The Bar Room at The Modern

4.8
4074 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything, including the non alcohol cocktail was great. The Bar Room has a great chef in the kitchen. Even the price was vers nice.

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ME
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Bar Room, and they lived up to The Moderns two Michelin star rating. The food was great, as expected, but our server, Jackson was incredible. Great knowledge of wines and food, friendly and attentive without being over present. For a “no tipping” establishment, he won us over. We will definitely be back!

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K
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, as usual. However, what really made our afternoon was Marcella the sommelier. She treated us like both an honored guest and old friend. She listened carefully to what I like. Then she made very thoughtful suggestions and chose a true winner. She suggested great food to accompany the wine, and was present throughout the meal to see how everything was. I would clone this woman a 100 times if i was running this establishment.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and Service was very mediocre. Nothing spectacular, for the price - we have tried restaurants that were a lot better with service and food wise.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is really outstanding. We had 5 dishes among two of us and every one was creative and delicious. We especially recommend the truffle cavatelli which was like eating candy. Every bit was worth savoring. The chicken, while seemingly overpriced for a chicken dish was unique, extremely tender and flavorful. The Gnocchi was also outstanding. We have been at the Modern many times, and always all the deserts are as good as it gets. This time did not disappoint. Also, the space is really beautiful.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great space - it's not a meal, it's a dining experience!

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was truly exceptional. Ben was extremely helpful and courteous, really adding to our experience. Thanks for the amazing meal! The after dinner punch is my new favorite drink

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OT
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A valentine’s day to remember. Wonderful venue. Service superb.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary service, impeccable food! My cocktail was a dream.

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E
New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bar Room at the Modern is always great for sophisticated small and large plates, fantastic whiskies, and professional and friendly staff. Look forward to returning.

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MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and menu; professional and pleasant staff; lovely dinner with friends.

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally awesome experience. The food, the service, the cocktails and wine. All perfection!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern was phenomenal in every way. The food was sensational, the ambience superb and the servers and staff incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. My husband suffered a vertigo attack while there and we needed to get him to the hospital. They were true professionals as we waited for the cab they called to make its way through traffic, even moving traffic on the street so the cab could get through. We are so grateful for their kindness and extraordinary efforts on helping us at every step. We so look forward to going back to enjoy this jewel of a dining experience in the near future and without the added drama. The Modern has become an instant favorite for us.

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TB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance are phenomenal. One of my favorite things to do in New York when there on business is to go to a museum and then lunch afterwards. This time it was MOMA and I decided to treat myself to the Modern. A real treat, doesn’t get any better than this.

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BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food, and delicious wines by the glass. I will be back and will recommend.

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday experience from the moment we arrived!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food. Pretty and lively setting.

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AG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s no place like it in New York City. Energetic. Fun. Fantastic bar. Fantastic food.

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F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For business clients, I needed a restaurant that was vegetarian and carnivore friendly. Online reviews led me here. I confirmed a reservation for Monday night. On the Saturday before the restaurant left a voice mail for me that I was REQUIRED to phone them to confirm my reservation. My call was met with a chatty robot, menu choices, and a long wait. When I complained about confirming a confirmed reservation, whoever answered the phone went into a long speech about people forgetting and how much that hurt THEM. So much for online convenience.

But, the food was incredible. And so was the service. I almost forgot how selfish they were with my time.

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BW
West Virginia
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE the bar room at The Modern. The food and the service are ALWAYS top notch!

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SE
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, very good wine list and excellent service!

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a drink and light meal w friends. Food was good. However, paying $18.00 for still water was quite a surprise. We are all New Yorkers but we did not know we had three choices, tap, still or sparkling. NYC water is the best and we certainly would have chosen tap had we understood.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Expcetional service and value for meal. Food was very good ( though I would pass on the scallops next time). Made my boyfriends birthday very special! Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great; only recommendation is that their extensive wine list should contain some more reasonable options

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sleek interior design- tables close but not encroaching- service was well schooled in the art of fine dining and efficiency- the food was as promised from the reviews and restaurant accolades-but better in person-

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JG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bar Room at the Modern is a sophisticated, but unpretentious spot. The food and service are top notch. The menu is creative and fun.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not enough attention from server. Brought out all 3 dishes at the same time. Should have been hot. Were served room temperature. Disappointing.

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PH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The design of the space (by architects Bentel the squash beneath it all was easily to overlook and mushy in texture. On a positive note, the tiny Brussels sprouts retained their texture but were still tender, and the small whole-wheat roles with whipped butter were a simple and perfect introduction.

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TS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Just did drinks so ignore the food review. Drinks were great and really beautiful space with plenty of the room at the bar. Prices appear high but not too bad considering all gratuity is already included. Great spot for date or networking drinks in midtown east which can sometimes be difficult.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always top notch and great food and service. We will definitely be back.

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WC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. A perfect place for a civilized and delicious meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a non tipping rest. though the service and food were fabulous

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o
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, innovative, delicious menu and wonderful service. Special attention paid to our favorite table for our anniversary celebration was (and is) greatly appreciated. A great afternoon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best!

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LW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional all around, especially the front desk/reception team. Thank you! Will come back as a result of you, Michelle, and your colleague whose name escapes me. She worked at the now-closed Danny Meyer Restaurant in Battery Park.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. We were there for an early lunch before the theatre and it was perfect. We sat at the bar and Kristos took perfect care of us. The food and cocktails were out of this world and the service impeccable!

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d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. Beautiful presentation. Wonderful food. Very professional and attentive service.

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B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstandingly thoughtful and professional service. Great food. Beautiful setting.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless experience yes queen

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