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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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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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455 out of 915 people found this review helpful.

Much ado about nothing

By johnnykluv on 3/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Someone wrote you can't eat decor but even that is not special. The view of the old statue garden is nice. I had so many servers and one actually discussed the food with me. The rest spent all their time talking among themselves far from my table. They told me after I finished the more expensive seasonal tasting menu that they all preferred the regular menu for that is what "he likes to make." The portions are tinier than most tasting menus and the taste varied from the riduculous to the sublime. At least I spent two hours at MOMA beforehand.

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696 out of 1225 people found this review helpful.

Very Solid

By brestes on 1/4/2007

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

Overall, very solid. Good wine list. Very good tuna. Sirloin was a little tough. Tartare was decent. Gnocci was excellent. Service was very solid.

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407 out of 812 people found this review helpful.

good but

By big_pickle on 1/27/2006

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

At night the restuarant even feels cozy and romantic. The ample noise resulting from the bare walls and furniture helps create a sense of privacy. The food is very good. However if you are a small/medium framed male looking at dinner, nothing less than a 3-course meal could possibly begin to satiate your appetite. "Ice cream" serving size is approximately a table spoon full. At approx $12 to $20/course, it can get expensive quickly.

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481 out of 949 people found this review helpful.

A Triumph!!!!

By LeslieW123 on 1/17/2006

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

Outstanding food, excellent service and a space that confirms that you really are hip just for being there.

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380 out of 819 people found this review helpful.

Good Food is not enough

By npd on 12/14/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The food is good, though not special. The portions are perfect, the quality of the ingredients is good and the preparation is correct. The cheese course is a strong point. The dining room is terrible - at least in winter. It was cold and draughty. And the noise from the bar was unpleasant and intrusive. All those hard 1950's modern surfaces deaden no sound. The service was atrocious. We had to ask about cocktails. The server then tried to take the dinner order without taking the cocktail order. That set the pattern. A second server showed up midway throught the meal and we were no longer even certain who was taking care of the table. Don't bother.

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454 out of 937 people found this review helpful.

The Emperors New Clothes of Restaurants

By writedesigner on 12/11/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Remember the great Horn & Hardart campaign, “You Can’t Eat Atmosphere”? At The Modern, that’s all there is, and people are paying a fortune for it. The service borders between inept and nonexistent. We arrived for a 6:15 Bar Room reservation. At 7:10 there was nothing on the table. No wine, no bread. We were eventually told that a bottle ordered from the wine list was out of stock. No substitution was offered. The next time we grabbed a waiter, it took 20 minutes for bottle #2 to arrive; then the sommelier told us that it “needs more chilling.” By that time we could have eaten the shimmering glassware and votive candles. The soups and appetizers were tidy and pleasant, nothing special. The second courses arrived at 8:00. We left at 8:15. That’s how small the “small plate” portions are. A piece of swordfish the size of a newborn’s fist with a tablespoon of eggplant puree. A few vegetables on a baby-bird nest of tagliatelle. Two scallops. A few slices of duck breast. Those are four entrees, not one. This is the new gastronomy? After all the hype, The Modern is a blockbuster disappointment.

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392 out of 798 people found this review helpful.

Hold the salt!!!

By ywwan on 11/5/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Defintely oneof my favorites - the surroundings are bright and open and of course the view into the MOMA doesn't hurt. The mood is classy but fun - not stuffy, overdressed and uptight, like many others in its class. I just love being there! As for the food, the portions are just right so go for the full three courses! The chirozo seabass has to be the best preparation of my favorite fish. And the duck confit just melts in your mouth. The only one spoiler is that they to go overboard on the salt, especially in the first course - both the herb salad and the tartar are way too salty and that upsets the rest of the meal. As for value, some may complain it is very pricey for the small portions but the food is exquisitely prepared and I don't care for oversized American portions anyway. However, its open for debate whether one is better off paying up not much more for Le Bernardin (a more stuffy environment no doubt).

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408 out of 815 people found this review helpful.

NOT YOUR USUAL MUSEUM FOOD

By DESIWOOD on 7/21/2005

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

We were actually surprised at the deliciousness of each of the four items we ordered. Certainly a luncheon bargain for mid-town Manhatten.

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447 out of 893 people found this review helpful.

Excellent service, and occassional free "chef tastings"

By always_a_critic on 4/1/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Although the reservation system is in dire need of fixing (The "Reservationist at please press 1" either locks you into "voice jail," or literally disconnects the line), the dining experience we had was grand! Beware: don't try to steal any keepsake napkin rings or cutesy silver (30+ pieces/person), the staff is watching like our 5th Ave hawks, ready to reclaim a spork as quickly as the hawk would capture a pigeon in flight. And speaking of squab, it's fantastic! So was the chorizo-crusted cod. Mentioned by another reviewer: the lemon napoleon is amazing. The chocolate concoctions were rich and generous. The petit-fours themselves would leave a lover off-the-hook for any Valentine's Day. Knowledge of the food was extensive, and the staff at-the-ready, especially the breadmaster. We'll possibly go back for New Year's Eve, if not priced-out. Aha! Maybe celebrating the night before could save hundreds of dollars!

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