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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. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 am - 5:00 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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Modern Bar Room. The Modern Bar Room will offer a 3 course pre-fixe menu at $108 per person for Valentine's Day. An optional wine pairing is available for $78 per person. The Modern is a non-tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.

The Modern - Bar Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (91)
Creative Cuisine (75)
Special Occasion (56)
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Good for a Date (54)
Notable Wine List (50)
Bar Seating (46)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
Great for Lunch (44)
Business Meals (41)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
People Watching (35)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Hot Spot (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Romantic (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fun (24)
Casual (20)
Seasonal (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Healthy (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Scenic View (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Tapas (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Organic (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great as usual. Sat at the bar and guy next to me recommended a special eau de vie — I must have looked unsure because the barkeeper offered to let me take a whiff. Turned out to be a pure carrot liqueur that was amazing. He then recommended Focal Banger beer. Amazing again. Ended with the lamb sausage. Portions are right sized and delicious! Service cordial and accommodating start to finish. Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

35th wedding anniversary staff sent a desert and a signed card very thoughtful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always: exquisite food. Attentive wait staff, and a very pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We enjoyed a Sunday lunch/brunch in the Modern-Bar Room. Service was spot on, professional and helpful. The beet salad is as good as it looks, and t is beautiful. The lobster entree is lovely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Perfect Midtown Choice
Everything about our meal at the bar room of The Modern was perfect. Our server was knowledgeable as well as personal and prompt. The food was delicious — especially the beef tartare and the sea bass. The restaurant itself is beautiful and comfortable. I’d go again tomorrow and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal in Midtown.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The Modern Bar Room is a (relatively) inexpensive way to experience Michelin 2-star cuisine. Very inventive savory and sweet offerings, and an outstanding wine list. Zev and Patrick are wonderful bar staff! Highly recommended!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Zev is one of the bartenders and is a true class act; his recommendations are excellent. Jamie Schwartz recommended a red burgundy I had never tried before and it was a hit for my wife and I . . . thank you for recommending the mugneret-gibroug!! The food is hear is always consistently excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great dinner, great service. Great all around. Looking forward to our next visit. Particularly love that it is a no tip restaraunt!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a booking for 7:15 pm and had hoped to visit the museum prior - little did we realize it was free night Friday at the MOMA - chaos, not fun!!

However, step into the Modern and all was perfect from there on in...attentive and informed service, wonderful food, good wine choices, nice pace between courses (no pressure) nice space.

We had one of our best NYC meals ever and will return next time we’re back.

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

Amazing experience throughout

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food and some of the best service I can remember. The dining room in the bar area has a great feel and I loved being able to see into the kitchen a bit. Will absolutely return!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It felt special and chic. The service, as expected, is stellar.
The food was really good and what I expected it to be.

Carrot Rilletes were surprisingly tasty. Spicy Steak tartar was stellar and those potatoes...yum!
Tarte Flambe was fine. When it comes down to it, I would skip the brussel sprouts next time cause they weren't special and not really crispy.

We had the scallops, sea bass and lobster....all were truly spectacular. The lobster en croute felt decadent!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Bar Room is the ala carte room of the Modern. Good location for theatre goers.
Upscale prices, but excellent quality and flavors. Top notch service. Not many choices for the non-seafood person. High quality balances high price for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Exceptional food & service from start to finish. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

What is most unique about dining at the “Bar” versus in the “Restaurant” at the Modern is I can’t really decide which I prefer. Both are excellent. Set in the confines of MOMA is a huge advantage for these facilities because it sets a mood of comfort and class. The service is professional and attentive. I have eaten in the Bar a few times and recommend the salads and the flatbread. I ate the roast chicken but I think my wife’s scallops were a bit better. The wine suggestions are expert. This is certainly not cheap but for the atmosphere, the food and the service it is a fairly priced “splurge.”

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is a mixed review. Bar Modern should be known as a small plate restaurant. My entree was scallops with brown butter and almonds. The centerpiece of this plate was an abnormally large, thick, amorphous blob of - hollandaise? I shoveled it to the side to eat the remaining appetizer portion of three scallops with the aforementioned brown butter. These were delicious. Other items we ordered were similarly tasty, but left us wanting more interesting and substantial plates. Service was attentive, but was not timed well in some cases. The food/drinks are priced to reflect the no tipping policy, but I got the feeling that they had to scale back in other ways to support this. I believe that restaurant employees should make fair wages, and expect to pay high prices for a quality meal in NYC, but I think Danny Meyer could offer diners a better value at this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The sommelier Jamie Schwartz is truly a master and everyone working there is as professional as can be.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

FOOD DESCRIPTIONS SOUNDED WONDERFUL, BUT MOST OF THE FOOD HAD LESS TASTE THAN WOULD BE EXPECTED AND WAS OVERALL DISAPPOINTING, INCLUDING THE DESSERTS. IT WAS PLEASANT, BUT NOT PARTICULARLY SPECIAL.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything was excellent, the food and hospitality were above and beyond.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing service and food.

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

After theatre reservation.. good food ....very organized staff.. for all of the above this restaurants works..

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I was visiting my son in New York - we spent the morning discovering moms and decided to find ish off with a beautiful meal. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We love the scallops, and came back from a previous experience the year before. We were sad to get one less scallop, but still had a good experience.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Sublime food. Beautifully presented and wonderfully fresh flavours!Impeccable service and just a wonderful dining experience. We will return...

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (München)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Super Essen und perfekter Service in stilvollen Ambiente

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Holiday brunch. It was perfect!

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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice place and very good service. The food was a little disappointing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant is one of the best in my estimation. It has stood the test of time from visit to visit with excellent service and exquisite food. We were there for lunch in the bar room. Our entrees were so wonderful (slow-roasted sea bass and lobster in pastry) as well as our starters (creamy carrot soup and roasted beet salad) we wanted to lick our plates! Cannot say enough good things about this place and we love the "no tip" policy meaning that service is included in the cost of the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Everything and everyone was outstanding! One of the managers stuffed olives with blue cheese for our martinis. The servers were very knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent suggestions, items we overlooked. We were glad we followed their recommendations. It would be hard to pick a favorite. We will be back when we come to Manhattan.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent place for lunch. Great food, excellent wine list and outstanding service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was good but not great. Starvation portions and Trumpian prices. Sad.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Setting is great, very attractive in a “smart modern” way. Food was excellent with very interesting choices, particularly loved the shaved brussel sprout salad. And, our waitperson, Daniela was terrific; very attentive at the same time that she was warm and lovely

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

first time here- close to our hotel--little cramped tables in this room-- kinda loud-- menu kinda small-- ok prices for midtown but small portions--don't be too hungry--doubt I'll be back

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Delicious and stunning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The staff at the Modern Bar is incredible—welcoming, professional , and knowledgeable. The food is imaginative and delicious. We visit this restaurant every time the museum. It completes a perfect day.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

After seeing beautiful drawings, I have a good time with my friend talking about those drwings.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

As MOMA members for many years we have dined in the museum fairly often, though with the current culinary team The Bar Room and Dining Room are both so exceptional that we now have lunch or dinner there even when we're not visiting the museum. The food and wine just seem to keep getting better and better and the serving team is always professional, efficient and personable. The room is elegant and the seating is comfortable making the dining experience completely enjoyable.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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