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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 04/13/2013
I had avoided The Modern for several years, because my experiences in the bar area were so annoying: awkward seating, unbearable noise. But a friend took me last night for a celebration, and I was enchanted. Talk about a difference: the minute we stepped from the bar area to the dining room, it seemed as if we were surrounded by a blessed cone of quiet. The setting, of course, is delightful. The service -- typical of a Danny Meyer restaurant -- was superb: warm, friendly and instructive without being obtrusive. And the food: oh my goodness! The pre-dinner amuses bouches were plentiful and delicious. And while my other dishes, especially the second-course foie gras in Cabernet, were delightful, my heritage pork tenderloin was just amazing, set on a bed of squash puree that was the best I have ever had. I do not usually eat desserts, but the after-dinner cart of various sweets tempted me with a chocolate-covered Calvados lollipop was quite wonderful. Highly recommended overall.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/24/2013
The staff ia courteous and excellent. The food was once great but is now unappetizing.
Posted by LVM on 02/26/2012
I made a reservation to celebrate a Birthday after two previous experiences which had been very good. Unfortunately, this wasn't a very good one. We had to wait 37 min to be seated, they sat us at the lounge after standing at the bar entrance for aprox 10 min and then forgot about us. They wouldn't even take our drink order until my husband called a server. After waiting 25 min we asked a server about the table and were told they were setting it up( same story given 15 min earlier when sent to lounge). The food was very good, beautifully presented and service at the table was very good, although slightly slow between some courses. Desserts and the cart were excellent.
Posted by JerZ girl on 01/28/2011
Went there a couple of weeks ago because we needed to pick up gifts for friends at MOMA. While I knew it was going to be pricey, I have to admit the bill ended up being what we usually pay at steakhouses, thus a bit o' sticker shock! That being said, it was worth every penny! I'm still dreaming about the squab and foie gras third course! The chocolate cart is also quite a wonder, reminded me of being in restaurants in Europe. So, in brief, this is an exceptional restaurant. I cant wait to go back.
Posted by Restaurant Fan on 07/18/2010
What a gem! The view of the sculpture garden is spectacular. The blessedly quiet space is a welcome treat. The service was perfect--polite, attentive, but not obtrusive. Noticing that my friend and I were talking before ordering, our waiter let us know we could take all the time we wanted. When we were ready, he appeared at once. Highly professional and very charming service from everyone. We loved every morsel of food (we had the prixe fixe), from the lobster to the short ribs. Dessert was an artistic marvel and as wonderful to eat as to observe. A plate of chocolates and sweets ended a magnificent meal. We will return.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2010
Great food. Great drinks. Great time had by all.
Posted by Livetoeat on 12/29/2009
My girlfriend and I had an absolutely incredible evening from the moment we stepped into the dining room until we left many hours later. The service was warm, friendly, and World Class. Our table Captain was wonderful, the recommendations of the Sommelier were exceptional, and the food!...it was one of the greatest dining experiences we have ever had. My tasting was nothing but spectacular and my girlfriend was delighted with the vegetarian tasting created for her. We have dined here prior to this and have always received this level of greatness. I would have to say the negative commentary should be taken with a grain of salt.