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9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
By kmh on 2/4/2005
actually went to the bar - have not yet eaten (food score refers to wine and drinks we had). the space is gorgeous, comfortable, and very well designed. the drink menu is amusing and creative. our server was a little slow on the uptake and he didn't seem to know much about what he was talking - but it's new, and he was young. the other staff was knowledgeable and gracious. definitely recommend - can't wait to eat here!
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.
Who was in charge of hiring such "professionals"
By GABRIELLE on 2/23/2005
I was amazed that the Moma sign of creativity had such a poor example like The Modern. Whoever was in charge of hiring the staff should be fired. From Manager to friendly non professional waiting staff and and a kitchen with notorious lack of creativity, this is not the place for such a Museum
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
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.
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!
NOT YOUR USUAL MUSEUM FOOD
By DESIWOOD on 7/21/2005
We were actually surprised at the deliciousness of each of the four items we ordered. Certainly a luncheon bargain for mid-town Manhatten.
Hold the salt!!!
By ywwan on 11/5/2005
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).
The Emperors New Clothes of Restaurants
By writedesigner on 12/11/2005
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.
Good Food is not enough
By npd on 12/14/2005
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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