lacked adequate knowledge of the vintages. “Short” pours dominated. The Main course was bland and tasteless. Two slices of bread were an additional charge. Rather insulting. Wine pairings were delayed with food arrival. The meal was rushed although there was ample seating. Our servers were not attentive. The only redeeming part was the support table staff. The Modern has been always exceptional. Unfortunately this experience falls into the ONE STAR category ... at best.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful time. Everything is perfect from start to finish.

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  39. DolceV

    New York City

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday. Excellent

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The Bar Room at The Modern is rated 4.5 stars by 4035 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Bar Room at The Modern

9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • 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.
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is street parking, as well as a public car park across the street from The Modern.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Abram Bissell
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (212) 333-1220
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Special Events: (212) 408-6611
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