Modern Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 9 W 53rd St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-333-1220

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Hours
Sun 11:30am-9:30pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, Mon-Sat 5pm-10:30pm

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For two years and four Restaurant Week experiences, I've been trying to get reservations to The Modern. Hailed by many as one of the best deals and RW experiences in the city, it can be very difficult to get a reservation at a reasonable time. Luckily I signed up immediately once RSVPs opened and I scored a 7 pm seating.

There are so many good things about this place so I'm just going to list them:
--Location/decor is lovely!
--Service is top notch - they may have as many wait staff as they do patrons which is a little intimidating, but everyone was so kind and gracious even if you were ordering off the RW menu.
--My friend and I couldn't get over the RW menu selection! With 10 app, 10 entree and 6-7 dessert options, you really are dining from the normal menu - a pleasant change of events with RW menus. I like that I can actually sample a restaurant vs trying whatever leftovers the chef whips up for RW diners.
--And the food was sooooo good!

I opted for the caramelized onion creme fraiche tart with bacon or prosciutto which was about 10 inches in diameter (huge, rich, delicious!), then the grilled yellowfin tuna with veal sweetbreads (the tuna was perfect and the sweetbreads were interesting. not sure I'd try them again) and finished off with some chocolate hazelnut concoction (absolutely decadent).

My friend had the LI duck (as good as all the reviews promised!), then the pappardella with saffron and rabbit (very good, but nothing earth shattering) and the grilled pineapple with ice cream (refreshing and sweet).

We were so pleased with our meal and highly recommend this RW to each and every person!

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★★★★★

For two years and four Restaurant Week experiences, I've been trying to get reservations to The Modern. Hailed by many as one of the best deals and RW experiences in the city, it can be very difficult to get a reservation at a reasonable time. Luckily I signed up immediately once RSVPs opened and I scored a 7 pm seating.

There are so many good things about this place so I'm just going to list them:
--Location/decor is lovely!
--Service is top notch - they may have as many wait staff as they do patrons which is a little intimidating, but everyone was so kind and gracious even if you were ordering off the RW menu.
--My friend and I couldn't get over the RW menu selection! With 10 app, 10 entree and 6-7 dessert options, you really are dining from the normal menu - a pleasant change of events with RW menus. I like that I can actually sample a restaurant vs trying whatever leftovers the chef whips up for RW diners.
--And the food was sooooo good!

I opted for the caramelized onion creme fraiche tart with bacon or prosciutto which was about 10 inches in diameter (huge, rich, delicious!), then the grilled yellowfin tuna with veal sweetbreads (the tuna was perfect and the sweetbreads were interesting. not sure I'd try them again) and finished off with some chocolate hazelnut concoction (absolutely decadent).

My friend had the LI duck (as good as all the reviews promised!), then the pappardella with saffron and rabbit (very good, but nothing earth shattering) and the grilled pineapple with ice cream (refreshing and sweet).

We were so pleased with our meal and highly recommend this RW to each and every person!

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I have been here on a few occasions and each time has been top-notch. I first dined here for Valentines Day and truly enjoyed every aspect of my dining experience. The food is uniformly good, plated beautifully, the service is impeccable, and tables with views of the garden are to die for! I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairings. It is worth every cent!

2
★★★★★

I have been here on a few occasions and each time has been top-notch. I first dined here for Valentines Day and truly enjoyed every aspect of my dining experience. The food is uniformly good, plated beautifully, the service is impeccable, and tables with views of the garden are to die for! I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairings. It is worth every cent!

Pros: Excellent food, service and ambiance

Cons: None

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I didn't like the co-ed bathrooms. Kinda creepy. The food is really good, but I was surprised the desserts weren't better than they were, and the prices are high, as you'd expect.

4
★★★★☆

I didn't like the co-ed bathrooms. Kinda creepy. The food is really good, but I was surprised the desserts weren't better than they were, and the prices are high, as you'd expect.

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Absouletely fabulous interior place... does MoMa proud. The courses are long in the main dining room and Gentlemen please wear a jacket unless you want to end up wearing one of theirs..
The bar room (the only part of the restaurant that has a "a la carte" menu) has very innovative and well balanced food, all small plates. yes its upscale, i really dont mind paying well 4 decent food that this city sometimes confuses with "HYPE".
What i do mind is the vagrant snobbery with a dash or racism !! I dined at both the dining room and the bar room. The first time I thought i was being over sensitive and that I should check the chips on my shoulder. however the third time around had me fuming. Did not expect this from one of Mr.Meyer's place's.
BTW: the bar room/bar is quite free of such upityness! + really great cocktails.

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★★★☆☆

Absouletely fabulous interior place... does MoMa proud. The courses are long in the main dining room and Gentlemen please wear a jacket unless you want to end up wearing one of theirs..
The bar room (the only part of the restaurant that has a "a la carte" menu) has very innovative and well balanced food, all small plates. yes its upscale, i really dont mind paying well 4 decent food that this city sometimes confuses with "HYPE".
What i do mind is the vagrant snobbery with a dash or racism !! I dined at both the dining room and the bar room. The first time I thought i was being over sensitive and that I should check the chips on my shoulder. however the third time around had me fuming. Did not expect this from one of Mr.Meyer's place's.
BTW: the bar room/bar is quite free of such upityness! + really great cocktails.

