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“Gourmet food in a nice setting”
Review of The Modern

The Modern
Ranked #25 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $108 - $182
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
Description: The Dining Room at The Modern is a Michelin-starred contemporary American restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art. Helmed by Executive Chef Abram Bissell, the restaurant features refined, playful dishes that highlight exceptional ingredients and seasonality in a $158 four-course prix fixe menu or a $208 eight-course tasting menu. Lunch offers a $118 three-course prix fixe menu or $158 six-course prix fixe menu. Complementing Chef Bissell's menus, Master Sommelier Michael Engelmann's extensive selection of wines showcases exceptional diversity and value in wines both classic and emerging regions. Our menu pricing is inclusive of all costs associated with food, beverage and hospitality. No tips are required nor expected. We accept reservations 28 days in advance. The restaurant also includes the vibrant and lively Bar Room (reservations encouraged), terrace for seasonal outdoor enjoyment, and bar & lounge area to welcome walk-ins.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Gourmet food in a nice setting”
Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

Michelin star food, with innovative twist. Took the 4 course set menu. Excellent wine list, got a more expensice bottle at lower price as my selection was sold out. The chocolate bar is a great idea and addective.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very good tasting menu. Service not so good”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Beautiful and charming place. The food is very good, we tried the chef tasting menu. Slow, but its normal to a 06 dinner course. The service, however, is not good.

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“a work of art”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The atmosphere and the wonderful menu was truly an experience...my second visit to dine here and lunch was a great value....do not miss the opportunity to dine here...

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Perfect blend of food, service and ambience”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

My party of 6 came here for a weekend birthday brunch. We were seated as we arrived (none of that "we won't seat you until everyone is here" nonsense!). The service throughout was excellent and unobtrusive - water was refilled as needed without asking, as were bread baskets. Questions were answered with enthusiasm, not attitude - we felt welcome and relaxed.

The menu was small plates - 3 courses, with about 10 choices per course. Our favorites were a hen of the woods mushroom tarte, duck a l'orange, horseradish encrusted salmon, atlantic cod en croute - but the stars of the show were the desserts: My spectacular pumpkin/carrot gelee/custard was amazing and just the right amount of sweet. The cookie selection included "gourmet" pocky sticks, and there was a rich cheesecake plus a selection of artisanal cheeses. The restaurant has a full bar, an extensive wine list which we did not examine, and a nice selection of beer. Interestingly, there were few coffee choices, but many wonderful teas, as well as "designer" sodas. The presentation is, as expected, artistic. It is certainly $$$$, but you will feel that it was well spent.

Tip: If you are the "if I'm spending this kind of money, I'd better get a huge portion" type of diner, this is not the place for you. The portions are on the small side, but each of my party had two plates (not counting desserts), we all shared, and at the end of the meal we felt well satisfied.

Tip: If you are planning to visit with small children, please reconsider as a kindness to those around you who have come to relax. The acoustics reverberate from screaming children, jarring literally everyone there. On our visit, there were some children who were clearly getting stir crazy and started shrieking...on their way out, fortunately. This is and should be a fine dining experience - small children may get fussy from sitting in one place or tired and cranky. The restaurant will seat parties with small children, but this really isn't the place for them. JMHO.

We had a fantastic experience here and would definitely return. We recommend unhesitatingly.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great for pre-theatre”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The location is great for pre-theatre dining as it is chic and elegant. The food is small portions, innovative and delicious, perfect so you don't fall asleep at the play. If your play is on a Friday night take advantage of the free entrance at the MOMA and have a quick look before you eat. The staff is professional and will get you out at the appropriate time.

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