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9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
Kitchen Table is One of the Best Kept Secrets in NY
By aalap.mahadevia on 12/9/2016
The Kitchen Table at The Modern is one of the best kept secrets in New York! The table is in an alcove of the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen, and we were told during dinner that the kitchen was specifically designed and created for the Executive Chef at the restaurant. There is only one table in the kitchen, so it is completely secluded from the main dining room, and the layout of the room and the table gave us a full view of the kitchen and all of the activities while we dined. The experience was even interactive, as one of the assistants to the Executive Chef whose station was near our table would talk to us about what he was doing and the cooking techniques he was using. Anyone who loves cooking would find this to be one of the most unique dining experiences theyâ€™ve ever had, we certainly did. I must make a special mention of the staff at The Modern and how gracious they are. I booked the Kitchen Table for a special evening as my girlfriend and I went for a romantic dinner, but little did she know I was planning to propose at the end of the meal! The staff was so helpful in planning every last detail that I feel like they have become like friends. They designed a dessert that had the ring inside it so that when my girlfriend cracked the pastry shell, the ring spilled out with other candies. When I got down on one knee the entire kitchen broke out in applause for us. The team at the Modern gave us a memory that we will treasure forever.
This was the best meal, so far
By carsten.grber on 6/3/2016
I went to The Modern three times in the last 6.5 years. The last time I went (March 2016) I was simply blown away. The service was perfect. I was ready to steal all of the Pretzel Croissants from the neighboring tables. The amuse-bouche was to die for. Every course was perfect and the Sommelier gave us the perfect pairing provided our budget. Before I went to The Modern this year, my best meal had been at the "Le Doyen" in Paris. Which still is on top of my list, but that night at The Modern hands down beat that experience.
By PupoftheRhones on 12/23/2013
Creative, delicious foods presented beautifully. Robust and impressive gluten-free menu. I like the tuna tarte/salmon tartare/jamon iberico, sausage, skate and the two duck dishes. Only downside is having to creep (effectively stand over people when you suspect they may be close to finishing their meal, in order to immediately take their table) for a long time to get a table in the lounge area.
Great food/service but many interruptions: not the best for a romantic dinner
By NYC77 on 10/10/2012
We went here for our anniversary, making it I think the third time here. The food was great. This is what I noticed this time: 1. You have to order the tasting menu, bringing to total cost of a meal for two to at least $250.00. 2. We had a total of 8 different people coming to our table, at a pace of about one every two minutes. In the end, it felt like there was so much emphasis on the food and service, we did not get to talk to each other at all. The interruptions were constant - all in the name of good service, but really, I just wanted some time to connect with my dining partner. Each course's description was repeated over to us as it was served - which was certainly courteous, but I felt a little impatient with the Gastronomical Reverence. After each of the five courses was cleared, another server came over and carefully scraped our tablecloth, although there were no crumbs or spills. We were only left alone for longer than 10 minutes after the dessert course was served, and this pacing also seemed a bit odd to me - although I appreciated the lack of pressure, the meal had taken several hours and we were ready for the check by then. So I would recommend this restaurant, but not if you want a romantic tete a tete. The food and service are just too dominant for that. I noticed the room was full of Manhattan high rollers, who probably love this kind of attention!
Still my favorite! Amazing food and impeccable services.
By gastronomy on 6/12/2011
I have been coming to The Modern for 6 years now. It is so nice to see the same faces! Dino and Tanya have always been great. The food just gets better. This time around I tried the Vialone Risotto and the Poussin Breast. Both were great. The risotto was so nicely seasoned with pancetta butter. My friend, who celebrated her b-day, tried the lobster and the Berkshire pork belly. I have to say it was the best pork belly!!! I had the chocolate and hazelnut dacquoise. It is the only dessert that has been on the menu for the last 6 years and I still highly recommend it. Overall, I applaud the Modern! Not to mention the view of the garden was splendid!
Gorgeous and Innovative
By Abbey on 3/4/2011
Gorgeous room, gorgeous food. Delicious. One of my better meals in NYC lately. The service was impeccable and friendly. The atmosphere was lovely. But lets face it - the food is why we came. Food was all around well seasoned and beautifully presented. So smart - the tuna sashimi appetizer was light, fresh and yummy. The fois gras was crisp on the outside with smoky chocolate-ness while the inside was velvet, melt-in-your mouth. The risotto? perfect. And these were just our first courses! 2nds: the four of us had different dishes (veal, chicken, venison and fish) all were so unique in taste and presentations. The only miss-step was a couple of the desserts - a bit too pastry-chef-gone-wild for my tastes. But all in all a wonderful experience. Innovative and delicious food in a beautiful restaurant - what more could one ask for?
By rabnone on 12/9/2009
We had no reservation and so we got "only" a table in the bar area and the bar menu. The portions are smaller than the "normal" ones but more than three courses are not necessary. E.g. we had the flunder tartare, the tarte, the goose liver, the beef tarare, the quab and the duck breast - only one comment: great. The service is extremly friendly, the location nice, but it is a little bit noisy. The prices are very moderate compaired with the quality you get.
By angryserver on 2/12/2009
i went there for my wife's birthday the food was good but i expected a little more the appetizers and desserts the best part, service not so great , i loved the poached egg w/ sea urchin butter ..rich but delicious ..the foie gras was ok, the decor is just too modern for me but in general was a good dinner and not so expensive.
Good food, good service but...
By wanderkinder on 6/30/2008
Tables were fitted into the dining area very close to one another so that everyone's chairs kept hitting one another whenever someone got up. The proximity of tables also made it very loud so that it was impossible to talk at a normal level. The dining rooms partitioned by glass did little to filter the noise. As we had to strain to hear one another, we wound up focusing more on the food - good food, including a mix of continental treats, but nothing stunning and priced a bit more for the crowd that has more money than experience (you won't get your bang for the buck here).
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By KCosta on 5/30/2008
I have been to The Modern for lunch on 3 occasions and dinner once. During my evening meal (April 2008), the waiter (Louis) provided excellent service and the food flavors were nothing less than superb. He recommended the steak, which was American raised, but reminiscent of Kobe beef. The meat and its rich flavors literally melted onto my palate like warmed butter-it was amazing! I'm comparing this particular meal to two other dinners, which I had that weekend. One was at Craftsteak and the other at wd-50. These restaurants were both excellent, but The Modern was overall the best of the three. I enjoyed the experience so much that I have booked another trip to Manhattan in September (27th) just to celebrate my birthday. We will be dinning at The Modern once again. You must try this restaurant--bon appetit!
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