Pros: great place for a proper dinner/lunch

Cons: I found the dining room managers a bit snobby .. not the servers/ect

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have been dining at The Modern since they opened, have been a huge fan of the food and ability to have a quality meal on the way home from work and not commit to a table. have always enjoyed all my meals and I've probably had everything more than once easily, my only 'complaint' is that it's prices in the Bar Room (cocktails and food) have steadily increased, you will spend a nearly $30 for one drink and a soup before tip and tax..unfortunate

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★★★★☆

have been dining at The Modern since they opened, have been a huge fan of the food and ability to have a quality meal on the way home from work and not commit to a table. have always enjoyed all my meals and I've probably had everything more than once easily, my only 'complaint' is that it's prices in the Bar Room (cocktails and food) have steadily increased, you will spend a nearly $30 for one drink and a soup before tip and tax..unfortunate

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Okay, I just had the best date EVER at Modern , so perhaps my review is a bit biased.....but suffice it to say that the ambiance is amazing, the service impeccable, the rabbit terrine and the beef tenderloin will melt in your mouth, and the wine...well, the wine flowed.....

I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better place for a romantic first date dinner. We'll definitely be going out again.

2
★★★★☆

Okay, I just had the best date EVER at Modern , so perhaps my review is a bit biased.....but suffice it to say that the ambiance is amazing, the service impeccable, the rabbit terrine and the beef tenderloin will melt in your mouth, and the wine...well, the wine flowed.....

I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better place for a romantic first date dinner. We'll definitely be going out again.

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I came with high expectations and they were exceeded, something that doesn't usually happen. The food was perfect, lovely to look at , beautifully presented, cooked exactly right, delicious. Stuck to the cod with chorizo and the duck breast which have been recommended multiple times by other reviewers; good choices. The duck was sliced at table. They bring over all sorts of other fun things while you're eating: little appetizers, an amuse bouch, a palate cleanser, all wonderfully delicious and fun to receive. If you want to make your three course meal into a four course meal, get the excellent cheese plate as a dessert course, because wonderful sweet things appear after with the coffee. Their chocolates are really special. The sommelier arrived at the table knowing what we had ordered and already with a few suggestions in mind. The service was paced perfectly and was very professional. I usually don't write reviews, but did want to for this restaurant. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I came with high expectations and they were exceeded, something that doesn't usually happen. The food was perfect, lovely to look at , beautifully presented, cooked exactly right, delicious. Stuck to the cod with chorizo and the duck breast which have been recommended multiple times by other reviewers; good choices. The duck was sliced at table. They bring over all sorts of other fun things while you're eating: little appetizers, an amuse bouch, a palate cleanser, all wonderfully delicious and fun to receive. If you want to make your three course meal into a four course meal, get the excellent cheese plate as a dessert course, because wonderful sweet things appear after with the coffee. Their chocolates are really special. The sommelier arrived at the table knowing what we had ordered and already with a few suggestions in mind. The service was paced perfectly and was very professional. I usually don't write reviews, but did want to for this restaurant. Enjoy!

Pros: Everything.

Cons: The wine list is for the most part scary; 48 pages and most very pricey. Take advantage of the sommelier!

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My partner and I have been here on several occasions--with the parents, friends from in town and visitors--and we have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious, inventive, and well-executed. The service is well-paced for a relaxing dinner--generally what one wants from a place like this. The wines by the glass are a cut above. Though the dining room looks out over the MOMA sculpture garden, it is true that one doesn't get a great view at night, which is a shame. I find the seating to be very comfortable, and the decor of the room simple and modern, in keeping with the location

2
★★★★★

My partner and I have been here on several occasions--with the parents, friends from in town and visitors--and we have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious, inventive, and well-executed. The service is well-paced for a relaxing dinner--generally what one wants from a place like this. The wines by the glass are a cut above. Though the dining room looks out over the MOMA sculpture garden, it is true that one doesn't get a great view at night, which is a shame. I find the seating to be very comfortable, and the decor of the room simple and modern, in keeping with the location

Pros: food, goodies (amuse bouche, petit fours)

Cons: can be loud

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Absolutely delicious. The main dining room is nice especially by the window. The service was excellent and it takes a lot to impress me.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely delicious. The main dining room is nice especially by the window. The service was excellent and it takes a lot to impress me.

Pros: Service, Service, Service

Cons: It's in New York

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So I came here recently with 2 other friends and found the service to be amazingly slow. It took the waitress forever to come to our table and take our order. It also took about 2.5 hours for a 4 course meal!!! Ive has 8 courses done in 3 hours. The food here was ok, nothing special. I wouldn't come back here again.

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★★☆☆☆

So I came here recently with 2 other friends and found the service to be amazingly slow. It took the waitress forever to come to our table and take our order. It also took about 2.5 hours for a 4 course meal!!! Ive has 8 courses done in 3 hours. The food here was ok, nothing special. I wouldn't come back here again.

