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The Modern - Bar Room

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Contemporary
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New York City, NY (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 16
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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
Incredible service, great food and salty prices.

The food is extremely well presented and tasty. The service is impecable. The view is to the sculpture's garden of the museum. A bit expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Beatriz A
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food is extremely well presented and tasty. The service is impecable. The view is to the sculpture's garden of the museum. A bit expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Want a little secret place with great cocktails and delicious apps - this is the place. While dinner wasn't memorable, it could be because we were distracted by the delicious cocktails. They also have a stellar wine list. I'd recommend this place for a date or a conversation - lively but you can hear yourself talk and think - rare... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I love this place. The restaurant is a little too pricey for my wallet, but the bar is just as good and more affordable. I had lunch solo at the bar after visited MOMA, and everything I ate and drank was terrific. Had a glass of (French) Meursault--white Burgundy--that was worth every penny of its $25 price tag. Otherwise I... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Very chic and modern restaurant at the world famous Museum of Modern Art. We just got more excited about art….fantabulous! Tart Flambee Alsatian thin crust with creme fraiche onion and applewood-smoked bacon. Sorta, kinda like a tomato-sauce-less thin crust pizza. Very tasted and the “applewood-smoked” really speaks to your palate. Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Munster gratin, onion confit and... More 

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Friendly,trendy and not expensive for one of the best places to meet a person. The service is good. To meet someone in a location at Moma (you don't have to pay museum entrance fee if you get if from the direct street entrance) is one of the best experiences in N.Y.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Two great and satisfying meals here. Food is elegantly presented, contemporary and delicious. The plates are UK rather than US sized but totally adequate for this family. We shared plates (can't eat like the Americans) We recommend the tarte flambee- we have not had better outside of France. The lobster sausage with its accompanying foam was a work of art.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Dinner was fabulous. Shared crab fritters and beet/pear salad for appys. Excellent. Had the branzino for entree; wonderful mushroom and spinach with sauce. Fabulous bellinis. Dessert was apple cider donuts; 5 small balls of wonderfullness. Yes it's expensive; this is manhattan. Just go; it's great. Service is perfect.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Always a highlight of a visit to NYC is lunch in The Bar Room at The Modern. Food was amazing, totally creative, great service - worth every penny!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I keep coming back here. Yesterday I had an hour for lunch and was in midtown. I arrived without a reservation and promptly got a seat at the bar. Sublime oysters, perfect steak tartare, the best tarte flambé outside of Strasbourg, and a light citrus dessert. Waiter was efficient but could have been just a little friendlier for a bar... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The bar room is fun and trendy. This past time the service was a little slacking and we were left waiting for a while after requests for basics like salt. I've been enough times to know it was an off lunch. The fried oysters were good. You can't go wrong with anything there. The escarole salad was very good as... More 

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Additional Information about The Modern - Bar Room

Address: New York City, NY
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: New York City, NY
    (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene
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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