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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.

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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12 out of 24 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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184 out of 382 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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252 out of 489 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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182 out of 377 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.

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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210 out of 436 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.

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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373 out of 828 people found this review helpful.

Great food great service one of the great one's in NY

By psdesignc on 3/28/2005

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

I have had the chance to eat their twice both times food was great service was a 10 look is the best. Eaten at Per Se twice and this is equal at 0ne Tenth the cost of Per Se. If Per Se is a 29 than this isn't far behind. Only negative sounds from bars area can be hard

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264 out of 568 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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