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The Modern - Bar Room

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American, Contemporary
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9 West 53rd Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
12123331220
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene
Description: Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, The lively Bar Room offers...
Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, The lively Bar Room offers Chef Abram Bissell's vividly seasonal contemporary cooking à la carte, along with an award-winning wine program and carefully curated cocktails, beer, and spirits. As of November 19, our menu pricing is inclusive of all costs associated with food, beverage and hospitality. No tips are required nor expected. Guests have the option of sitting in The Bar Room, the adjacent lounge, or at the vibrant 24-seat marble bar. Walk-ins are accepted in all three areas, and The Bar Room welcomes reservations up to 28 days in advance.
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  • 157
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Near Perfection

Incredible service, superb food, attractive surroundings make this an outstanding choice for mid-town NY. I was here with a friend for a quick meal before an event at Carnegie Hall. Our limited time was no problem as everything was handled expeditiously yet graciously, so that we had delicious and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Balatjr
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Incredible service, superb food, attractive surroundings make this an outstanding choice for mid-town NY. I was here with a friend for a quick meal before an event at Carnegie Hall. Our limited time was no problem as everything was handled expeditiously yet graciously, so that we had delicious and interesting food, excellent wines, and all done so that we never... More 

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Thank Balatjr
New York
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dined here to celebrate my birthday with a friend (we didn't make an effort to tell the servers) and enjoyed it. The food was good, as was the service. Having read other reviews, I worried about the service, but our server was terrific and the hostess quite friendly. The kitchen was also careful about accommodating a food allergy. The... More 

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Thank Travel_Marie_00
boston
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here a few days ago with a friend who was visiting the city for business. Since our friend is extremely worldly we tried hard to select a restaurant that had great food but was also fun.We hoped we would not be disappointed in our meal, service , etc. After viewing the menu we decided that there were many... More 

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Thank LolisBoston
Brooklyn, New York
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the Dining Room at The Modern and always thought of the Bar Room as a "lesser" option, but our recent trip changed our minds completely. The menu has been upgraded; everything was delicious. The service was excellent. We had a great meal and a great experience and will definitely be going back.

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Thank HGrier
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the Modern Bar Room. I was once again very pleased with my experience. Nice cocktails and wine pairings, delicious meal -- especially the cavitelli and sea bass. I'll be back!

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Thank Shawn S
New York City, New York
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a total blast at the bar at the Modern. Despite having "no-tipping policy", the restaurant's service was absolutely perfect - attentive, classy, friendly, timely, not over-bearing. Food varied from very good to fantastic (this is a 2-star Michelin place after all). Some specific details: Tuna sliders appetizer was probably the least favorite item. It was very interesting, but... More 

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Thank shvarz
DF
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in NY, have gone with my wife, friends, family. Now a solo visit at the bar, always great food and drinks. An opportunity to make new friends and share NY experiences. I like the new no tipping policy. The service continues to be excellent, as expected

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Thank echenike
Greenwich, Connecticut
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157 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated my son's 18th birthday at The Modern, which was delightful, so when we planned a day to spend together at MoMA, and entered The Modern via the back entrance he was delighted. We loved sitting in the beautiful bar area where we were provided with enthusiastic service and a nice selection of wine by the glass. We were... More 

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Thank LolaLeeLou
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

See my review under "The Modern" - the bar room is now separated from the further section (the dining room) which has the view of MOMA's garden. Same delicious food, but different ambiance. Sadly, the DR is not open for lunch, at least not in the winter.

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Thank HRH921
Montevideo, Uruguay
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an incredible dining experience! The butter lettuce salad mixed flavors perfectly and was big enough to share. The black truffle cavatelli and seared scallops were sublime. Wines by the glass and hard cider were both quite good. Yes, it's expensive. Oh, but it's worth the price. We sat at the bar, and Michael was warm, attentive, knowledgeable, unobtrusive --... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 West 53rd Street, New York City, NY 10019
    (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 12123331220

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene

Description

Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, The lively Bar Room offers Chef Abram Bissell's vividly seasonal contemporary cooking à la carte, along with an award-winning wine program and carefully curated cocktails, beer, and spirits. As of November 19, our menu pricing is inclusive of all costs associated with food, beverage and hospitality. No tips are required nor expected. Guests have the option of sitting in The Bar Room, the adjacent lounge, or at the vibrant 24-seat marble bar. Walk-ins are accepted in all three areas, and The Bar Room welcomes reservations up to 28 days in advance.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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