The Bar Room at The Modern

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4310 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

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.
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 4310 People Are Saying
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KS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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!

DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 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).

SK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

While waitstaff is polite and knowledgeable, they were slow during a midday rush. Perhaps too few people for the guest load.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was outstanding!

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 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!

SP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, the service, and the food make this our favorite place to eat in New York.

PH
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual place. The food is creative and delicious, the service was great.
I highly recommend it.

T
Toronto
93 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The setting, the food and the wait staff. We had a lovely evening. Will definitely visit again

MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!

LN
Vancouver
124 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

p
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 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

OT
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic food, highly recommend

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

HM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was top notch. This proved to be a perfect choice for the night.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

m
Milwaukee
35 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is so high quality and the tastes explode in the dish. The crispy salmon was tremendous.

PH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartenders were very attentive and demonstrated great mixology Skills as well as menu knowledge.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

X
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 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.

r
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always a most pleasurable dining experience. The wine list is extraordinary as are the prices with only a handful below triple digits.

s
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant week menu ...we both had the salmon that was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent...waiter/waitresses friendly and professional..

MM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 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...

JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection! Fabulous food, great service, lovely ambience. Can't wait to go back :)

YG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting this place twice during a restaurant week. Amazing a nd delicious food, great service!!! Thank you!!!!

SC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

DB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

OT
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 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.

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

Wonderful time. Everything is perfect from start to finish.

DV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Excellent

SR
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious helpful service. It’s restaurant week. We chose from that menu and weren’t disappointed. All good. It’s a convenient wonderful place where I meet friends often.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance nice services and great food!

OT
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, classy, art on the walls, art on your plate. All thumbs up.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most unexpected dining experiences I have ever had. We were treated to outstanding service and a menu that can only be described by enjoying it yourself.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food!!

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