The Modern

4.8
4314 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
The Modern is a 2 Michelin-starred contemporary American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art. Helmed by Executive Chef Abram Bissell, the restaurant features refined, playful dishes that highlight exceptional ingredients and seasonality in a $168 four-course menu and a $228 eight-course tasting menu.

Beginning on Monday, October 8th, dinner at The Modern will be a six to eight course menu experience for $228 per guest. Wine pairings are also available.

Lunch offers a $138 three-course menu or $178 six-course menu.

The Modern accepts reservations 28 days in advance. The restaurant also includes the vibrant and lively Bar Room (reservations encouraged), terrace for seasonal outdoor enjoyment, and bar & lounge to welcome walk-ins. The Kitchen Table offers a custom multi course 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday – Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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YT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service and menu knowledge as expected for a highly rated restaurant. Seeing as how gratuity is included the price doesn't seem so bad after all.

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KF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience are always superb at this restaurant.

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D
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food with attention to detail. Service can be rushed but is very well staffed. Great wine list and wine pairings. Desserts are also exceptions. Since the change in the chef, the restaurant has been further invigorated. One of a must go places in the city, located in a museum. Food is most current and creative.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I was there for dinner with a friend on her birthday. The 8 course tasting menu and wine were exceptional but we didn't feel that we had the privacy needed when we were chatting. It felt like we were being rushed and were interrupted a couple of times. She wasn't even asked whether she was done with her birthday plate before it was cleared from the table.

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PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We did an individual wine pairing which pushed the cost but for anniversary it was worth it. Small plates but by the end my wife and I were both full. We are NYC residents in our mid 30s-40s and the crowd had a similar vibe.

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w
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Arrogant waiter who we asked to be removed. After this the evening got a lot better

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KH
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to The Modern for my birthday. We could not have been more please. I was meet at the door with a birthday greeting and received an extra dessert with a candle. The prix fixe menu had lots of choice, and everything was extra savory - the beef was exceptional! The servers were professional and attentive without being stuffy. Exceeded all my expectations!

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TX
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have fined at The Modern a few times over the past few years. Service and venue are among the best in town. New menu is outstanding, really enjoyed all four courses. Just an all around great time.

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U
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional tasting menu.
On your way to three Micheline Stars, no dobut about it!
Service was impeccable, every single server knew the menu in detail, both somaliers that serve me did an outstanding job in their recommendations and try to please my specific requests for my wine preferences.

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b
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. The food is exquisite, beautifully presented, and 8-course tasting menu is perfectly balanced and coordinated. Some of the wines by the glass were delightful, including the recently reintroduced pinot from Santa Barbara.

The value is very high.

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PR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant. One of the best in NYC
The site, the food, and the services are incredible

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RW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an exceptional restaurant and experience. We dined at the bar for lunch and the formal dining room for dinner. The ambience is hard to beat. In the main dining room every seat has a perfect view of the MOMA sculpture garden. The clean modern seating swivels just enough to always have a view. The service was smooth as silk. It was like watching perfect choreography. The food was exceptional. We had the four course menu and it’s was plenty of food. The fois gras, scampi, crispy duck, striped bass, and chocolate ganache were perfect. There are a very good and reasonable wines on the extensive wine list. It is well worth the price. Special thanks to Kevin at the Modern and Steve at the Bar. Both are real pros and very interesting. The no tip policy really works at the Modern. It is perfect for a special occasion.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was pretty good except I thought most of the dishes were bit too heavy in taste.
The wine pairing was awesome!!!

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RR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern Dining Room always provides a “Wow!” experience. Executive Chef Abram Bissell, Chef de Cuisine Tom Allen and their team serve exquisitely delicious savory cuisine while Pastry Chef Jhio Kim creates extraordinary, scrumptious desserts. There is a superb wine list, and the sommeliers do a first-rate job with pairings. Service is welcoming and polished. Seating is comfortable, the noise level is moderate, and the very attractive space has a view of MoMA’s Sculpture Garden.

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a
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we visit Manhattan, we look for outstanding restaurants. The Modern definitely did not disappoint! The 4- or 8-course menu was exceptional. Our party of three decided on the 4-course menu ($168) and none of us ordered the same thing, intentionally. There are four salad, appetizer, entree and dessert options and each option was excellent. I won't detail what each of us had because you can't make a wrong choice!

The wine list was extensive and the service impeccable. We were never rushed. When I made the reservation, I requested a booth which was smart. It was cozier and made it easier to hear each other talk, although the restaurant is not that noisy. We will absolutely return on our next trip to the city.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me encanta el menú de degustación, el servicio el mirar la terraza de esculturas del MoMA. El servicio excelente.

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JD
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing - creative- delicious - Every bite of every course was perfection. I didn't want it to end. Sets a new standard for excellence. Best meal I have ever had. Seriously. Worth. Every. Penny.

