The Modern

(212) 333-1220

9 W 53rd St, New York, NY | Directions   10019

40.760759 -73.976642

 
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The Modern
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The Modern
Menu
Diver Scallop, Yellowfin Tuna And Scottish Salmon, Oven-Roasted Trumpet Royale Mushrooms, “Pralines” Of Foie Gras Terrine, Seasonal Greens, Rabbit Terrine, Sturgeon And Sauerkraut Tart, Roasted Cobia, Roasted Diver Scallops, Veal Sweetbread And Mushroom Ravioli, Sweet Pea Soup... more

Reviews for The Modern

Recommends

Danny Meyer's restaurants are all great, but none have had the urbanity and social cachet of this superb effort on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Modern is so good, with such original cooking and such impeccable service, that it would automatically be the best restaurant in nearly any other city.

Recommends

This Alsatian food is befitting its location at MOMA. It is elegant, flavorful & approachable. Choose the bar for a more casual experience.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Slow service – So I came here recently with 2 other friends and found the service to be amazingly slow. It took the waitress forever to come to our table and take our order. It also took about 2.5 hours for a 4 course meal!!! Ive has 8 courses done in 3 hours. The food here was ok, nothing special. I wouldn't come back here again.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Very disappointing – My boyfriend went to The Modern to celebrate our 1 year anniversary since we had heard great things about the place. When we arrived, we were seated at 10pm for our 9:30 reservation. That was fine since it was Friday night. We followed the hostess to the restaurant and were happy to get out of the noisy bar area but we were not impressed with the main dining area. It felt like that we were being seated in an office space since that is what you saw - the office buildings around you. Yes, there is a garden but you can't see it because it's too dark. We were then seated at a table in the back surrounded by 4 tables that stared directly onto us. To add to the office effect, the seating was unremarkable with swiveling office-like chairs. When we sat down, we got the full effect of the place - dark but not in a romantic way, more grey and uninviting. The only effort in decor was really just 2 flower arrangements in the center of the room. Other than that the table clothes were drab white and grey with a small flower and candle. People were being seated while place settings were still being set. The worst part though was that the whole meal was eaten while shivering because it was so cold! In any case, the last thing I will say about our seating is that we were brought through the whole restaurant to be seated next to the back entrance of the noisy bar area, near the kichen and the bathrooms. Therefore, we paid to be seated in the quiet dining area to be seated basically with the noise of the fellow bar folk.

On to the food. We had to ask for the menus and still had to wait 10 minutes for them. The petits amuses bouches were less than spectacular and the soup just warm enough to momentarily ward off our chill. The appetizer of escargot potato galette was ok. My boyfriend's squab and foie gras was delicious but my beef filet ordered medium rare was more medium with a stringy consistency.

Overall a very non-memorable and disappointing dining experience.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

never a disappointment – I've been here about 20 times now and it's still remains as one of my favorites. I especially love dining at the bar if it's not too crowded. The bartenders are professional, friendly, and efficient. Their drink menu changes often enough that there is always something new and interesting to try. The wines are carefully chosen and the cocktails original. The food is always up to par. If you're dining in the main dining room, the menu is entirely different. I highly recommend the tasting menu. Their wine list is extensive and the somelliers are very helpful in choosing the right wines to suit your food. I could go on and on... I have nothing but good things to say about The Modern.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Great drinks at the bar. Don't go for the FOOD!! – Hi..Went to the MODERN last nite after work..Bar was pretty much emty. The bar is beautiful and the drinks were great. We also ordered dinner at the bar. I had the scallops and my b-friend had the rib eye steak. The food was ok. Portions SO small for the price. It is ridicious!! We were still starving after spending 28. on the steak and 18. on the scallops! I mean for TWO tiny pieces, come on!! I would go back, just for DRINKS though. Afterwards we went to the food cart at the corner and got some chicken and rice to go to fill us up.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Forget main dining room, Bar room rocks! – I went to the Modern few times. Point blank, don't even bother going to the main dining room. NYT gave them 2 stars, food doesn't deserve one star.

On the other hand, food and service in the Bar room is outstanding. Portions are small and you get to taste many things. NYT gave this room 3 stars and I would like to add one more!!!