Pros: nice ambience

Cons: service, service, slow service

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My boyfriend went to The Modern to celebrate our 1 year anniversary since we had heard great things about the place. When we arrived, we were seated at 10pm for our 9:30 reservation. That was fine since it was Friday night. We followed the hostess to the restaurant and were happy to get out of the noisy bar area but we were not impressed with the main dining area. It felt like that we were being seated in an office space since that is what you saw - the office buildings around you. Yes, there is a garden but you can't see it because it's too dark. We were then seated at a table in the back surrounded by 4 tables that stared directly onto us. To add to the office effect, the seating was unremarkable with swiveling office-like chairs. When we sat down, we got the full effect of the place - dark but not in a romantic way, more grey and uninviting. The only effort in decor was really just 2 flower arrangements in the center of the room. Other than that the table clothes were drab white and grey with a small flower and candle. People were being seated while place settings were still being set. The worst part though was that the whole meal was eaten while shivering because it was so cold! In any case, the last thing I will say about our seating is that we were brought through the whole restaurant to be seated next to the back entrance of the noisy bar area, near the kichen and the bathrooms. Therefore, we paid to be seated in the quiet dining area to be seated basically with the noise of the fellow bar folk.

On to the food. We had to ask for the menus and still had to wait 10 minutes for them. The petits amuses bouches were less than spectacular and the soup just warm enough to momentarily ward off our chill. The appetizer of escargot potato galette was ok. My boyfriend's squab and foie gras was delicious but my beef filet ordered medium rare was more medium with a stringy consistency.

Overall a very non-memorable and disappointing dining experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend went to The Modern to celebrate our 1 year anniversary since we had heard great things about the place. When we arrived, we were seated at 10pm for our 9:30 reservation. That was fine since it was Friday night. We followed the hostess to the restaurant and were happy to get out of the noisy bar area but we were not impressed with the main dining area. It felt like that we were being seated in an office space since that is what you saw - the office buildings around you. Yes, there is a garden but you can't see it because it's too dark. We were then seated at a table in the back surrounded by 4 tables that stared directly onto us. To add to the office effect, the seating was unremarkable with swiveling office-like chairs. When we sat down, we got the full effect of the place - dark but not in a romantic way, more grey and uninviting. The only effort in decor was really just 2 flower arrangements in the center of the room. Other than that the table clothes were drab white and grey with a small flower and candle. People were being seated while place settings were still being set. The worst part though was that the whole meal was eaten while shivering because it was so cold! In any case, the last thing I will say about our seating is that we were brought through the whole restaurant to be seated next to the back entrance of the noisy bar area, near the kichen and the bathrooms. Therefore, we paid to be seated in the quiet dining area to be seated basically with the noise of the fellow bar folk.

On to the food. We had to ask for the menus and still had to wait 10 minutes for them. The petits amuses bouches were less than spectacular and the soup just warm enough to momentarily ward off our chill. The appetizer of escargot potato galette was ok. My boyfriend's squab and foie gras was delicious but my beef filet ordered medium rare was more medium with a stringy consistency.

Overall a very non-memorable and disappointing dining experience.

Pros: Squab and foie gras entree

Cons: no ambience, noisy bar, mediocre service

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I've been here about 20 times now and it's still remains as one of my favorites. I especially love dining at the bar if it's not too crowded. The bartenders are professional, friendly, and efficient. Their drink menu changes often enough that there is always something new and interesting to try. The wines are carefully chosen and the cocktails original. The food is always up to par. If you're dining in the main dining room, the menu is entirely different. I highly recommend the tasting menu. Their wine list is extensive and the somelliers are very helpful in choosing the right wines to suit your food. I could go on and on... I have nothing but good things to say about The Modern.

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★★★★★

I've been here about 20 times now and it's still remains as one of my favorites. I especially love dining at the bar if it's not too crowded. The bartenders are professional, friendly, and efficient. Their drink menu changes often enough that there is always something new and interesting to try. The wines are carefully chosen and the cocktails original. The food is always up to par. If you're dining in the main dining room, the menu is entirely different. I highly recommend the tasting menu. Their wine list is extensive and the somelliers are very helpful in choosing the right wines to suit your food. I could go on and on... I have nothing but good things to say about The Modern.

Pros: food, service, ambience, decor, wines

Cons: n/a

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Hi..Went to the MODERN last nite after work..Bar was pretty much emty. The bar is beautiful and the drinks were great. We also ordered dinner at the bar. I had the scallops and my b-friend had the rib eye steak. The food was ok. Portions SO small for the price. It is ridicious!! We were still starving after spending 28. on the steak and 18. on the scallops! I mean for TWO tiny pieces, come on!! I would go back, just for DRINKS though. Afterwards we went to the food cart at the corner and got some chicken and rice to go to fill us up.

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★★★☆☆

Hi..Went to the MODERN last nite after work..Bar was pretty much emty. The bar is beautiful and the drinks were great. We also ordered dinner at the bar. I had the scallops and my b-friend had the rib eye steak. The food was ok. Portions SO small for the price. It is ridicious!! We were still starving after spending 28. on the steak and 18. on the scallops! I mean for TWO tiny pieces, come on!! I would go back, just for DRINKS though. Afterwards we went to the food cart at the corner and got some chicken and rice to go to fill us up.

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I went to the Modern few times. Point blank, don't even bother going to the main dining room. NYT gave them 2 stars, food doesn't deserve one star.
On the other hand, food and service in the Bar room is outstanding. Portions are small and you get to taste many things. NYT gave this room 3 stars and I would like to add one more!!!
BTW: guys behind the bar need to work on their smile and if they don't then transfer them to the main dining room.

