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The Modern

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

Avg. Rating

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

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64% would go back.

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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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226 out of 454 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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218 out of 423 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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267 out of 530 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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471 out of 946 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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712 out of 1258 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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417 out of 832 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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491 out of 968 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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386 out of 841 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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463 out of 957 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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