The Bar Room at The Modern

4.7
4250 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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BA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I did find The Modern on internet and made a booking for lunch last saturday. To my table I said after we had the meal that the Modern gives you "a feeling of good leadership". The smiles feel real, we got the feeling that the servants liked and were proud of their job. Very good food. Outstanding service. Clean. We will recommend it and come back.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent but the food was below par given the price. We got a total of five dishes and only one (tart flambé flat bread) was great. The black truffle tagliatelle was not warm enough to properly cook the egg and the morel mushroom fricase was inedible, it lacked balance and contrast. The charred avocado lacked flavor and the crab looked and tasted like tuna you get at a deli. Overall very disappointing, I have not been to the mordern and won’t after this experience. I hate writing negative reviews but want to warn people so they don’t waste their money.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The unexpected charge for two bottles of unrequested still water was annoying. Do I have to ask “is this tap water?” when I don’t want to pay for water?

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J
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to meet friends and family in midtown. Excellent and interesting small plates that were shared and enjoyed by everyone.

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PK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Modern , and the Bar Room at the Modern. Both are phenomal. Excellent food, excellent service.

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Z
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was outstanding. A true gastronomical experience as opposed to mere dinner. Service was excellent.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my most favorite places to dine.

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C
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly outstanding meal in every way. Whats even more amazing is the bargain of the 3-course menu. We have paid easily twice as much for something so far lower quality and experience. Modern food that is not any any way pretentious, staff professional and engaging. Overall great.

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

We had a wonderful light lunch! The service was warm and attentive from all staff members, and the food was delicious. I can’t wait to return again.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The perfect dinner experience. Beautiful restaurant, amazing server, food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Even a delicious wine to round it out. Will 100% be back

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

The food is amazing and beautifully presented. I invited two clients to lunch and The Bar made it a special event. The ambience is open, casual and classy, and quiet enough for a conversation. The food is a wonderful bonus on top of a great environment. Next time I'll try the Prix Fix menu.

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C
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing services for a non-tipping restaurant! Love everything about it: the tasty foods, the ambience, the special cocktails, the attentive server, manager, and staff. Simply fantastic!

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B
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best waiter, Cesar, and delicious food. The service and the food are impeccable.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved it! The service was amazing - staff anticipated needs, were friendly, but not too chatty and made good recommendations. We both had the 3 items for $70pp plus wine pairings $45pp and there is no tipping!!!! I can't say how much I love that the service was included in the price of the food. I wish all restaurants were like that. I'm not from a city so I'm really glad that my NYC restaurant experience was so good.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sommelier was wonderful. His name was Lukas Dempsey. He was informative, charming and picked the perfect wines for us!

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PF
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue bright and cheerful. Excellent fixed price menu with great choices. The food was superb alongside a bottle of Russian Valley Pinot Noir

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o
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bar Room at THE MODERN consistently delivers polished service in a classy modern setting combined with innovative dishes featuring a creative blend of ingredients.

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Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My go to when I visit NYC. Some of the best food, service drinks you will find with options to order just apps or a full meal. Tip included!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite NY spots for a casual dinner with friends.

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AL
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bar Room at The Modern is an incredible restaurant. There food is unbelievably good and creative. If you peak in the kitchen (which they allow), they have a huge cooking staff. Like all of the fine dining Danny Meyer restaurants, the food is made from the best and most fresh ingredients.

The service is relaxed but professional. The cocktails are creative. The bar is beautiful and it's located in an iconic building.

It's awesome!

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m
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The food is inventive and delicious. The room is welcoming and not too crowded. We waited over half an hour past our reservation to be seated and then another half hour before we got served. It did not appear to be too busy. The waiters seemed distracted, unhappy and just was way too difficult to get their attention.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

There can’t be a better lazy Sunday afternoon than a couple of hours at MOMA and then a three course meal with wine pairing at the Modern Bar (reservations a must!). The wine program is always full of wonderful surprises - this time including a fringe red from Clare Valley - and ordering 3 savory dishes allows for wonderful grazing to accompany the wine tour. Can’t get enough of this restaurant!

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a wonderful experience. All of the food was incredible, wine list and pairings were great. All staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Our server Cesar was super welcoming and attentive. Steps of service were executed well. Wine and water levels were always good. They really made me feel special on my birthday. I wish there hadn’t been such long waits between courses. Also it would’ve been nice if the staff described the dishes in more detail upon arrival. But overall a beautiful dinner and would definitely return. Thanks Cesar!

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LD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Great food and service. Already looking forward to a return visit!

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic 3 course meal! Delicious cocktails. Had a lovely evening.

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RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service as gracious, the food sublime, and the noise nonexistent. What a pleasure!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived early and were warmly greeted and seated at a bar table. Staff soon invited us to our table. The service was professional and friendly. The food was inventive and beautiful, both visually and on the palate. We were invited in for a look at the spotless and smoothly running kitchen. Just a great culinary experience all round!

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B
London
26 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten here many times over many years, and the restaurant always pleases. It has retained its excellence in every way. I continue to recommend it highly.

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d
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambience and service, and outstanding food!
A totally enjoyable evening!

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WONDERFUL STAFF. FRIENDLY AND PROMPT. GREAT FOOD. TERRIFIC PLACE!!!

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SS
40 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was my second time at the Bar Room. (We usually splurge for lunch at the restaurant after a morning at the museum). This was a pre-theater dinner after a matinee. Long day, but worth it. We arrived a half hour early and were seated promptly. Our server was training another and was very good. Dinner was excellent. We shared an appetizer and dessert and had our own entrees. Great wines to accompany all three courses. When our young adult son lived in New York, the Bar Room was his go-to date place. I'll undoubtedly go again - if I can't get into the restaurant, which is one of the most serene places in town.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter, Ryan, provided excellent service. The food was top-notch!

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AM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Disappointed by The Bar Room at lunch. The reservationists who called to confirm had asked about dietary restrictions (we had some) and special occasion (it was my friend’s birthday). Our server was clueless, absent and got no information about either our food needs or occasion specifics. The no tipping model left us unable to express our dissatisfaction and appears to have disincentivized the service Danny Meyer’s restaurants had been know for. I won’t go again.

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A
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service. Consistently outstanding restaurant.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal at the Bar Room, celebrating a special occasion. The food and service was extraordinary. We visited MoMA and then gathered for lunch, and that made for a wonderful day for all nine of us.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was perfection. We will be returning the next time we are in NYC

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all around! The service is that of a world class establishment

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Food was overly creamy and my dish was extremely salty. The wine was very nice, the maitre'd was exceptionally nice. I think with some attention to the menu I would recommend it.

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o
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The food is fabulous, the wine is terrific, the service is great, and the ambiance delightful. My favorite spot.....

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the food was superb. the service was professional, perfectly timed and fun. the room is gorgeous. we were a party of 6. the small round table was perfect. we could all see and hear each other. we loved it.

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