“Great ambiance, service and food!”
“An hour later we were seated, which should have tipped us off to the slow service, but we didn't mind having a couple drinks before dinner.”
“The food was also amazing.”
“Some drawbacks - Tomato risotto was a bit bland and the famous artichoke appetizer is no longer on the menu.”
“Given the number of good or even fair restaurants in Midtown to choose from, Moda is a place to AVOID AT ALL COSTS, unless, of course, you actually prefer a fly in your soup.”
“Overall a great experience and I'll be back again!”
“Met a few friend for drinks in the lounge this past Thursday GREAT MARTINIS, the next day we decided to go for dinner food and service was just as good.”
“The prices are decent and they have a great wine list.”
“The short version of the review is that the service at this restaurant is glacially slow.”
Great service, delicious food.
Moda was very accommodating for our party of 4 plus toddler, with the high chair all set up when we arrived at 6pm. It was not busy, and the music was the right volume to be considered trendy without affecting conversation.
It's in a somewhat posh setting without being overstated, and adjoins the main lobby of the hotel. There is a large, bright skylight in the centre of the room.
The butternut squash soup was absolutely delicious. We each had a different pasta, and all were great. The tiramisu is in an unusual style, presented in a large, tall glass, but it was truly yummy.
Service was warm & attentive. I couldn't complain.
I did see one (very tiny) fly, but it didn't stick around for long. I guess it didn't like the complimentary cheesebread as much as we did!
Great ambiance, service and food!. Dined at Moda last night with some friends and had a great time. We split a number of appetizers which were all delicious. I had the fish special which was deilicious and my friends split some pasta dishes which they all enjoyed. I would recommend Moda to anyone looking for creative Italian/Mediterannean food in a sophisticated setting. The prices are decent and they have a great wine list. The service was great which is important. Overall a great experience and I'll be back again!
The standard by which anything is an improvement..
Moda is an unforgettable experience, but not exactly for reasons you would like to remember. First, there is the horde of flies running rampant over the dining tables. When you walk in, you might just think it?s the occasional errant fly that every restaurant must suffer from time to time. Trust me, that notion will end quite quickly when you start wildly waving your napkin in mid-air desperately hoping that it will keep Moda?s insect blitzkrieg at bay. Eventually though, your desire to resist, like your appetite, will fade into a sickly feeling of queasiness, which is then overtaken by a desire to abandon Moda for the sake of being anywhere else.
However, should you unfortunately order and receive your food before being overwhelmed by flying vermin, you will find Moda?s food ranging from mediocre to downright terrible. For instance, the wild mushroom soup is bland, watery and monotonous. Just think of shitake mushrooms with hot water thrown into a blender and you?ve caught the essence of that dish. The pasta, by comparison, was simply uninspiring and nothing beyond what you could buy in most Midtown delicatessens. Given the number of good or even fair restaurants in Midtown to choose from, Moda is a place to AVOID AT ALL COSTS, unless, of course, you actually prefer a fly in your soup.
Elegant dinner without being stuffy.
Great restaurant. Elegant atmosphere and nice wait staff. Served bread,cheese & olives when we were seated. Ordered a ceasar salad to share and I had sea bass and hubby had veal chop - all was very tasty.We ordered capachinos and didnt want dessert but they brought over a tray with cookies and strawberries.
Definately would return -they did have a prix fix menu for $35.00 that included salad, main and dessert.
My wife and I walked by this restaurant one evening and decided to give it a shot. The short version of the review is that the service at this restaurant is glacially slow. I recommend avoiding this place unless you bring your own food.
We were told that it would be 10 minutes for a table, so we sat at the bar and had a drink. An hour later we were seated, which should have tipped us off to the slow service, but we didn't mind having a couple drinks before dinner. Once seated, it took about twenty minutes before someone came to take our order. Our order was eventually taken, but the food never arrived. We tried to get our server's attention but she couldn't be bothered. After an hour of waiting for our appetizers, we had enough and got up to leave. This definitely got our servers attention, who seemed very confused and eventually told us we would have to pay for the appetizers since they were already prepared (although, mysteriously, never served). We wanted to get the hell out of there so we agreed.
The one good point in the evening was that as we were leaving, the manager came out, apologized, and refunded us for the food that was never served. He was friendly, but it was too little too late.
Modern, live jazz, good food,. We went to Moda, for the second time,on a wednesday evening,and we sat down for a while in the lobby enjoying sipping on a well aclaimed "kiss and tell" cocktail while listening to the live band( it was jazz night). We got really lucky because every wendnesday from 6-8pm they feature a complimentary wine and cheese tasting , so before we were sat down for dinner we experienced some great wines paired with various cheeses. At dinner we had the branzino and the veal chop which we were not able to finish because the portions were very generous. Service has improved a lot since our last visit, the servers were very attentive; we even had the chef and the general manager greeting us on the way out unlike our previous experience. We will definitelly go back ( thinking about restaurant week).
Cool, but blah.
I went with two friends for Restaurant Week. We were seated immediately and the waiter was very attentive, but to a fault. He asked us which wine we wanted (by the way, an expensive wine list for so-so wine) about four times in ten minutes, despite the fact that we were clearly not ready. When we finally were, he was nowhere to be found. He was friendly, but rushed us throughout the dinner, despite the fact that the restaurant was not full. All of our courses were brought within 30 seconds of each other- awful- the staff had absolutely no sense of timing.
The food was good, but nothing extraordinary- just okay, especially for the price (even though we were paying the fixed price). The decor was nice, but it was very loud with the hotel bar right there. Overall, there are many more- and better- options.
Avoid if possible, not worth it.
Me and a friend came to try Moda out for restaurant week. I wish I had randomly picked another place, we were terribly disappointed. We were seated fastly enough, and ordering was painless, but I got the wrong appetizer, we both received the same item instead. That by itself wasn't so bad, but the food was pretty mediocre, especially considering the prices. My steak was actually not bad, my friend's cod was pretty tasteless. The waiters weren't very attentive, and were a sour bunch, not very professional at serving.
The worst part was getting the check. It took around 20 minutes to get the check, after having gone through 3 waiters. They also automatically added the service charge, a bit unusual considering we were only two people. Even with the restaurant week special, I didn't feel it was a good deal, I wouldn't go back.
A hotel lounge scene offering inventive Italian cuisine..
A neatly pressed, cultured clientele tarries in stylish environs (Moda is Italian for "fashion") at this refreshing eatery in midtown's Flatotel. The Milan-esque decor includes granite aplenty and dark walnut tables with inlaid lighting. Well-drilled, professional service is the norm.
The contemporary Italian fare can hardly contain its exuberance. Moda's complimentary hors d'oeuvres tray--lemon-cured olives, white beans, Parmigiano Reggiano chunks, butter whipped with olive oil and addictive bread--is one of the classiest in town. Other standouts: artichokes braised, baked and fried in a salad; a colossal seared Maine lobster engulfed in cherry tomato-tarragon ragu; and the super-generous rack of lamb served on a bed of braised leg mixed with white beans.
Best Kept Secret. My girlfriend suprised me for Valentine's Day and took me to Moda. From the minute we walked through the door we were made to feel special. The General Manager of the restaurant personally sat us seconds after walking through the door. The waitress "Gina" was very friendly and helpful. Even thought the restaurant was packed she still made sure that we received great service. The food was also amazing. As a chef working in the Boston area I thought the food preparation and presentation were top notch. I tip my hat to Moda. They really made our first valentine's together very special.
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