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The Modern

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The Museum of Modern Art
9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019 40.760559 -73.976099
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-333-1220 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, French
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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Official Website

themodernnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-2pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$55-$155, prix-fixe

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

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

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

The Modern is really two restaurants in one a sophisticated café 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 two restaurants share the same chef, Gabriel Kreuther, a classically trained Frenchman from Alsace, who last worked at the Ritz Hotel on Central Park South. He has a taste for the earthy comfort foods of his youth, most of which he indulges on the café menu. This impressive array of food (there are thirty dishes on the café menu, not counting desserts) is meted out in fashionable small plate portions, which you can enjoy late in the evening, or mid-afternoon. The atmosphere in the formal dining room is much more formal, of course, and so is the cooking, although you sometimes get the impression that, in his zeal to prove himself, Kreuther strains a little too hard. Compared to the pleasing appetizers, several of the entrées seem busy and a little overworked. Dinner at the Modern is attended by every conceivable four-star flourish and accoutrement. Dishes are perambulated around the room under polished silver warmers. There are amuse-gueules and palate-cleansing intermezzi, and a gentle avalanche of petits fours to enjoy with your selection of designer teas. Desserts are good but not transcendent. They do nothing, however, to dampen that ineffable quality Danny Meyer is so expert at creating. This special sense, of polish and occasion, is heightened by the restaurant’s location.

Prix-Fixe

Three-course lunch, $55; four-course lunch, $70; four-course dinner, $98; chef's tasting menu, $155

Recommended Dishes

Liverwurst, cod, roast duck, milk chocolate and hazelnut dacquoise. 

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