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The Modern

9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-333-1220

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8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

63% would go back.

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By PupoftheRhones on 12/23/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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49 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

Great food/service but many interruptions: not the best for a romantic dinner

By NYC77 on 10/10/2012

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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58 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

Still my favorite! Amazing food and impeccable services.

By gastronomy on 6/12/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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93 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

Gorgeous and Innovative

By Abbey on 3/4/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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?

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83 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

great value

By rabnone on 12/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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126 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

good food

By angryserver on 2/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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220 out of 342 people found this review helpful.

Good food, good service but...

By wanderkinder on 6/30/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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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126 out of 264 people found this review helpful.

and the winner is . . .

By KCosta on 5/30/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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132 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

If you are local, go elsewhere

By JenMon on 2/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

It is quite beautiful, but the food is mediocre, the staff is OK and the prices are HELLO! -- very high. You can get better elsewhere for the price. However, if you are a tourist, it is worth the visit if you are going to the museum. If you are not a tourist --- just keep moving.

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168 out of 333 people found this review helpful.

Good food, good service, long wait

By omeko3 on 6/19/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

The food was pretty good, the service was very attentive, but we had to wait over an hour to be seated. The drinks in the bar area were great, but having to wait an hour just to sit down wasn't. Once we sat down it was a different story, the waiters and sommelier were quite attentive and the food was great. I had the lobster salad which was pretty good, and my girlfriend had the seared foie gras which was a very small portion but very good. She had the filet which was good but nothing special and I had the duck which was quite good as well. Overall it was great but dinner ended right around 12 because of the wait.

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