• Critics’ Pick
  • The Modern

  • American Nouveau French The Modern: $158-$208, prix-fixeThe Bar Room: $9-$38
  • 9 W. 53rd St.
    New York, NY 10019
  • Neighborhood: Midtown West
  • Phone: 212-333-1220
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The Modern is really two restaurants in one — a sophisticated café (a.k.a. the Bar Room) and a formal dining room. The two spaces are separated by a partition of frosted glass: One thrums with a general, if mildly self-conscious hipness, while the other is stately, almost august, in that clean, slightly dated, modernist way. In the dining room, groups of murmuring patrons can admire the Calders in the museum’s expanded sculpture garden while sipping their special MoMA Blend after-dinner tea. The opening chef was the highly skilled Gabriel Kreuther, a classically trained Frenchman from Alsace with a taste for the earthy comfort foods of his youth, most of which he indulges on the café menu. In 2013, Kreuther left to (eventually) open his own place, and Abram Bissel, who was formerly the chef de cuisine at the NoMad, took over. Under his direction, the food has taken on a more contemporary American bent while retaining French inspiration. That style is exhibited in dishes that change seasonally, like foie gras with pickled winter vegetables and a duck consommé, or bone-marrow-crusted beef. Dinner is still attended by every conceivable four-star flourish and accoutrement. Even more important, it has that ineffable quality of all Danny Meyer spots, that special sense of polish and occasion, heightened by the restaurant’s location.

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  • Hours

    The Modern: Mon-Sat, noon-2pm, 5pm-10:30pm Sun, closed The Bar Room: Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10:30pm Sun, 11:30am-3pm

  • Prices

    The Modern: $158-$208, prix-fixe The Bar Room: $9-$38

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Design Standout Notable Chef Special Occasion Hot Spot View Private Dining/Party Space Prix-Fixe

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations


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