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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"

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64% would go back.

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Gracious Elegance

By DaveNoble on 8/12/2017

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

We have been to The Modern a number of times, but I wouldn't think we would be considered "regulars," coming at most once a year. Yet that is exactly how we are treated. This year we were "welcomed back" and the manager, Kathryn, presented my wife and I with birthday cards signed by the staff. She then gave us a tour of the kitchen. The ambience of The Modern's Dining Room with its view of the Scupture Garden and it's understated sophistication sets the stage. The incomparable service and superb food complete the experience. From start to finish, a tour-de-force of dining.

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Avoid the coat check

By DaphneM on 12/24/2016

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to The Modern to celebrate with some friends. I gave my coat, hood, gloves and belt to the coat check when they suggested it. Upon leaving the belt was missing. I gave my business card but was not called. When I called they seemed unaware of the problem so I explained again that I really loved this belt which was quite expensive. Over 2 yards in length and 4 inches wide, it is not a small item which can drop out of sight and no one would mistake it for their own. Such an experience has never happened to me before in the USA and I can't imagine how it would happen at an upscale restaurant. They offered no compensation (though my dinner had cost $200), management did not call me back and they have not answered the email I sent. I will let the reader judge the importance they give their customers.

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69 out of 134 people found this review helpful.

Kitchen Table is One of the Best Kept Secrets in NY

By aalap.mahadevia on 12/9/2016

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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 they’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.

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74 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

This was the best meal, so far

By carsten.grber on 6/3/2016

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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174 out of 365 people found this review helpful.

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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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255 out of 512 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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263 out of 476 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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249 out of 476 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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177 out of 369 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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206 out of 426 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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