The Bar Room at The Modern

4.7
4294 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The overall experience was top notch. This proved to be a perfect choice for the night.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service at the Modern Bar Room were excellent. I was also struck by the quality and presentation temperature of the wines by the glass. Many restaurants in nyc serve very poor wines by the glass kept at the wrong temperature. This was not at all the case at the Modern - the wine was excellent.

m
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is so high quality and the tastes explode in the dish. The crispy salmon was tremendous.

PH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an amazing meal here, and it really made me want to experience the main dining room someday. My spouse and I each ordered the three course tasting menu, choosing an appetizer, entree, and dessert. I had the wine pairings as well, while he ordered a Manhattan. Every single thing I ate was perfect. My very favorite was the charred avocado with peekytoe crab. The flavors and textures of that dish will stay with me for a long time to come. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My spouse started with the corn soup, which I had almost ordered. It was very tasty, but nowhere near as good as the avocado. The service was very attentive, with our water frequently refilled and being checked in with regularly. The time between courses might have felt long if you were in a hurry or very hungry, but for us it was the perfect pacing. The room definitely has a lively atmosphere, which is nice, though the tables are quite close and it was hard to tune out the conversation at the table next to us.

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The bartenders were very attentive and demonstrated great mixology Skills as well as menu knowledge.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Caesar was just an amazing service provider - his suggestions were spot on and so was the service provided by every other member at this restaurant, thank you for making a huge difference in the way you treat your guests.

X
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Food was terrific. Staff was very accommodating. However the room smelled of fresh paint. That is very unappetizing.
Perhaps the restaurant should close on days when it is freshly painted.

r
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always a most pleasurable dining experience. The wine list is extraordinary as are the prices with only a handful below triple digits.

s
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant week menu ...we both had the salmon that was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent...waiter/waitresses friendly and professional..

MM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The ambiance, door and service were spot on. The ‘announcement’ of each dish was over the top and unnecessary, particularly when some of the dishes were repetitive from one diner to the next. It seemed silly and disingenuous. $18 for a glass of white wine had us passing on spirits at lunch. It would have been nice for the iced tea drinker and the coffee drinkers to be offered seconds for the price of $7.00 for an iced tea and $6.00 for a cup of Joe. It’s the little things...

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfection! Fabulous food, great service, lovely ambience. Can't wait to go back :)

YG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was visiting this place twice during a restaurant week. Amazing a nd delicious food, great service!!! Thank you!!!!

SC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Wait staff excellent. Picked two course restaurant menu for lunch. Amazing salmon and cavatelli dishes. Cocktails sublime. Also, the modern is a no tip establishment but you wod never know it, the service was impeccable. Only negative was we had planned on going next door to MOMA but its closed until mid October.

J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really like and enjoyed the service and the food! We go to upscale restaurants sometimes. This one is at the top of the list of the restaurants we went in terms of the food taste. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was very nice and sweet. Food is of great quality and value. Went there for the restaurant week but will certainly go back again.

DB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was a terrific evening made all the better by the attentiveness of Maitre d' Michele Molier. I had managed to put our reservation on the calendar for the incorrect date. We showed up a day early and could not have returned on the next night. Michele led us to the bar and then went to work finding us an table. Shortly we were escorted to an ideal table for memorable dinner.

OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Disappointing from start to finish.
We have come to value the Modern on our “A” List of fine cuisine. We selected the Restaurant Week offerings. Servers lacked adequate knowledge of the vintages. “Short” pours dominated. The Main course was bland and tasteless. Two slices of bread were an additional charge. Rather insulting. Wine pairings were delayed with food arrival. The meal was rushed although there was ample seating. Our servers were not attentive. The only redeeming part was the support table staff. The Modern has been always exceptional. Unfortunately this experience falls into the ONE STAR category ... at best.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful time. Everything is perfect from start to finish.

DV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday. Excellent

SR
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gracious helpful service. It’s restaurant week. We chose from that menu and weren’t disappointed. All good. It’s a convenient wonderful place where I meet friends often.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice ambiance nice services and great food!

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was one of the most unexpected dining experiences I have ever had. We were treated to outstanding service and a menu that can only be described by enjoying it yourself.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service and food!!

DI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good. Staff are all so kind. The RW menu is filling and memorable

A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Main dish, that was salmon and eggplant, were perfectly cooked and one of the best I had. Shaved melon salad did not have cucumber well integrated, so that is the reason of 4 stars.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The salmon is the best salmon I ever have! The dinner room is so comforted.

SC
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with friends. The restaurant is beautiful, artistic, & comfortable.

MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bar Room at the Modern is my go-to in Midtown, Service, Food and ambiance are first class.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and we were fortunate to come in

m
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love everything in the menu is simply amazing

MV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Could become our new favorite place!

GF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Our server, Bridget was knowledge, welcoming, and very attentive. Really the whole team was great, from the maitre’d and hosts, to the food runners and back servers. I had such high expectations of this place, and you all exceeded them.

Thank you for taking such good care of us.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Taste special , good environment

t
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bar was excellent and the food was great. It was a good experience.

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I found the communication confirming the reservation to be pleasant. They even asked if we were celebrating anything. To which I replied it was a birthday dinner. However, nothing was done to acknowledged the occasion was done. Not even a note on our dessert. Not sure why they bothered to ask for the name of the birthday girl.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We tried this restaurant during the nyc Restaurant Week. The food is good. The service is good. We enjoyed the dinner with our friends whom came to nyc city for vacation.

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nicely surprised with the service and quality of food, good portions and good options for all tastes.

r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The quality of the food, the service and the ambiance are consistently excellent. I always enjoy my experience here and would recommend the place to my friends.

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