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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 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After being delighted by another visit to Moma what best to complement it with a stop by the Modern Bar. Hard to think of a better schedule than this. The cuisine is as robust as the main restaurant proposition and the bar atmosphere makes it simple and informal. However do not get wrong the food is delicious.

Thank cargomes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner in The Modern - Bar Room with friends. Staff was very nice and attentive. Ambience was great and the food was absolutely delicious. By far the best restaurant I've ever eaten. Lobster ravioli was amazing and really well balanced. I can also recommend the key lime sundae (with tequila pearls!). Worth every penny.

Thank Vienthi M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great and the architecture is beautiful, great waiters and so many nice people. I really had an amazing time!

Thank Jean-Jacques B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my third visit to The Bar Room at the Modern and I cannot even begin to explain the phenomenal meal, the wonderful atmosphere, and truly, fantastic service. The food is impeccable. Every taste, every flavor shines and not only does it taste delicious, but it is a treat for the eyes as well. The service is lovely, friendly,... More 

Thank Anandamom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank maggie44113
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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 

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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 July 12, 2016

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 July 10, 2016

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 June 29, 2016 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.

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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
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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