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SS
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern is our favorite restaurant for lunch in New York. The food and wine are second to none. Service and ambience are wonderful. It is one of the most serene places in the city. Ok, it’s not a bargain-but one definitely gets a bang for the buck.

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r
Raleigh
205 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful in every way. The service is spectacular, with particular compliments to a friendly sommelier, the food is delicious - art on a plate in appearance and taste - and it's a beautiful and relatively quiet space. They have 4 or 8 course tastings. We did the 4. I particularly recommend the crispy duck and the lobster fricassee. An absolutely, nearly perfect meal. My highest recommendation.

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BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely beautifully executed. Service and food were on point from the moment we sat down til the moment we left. I wish i could habe stayed to eat more!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was wonderful.

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IV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Great staff and fantastic food. We've chosen the main course with 3 dishes + amuse bouche fron the Chef (lunch for two people with Rosé wine costs $350). Nice place inside MoMA area. Worth the visit.

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Modern. This time we managed to make a reservation for dinner. If you don't do that you'll have to wait at least 30 minutes at the bar and they will sit you in the front part of the restaurant, whereas with a reservation you get a table in a much quieter part of the restaurant in the back, nicer to have a good conversation with your friends.
All of the four courses were outstanding. I started with a fois gras that was incredible. Then a lobster fricassée, the main entrée, a suckling pig was divine, especially the crust, and we ended with a dessert that is one of my favorites, black forest, excellent, with a coconut sorbet as a side. The pictures here are the pig and the black forest.
The service of the modern is impecable and good service you recognize by the details. Starting with the sommelier that came promptly to our table just moments after I started reading the wine list. She also never let a glass of wine even half empty.
Also the waiters came in pairs to deliver three plates, so we all got our plates at the same time. Again, nice touch. This happened at each of our four course menu.
The modern is amazing. You will have to pay an expensive price, but if you like to eat well, I would say go for it, at least once. The menu costs 177 dollars, with service *included*.
Anyway, that is what I said in the first time and, look at me now, writing about my second visit 😊.
Enjoy.

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BN
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 4-item price fixed menu was enough food for each of us. The dishes we got were very inventive with a myriad of flavors. The presentation was as expected from a Michelin started restaurant. The highlight of the night for me was the Foie Gras paired with a Suduiraut sauterne. I would go again to explore the other items on the menu.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal. Did the eight course tasting menu and loved every bit of it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and wine pairing

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience of dining at The Modern was unforgettable. An oasis of good taste, decorum, attentive service and extraordinary food. The ritual of the wine choicing was made simple with the aid of a knowledgeable sommelier who understood the concept of good value. We ended the evening being welcome to visit the kitchen.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really amazing!!

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AS
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a perfect evening with friends at The Modern. Our party of four chose the four-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The staff is perfectly trained and the sommelier was excellent in her choices for our wine pairings. Service was flawless and the food earned rave reviews. Simply delicious food and innovative presentations without seeming overly complicated. For a luxe dinner in midtown, The Modern was the highlight of our three-day dining adventure. Superb!

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KI
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an intimate lunch with my husband at The Modern restaurant with a lovely view of MOMA’s sculpture garden while eating a scrumptious summer meal. Great service! Thank you to the chef for handling allergies and dietary issues with a lovely vegetarian meal for my husband.

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N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was really good. The care, presentation and blending of flavors quite excellent. Great meal in a very pleasant dining room.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Many dishes were very good but some were average. The warm pear salad was nondescript and the cauliflower in the appetizer was way over cooked-it was mush. A restaurant of this caliber should be perfect or near perfect all of the time, the service was perfect but unfortunately the food fell short.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bar room is very large, cold and uninviting
The pate was bland and could not recommend it. The seared duck was delicious but not worth the hype.
Deserts need serious help.
We were looking forward to this so much since our friends had just arrived from London. We were hoping to outshine Scott's but did not hit the mark by a long mile.
Upside: good drinks, excellent wine list, ambience in the main dining room wonderful. TWe love the Hospitality Included. It's about time we learned from Europe.
I feel badly about writing a negative review since we are foodies. But everything aside we still had a phenomenal time so Thank You.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. The bar staff were friendly and, based on my description of cocktails I like, made a wonderful cocktail for me. The dining experience was first class. All servers were very attentive to our needs and took extra steps to make our dining experience great. The deserts were extraordinary.

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WC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern is an excellent restaurant; it is not cheap but the service is first class and the food consistently has good flavours which makes it stand out when compared to many well-known restaurants.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, relaxing, upscale excellent food. Top notch service. Pricey but worth it.

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l
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exquisite! Absolutely everything. We went for lunch, which was fun to relax and take our time in the middle of the day.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire establishment is a 5 star experience! Every possible aspect is individually the finest that I have ever seen in a restaurant/bar.

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s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. It is hard to remember a better meal

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