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About The Modern - Bar Room

Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, the lively Bar Room 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 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 Modern is a non- tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.

9 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 am - 9:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
Between 5th and 6th Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 333-1220

Website:
http://www.themodernnyc.com/

Parking Details:
There is street parking, as well as a public car park across the street from The Modern.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Easter Sunday reservations are available.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at The Modern!
The Modern Bar Room will offer a 3 course menu at $108.
We are a no tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.

The Modern - Bar Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (87)
Creative Cuisine (74)
Special Occasion (53)
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Good for a Date (52)
Notable Wine List (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (49)
Bar Seating (48)
Business Meals (41)
Great for Lunch (41)
Pre/post Theatre (38)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
People Watching (33)
Hot Spot (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Tasting Menu (24)
Fun (22)
Romantic (22)
Casual (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (16)
Seasonal (14)
Healthy (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Scenic View (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Tapas (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Organic (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food and service -- the wine list is overwhelming but the staff was spot at helping pick the right bottle

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Extremely inattentive service. Was seated at the table early while awaiting my wife. I was handed a drinks menu, but no one came to take my drinks order despite various waiters passing by my table. After about 10 minutes I had to flag down someone to take my drink order. After my wife arrived, she waited for a while and the same story...despite numerous wait staff passing by our table, no one stopped to ask her for her drink order. After another 10 minutes of this, I had to flag down someone to take her order. The same thing happened again with our food order, had to flag down someone to take our order after waiting for a while with the closed menu in front of us, and it happened again when I tried to order a second glass of wine. My wine glass was empty and despite various wait staff and managers walking by our table no one stopped to ask if I would like to order a second drink. I finally had to flag down the sommelier to place another drink order, after seeing him pass by our table a few times. The wait staff was quick to replace my wineglass, but then no wine. Waited again for a while with the empty wine glass in front of me and finally had a to flag down someone to ask about the status of my drinks order. I think that they should lower the food prices and bring back the optional tip so that I can directly express to the wait staff the level of unsatisfactory service we encountered.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant is next door to MOMA and is convenient to Radio City Music Hall, but WOW is it expensive. Lunch for two came to $500, but you could have gotten by for about $300 for two for lunch. The food and service overall are excellent. It was a little noisy and you really have to like "modern" to like it. For us it was a little too stark an atmosphere. If money is not a concern I would recommend this restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Such beautiful food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The experience was overal “fine”, not great or good, but fine. The wine steward was excellent. But for the price there are better places to go for lunch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent experience as always. Service was at its best and among the top in the city.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Amazing gastronomic experience and very professional personal

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was top notch at the bar room, but the signature USHG hospitality was not there.

We had missing utensils--we were served the foie gras tortellini with the brodo, but no soup spoon to enjoy it with. We also had to search for a server to get our water glasses filled multiple times.

We felt ignored most of the meal. Also mentioned that we are recovering and no longer drink alcoholic beverages, but not substitutes were offered.

Our experience was a lot different from other USHG meals we have had before.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great ending to an art filled day. The service was spot on and the brussel sprouts with polenta was perfect!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Super fabulous! Best meal I had in the trip. Highly recommend!

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the best places to enjoy an exquisite meal in midtown--for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We loved the food - and had exceptional service. Will definitely come back when I’m next in nyc!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Stellar service and classic Danny Meyer graciousness even on a busy Friday evening. The food is inspired, interesting, delicious, fun to share (only a couple of misses out of many winners). The only downside is the noise level.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was delightful, drinks were marvelous, food was superb. Best scallops I've ever had. Will definitely return again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is Alba truffle season. No one does that better or more reasonably than The Modern Bar.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great place for a special occasion. We were celebrating an anniversary and they sent out a lovely dessert plate. The food was absolutely delicious. We were a little surprised they sat us at a small, middle table for 2 when it was only 5pm and pretty empty. So we should have asked for a nicer table. But it really was a wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The Modern Bar Room is a wonderful way to experience Michelin two-star cuisine without y any breaking the bank. Not inexpensive by any standards, but a good deal less expensive than the main dining room. Phenomenal wine list, and cuisine très soignée!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Phenomenal as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I was on a tight time table as I had a train to catch. After telling the waiter that, he did everything he could to get me out on time, and he totally delivered. Some of the best service I've ever had in a NYC restaurant. And with just an open table res, we had a very good table, and great food. My only negative is that it is hard to find many affordable wines on their list - almost everything is 3 digits.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always a hit!
Biggest asset is wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food and service was amazing!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 27, 2017