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★★★☆☆

I went to the Modern few times. Point blank, don't even bother going to the main dining room. NYT gave them 2 stars, food doesn't deserve one star.
On the other hand, food and service in the Bar room is outstanding. Portions are small and you get to taste many things. NYT gave this room 3 stars and I would like to add one more!!!
BTW: guys behind the bar need to work on their smile and if they don't then transfer them to the main dining room.

Pros: Bar and Bar room, and of course ambience

Cons: Forget main dining room, food is bad and service is not worth a penny

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I went with my boyfriend and we each had really great dinners. We each had different tasting menus, so it was great fun to try so many different and truly delicious items in our seven courses. I do have to mention, though, that if I do go back, I would probably opt for the three course dinner instead. The service was so slow that I don't think that I could do another seven course meal! This is not to say that the servers or support staff were inefficient; they weren't. When we finished a cocktail, our glasses were whisked away. When we needed water, it was poured, etc. Great care and attention was paid to detail and that is why we went to the Modern. It was the time we had to wait for our cocktails to arrive (10 minutes- the bar did look busy, but really, now...) which delayed the arrival of our dinner menus, which delayed our waiter from being able to take our order because he was busy with three new tables that were seated while we waited. Then it was the time we had to wait from when our plates were cleared after each course to the time we got our mis en place for the next course (5-10 minutes) to the time that the next course actually arrived (at least another 10 minutes) that made the night drag on. And on. For a three course meal this would be fine, but for a seven course meal it felt excessive, especially for quick eaters like us, and especially as it got to be late in the evening. Still, the food was unforgettable, our waiters were courteous and warm and I would visit again for those reasons alone.

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★★★★☆

I went with my boyfriend and we each had really great dinners. We each had different tasting menus, so it was great fun to try so many different and truly delicious items in our seven courses. I do have to mention, though, that if I do go back, I would probably opt for the three course dinner instead. The service was so slow that I don't think that I could do another seven course meal! This is not to say that the servers or support staff were inefficient; they weren't. When we finished a cocktail, our glasses were whisked away. When we needed water, it was poured, etc. Great care and attention was paid to detail and that is why we went to the Modern. It was the time we had to wait for our cocktails to arrive (10 minutes- the bar did look busy, but really, now...) which delayed the arrival of our dinner menus, which delayed our waiter from being able to take our order because he was busy with three new tables that were seated while we waited. Then it was the time we had to wait from when our plates were cleared after each course to the time we got our mis en place for the next course (5-10 minutes) to the time that the next course actually arrived (at least another 10 minutes) that made the night drag on. And on. For a three course meal this would be fine, but for a seven course meal it felt excessive, especially for quick eaters like us, and especially as it got to be late in the evening. Still, the food was unforgettable, our waiters were courteous and warm and I would visit again for those reasons alone.

Pros: Innovative food, two different tasting menus

Cons: long wait between courses

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As a sole diner, I got put in a lonely corner in the room in back. There are lots of waiters but they mostly spend time talking amongst themselves and have almost nothing to recommend when you ask them. They are very snooty and average age was about 22. One young waiter was engaging and discussed the food and different choices, the others were either snobby, passive or adequate. They never pour the water for you but they told me they didn't want people to think they were pushing drinks (sparkling water?). I ordered the winter tasting menu for $155 only to be told that the exquisite dish was the regular tasting menu which is what the "chef loves to do" and is $125. I wish they had told me first. Nonetheless, as usual with tasting menus you could die of starvation, but the food was excellent with foie gras, pheasant and other interesting selections. I just can't get over how tiny they make everything; even the dessert is tiny. A nice surprise was a
set of petit fours and excellent chocolates that was served unasked for. They even charged $8 for a cup of coffee. The room is sterile and bland but it sure is full; everyone wants to eat there. It was kind of nice to spend a few hours at MOMA and then proceed to dinner. I compared it with Le Barnardin where they are serious but they hover around you and pay attention instead of having private conversations.

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★★★☆☆

As a sole diner, I got put in a lonely corner in the room in back. There are lots of waiters but they mostly spend time talking amongst themselves and have almost nothing to recommend when you ask them. They are very snooty and average age was about 22. One young waiter was engaging and discussed the food and different choices, the others were either snobby, passive or adequate. They never pour the water for you but they told me they didn't want people to think they were pushing drinks (sparkling water?). I ordered the winter tasting menu for $155 only to be told that the exquisite dish was the regular tasting menu which is what the "chef loves to do" and is $125. I wish they had told me first. Nonetheless, as usual with tasting menus you could die of starvation, but the food was excellent with foie gras, pheasant and other interesting selections. I just can't get over how tiny they make everything; even the dessert is tiny. A nice surprise was a
set of petit fours and excellent chocolates that was served unasked for. They even charged $8 for a cup of coffee. The room is sterile and bland but it sure is full; everyone wants to eat there. It was kind of nice to spend a few hours at MOMA and then proceed to dinner. I compared it with Le Barnardin where they are serious but they hover around you and pay attention instead of having private conversations.

