The Modern

The Modern

New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown East, New York
181 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • fancy
  • cocktails
  • liverwurst
  • trendy
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  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaJanuary 24, 2015
    Thought at first the pre-fix options would disappoint as I'm used to the a la carte menu at the bar but it was hands down amazing. Loved the bass steamed in spinach leaves. Roasted beets were great 2.
  • Christophe V.
    One the best restaurants in NYC. If you have time, go for the full Monty in the restaurant with a great view on some MOMA sculptures. If you are in a 'rush' indulge at the bar. Great wine list!
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 12, 2013
    Tremendous value for a 4 course prix fixe at a great venue overlooking the Rockefeller Sculpture Garden; make sure you save room for the unlimited dessert tray they roll around at the end of the meal!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Take a seat in the restaurant to go for the four course prix fixe or tasting menu. You'll find that the Alsatian Dumplings, Baked Quail, and Soft-Poached Eggs are all executed to perfection.
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    The Modern is a lovely spot without any of the pretension that can sometimes plague these types of restaurants. The setting - from the decor to the sculpture garden view, is possibly the best in NYC.
  • Isaac R.
    Isaac RadnitzerAugust 14, 2015
    Excellent prefix menu, we enjoyed every dish and I particularly loved the pistachio stuffed chicken as a main. Portion sizes were surprisingly good as well.
  • Fred K.
    Fred KAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I've always eaten at the bar, never in the lounge area or restarant. Great bartenders -- take their recommendations for wine and spirits. Love the mushroom soup w/chorizo ravioli, the tarte flambee'.
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Consistent delicious food prepared with precision. Chef Abram Bissell's food feels light, straddling classic and modern. Wide-ranging wine list. And I couldn't be more pleased with the hospitality.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RAugust 14, 2015
    Prix fixe 4-course menu is a fabulous deal - mini croissants, delicious pistachio chicken and lobster dishes, and more in a great setting with beautiful view into the MoMA courtyard!
  • Denise C.
    Denise CheungJuly 23, 2013
    Dinner table needs reservation. Try the bar instead. Quick service. Food is great. If you are non alcoholic, try lychee purée soda. Taste refreshing !
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.January 15, 2014
    a modern crowd for a modern place with a modern menu for a modern world that appreciates modern art. aka the best of Danny Meyer. i am in love with this restaurant.
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdSeptember 19, 2013
    @FelixSalmon says the ice cubes are disappointing. Bring your own! Seriously though, this place is better than Per Se. Top 5 restaurants in NYC. Just ask @museeYUM!
  • Istria L.
    Istria L.November 13, 2015
    Great hospitality as always at Danny Meyer's restaurants. Sommelier Josh was knowledgeable to tackle my trickiest questions. Food was impeccable. Highly recommended, will come back any time
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 15, 2012
    The sleek eatery at the Museum of Modern Art is just as much a masterpiece as the works inside the museum (recently re-imagined and expanded by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi).
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Art and foodie/Danny Meyer lovers alike will love! For great deals try the $98 4 course dinner menu or the $55 3 course lunch menu. Don't leave without ordering a dessert from Pastry Chef Marc Aumont.
  • Stacie S.
    Stacie S.February 6, 2015
    Everything is always perfection - food, drink, and service. This time I had the Brussels sprout salad and the pork tenderloin - both were lovely, the pork was special.
  • Brian
    BrianMay 31, 2015
    The tasting menu is refined and absolutely stunning. One of the best meals I've ever had. The sommelier was also exceptional--the pairings were on-point throughout the meal.
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkJune 30, 2015
    Definitely worth it for lunch. All the ingredients are so fresh, and it doesn't hurt that you get front row seats to the MoMa's beautiful courtyard!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 15, 2011
    Michael Psilakis, of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, is a big fan of the liverwurst and other French specialties at The Modern, inside the MOMA, in New York, NY. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Homemade bread with goat‘s milk butter is a prelude to foie gras terrine, a slow-poached egg with spätzle, & roasted lamb. – Green Guide Editor
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaOctober 2, 2014
    The scallops with cauliflower, shaved brussels sprouts and the steak tartare are def my favorites. Paired with a nice Vermentino? Yes please!
