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“Super service, food, view what's not to like” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Modern

The Modern
Ranked #22 of 13,416 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 108 - US$ 182
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
Description: The Dining Room at The Modern is a 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 $158 four-course prix fixe menu or a $208 eight-course tasting menu. Lunch offers a $118 three-course prix fixe menu or $158 six-course prix fixe menu. Complementing Chef Bissell's menus, Master Sommelier Michael Engelmann's extensive selection of wines showcases exceptional diversity and value in wines both classic and emerging regions. Our menu pricing is inclusive of all costs associated with food, beverage and hospitality. No tips are required nor expected. We accept 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 area to welcome walk-ins.
Sydney, Australia
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287 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Super service, food, view what's not to like”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

Most restaurants asscoiated with any public institution are uniformly uninspiring. Maybe because MOMA is not so much an institution as a living work of art that takes up about a whole block and has people with greate taste running it unlike most galleries of any kind The Modern is so good. Yoshio Taniguchi did a great job reinevting the original Philip Johnson design and whether he desrves credit for The Modern doesnt matter, he should get a big tick anyway. The curved entrance sets the scene as you come upon a long bar with lots of tables. Then you walk into the restuarant which runs along a wall of glass overlooking the MOMA courtyard.with sculptures like Maillol's very large nude woman awkwardly dipping her hair in the water as all large nudes do.
If you are two get one of the tables by the window. If you are running short of money this week go at lunchtime and order the $55 lunch. You get two amuse bouche, one appetiser, one main and one desert. The food comes served like a work of art but tastes a lot better, have the steak and the sorbet. The service is excellent, the waiters dont mind taking dorky photos of you and your friends and the world seems a better place after you walk out.

  • Visited June 2012
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Oxford, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“The Modern's Bar Room great for innovative meals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

The Bar Room of the Modern features "small plates" which, when combined, make a great lunch or dinner. During my visit, I had Alsatian soup [potato based with Alsatian sausage] followed by Alsatian sausage with house made sauerkraut. The kraut was mildly pickled and was a perfect accompaniment to the flavorful sausages. There are about 30 items on the menu, with meats, seafood and veggies prepared in a variety of ways. The bread basket accompanying the meal is enough to fill you up by itself. The prices were reasonable, especially for NYC. By the way, there is a street entrance on 53rd Street, so you can just go eat withut paying admission to the Museum, but you would be missing some fantastic art collections.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kensington, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Thee Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

Excellent everything! Food, service, coffee, atmosphere...what more could one ask for. A must for anyone visiting the museum.....but make a reservation! This assures you of a seat at a table and not the bar. Flower arrangements extraordinary! Desserts memorable!

GO!

  • Visited June 2012
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West Chester, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very elegant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

Very elegant atmosphere. The menu is very foodie. Portions are creative, artistic, small and expensive and very good!

Visited November 2011
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Franklin Park, NJ
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“Transcendent meal in a gorgeous space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

With its windows ranged along MoMA's lovely, sculpture-filled, courtyard, the dining room of The Modern enjoys an immediate romantic appeal. Its soft, neutral colors colors, imaginative flower arrangements, and candle light amplify the effect. The space is sophisticated, stylish, and soothing. The diverse (but uniformly cool-looking) wait staff provide attentive and friendly service, leading diners through an exciting menu and wine list. We ordered the four-course tasting menu and were wowed by every single dish. Given the high quality of the cooking and presentation, and the inclusion of many "extras" between the four "official" courses, the $98 price tag for the prix fixe seemed like a bargain. Given that noise is a problem in NYC restaurants, I will also mention that, while the adjacent bar was hopping, the dining room remained pleasantly subdued and conducive to conversation. Altogether a wonderful dining experience.

  • Visited May 2012
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