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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

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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The Modern - Bar Room Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (78)
Creative Cuisine (70)
Special Occasion (46)
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Notable Wine List (46)
Great for Lunch (45)
Bar Seating (45)
Business Meals (43)
Good for a Date (43)
Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
People Watching (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Fun (24)
Hot Spot (22)
Romantic (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Casual (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (15)
Seasonal (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Healthy (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Scenic View (7)
Tapas (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Superb service, tasty food, great ambience. Noise level perfect. Wine list weighted a bit too heavily on expensive bottles. I come here as often as I can and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent experience. Went with my girlfriend. It is ALWAYS excellent. Creative, artistically presented food. Exceptional attentive - but not intrusive staff - beautiful ambiance. Was told that for every glass of CA wine that was purchased, $2 would be donated to the wildfire relief effort. Very nice and thoughtful touch! Have been frequenting The Modern for years - NEVER disappoints! Once of the best run restaurants in the city!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Quick Bite, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I'm from SF and eat out frequently. This was my first time dining at The Modern. The food was excellent. Very tasty, carefully prepared, creative, but not pretentious. Modest portions, but appropriate to the venue. Service was exceptional -- attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not effusive, knowledgeable but not abusive. Brought our own bottle of wine, so didn't have a chance to review the wine list. Table lighting was perfect -- narrow halogen spots that illuminated just the table-top. Noise level was lively but not so loud as to inhibit table conversation. Decor is consistent with the location -- modern. I like that kitchen is visible to the dining area, very well-lit, and finished with white marble rather than stainless steel. Effective stainless steel wrapped sound baffling in open passages between kitchen and dining area prevented kitchen noise from being discernible in the dining area. Long, well-equipped bar with knowledgeable bartenders. I like "tip included" pricing, which is getting more common, at least in SF. But not something restaurants should do, in my view, unless their food and service is consistently very good.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

Made a reservation for our family to celebrate my sons 18th birthday. Every aspect, from start to finish was fantastic. Service was top-notch and VERY accommodating. Sommelier made a very good recommendation for an older Bordeaux. Each dish was inspiring from both an ingredient perspective as well as presentation and flavors/textures. Dessert was also wonderful.. After dinner, we lingered at the bar with friends and enjoyed the company and skill of Patrick. We enjoyed some very old bottling(s) of vintage Sherry. A truly memorable evening. Will certainly be back and highly recommend The Modern

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful setting, elegant service even in the Bar Room, but rather expensive . You pay for the location and ambiance. 5 stars!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Restaurants took closetogether.
Waited 20 min to be seat.
Desserts bland

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

The modern has a great, fun atmosphere and the space is beautiful. The staff were friendly and helpful, all very nice. I was actually shocked to read (after eating there) that it has 2 Michelin stars! I had the lobster spaghetti, It was salty and greasy, not good at all, however I did manage to eat all 4 forkfuls of it...I had to.. I was starving! I wanted to order another entree but felt that would be in poor taste, then I toyed with the idea of pretending I didn’t understand the layout of the menu and ordering an appetizer but I couldn’t do that as our waitress had already explained the whole menu to us. My friend had the duck and said it was delicious, (the whole thigh). I filled up on water and boy was I glad I finished the whole bottle because it cost $12. I had a lovely cup of camomile tea and thought to myself “this is special” and it was! So special it cost $9 ( just to clarify that’s 2 inches of water and some leaves). We did have a good time though, mainly laughing at ourselves for not ordering enough food and being so out of touch with reality that we thought plain water was free and tea is still affordable to the common man. Now I know better I’d probably go back to the Modern it’s a great space but I do think their water and tea are overpriced!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service and ambiance. Good wine selection. Need more non-meat options.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is perfect! But, unfortunately we had trouble getting our table. The hostess was rude and very disorganized. She sit parties of peole that were walk-ins because and I quote: “familiar faces”. She skipped us several times, until the floor manager noticed out and sat us down.
The waiter was very nice and he did his best to apologize on behalf of the restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding as always. In every respect. One of the best options in Midtown.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Best service and food ever.

We had the best time, the service was excellent, food outstanding

We will definitely come back

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a party of 6. One of them has a gluten-free diet, and another guest is vegetarian. Our waitress made excellent recommendations and modifications to dishes to keep all our guests happy. Well done!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Celebrating a birthday- the complimentary candle,little cake and ice cream were wonderful!Just a lovely place to eat !

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I️ have my birthday lunch here each year.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is still very good. a lot of confusion around reservation and table. I think they asked us 4 times about our name and table. once we sat down service was attentive and food was great. the tuna sliders, black truffle cavetelli, brussel sprouts, and desserts were great. I haven't been in years and it is still very good. Seats in the bar room are very comfortable as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious and amazing food

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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Exceptional as always, and really it is the service that makes every visit outstanding. There is no limit to the quality of the food, knowledge of the wait staff and wish that one has the best possible experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We actually had lunch at the modern - 3 course meal . It was outstanding. My friends from France and Italy , who are very spoiled regarding food where enthrolled . They said it was the best meal they had had in New york and very close to the best 4 star restaurants in europe .
I liked the atmosphere and am looking forward to seeing the garden ,once it is finished.
One particular I thought was refreshing....the tips were included!!! For people that travel ,beign forced to add 20-25% on to a bill is not "charming". One has the impression that the restaurants cannot afford their staff !?
Many thanks for your service .

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Menu is not easy to understand for foreigner. Pictures should be attached in the menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I love this restaurant a lot. I love the food. The food is of haut cuisine in the sense that the ingredients are so fresh and the preparation and presentations are so gourmet. You are sitting in a very open room with very high ceiling, and very architectural. It is definitely very chic. The service is excellent!! I dont drink, but I am sure they must have a very good wine list. Price is average and affordable. I really love this restaurant. The only thing is I don't see tables larger than 6.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quick Bite, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was less than expected for a 2 star Michelin. Too overpriced as well. Would not recommend for a memorable experience.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very bad as I booked three weeks in advance to be surprised that I am seated at the bar area and not the Resturant it should be clear where to set people when making the booking rather than surprise at the door!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good location. Creative cuisine. Relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The Modern is chic and sophisticated yet warm and inviting. The service is friendly and professional and the food is creative and delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food at the Modern is unique and exceptionally prepared. However the staff is what makes the experience wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The bar room is beyond chic and elegant and the food is exceptional. An oasis from the tourist hordes outside

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

The food and service were fantastic. The menu included items you don’t usually see in most restaurants. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Impeccable! Gracious wait staff. Amazing flavors. Perfect pre-MOMA meet up.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Noisey, interesting food, crowded, New York, MOMA, what's more to say?

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Outstanding experience - artful presentation of gourmet meals with freshest ingredients - worthy of having as a premier dining option attached to an art museum

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 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Visiting for the 2nd time, and never disappointed! Great food with great value and service - Michelin 2 star taste with Michelin 3 star service and below Michelin 1 star price! Can't recommend more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Favorites: Service; late night dining availability; menu options; appetizers, especially the tarte flambé. Only disappointment was the mushroom duxelles in pastry dish -- the pastry was less crisp or cooked through than we would have preferred. But overall, we will be delighted to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The meal was beautifully presented and delicious to eat; the service was attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful evening. The service was extraordinary. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The menu elegantly designed, but truly accessible. The presentation of food was visually rich. Each bite of our food was so savory, so delicious. Can’t wait to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Did not have food but rated based on prior experience

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great location and menu to fully enjoy a wonderful evening not the same as the fine dining area but as great an experience.

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