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 2, 2016
    Well thought out acoustics. The buzz from the bar room carries over ever so slightly to the dining room. Leaves a bit of the excitement lingering, while still allowing for a quiet and intimate meal.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 29, 2011
    Sommelier Free Sundays! In the Bar Room, the corkage fee is waived and customers receive a wine key so you can open and pour your own wines at the table! Cheers! Read more
  • Annie
    AnnieNovember 27, 2010
    Wine list is intimidating, but the sommelier made a great recommendation- friendly and non judgmental of our interest in "hidden gems" (re: cheaper) list. Foie gras & spicy steak tar tar were winners.
  • Derek F.
    Derek FlanzraichOctober 18, 2014
    The seared scallops are made with charred cauliflower, shaved almonds, and some type of love magic. Best scallops I've ever had.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 2, 2016
    As far as restaurants go, this is the epitomy of understated elegance. Beautiful decor, paired with views of the wonderful sculpture garden.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 2, 2016
    Our server, Jason, never led us astray with recommendations. And his attention to detail, and intuition as to what we were looking for, was very impressive.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    The Modern has views of MoMa’s sculpture garden, and the menu is all French-inflected suave goodness, but the real allure here is its sense of civilized escape.
  • Jen22201
    Jen22201May 29, 2011
    They don't offer fries on the menu, but they do have them and they're great. Just ask for them. (The wild mushroom soup is great - the lobster pappardelle and gnocchi are a bit too salty.)
  • Randy N.
    Randy NacolJanuary 12, 2016
    We ate at the bar Imo was well worth the expense bar tender explained the food and gave us the best experience we could have had
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 7, 2012
    Desserts are a tour de force here, and influenced by the sensibilities of an Alsatian chef. The wine list includes off-the-beaten-path selections.
  • Adrienne P.
    Adrienne PetrinoJanuary 17, 2015
    Splurge and get 2 courses of dessert and end with samplings from the chocolate chart!
  • Nari K.
    Nari KimAugust 12, 2013
    Three star restaurant (from the New York Times), and the food was absolutely amazing!!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 4, 2013
    Had the beef cheeks last night. Made me want to do naughty things afterwards. Literally wiped the sauce off my plate clean with some baguette.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LuqueAugust 19, 2011
    Great nouveau american cuisine! The Steak Tartare, Upside Down Tuna and Tenderloin dishes were fantastic! Very nice atmosphere and fabulous service!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CitySeptember 21, 2011
    We love Chef Gabriel Kreuther's lunch menu, which highlights dishes like quail terrine with shaved fennel and liverwurst with pickled mushrooms.
  • Harpriya K.
    Harpriya KaurAugust 26, 2014
    The desserts are amazing. Specifically the chocolate and hazelnut parfait.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SimmonsApril 25, 2014
    Amazing presentation, use of local and seasonal fare, and service. This meal is a work of art.
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneDecember 30, 2014
    Exquisite prix fixe menu in back room. Phenomenal bar. Extraordinary desserts. Pricey but worth it.
  • 3stepzigzag
    3stepzigzagAugust 21, 2010
    Nothing beats the triumvirate of Liam, Anthony, and Juan Alberto at the bar on a Thursday night!! I love these guys. Also, they will protect you from the sleazy, slurring old guys on expense accounts
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie ViglioneDecember 21, 2011
    So right now as of dec 20 try the truffle infused drink - I think truffles are unicorn droppings that create shrooms and grow in a magical forest!!!
  • Sophia D.
    Sophia DuffieJune 14, 2014
    They treat you like a princess on your birthday! Free birthday cake and wine on the terrace
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DuncanJuly 16, 2011
    Ensure book table in main dining room - Great nouveau American Cuisine - the chocolate trolly is amazing! Great date place ..
