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“Where did the martinis go???”
Review of The Modern

The Modern
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Ranked #31 of 13,689 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $108 - $182
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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 10 helpful votes
“Where did the martinis go???”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Still love this place, the food is worth the cost and the trouble but recently wanted to pop in for a snack and one of those fabulous cilantro martinis and was told by the EXTREMELY disinterested wait staff that they are off the menu. Opening the huge bar menu I asked what martinis they did have and she pointed to something with boubon and maple syrup.... really? This person works at a bar? Never had the same waitperson twice during the hour or so I was there with my group and getting the gin and club soda replaced with the gin and tonic that we ordered was time consuming. Why? It wasn't crowded and now I know why. Too bad -- I loved this spot and recommended it to all who were heading to visit my old home town as a great experience. It just isn't any more, now it's just a showy spot with bad service.

Modern, I mourn thee.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Roz R
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good dining experience”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Had the pleasure if dining at The Modern recently and enjoyed their 4 course menu. Excellent food and wine list was marred slightly by streaky service. To their credit, the wait staff recovered gracefully after the initial course took too long to arrive. They also have a notable wine list and a talented Sommelier. Worth a trip.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank JJJNYC34
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New York City, New York, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Energetic vibe with refined decor and dishes”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Modern offers a loud and lively atmosphere, but the dishes, decor and patrons are all more refined. The food is great. I am not a big scallop person but I ordered the scallops and I may now be converted to a scallop lover.

Visited October 2013
Thank Katie W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

We were very happy to have a delicious meal and excellent service. The restaurant was busy yet there was very little noise. I had the lobster gnocchi and it was superb.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Complement to MoMA”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Stopping for a light lunch at the Museum of Modern Art gives energy to go back into the fray of trying to take in all of the exciting art works. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the atmosphere. I had the veal and goat cheese terrine, which was very good, but could have used a little more of the pea? puree to keep it from tasting too dry. My wife ate the sauerbraten. She grew up in Germany and had eaten this meal many times before. She said it was the best she had ever tasted and among the best meals she had ever eaten. Service was very friendly and attentive. We recommend this restaurant, whether you're stopping in just for lunch or enjoying the city's gem, the MoMA.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank David P
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