BTW: guys behind the bar need to work on their smile and if they don't then transfer them to the main dining room.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Food, L-O-N-G wait between courses on tasting menu – I went with my boyfriend and we each had really great dinners. We each had different tasting menus, so it was great fun to try so many different and truly delicious items in our seven courses. I do have to mention, though, that if I do go back, I would probably opt for the three course dinner instead. The service was so slow that I don't think that I could do another seven course meal! This is not to say that the servers or support staff were inefficient; they weren't. When we finished a cocktail, our glasses were whisked away. When we needed water, it was poured, etc. Great care and attention was paid to detail and that is why we went to the Modern. It was the time we had to wait for our cocktails to arrive (10 minutes- the bar did look busy, but really, now...) which delayed the arrival of our dinner menus, which delayed our waiter from being able to take our order because he was busy with three new tables that were seated while we waited. Then it was the time we had to wait from when our plates were cleared after each course to the time we got our mis en place for the next course (5-10 minutes) to the time that the next course actually arrived (at least another 10 minutes) that made the night drag on. And on. For a three course meal this would be fine, but for a seven course meal it felt excessive, especially for quick eaters like us, and especially as it got to be late in the evening. Still, the food was unforgettable, our waiters were courteous and warm and I would visit again for those reasons alone.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Food very good, service very lacking – As a sole diner, I got put in a lonely corner in the room in back. There are lots of waiters but they mostly spend time talking amongst themselves and have almost nothing to recommend when you ask them. They are very snooty and average age was about 22. One young waiter was engaging and discussed the food and different choices, the others were either snobby, passive or adequate. They never pour the water for you but they told me they didn't want people to think they were pushing drinks (sparkling water?). I ordered the winter tasting menu for $155 only to be told that the exquisite dish was the regular tasting menu which is what the "chef loves to do" and is $125. I wish they had told me first. Nonetheless, as usual with tasting menus you could die of starvation, but the food was excellent with foie gras, pheasant and other interesting selections. I just can't get over how tiny they make everything; even the dessert is tiny. A nice surprise was a

set of petit fours and excellent chocolates that was served unasked for. They even charged $8 for a cup of coffee. The room is sterile and bland but it sure is full; everyone wants to eat there. It was kind of nice to spend a few hours at MOMA and then proceed to dinner. I compared it with Le Barnardin where they are serious but they hover around you and pay attention instead of having private conversations.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Beautiful space, amazing food – My boyfriend and I went to the Modern to celebrate his promotion. From the moment we walked in, the experience was pratically perfect. (The one snafu was that they neglected to bring us the cheese course we'd ordered, but we weren't charged for it, either.) I don't understand the reviews saying that the service was snooty. We are in our early twenties (which sometimes draws disdain from servers) and were treated incredibly well by our server. The food was delicious, from an amuse bouche of salmon tartare to the tartare of yellowfin tuna and diver scallops to the perfectly cooked beef tenderloin in a black truffle blue cheese sauce. The food is pricey, but for a special occasion, it's worth the splurge.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

An inspired, forward-thinking kitchen and subtly sexy design find a fitting home at MoMA. – The Scene
Hidden from the adjoining Bar Room by a wall of frosted glass, the dining room is an airy, light-filled expanse overlooking the sculpture garden. Sleek leather banquettes and chairs by a collection of Danish modernist designers provide clean lines and understated luxury; tabletops set with Bernardaud china and Robbe and Berking silverware enhance the impression. Service is excellent, particularly the personable wine director, Stephane Colling.

The Food
Chef Gabriel Kreuther's French-New American cooking is simply outstanding. He's having fun, tarting up hamachi tuna with a buttery grapefruit sauce and spice crust, and paving buttery cod with thin discs of chorizo, then upping the smoky ante with a dash of harissa oil. Kreuther's precision and palate ensure that even ubiquitous luxury ingredients are renewed: his Gewurztraminer-poached foie gras with fruit chutney is utter perfection. Desserts hold up their end of the bargain, especially the zesty, vibrant passion fruit ravioli.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

perfect place for dinning. – we visited the restaurant days ago.

the service is very well.

tasty food and anything else but very SLOW.

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