    HUGO BOSSNovember 3, 2010
    Begin or end your MoMA trip at this award-winning restaurant, which showcases German artist Thomas Demand. Look closely - the forest is not real but created with 270,000 paper leaves. (via ARTINFO)
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The wild mushroom soup is a fave!! Spaetzle sounds random but is a fantastically delicious dish, beautiful texture and flavour combo.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleDecember 14, 2014
    Amazing service, amazing food. I highly recommend the scallop potage.
  • Kristy H.
    Kristy HomanMarch 17, 2013
    The foie gras terrine blew any foie that I have ever had including the foie that I had at Per Se.
  • Zaz H.
    Zaz HarrisJune 28, 2013
    Try the Maine Lobster Gnocchi - Of course, the food here is gorgeous AND delicious
  • Andres Z.
    Incredible tasting menu. Among the best for sure. Went there twice and the second time slightly disappointed that menu had not changed much.
  • Search for Delicious
    Search for DeliciousAugust 17, 2011
    What better way to spend an evening than enjoying a cocktail after a relaxing walk through Moma's beautiful galleries. We recommend the Rose Petal drink.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SteketeeApril 16, 2013
    Really good food and nice service. Ask to take your dessert in the garden.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LFebruary 15, 2015
    always ask questions about the menu - delicious cocktails and get the chocolate cart!
  • Erin F.
    Erin FitzgeraldMarch 18, 2012
    one of my favorites. try the pralines of foie gras terrine with a girovita cocktail
  • mike s.
    mike schusterApril 20, 2012
    The prix fix menu is a good value, you get several extra little dishes & lots of chocolate at the end.
  • Huey O.
    Huey OAugust 6, 2011
    The kitchen and staff here were very good about catering to my vegan diet. What a great gastronomic experience.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 28, 2014
    food was absolutely fantastic! amazing presentation it looks like art, not food♥
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionSeptember 5, 2012
    Alaskan King Crab SaladCannelloni” is amazing. Order with dressing on the side.
  • Debra A.
    Debra AskanaseNovember 18, 2011
    Run, do not walk to the bar and order the Crispy Shrimp with foam lemongrass dipping sauce (touch of jalepeno makes it soar).
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewJune 21, 2011
    A la carte offerings are available in the Bar Room (or during lunch), where A+K stopped in for a cocktail. Read more
  • Nick J.
    Nick JohnsonDecember 8, 2014
    I don't have enough good things to say about the chicken stuffed with pistachios. The scallops were far too salty, however.
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!June 1, 2013
    Upscale Restaurant with a modern twist on food... Excellent service & ambience...
  • Chao
    ChaoNovember 8, 2015
    Good tasting menu and cocktails. It's inside Moma with a great garden view!
  • Bill G.
    Bill GilroyMay 4, 2013
    Amazing modern martini- cilantro infused gin, enough said.
  • Jae Y.
    Jae YiApril 15, 2012
    One of the few restaurants with Rodenbach Grand Cru - one of the best beers I have ever tried.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 15, 2010
    Begin or end your MoMA trip at this award-winning restaurant, which showcases German artist Thomas Demand. Look closely - the forest is not real but created with 270,000 intricate paper leaves. Read more
  • Ian M.
    Ian MathesonApril 30, 2011
    Crazy bag check system. No back packs allowed by can't leave cameras and valuables in the bag you check. End up carrying a clear plastic bag around. Solution: take a see through back pack!
  • Littleoslo
    LittleosloNovember 22, 2013
    Good presentation but the butter should not be too hard for the guest to cut :)
  • Purplelabnyc
    PurplelabnycJuly 12, 2010
    There is always a good exhibit and the space is just mind blowingly fabulous. Love the garden out back. Visit Dylan’s before the ride home. Read more
  • Michele C.
    Michele CenzerJune 5, 2011
    Mushroom soup is excellent. Citrus carpaccio is delicious. The spaetzle was a tad salty.
  • Nuri D.
    Nuri DjavitSeptember 24, 2011
    Try the Modern Martini, Truffle Popcorn and the Pork belly sliders!!!