Pros: Food

Cons: Ambience, service

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My boyfriend and I went to the Modern to celebrate his promotion. From the moment we walked in, the experience was pratically perfect. (The one snafu was that they neglected to bring us the cheese course we'd ordered, but we weren't charged for it, either.) I don't understand the reviews saying that the service was snooty. We are in our early twenties (which sometimes draws disdain from servers) and were treated incredibly well by our server. The food was delicious, from an amuse bouche of salmon tartare to the tartare of yellowfin tuna and diver scallops to the perfectly cooked beef tenderloin in a black truffle blue cheese sauce. The food is pricey, but for a special occasion, it's worth the splurge.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went to the Modern to celebrate his promotion. From the moment we walked in, the experience was pratically perfect. (The one snafu was that they neglected to bring us the cheese course we'd ordered, but we weren't charged for it, either.) I don't understand the reviews saying that the service was snooty. We are in our early twenties (which sometimes draws disdain from servers) and were treated incredibly well by our server. The food was delicious, from an amuse bouche of salmon tartare to the tartare of yellowfin tuna and diver scallops to the perfectly cooked beef tenderloin in a black truffle blue cheese sauce. The food is pricey, but for a special occasion, it's worth the splurge.

Pros: Incredible overall experience

Cons: They forgot the cheese course!

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we visited the restaurant days ago.
the service is very well.
tasty food and anything else but very SLOW.

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★★★★★

we visited the restaurant days ago.
the service is very well.
tasty food and anything else but very SLOW.

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The Modern is my favorite of all Danny Meyer restaurants. This weekend we visted Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe and dinner Sunday night, our last night, at The Modern. This was our 3rd visit, and each time the offerings are different. Every small plate is wonderful, each bite a delight. I hope they never take the tarte flambe off the menu, it's sublime. The fried doughnuts are heavenly as well. Always a crowded scene in the bar room, and a wonderful wine list. When in midtown, theatre district, make sure you dine at The Modern. Wonderful food.

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★★★★★

The Modern is my favorite of all Danny Meyer restaurants. This weekend we visted Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe and dinner Sunday night, our last night, at The Modern. This was our 3rd visit, and each time the offerings are different. Every small plate is wonderful, each bite a delight. I hope they never take the tarte flambe off the menu, it's sublime. The fried doughnuts are heavenly as well. Always a crowded scene in the bar room, and a wonderful wine list. When in midtown, theatre district, make sure you dine at The Modern. Wonderful food.

Pros: many excellent small plates in the bar room, great wine list

Cons: none

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Ate a late lunch at the bar a couple of weeks ago and it knocked my socks off. Have to admit, I had been a little skeptical of a restaurant in a museum, despite all the great publicity-- but the good reviews were right on the mark. The mushroom soup with a few (fried) chorizo ravioli was simply spectacular. The soup was light and frothy and had a little spicy kick to it. Also had the upside down tuna tartare which was good but not stellar. The hot tea selection was good and a nice compliment to the food in cold weather. We went back a couple weeks later for lunch in the more formal part and while the food was good, we were very disappointed by the slow, slow, slow service. It took 10-15 minutes to get tea or coffee, or anything else we requested. The lunch stretched out to 2 hours. The interior may not be for everyone- a little sleek and cold, but it is the "modern," after all!

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★★★★☆

Ate a late lunch at the bar a couple of weeks ago and it knocked my socks off. Have to admit, I had been a little skeptical of a restaurant in a museum, despite all the great publicity-- but the good reviews were right on the mark. The mushroom soup with a few (fried) chorizo ravioli was simply spectacular. The soup was light and frothy and had a little spicy kick to it. Also had the upside down tuna tartare which was good but not stellar. The hot tea selection was good and a nice compliment to the food in cold weather. We went back a couple weeks later for lunch in the more formal part and while the food was good, we were very disappointed by the slow, slow, slow service. It took 10-15 minutes to get tea or coffee, or anything else we requested. The lunch stretched out to 2 hours. The interior may not be for everyone- a little sleek and cold, but it is the "modern," after all!

Pros: great food

Cons: very pricey; service in formal part of restaurant VERY slow

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Where to begin? The food was amazing befitting the decor, ambience, and service. When you walk in, you pass the lively bar scene, much younger and a great place for after work drinks. Then you enter the dining room which makes you feel like you've entered a restaurant in Paris with a view of a garden. The room is clean, very modern, and with the feeling of spaciousness due to it's high ceilings. The sevice is fine. One of the waiters seemed a bit brusque, but my husband informed me that he was extremely efficient with no wasted movements. The food was delectable. I was actually full half way through our chef's tasting menu. They provide wonderful little concoctions prior to the meal and palate cleansers as well as a nice petite fours spread. Even afterwards on our way out they provided us with a little something to take home. I have to say that we had thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our were bellies were fully satisfied. Would definitely go back again and would like to go for lunch to see the garden during the daylight. It was a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion.

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★★★★★

Where to begin? The food was amazing befitting the decor, ambience, and service. When you walk in, you pass the lively bar scene, much younger and a great place for after work drinks. Then you enter the dining room which makes you feel like you've entered a restaurant in Paris with a view of a garden. The room is clean, very modern, and with the feeling of spaciousness due to it's high ceilings. The sevice is fine. One of the waiters seemed a bit brusque, but my husband informed me that he was extremely efficient with no wasted movements. The food was delectable. I was actually full half way through our chef's tasting menu. They provide wonderful little concoctions prior to the meal and palate cleansers as well as a nice petite fours spread. Even afterwards on our way out they provided us with a little something to take home. I have to say that we had thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our were bellies were fully satisfied. Would definitely go back again and would like to go for lunch to see the garden during the daylight. It was a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion.

Pros: Great food, scenery, ambience, view, space, service

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i went here on restaurant week and it was pretty packed, although it seems like it would be even if it weren't rw. the food was ok (i'd recommend the duck confit, although its not fantastic) but the best part is the interior, its sexay in a museum opening kind of way.