First time there. Everything was delicious. I mean, everything from the roasted beet appetizer to the seared scallops entree to the hazelnut tart. Left full and happy. Service was just as good as the food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Elaine was an awesome server, very polite, attentive and engaging. She made our dining experience very enjoyable.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We booked a table in advance , we came in time , but there was no tables available and we should dinner in a bar. The dinner was good , but the menu in the bar was different and we were disappointed

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service, food was very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went to the bar for post-theater drinks and dessert. It was wonderful. Everyone treated us so well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Truly oustanding service, very attentive and unobtrusive at the same time. The staff is very professional and really shows that the no-tipping model can work well. The food was excellent and the dining room just just vibrant and noisy enough to be interesting and quiet enough to easily focus on the person/people you are with. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The atmosphere is very inviting. The staff looks very professional and everyone has good manners and great attitude. Well trained. The food is not only special and tasty, the design is super unique. Loved the experience! Highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Phenomenal food and wine. I eat at the Modern often, and this was one of the best meals I've ever had there, or anywhere, for that matter. And the service was top notch as always. Our sommelier Barbara in particular was extremely knowledgeable and very astute in helping us choose the perfect wines to accompany our meal. We can't wait to go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent meal and service. Loved the cocktails. Fried chicken sounds pedestrian but was delicious. Just the right amount of noise. Perfect for conversation but enough to add energy to the room.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Made a special request for quiet table, where we could linger over dinner as I was meeting a long-time friend who I had not seen in years. They were terrific about honoring this. Our server was also terrific - when we asked about recommendations he had an opinion, which is refreshing (you don't always have to like their suggestions, but it is nice to hear a point of view). Highly recommend the tart flambe, charred avocado and the most AMAZING and delicious Mushroom en Croute. Tarte tartin dessert was a bit of a disappointment. Sommelier steered us well on wine. Great night!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tres belle adresse. Le bar est vraiment tres agréable avec un service prévenant et des plats originaux et tres bons. Un vrai bon moment meme si on n a pas visité le Moma.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Pleasant setting with interesting wines and enjoyable service. The truffle cavatellindish was excellent and was the open tart with cheese and vegetables.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We came 10 minutes before the reservation and we were greeted with a happy anniversary wish. I included this when I booked. Our table was not ready and so we had a drink at the bar. The dinner was good, but we had many servers cleaning our table throughout. At one point they cleaned the table as if we were done, but we did not have our entire. We we received our bill it included the drink tab from the bar which I closed out and charged on my card at the bar. How did that happen? Not cool. Good thing we caught it. I would still recommend this place, but not enthusiastically.

Note: the day after I posted this review I received a call from the restaurant manager apologizing and crediting us for the drinks. Great classy move. Very professional.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful as always. Amazing service. The team goes above and beyond to curate the experience. Will keep coming back when I am in the city.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Hostess was over the top gracious. Whole evening just perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wow, we were really disappointed! While they accommodated a change in reservation time the day of to 9pm (graciously), we had 15 min wait; it's a very energetic and happening place, which makes it very hard to wait (NO space near the bar); once seated service became a problem - is this because of the no tipping policy? There is an ARMY of fast paced servers walking about, but no one seemed to notice, so I had to ask a couple of times during our dinner; had to forego dessert as we had a car waiting at 10:30; our starters were marginal; mains much better and quite flavorful ; how unfortunate, thought it would be a great post-theater!
I find even some wonderful places have a hard time keeping up standards after 9pm; everyone seems to wind down, ready to close up.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Superb food, lovely atmosphere, responsive to requests

Tags: Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a delicious lunch for a great friend’s birthday. The food was delicious and interesting and all the staff could not have been nicer. The room is chic and beautiful and the ambiance is cool With just the right amount of noise. The whole experience couldnot have been better !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

For 2 nights I enjoyed excellent steak tartar made especially for me and very polite, attentive service. Nick the manager came over several times to make sure everything was fine. The second night I had 2 friends join me and we were equally well served.
A great treat for someone from out of town - I wish I lived closer!

Tags: Quick Bite, Spicy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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