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The Modern

9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
+1 212-333-1220
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Contemporary, Fusion, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

My partner took me to dinner in The Modern – Bar Room as a surprise. I had not researched the menu and assumed it would be a typical Museum meal, ok but not exceptional. I was very wrong. This was Memorial Week and we were...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

we ate in the bar side-4 courses for prix fixe seemed too much. we realized our mistake and moved over-staff was perfectly gracious and helpful! Steve our waiter was helpful, efficient and friendly-a perfect combo! we had english pea soup, a tart with bacon, cavatelli...More

Thank Mel959
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Food excellent . Nice surroundings . Service generally good , friendly, not stuffy ,but courses served too quickly. We were dining early but had told them there were no time constraints. Better pacing would have been appreciated. We did appreciate we were able to change...More

Thank holyisle
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Dropped in late afternoon after a nice long visit to MoMA. The timing was perfect with no wait. Our waiter was very attentive and gave expert advice on the orders. If you are lucky, the onion tart will be on the menu, great starter to...More

Thank Jen8310
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Our luncheon at The Bar Room was exceptional. The cuisine was refined and thoughtfully composed, using the highest quality ingredients. I began with a cocktail. I ordered the Gibson. It was prepared traditionally but with house made pickled vegetables that gave a clue to the...More

Thank Rick O
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Well, I hadn’t been to the restaurant in years. It was simply fantastic. In fact, I had some special requests due to dietary constraints and the chef was very dating and I don’t believe the meal suffered in the least. Everything was delicious and beautifully...More

Thank mtjllc
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Experiencing the kitchen environment at The Modern whilst indulging in a deliciously opulent, fresh and inventive tasting menu was such a treat. An energetic, professional and clearly happy team made the evening seamless and special. Every course was perfection especially the “eggs on eggs on...More

Thank Philly_R_R
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Came here for a special dinner. Had the 8 course option (you can order 4 x course - you choose, for 8, the chef chooses), and it didn't disappoint. We chose wines by the glass and the recommendations were very good. Attentive service and an...More

Thank occasional_typo
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Easy to be deceived -- the front of The Modern is a more reasonably priced, no-reservation cafe with equally good food. The Modern when reserved via Open Table (as I did) is a front-of-window-overlooking MOMA's sculpture garden French-service styled cafe with a supercilious head waiter...More

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 18 May 2018

It’s been several years since we’ve dined here, but it’s always a pleasure. The menu in the bar room is short, but it is delicious food, creatively prepared and presented. The vibe is lively, that is, noisy, and service is brisk (to keep you moving...More

Thank Bi-coaster
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7 April 2018|
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Response from stlguye12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I’ve made reservations on Open Table.
11 March 2018|
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Response from Gisadom | Reviewed this property |
The bar is more informal, with a view to the garden, but the menu is the same.
11 March 2018|
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Response from Terry B | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant might accommodate you but at some expense to flow, changing plating and order and organization. I'd offer that it is a mild insult and not on good rooting.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$108 - US$182
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
    (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-333-1220
  • E-mail
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.
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