2
★★★★☆

i went here on restaurant week and it was pretty packed, although it seems like it would be even if it weren't rw. the food was ok (i'd recommend the duck confit, although its not fantastic) but the best part is the interior, its sexay in a museum opening kind of way.

Pros: nice setting, especially the bar area

Cons: kinda slow service, food could be more creative

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As a self-proclaimed foodie and someone who has worked fifteen years in the food
and beverage industry, I've grown picky in my old(er) age. I have to emphasize,
I am not overstating when I say my dinner at The Modern was the most impressive,
all around, of my entire adult life.

The chef is obviously someone who cares deeply about ingredients, selection,
preparation and presentation. My companion had the lamb finished with aplomb
at the table by Marco. I myself had the tenderloin. Each course was succulent,
expertly crafted and simply the right amount.

I was most impressed by the ever-present staff, always (>always<) ready to
assist but never intrusive. Such a rare, and admittedly difficult balance to achieve.
We were escorted to the door. Warm smiles. Courtesy. A gorgeous room. A staff
who obviously cares deeply about their work. I was simply stunned. I'll be back
very soon.

2
★★★★★

As a self-proclaimed foodie and someone who has worked fifteen years in the food
and beverage industry, I've grown picky in my old(er) age. I have to emphasize,
I am not overstating when I say my dinner at The Modern was the most impressive,
all around, of my entire adult life.

The chef is obviously someone who cares deeply about ingredients, selection,
preparation and presentation. My companion had the lamb finished with aplomb
at the table by Marco. I myself had the tenderloin. Each course was succulent,
expertly crafted and simply the right amount.

I was most impressed by the ever-present staff, always (>always<) ready to
assist but never intrusive. Such a rare, and admittedly difficult balance to achieve.
We were escorted to the door. Warm smiles. Courtesy. A gorgeous room. A staff
who obviously cares deeply about their work. I was simply stunned. I'll be back
very soon.

Pros: Service, cuisine, decor.

Cons: Um...none.

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The first time I went to the Modern, my friend and I indulged ourselves in not 5, not 6, but 10 courses. It was probably the best 3 hours I've ever experienced. My favorites: warm veal with goat cheese (just melts in your mouth), the gnocchi with crab meat, and for dessert - the beignets are unbelievable. I definitely recommend getting a couple of the appetizers instead of the third courses - they are great also, but nowhere near as delicious as the first and second courses. LOVE this place, but have only eaten in the area closest to the entrance, and I've heard the menu by the windows is even more fantastic.

2
★★★★★

The first time I went to the Modern, my friend and I indulged ourselves in not 5, not 6, but 10 courses. It was probably the best 3 hours I've ever experienced. My favorites: warm veal with goat cheese (just melts in your mouth), the gnocchi with crab meat, and for dessert - the beignets are unbelievable. I definitely recommend getting a couple of the appetizers instead of the third courses - they are great also, but nowhere near as delicious as the first and second courses. LOVE this place, but have only eaten in the area closest to the entrance, and I've heard the menu by the windows is even more fantastic.

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After a drink at the very atmospheric but classic bar we had dinner in the dining room. The food was excellent and innovative - from appetizer to dessert to drinks - both of ours (my fiancee's and mine) menu choices - just perfect. Admittedly, the modern style is not everybody's style - but definitely one of the most stylish high-end restaurant that New York needed. That's the place to go in New York!

2
★★★★★

After a drink at the very atmospheric but classic bar we had dinner in the dining room. The food was excellent and innovative - from appetizer to dessert to drinks - both of ours (my fiancee's and mine) menu choices - just perfect. Admittedly, the modern style is not everybody's style - but definitely one of the most stylish high-end restaurant that New York needed. That's the place to go in New York!

Pros: excellent and innovative cuisine; design

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I like Danny Meyer. I like the MoMA. So I really wanted to like The Modern. I was surprised when I walked down the white-lit entranceway and entered what looked like, to me, a modern, high-tech cafeteria that looked like a leftover set from Kubrick's "2001". This is not a place for a romantic date. Clean and sterile. Pleasant. There's an enormous bar with bar seating in front and semi-private dining behind that. Since I wanted to try a few different items (the formal dining room is prix fixe-only) I sat in the bar room. I had 6 dishes. Two: the octopus and the gnocchi were *very* good. Three were interesting: Arctic char tartare, scallops and salmon. One was a miss: Crispy tuna. Although the portions are small, my date and I were quite full after the meal and drinks. The service was very good. The meal, with 3 drinks ($35) was $144. I would certainly stop back and sit at the bar after a long day at the Museum, but I don't think I would otherwise return for a meal.

1
★★★☆☆

I like Danny Meyer. I like the MoMA. So I really wanted to like The Modern. I was surprised when I walked down the white-lit entranceway and entered what looked like, to me, a modern, high-tech cafeteria that looked like a leftover set from Kubrick's "2001". This is not a place for a romantic date. Clean and sterile. Pleasant. There's an enormous bar with bar seating in front and semi-private dining behind that. Since I wanted to try a few different items (the formal dining room is prix fixe-only) I sat in the bar room. I had 6 dishes. Two: the octopus and the gnocchi were *very* good. Three were interesting: Arctic char tartare, scallops and salmon. One was a miss: Crispy tuna. Although the portions are small, my date and I were quite full after the meal and drinks. The service was very good. The meal, with 3 drinks ($35) was $144. I would certainly stop back and sit at the bar after a long day at the Museum, but I don't think I would otherwise return for a meal.

