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The Modern - Bar Room

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Midtown
Contemporary
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New York City, NY (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Today
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, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    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
Wonderful tasty treats

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
deborahcat
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woodstock, ny
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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woodstock, ny
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
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69 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We went to the Bar at The Modern because it was very convenient to the Winter Garden Theater where we were taking in Wolf Hall. It is a lovely setting with a perfect post theater light menu and an impressive wine list. The staff could not have been more helpful, they easily got us in and out in less that... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This was a favourite haunt when my husband was working in NYC. As on our last visit, we struck up a conversation with the person sat next to us and learned a little more about New York and New Yorkers. Good solid cocktails and the best bar snacks in town. I didn’t think much of the shrimp fritters (couldn’t taste... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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78 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Ambience is awesome. Very good wine-by-glass list ! The sophisticated menu is perfect for a quick lunch, everything is very good and very well prepared. The kitchen surely knows what thy are doing. When in the city always do a pit-stop. Good food. Good service.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Food was excellent and atmosphere lively but not intrusive, Service was attentive but no pressure. Each of the 5 of us had a different main course and each person commented on excellence.

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Yorkshire Dales
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Whow what a fab place to eat. Great food and drinks,wonderful service everything was just amazing. Try the alcohol free cocktails (and the wine) We had a terrific evening. Thank you we will be back!

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Sydney
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Over the years when visiting NYC a trip to MOMA is compulsory. And when there lunch or dinner at the modern bar room is a must. The food is light fresh and interesting. The wine list is excellent.

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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: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
 

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