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The Modern - Bar Room

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American, Contemporary
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9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401 (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My son and I met in NYC for his birthday and had tickets to a Broadway show on Saturday night. I was looking for a nice casual place with good food for a pre-show meal and found just what I wanted at The Bar Room of the Modern. It is a lovely room with a nice long bar and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After my daughter finished sleep away camp, I booked a few extra days in the city as a pre birthday gift and celebrating her upcoming senior year. We got a late start and by the time we got to MoMA we were starving. We found The Modern by accident. I felt out of place being surrounded by all the dark... More 

Thank Risa P
Mahwah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we want to be fairly sure that we'll get the right balance of relaxed attentive service, lovely setting, and scrumptious eats we tend towards a Union Square Hospitality restaurant, and this is one of them. In fact, we have been to both The Modern Bar Room and the more formal The Modern Dining Room in the past and have... More 

Thank Anne C
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bar area of The Modern serves a la carte dishes - from snacks to mains. For our lunch we shared four snacks - smoked salmon sliders, crab fritters, tarte flambee ( a really substantial snack), and foie gras bites (wrapped in peanuts!). All were unusual and excellent. Two wines were $14 a glass for a total bill of $102.... More 

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Orange, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love everything I've had to eat here every time I've come, but I still get indigestion from the small size of the portions and the prices. If I had more money I'd dine here all the time. It is a pretty elegant space with access from outside the museum so you don't have to pay the MOMA admission to... More 

Thank RebeccaRyanOrange
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding place for drinks and bite after work. Service could not be more attentive. Drinks were good. We shared a few appetizers. Scallop and fried chicken entrees outstanding. Was a great choice to meet out of town friends.

Thank K18R
Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Had perfectly portioned food! The Bar Room is an ala carte menu where as the dining room is a fixed price. Still pricey but very good.

Thank Mishka014
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Fun place to hang out for a drink or make a reservation and have dinner. Small plates and larger ones so you can graze or do a regular dinner. Fascinating and interesting food with a lovely wine list. What a remember most is that the service was so accomodating and this is a tipping-free restaurant so the price of each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

service was perfectly timed. food simple, aesthetically pleasing, and delicious down to the smallest detail on each plate. being from china we appreciated not having to tip. thank you.

Thank emilyweirdshoes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

How refreshing to dine at a tipping-free restaurant in New York! Staff are outstanding and attentive, and it is so good to know that they are doing a good job because they want to, not because they are hoping for a tip. The food - all of it - is delicious, beautifully prepared and artistically presented. The small bites presented... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
    (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 12123331220
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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