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The Bar Room at The Modern

at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • French, American (New), Small Plates/Tapas, Cocktails
  • 9 W 53rd St, New York NY10019 40.760634 -73.976308
  • (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
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  • (212) 333-1220
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User Ratings (Based on 26 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 3.0
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 333-1220
(212) 408-6326
Major Credit Cards Limited Menu Daily: 3pm-5pm
Mon-Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm Sun: 11:30am-9:30pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Lunch, Online Reservations, People Watching, Private Parties, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by kitsterb on 06/21/2013


    This restaurant is not up to Danny Meyer's usual standards, I'm sorry to say. My husband and I have been to Union Square Cafe (probably 100 times in the last 10 years). We've also been to Gramercy Tavern a bunch of times. The service at those restaurants was wonderful and the food very good. The Bar at the Modern wasn't even close. Our wine/beer was very good. (Kudos to the wine director.) The gazpacho very good. The thin crust tart with bacon and onion tasted like something you'd get from a microwave at an airport at 3pm. The picked vegetables were so vinegary that choked on them, and my husband's fish dish was below average. The beignets were decent. We'll go back to Gramercy and Union Square but not here.

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/20/2012

    A perfect post-museum lunch!

    My 19 y/o daughter and I were on our last day of our mother-daughter trip- tired, sore feet, suffering from complete sensory overload. After a few hours at the MoMA, we wanted to relax and enjoy a nice lunch, except that I didn't make any reservations. Tried to do a walk-in at the Bar Room and were immediately seated at the bar, and were served by the friendly bartender who enthusiastically shared his recommendations. (which incidentally were spot-on). The food was exceptional. I started with the foie gras terrine and a Cabernet Franc followed by Braised tripe with chickpeas and Harissa aioli. Such flavors! I literally scraped every single bit of goodness from my plate. My daughter enjoyed her iberico Jamon appetizer and beef tenderloin. Service was very friendly but professional. We'll make sure to include the Bar Room on our list of must-dos next time we're in the area.

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by KW on 07/22/2010

    Very good

    Went during RW for a late dinner with some friends. Table was ready. The RW menu was huge, about 10 items per course, very rare indeed. All of the food was very good, not to die for but really very good. Service was good, but not overly attentive, perhaps the formal dining area is better. That said, I can't imagine why anyone will go to the formal dining room because it is only separated by a piece of glass and shares the same kitchen for nearly 3 times the cost. Overall I was very please and will definitely go back. The vibe is a little trendy and little cramped, but not terribly so. Safron Tagliatelle was really tasty.

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by Ovsanna on 05/23/2010

    A wonderful dining experience

    We were lucky to get reservations at the last minute and were more than pleased with this gem! Our favorites werer the Tarte Flambee, Modern Liverwurst, and the Tenderloin. As far as desserts, the Dark Chocolate tart, pistachio ice cream with chocolate bomb, and the Modern cheesecake were exquisite. The service was outstanding and the floating managers, especially Nancy, were accomoldating and professional. Our guests can't wait to return to sample more dishes. A+

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by We Love The Modern on 05/14/2010

    Great food. Great drinks.

    Great food. Great drinks. Great time had by all!

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by anonymous on 01/06/2010


    Big disappointment with a recent visit - the food was mediocre, service rushed and the atmosphere was noisy and unpleasant. This used to be a great restaurant but not anymore.

  • The Bar Room at The Modern

    Posted by Suddenly Sally on 07/21/2009

    Fine Dining at its Best

    I loved it here. The ambience is pretty classy and it's not pretentious at all. The staff are quite friendly. The food is very impressive and I enjoyed everything from the appetizer to the entree. Prensentation is exceptional! The menu is pricey, but it's worth it.

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