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The food was very good, but not great. I would go back and have drinks and appetizers and do a little people watching if I had too.

2
★★★★☆

The food was very good, but not great. I would go back and have drinks and appetizers and do a little people watching if I had too.

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this place is soooo amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love the beignets for desert!! YUMMY!

2
★★★★★

this place is soooo amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love the beignets for desert!! YUMMY!

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For this amount of money, I expect very good food or very good service... preferably both. The Modern provides neither. The restaurant is chaotic, service is rude and arrogant, my monkfish was rubbery and flavorless, and they take small portions to a new demension. The bar scene, though, is cool. Great vibe.

1
★★☆☆☆

For this amount of money, I expect very good food or very good service... preferably both. The Modern provides neither. The restaurant is chaotic, service is rude and arrogant, my monkfish was rubbery and flavorless, and they take small portions to a new demension. The bar scene, though, is cool. Great vibe.

Pros: bar scene

Cons: food, rude service

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This is a unique menu and has a variety of offerings. My husband and I went there for restaurant week (the Bar Room) and ended up ordering from the main menu since there were so many things we wanted to try - squid, artic char tartare, salmon....mmmmm! They were all good as was the service. A classic Meyers experience and would go back. The main dining room looks lovely and may be more suitable for a quieter dining experience since the Bar Room is named appropriately.

2
★★★★★

This is a unique menu and has a variety of offerings. My husband and I went there for restaurant week (the Bar Room) and ended up ordering from the main menu since there were so many things we wanted to try - squid, artic char tartare, salmon....mmmmm! They were all good as was the service. A classic Meyers experience and would go back. The main dining room looks lovely and may be more suitable for a quieter dining experience since the Bar Room is named appropriately.

Pros: food, service

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The Modern, located in MOMA is a restaurant that lived up to my expectations. I expected elegant dining in a cool, modern setting and it was exactly that. I made reservations for Restaurant Week and was seated in the Bar Room but decided to forego the constraints of the limited Restaurant Week menu as prices were comparable. Things to try: Duck Confit, Charred Octupus and Beignets are all scrumptious. They have a decent wine list however, wines by the glass are slighty on the high side. Hosts were pleasant, service was great otherwise but, our waiter was highly condescending which I found very irritating.

2
★★★★★

The Modern, located in MOMA is a restaurant that lived up to my expectations. I expected elegant dining in a cool, modern setting and it was exactly that. I made reservations for Restaurant Week and was seated in the Bar Room but decided to forego the constraints of the limited Restaurant Week menu as prices were comparable. Things to try: Duck Confit, Charred Octupus and Beignets are all scrumptious. They have a decent wine list however, wines by the glass are slighty on the high side. Hosts were pleasant, service was great otherwise but, our waiter was highly condescending which I found very irritating.

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Took my finance tonight for her birthday. For a pricey meal, you expect the highest level of service. Simple things really: never having to ask for bread, water always filled, a staff on-tap at every turn. While our waiter was focused, he had no support. Dinner on this level should be an event, this was not.

The space was cold, the food salty and "over-engineered". Food that was trying too hard. Suggestion: try the bar, they have a full menu. Unless you're there for a business dinner or have a need to wear a dinner jacket, it has a much more a NYC vibe.

1
★★★☆☆

Took my finance tonight for her birthday. For a pricey meal, you expect the highest level of service. Simple things really: never having to ask for bread, water always filled, a staff on-tap at every turn. While our waiter was focused, he had no support. Dinner on this level should be an event, this was not.

The space was cold, the food salty and "over-engineered". Food that was trying too hard. Suggestion: try the bar, they have a full menu. Unless you're there for a business dinner or have a need to wear a dinner jacket, it has a much more a NYC vibe.

Pros: Nice Bar, Good Wines, Extra Desserts

Cons: Exaggerated Food, Cold Decor, Art-Crowd Stuffy

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I don't know how Danny Meyer does it, but he managed to create yet another perfect restaurant. We had dinner at the bar on New Year's eve. It was a 3 hour 45 minute experience of amazing, imaginative food, great drinks and superb, understated service. The setting is, as it should, Modern yet cozy and welcoming. We were never rushed, and the waitstaff seemed to be able to read our minds. And the food... the mushroom soup with toasted chorizo ravioli is amazing, and the scallop/oxtail combo was a revelation.

2
★★★★★

I don't know how Danny Meyer does it, but he managed to create yet another perfect restaurant. We had dinner at the bar on New Year's eve. It was a 3 hour 45 minute experience of amazing, imaginative food, great drinks and superb, understated service. The setting is, as it should, Modern yet cozy and welcoming. We were never rushed, and the waitstaff seemed to be able to read our minds. And the food... the mushroom soup with toasted chorizo ravioli is amazing, and the scallop/oxtail combo was a revelation.

Pros: Setting, Food, Service

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What a beautiful room with a glass wall looking out onto the garden. It's very spacious and the tables and chairs are comfortable and easy on the eyes. Cool bathrooms. The skate was moist and delicious. The coffe was OK, but the chocolates were excellent. We were greeted graciously and our waitress was a calm professional. I'm sorry, but I just have nothing bad to say about the place.

