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The Bar Room at The Modern

4.8
3751 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
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 am - 9:30 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.
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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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Lunch will feature a 3 course menu at $88 per person. An optional wine pairing will be available for $48. The Modern is a non-tipping Restaurant. Hospitality Included.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3751 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great experience and really delicious food. The portions are a bit on the artsy side (museum/art pun intended!) for the price. The no tipping concept is great.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

it was great

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Considerate service, interesting menu, overpriced for the portions.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I only had a drink and a cheese plate as I needed to be through eating before I'd have had time for a full meal, which wasn't offered before 5:00 o'clock. Both my wine and the cheese plate were excellent, the service was excellent, and I loved the ambiance. Since I was early and there were not many people in the bar, it was pleasantly quiet. I probably won't go again as prices for a glass of wine started at close to $20 and the small plates offerings were few and, I felt, were expensive for the quantity of food served.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I was looking for a midtown spot to entertain a friend who was in from Tokyo. She's also treated me to wonderful lunches when we are on her turf and I wanted to reciprocate! Yesterday's experience was 5* -- the table was a 4-top so there was plenty of space. The menu is limited but it was hard to decide among several delectably sounding options - we both chose the crispy skinned salmon served with white asparagus and sorrel. Plates were (nearly) licked clean. For dessert I had something chocolate and my guest something lemon - both wonderful. The service was very attentive, and the sommelier was very patient giving me a few options of white wine by the glass. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Meet the boyfriend

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was wonderfully simple yet complex. Service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely plan to make another visit!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The place is in the same building as MoMA so book if you are going to the MoMA and you will enjoy this place before or after the visit. The place is nice, the service was very attentive but not invasive and the food was generally good but not great.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Tortellini were something strange. Scallops were average. Price was quite high. Never back again

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of the great Restuarant’s in New York
Has maintained its service and quality of food at its highest level over the years with culinary dishes and wines which continue to be creative and outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing delicious food and great friendly service

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Wonderful service, great ambiance and spot on wine/ food. What dining out should be

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

While we enjoyed the Bar and the limited menu, we would have preferred sitting in the main dining room. When I reserved, I thought I was reserving for the main dining room. Not sure, how the reservation sent me to the Bar.

This was not a problem, but the view of the garden cannot be beat....

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Het was een mooie ervaring. Heel lekkere kunstwerkjes.
Een mooie beleving wanneer je in New York Manhatten bent.
Vriendelijke bediening.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I want to thank the staff for making my birthday very memorable. Everyone was so thoughtful, kind, and knew it was my birthday, making it that more special.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Still one of the most lovely spots in Manhattan - the Bar Room (note this is a separate menu from the tasting-menu-style restaurant The Modern, separated by a frosted glass wall) is pitch perfect - very much tuned to make you feel comfortable, well-treated, understood and appreciated. the menu is interesting and unusual, with various pairings of ingredients meant to put you on (delicious) alert. The wines are well-matched and unusual, ie, a cabernet franc from Chile. We had the lamb sausage (house made), the seared scallops, the peekytoe crab with avocado and the beets. All lovely and delightful. Not cheap, but a very good and very fair value for the quality of the food, the service, the room, the location and the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

All remains outstanding at the Bar room -- the consistency is impressive, yet already fully dialed in. We particularly love the tarte flambée, but all the food is impeccably prepared and delicious. Service is truly top-notch, solicitous yet not intrusive. This remains one of our favorite restaurants in the City, particularly in midtown, for low-key dining with a top-end staff. Thanks, as always.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Sea Urchin and Fennel salad was one of the all stars on my trip. Lobster dish is solid. Our server was great.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great wine and food was quite delicious. Service was fine. Scallops were perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Dining excellence: excellent wine list with a generous selection of half bottles, outstanding food and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The Bar Room at the Modern is a great restaurant, with an upbeat vibe and welcoming, accommodating service.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

From arrival to exit, I felt truly a special guest!
The atmosphere of the bar exuded professional pride, the food was way above par, to an artistic level. The best meal I had in Manhattan. One of our servers, Max, made the meal an experience without any pretense. He was educated, kind and fun.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This is my second visit to The Bar Room, once for lunch and once for dinner. There is much that is outstanding. Five stars: ambiance, attentive service, craft cocktails, meal presentation and dessert. Three stars: the main courses are just not quite up to lofty expectations. There always seems to be something slightly off with the consistency of many main courses, whether it is flavors or temperature. This visit, my crispy skin salmon was very cold and disappointing. One other diner was not pleased with their entree. I will likely keep The Bar Room in my lunch rotation for special occasions. When the consistency improves with the main courses, I will gladly return for dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, beautiful presentation, and overall wonderful experience, 10/10 would go again.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful drinks and dinner at the bar, as usual. Miss the draft beer.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A top spot Goin downhill...young staff not attentive to guests kills the Danny Meyer edge..sad to see, but maybe spread too thin. Forgotten after check in despite several open tables, lost drink, 4 asks for check

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I have been to the Modern many times,and it keeps its flawless performance. This time I took my colleagues for a lunch. They stayed very pleased and happy. Everything was better than we excepted. The service was extraordinary. See you soon, The Modern 😍

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

It was my friend’s birthday. Food was great and the service was very attentive. They took good care of us and helped us celebrate the birthday.
I love this place. Beautiful ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Everyhring was delicious - even the bread/butter.
Service impeccable - every single staff member.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food, great service and very elegant ambience! Loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

So consistently good. Keep going back.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Nice dining room. Unique setting. Very good service. Nice ambiance. Good food. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent and very accommodating service

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Fantastic experience. Every dish was so unique, interesting, beautiful and delicious. The wait staff was extremely helpful. We loved every minute and every bite!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food, great service (and no tipping!). Tables are close together, hence only 4 stars for ambiance. The sea scallops with cauliflower was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten anywhere!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The food was wonderful, and the physical space was very nice. The only negative part of the experience was immediately after we sat down. It took at least five minutes for any one to approach our table, and that was only after we flagged down a busboy. No water, no menu, nothing.

Once we met our waiter, he did a fine job. But the long wait at the beginning really marred the whole experience.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Restaurant experience was overall excellent. Food quality, appearance and portion was high; service was OK; cocktails a bit on the small side (approx 8 oz per serving). Server did not elaborate the "specials" of the day and was not too informative or made suggestions. Noise level was low and therefore, ambiance real comfortable.

I highly recommend this eatery to anyone seeking good food, good drinks and a comfortable setting.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious creative flavorful food beautifully presented. Excellent cocktails and wines. Beer on tap was very limited but decent bottles.
The service is impeccable and attentive. A very swanky room upscale but causal.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Loved everything about this place from the time we were seated. Higher end dining, but hey, you're in NYC. The wait staff was incredible. Never had an empty glass. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

we have been here 2 times now. amazing service and amazing food. it is small plates and everything is delicious. our favorites were the carrot rouillette and the lobster. the service is really excellent and they do not allow you to leave a tip so the servers are really there to actually serve you without expecting anything in return the sommelier came over and helped us pick out our wine which was nice. the waiter was very knowledgable about the menu. the cocktails were awesome as well. the gin drink with honey was excellent.

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