The Bar Room at The Modern

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4223 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art, The Bar Room at The Modern offers Chef Abram Bissell's vividly seasonal contemporary, à la carte cooking, along with an award-winning wine program and carefully curated cocktails, beer, and spirits.

Guests have the option of sitting in The Bar Room, the adjacent lounge, or at the vibrant 20-seat marble bar. Walk-ins are accepted in all three areas, and The Bar Room at The Modern welcomes reservations up to 28 days in advance.

The restaurant is adjacent to The Modern which features four and eight course menu options overlooking MoMA's Sculpture Garden, as well as the exclusive Kitchen Table, which offers a custom tasting menu for up to four guests in the heart of the restaurant's world-class kitchen.

The Bar Room at The Modern is a non- tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.
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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a wonderful experience. All of the food was incredible, wine list and pairings were great. All staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Our server Cesar was super welcoming and attentive. Steps of service were executed well. Wine and water levels were always good. They really made me feel special on my birthday. I wish there hadn’t been such long waits between courses. Also it would’ve been nice if the staff described the dishes in more detail upon arrival. But overall a beautiful dinner and would definitely return. Thanks Cesar!

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d
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience and service, and outstanding food!
A totally enjoyable evening!

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL STAFF. FRIENDLY AND PROMPT. GREAT FOOD. TERRIFIC PLACE!!!

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SS
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at the Bar Room. (We usually splurge for lunch at the restaurant after a morning at the museum). This was a pre-theater dinner after a matinee. Long day, but worth it. We arrived a half hour early and were seated promptly. Our server was training another and was very good. Dinner was excellent. We shared an appetizer and dessert and had our own entrees. Great wines to accompany all three courses. When our young adult son lived in New York, the Bar Room was his go-to date place. I'll undoubtedly go again - if I can't get into the restaurant, which is one of the most serene places in town.

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Ryan, provided excellent service. The food was top-notch!

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AM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Disappointed by The Bar Room at lunch. The reservationists who called to confirm had asked about dietary restrictions (we had some) and special occasion (it was my friend’s birthday). Our server was clueless, absent and got no information about either our food needs or occasion specifics. The no tipping model left us unable to express our dissatisfaction and appears to have disincentivized the service Danny Meyer’s restaurants had been know for. I won’t go again.

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A
Denver
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service. Consistently outstanding restaurant.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal at the Bar Room, celebrating a special occasion. The food and service was extraordinary. We visited MoMA and then gathered for lunch, and that made for a wonderful day for all nine of us.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was perfection. We will be returning the next time we are in NYC

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! The service is that of a world class establishment

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was overly creamy and my dish was extremely salty. The wine was very nice, the maitre'd was exceptionally nice. I think with some attention to the menu I would recommend it.

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o
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The food is fabulous, the wine is terrific, the service is great, and the ambiance delightful. My favorite spot.....

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was superb. the service was professional, perfectly timed and fun. the room is gorgeous. we were a party of 6. the small round table was perfect. we could all see and hear each other. we loved it.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meet out of town friends here annually for an exhibit & lunch. This place is always a 10. You could literally close your eyes, point to anything on the menu, and you wouldn’t go wrong. Young servers are gracious, sweet, knowledgeable and uber accommodating when we want a group pic.

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MB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior design and terrific staff make the food even more enjoyable.

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SG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences in nyc.

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Perfect place to enjoy prior to strolling through MoMA. Definitely choose the rose to make everything fab!

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L
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first dinner of our vacation and we loved very second. Our waiter was so friendly and helpful, he even took time at the end of our meal to tell us exactly what ferry to take to get the best views and recommended a restaurant in the financial district that offers a fantastic view too. On top of that we had such a great meal. Everything we had was great, but the standout for me was actually the dessert- I think it was jasmine ice cream with gin caviar- it was so so so good!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience provided by a wonderful staff. Courtney and Ed were very gracious in their interactions and the food was incredible.

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XH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both did the three course dinner. It was outstanding. The saddle of lamb was perfect. I don't usually care much about desert...but do not pass up the brioche pain perdu.

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MT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service from Bart, I believe his name was. Delicious as always.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food quality was outstanding. Were seated right at the reservation time, an accomplishment at prime time on a busy Saturday night. Were treated to a brief kitchen tour as well. Great experience!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal: delicious, creative cuisine served by knowledgeable, attentive waitstaff in a warm, comfortable space. An excellent dining experience!

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R
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough about how wonderful the experience was. Food was phenomenal and service was over the to. Our best

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance and food. The only small negative is that my cavatelli were a bit cold.

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MJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alone in city and last minute reservation in bar room after an event. Opted for the 3 course with wine pairing. Every course was better than the next. Service and timing so fast which was appreciated later at night. Only complaint is wine pours for pairings were quite small. Great soup, gnocchi, and seabass. Actually better than my last stop in the dining room. Really great dinner

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always at the modern!

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M
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every respect! As always!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and food. Service a little slow but acceptable!

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food incredible. Service amazing. Must go to!

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

When we arrived We were told that the Bar Room would close early that evening. Combined with the non opening of the restaurant it seemed as though the kitchen was understaffed. Had enjoyed every previous visit. But this was a major disappointment. Food was mediocre at best. Service staff tried thobest but could not compensate for the terrible food. Never again on a Sunday!

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KJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal at the bar room was perfect.

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FE
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about The Modern is amazing. Had lunch in the Bar Room. Shaved fennel salad with smoked salmon and Charred artichoke to start. Then scallops and sea bass as entrees. Bottle of Sancerre. Highly recommend. Pricey for the average museum goer, but worth it as a destination event.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service very uneven
Food very good
Winelist also
Staff friendly

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L
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect as usual. We had the steak tartare, asparagus soup, scallops, truffle cavatellie and red velvet sundae. Best gluten free bread. Excellent wine by the glass. Can’t wait to return.

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a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

So disappointed in the food.
We have been coming here and loving the food for years, the last two times the food has been getting worse and worse.
This last time we were there for lunch, the food came out cold, lacking in flavors, and the combinations of ingredients were just blah.
The recommendations for the wine were not very interesting either.
Just not worth the money at all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed it with my friend. It was so good!

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OT
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the bar room here - great food, good service, hip, cool vibe

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b
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice evening, great food and service. Sommelier gave us great advice on our wine.

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l
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is consistently outstanding. Scallops arev exquisite. I could eat the poached apricot and burrata every day. Service is at my excellent without being intrusive. And, at $70 including tip, it's a bargain.

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