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9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
Still my favorite! Amazing food and impeccable services.
By gastronomy on 6/12/2011
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!
Gorgeous and Innovative
By Abbey on 3/4/2011
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?
and the winner is . . .
By KCosta on 5/30/2008
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!
By rabnone on 12/9/2009
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.
By LeslieW123 on 1/17/2006
Outstanding food, excellent service and a space that confirms that you really are hip just for being there.
Excellent service, and occassional free "chef tastings"
By always_a_critic on 4/1/2005
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!
Great food great service one of the great one's in NY
By psdesignc on 3/28/2005
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
By PupoftheRhones on 12/23/2013
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.
Orgasmic experience Every Time!
By cindybaby on 3/29/2005
I have been lucky enough to have eaten at the new restaurant many times since it's opened, and its ever changing menu is always refreshing, but that is not even half of the good part of this place - each plate is designed and executed with such artistry and know-how that it tastes even better than it looks, which is rare in these days of form over content. I absolutely love this place, each time i bring a guest they are amazed and wants to come back and bring their friends or clients.
A Modern Mystery
By martin_chamois on 2/20/2005
Danny Meyer's mid-town trend setting restaurant which launched as a disaster last winter has undoubtedly improved in all areas. The front desk has developed from complete chaos into a professional organized group. The wait staff has made dramatic improvements. The bar staff has improved some and at least now they know the contents of their own bar stock. The interior design is still severe and has many hard edges. Tables for two are still placed on top of one another to stifle any conversation. The menu has evolved and is far superior to earlier incarnations. And the food is top notch with excellent ingredients evident. Wine service continues to flounder - despite one of the most over priced wine list in Manhattan. The wrong vintages are presented to the table, frequently at the wrong temperature. The biggest concern is the customers tend to be tourist, with limited vision and clearly not demanding. If Manhattan customers fail to raise the standards, I fear that the Modern Disaster may return.
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