2
★★★★★

What a beautiful room with a glass wall looking out onto the garden. It's very spacious and the tables and chairs are comfortable and easy on the eyes. Cool bathrooms. The skate was moist and delicious. The coffe was OK, but the chocolates were excellent. We were greeted graciously and our waitress was a calm professional. I'm sorry, but I just have nothing bad to say about the place.

Pros: beautiful room, attentive service, tasty food

Cons: ?, ?, ?

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Went there for a birthday - The food was fabulous - We sat in the Bar Room - not the main dining room - It is actually much nicer than the picture even shows on their website! We were pleasantly surprised. Excellent Service. Oh and the Rose Drink is unreal - so delicious - Please try!

2
★★★★★

Went there for a birthday - The food was fabulous - We sat in the Bar Room - not the main dining room - It is actually much nicer than the picture even shows on their website! We were pleasantly surprised. Excellent Service. Oh and the Rose Drink is unreal - so delicious - Please try!

Pros: Rose Drink, Food, Service

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Two stars!!! Come on!! This is one of the best things to happen to NYC in years!!! The food, the decor, the atmosphere, every last detail was well thought out and executed. Did I mention the food? Outstanding! The main dining experience with the prix fixe menu was a dream. All the lovely little additions of palate cleansers and aperitifs was a lovely addition to the already perfect meal. The wine list was very eclectic and thorough and the service, outstanding. I have to go back and try the outer lounge next time. Oh yes, there will be many more next times for me and The Modern.

2
★★★★★

Two stars!!! Come on!! This is one of the best things to happen to NYC in years!!! The food, the decor, the atmosphere, every last detail was well thought out and executed. Did I mention the food? Outstanding! The main dining experience with the prix fixe menu was a dream. All the lovely little additions of palate cleansers and aperitifs was a lovely addition to the already perfect meal. The wine list was very eclectic and thorough and the service, outstanding. I have to go back and try the outer lounge next time. Oh yes, there will be many more next times for me and The Modern.

Pros: Food, Service, Setting

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I'm reviewing because I read the first crummy review, which was oddly... wrong. The space is gorgeous, uplifting. The food was fantastic - smaller portions which can be shared. EVERY dish, from appetizers to entrees to desserts, were unique and totally satisfying. Foie Gras was amazing and served with fresh toast. Lobster and artichoke soup was hearty and served with cool bits of lobster meat and artichoke on the side. Desserts like carpaccio of tropical fruits were utterly unique and really great. Service was spot-on. It's expensive but the expense is matched by the quality. I'm reluctant to go to expensive restaurants because so often you're paying for everything but the food. Not here. It's great. Somehow both romantic and casual. Lofty, glass and metal, smart.

2
★★★★★

I'm reviewing because I read the first crummy review, which was oddly... wrong. The space is gorgeous, uplifting. The food was fantastic - smaller portions which can be shared. EVERY dish, from appetizers to entrees to desserts, were unique and totally satisfying. Foie Gras was amazing and served with fresh toast. Lobster and artichoke soup was hearty and served with cool bits of lobster meat and artichoke on the side. Desserts like carpaccio of tropical fruits were utterly unique and really great. Service was spot-on. It's expensive but the expense is matched by the quality. I'm reluctant to go to expensive restaurants because so often you're paying for everything but the food. Not here. It's great. Somehow both romantic and casual. Lofty, glass and metal, smart.

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Before going to eat dinner at The Modern I read the one review posted here on CitySearch. All I can say is, I have no idea what that prior reviewer was talking about! I really enjoyed eating at The Modern and, I hope to go back again! The food was great, the service was excellent and the restaurant itself was lovely, quiet and comfortable. Honestly, what could be bad about eating great food while looking out onto The MoMAs sculpture garden?

2
★★★★☆

Before going to eat dinner at The Modern I read the one review posted here on CitySearch. All I can say is, I have no idea what that prior reviewer was talking about! I really enjoyed eating at The Modern and, I hope to go back again! The food was great, the service was excellent and the restaurant itself was lovely, quiet and comfortable. Honestly, what could be bad about eating great food while looking out onto The MoMAs sculpture garden?

Pros: Yummy food, Quiet, Modern surroudings

Cons: Expensive

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Read good reviews about the Modern and everyone is SO wrong about this place. It's all about pretentious snobbery here. The place, along with the wait staff and fellow patrons, most miserable people I've ever met. I don't think I heard one laugh, except when I tasted the food. The tuna tasted just like it smelled, horrible. Lobster soup- no taste! And for the price, I could have ate better at the corner hot dog vendor, and actually tasted the food along with a sizable portion. I would never recommend this place. Even the seating is highly uncomfortable.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Read good reviews about the Modern and everyone is SO wrong about this place. It's all about pretentious snobbery here. The place, along with the wait staff and fellow patrons, most miserable people I've ever met. I don't think I heard one laugh, except when I tasted the food. The tuna tasted just like it smelled, horrible. Lobster soup- no taste! And for the price, I could have ate better at the corner hot dog vendor, and actually tasted the food along with a sizable portion. I would never recommend this place. Even the seating is highly uncomfortable.

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The food, the service, the ambience, everything was excellent and I'm looking forward to going again.

2
★★★★★

The food, the service, the ambience, everything was excellent and I'm looking forward to going again.

 

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