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7:00 PM
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The Bar Room at The Modern

3695 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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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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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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Gift Card
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 3695 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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citymom (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Delicious but wish the portions were just a little bit larger!! Excellent service. The butter and bread were heavenly. Apps and entrees tasty!!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

The service was great. The food, however, was very greasy. I had the sea scallops that were heavily burdened by a mayonnaise and were both oily and too rich; my wife had the butternut squash (which was more pesto shells with butternut squash than vice versa), which was also heavily oiled, as was the pesto sauce. Our server was fantastic, but could not make up for the kitchens missteps.

I would give it another try as I do with all well regarded restaurants where we were disappointed.

4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a very nice experience at the The Modern. We ate at the bar and the service, food and drinks were all top shelf.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding service, delicious food, though smaller portions, great ambiance.

BarbL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Once again I choose The Modern for my birthday. This time, at my son’s urging, we booked the Bar Room.
We missed our waitress from last year Paula, in the Dining Room, but our waiters and servers could not have been better at suggestions and recommendations. Kudos to them for knowing all the answers to our dietary questions (Vegan diner) without running back and forth to the kitchen.
Every dish was a delight to feast on, both with our eyes and taste buds. From the bright green and delicious broccoli soup, to the beautiful shreds of the Brussel sprout salad. The seared scallops with the almonds, cauliflower and brown butter sauce was so multilayered with flavors I was in heaven from the first bite to the last!
The Happy Birthday mini cupcake with ice cream and the specialty teas should have been the icing on the evening, but the sweet hostess Emily, saw us looking into the beautiful kitchen and invited us in for a tour. Now THAT was a delightful way to end The Modern experience.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My friend and I celebrated our 30th friendship anniversary at The Bar Room. The service was wonderful and the staff was knowledgeable about the food and wine. Very professional and courteous. It was nice to convenient that the gratuity was already added on. We had a lovely time.

WINE (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Good wine! Good atmosphere!
Every dishes are excellent !

vipSRGMD (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We've dined at The Bar Room at the Modern several times over the years since it opened,
and it has become one of our favorite NYC restaurants. The ambience, service,food and relative value haveall been terrific. This was our first visit since Gabriel Kreuther had left, however, and so wewere most pleased to find that all was well. The menu is obviously less Alsatian-inflected,
but still imaginative and outstanding in quality and execution based on our dinner of the other night. The wine list is spectacular, but like all serious NYC restaurants these days, ridiculously
overpriced when you consider the markups, particularly the glass prices. There was, however, one gem at less than $50 a bottle - a Pinot D'Auxerrois which was delicious and complemented our Alsatian tart flambe, chicken and scallops quite well indeed.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was delicious and nice atmosphere. Great for a date!

vipC122 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I love the Bar Room. It is my go to place for lunch and drinks.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Chiccsnd fun. A bit noisy. Food terrific

vipLuvgrtfood (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I always make a point to dine here when in and service are reliably good. Smaller portions, but I’m ok with that. Flavors are good. Wine list is expensive and no California Chardonnay on the menu.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Upon arrival, asked if we could sit in main dining room instead of bar room and it was no problem. Four course tasting, food was fabulous. Our main server was fantastic, class act. Wine pairings -- some great, some just ok. Cocktail at the bar afterward, A+. Offer to set us up for a nightcap at exclusive place downtown, gratefully accepted. Amazing, memorable night.

vipMartinilives (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The bar space at the Modern would be a premier fine-dining site almost anywhere else in the US. The service is outstanding across the board. The menu is brief but the Charred Avocado Salad, the Baby Romaine Salad w/Quinoa, and the Scallop entree are standouts. The Almond Tart dessert was kind of ordinary.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was amazing. I would love to recommend this place to my friends