  • Simon B.
    Simon BuckinghamJuly 8, 2012
    Bring a jacket/ cardigan as the AC is on VERY high during the Summer ;-)
  • Andreas C.
    Andreas CohenAugust 9, 2014
    Try the tasting menu with the paired wine. A real treat
  • Stephane G.
    Stephane GuerryJanuary 27, 2014
    Loved the food! Nice tables for 2 by the window!
  • Annie A.
    Annie AlfstadOctober 27, 2014
    Food is good but for the price a little overrated. Beautiful place. Love the moma.
  • MoMA
    MoMANovember 16, 2010
    After the Museum closes, head over to The Modern for the MoDERN MaRTINI. Cilantro-infused Tanqueray and fresh lime juice.
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuMay 30, 2015
    everything on the menu is delicious! super cool spot.
  • James H.
    James HartcherMarch 22, 2012
    Zomg! Food was amazing. Must try the beignets for dessert!
  • Andreas V.
    Andreas V-manJune 1, 2010
    If it's your bday they give you a small slice of pistachio cake after the chocolate tray but before the little ice cream cone at the end
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithJanuary 21, 2015
    eat at the bar. order the shrimp fritters.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 22, 2012
    high falutin' fare for a high falutin' night! Start out at here...end up over at Radio City or Carnegie Hall. Kicking it high class!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 18, 2014
    The Brussels sprouts Caesar is not to be skipped over (bar room). Shrimp fritters were too much fritter, not much shrimp
  • Eaters H.
    Eaters HeavenApril 6, 2016
    Pink champagne, cavatelli, foie gras and chocolate beignets. Skip the crab fritters, not impressed.
  • Jeffrey H.
    Jeffrey HendricksAugust 5, 2012
    Modern French Cuisine. Outstanding ambiance, food and service.
  • Arthur B.
    Arthur BelendiukMay 4, 2013
    Great Martinis. A great place to relax after visiting MOMA.
  • Serge K.
    Serge KassardjianNovember 6, 2010
    Flat bread is pretty amazing here. They also have great olives in their dirty martinis.
  • Larry V.
    Larry VincentApril 4, 2012
    If you don't try the lobster pappardelle you're an idiot. Five stars!
  • Christophe V.
    My favorite in NY and they have Orval on the beer list!
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TApril 11, 2010
    Staff is very friendly. Spilled soup on a friend and they gave us free desserts free drinks and paid for the dry cleaning.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongJune 10, 2014
    get the pistachio chicken, very filling and delicious.
  • Anne M.
    Anne McJune 29, 2013
    Alsatian Buckwheat spaetzle. One word: amazing
  • Mike S.
    Mike SeilbackDecember 19, 2014
    Impressive wine selection, great people watching
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 29, 2014
    Foie gras is the way to go.
  • Pamela G.
    Pamela GleesonMay 13, 2010
    Course One - The perfect Wid Mushroom Soup and Riesling! Love The Modern, dine here every time we visit NYC.
  • BMI Elite
    BMI EliteMay 2, 2011
    Stop here for dessert wine and artisanal cheeses when you visit the MoMA.
  • Alena R.
    Alena RevaMay 30, 2015
    Food was delicious. Very sophisticated place
  • Kumiko I.
    Kumiko IdeDecember 18, 2010
    Sit at the bar, and enjoy a proper lunch (with a cocktail or two.. I won't tell on you).
  • Yasmine M.
    Yasmine MustafaAugust 20, 2012
    Indulge in the 7-course tasting menu and die happy.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MuDecember 9, 2011
    went there for lunch tried the prix fixe. food is mediocre again dessert amazed me.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HallmanFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the sorbet carpaccio for desert, amazing!
  • Soraa
    SoraaJune 25, 2013
    Soraa LED MR16 lamps used throughout this restaurant
  • Valentin S.
    Valentin S.February 15, 2013
    Не пропустите! Ресторан под стать замечательному МоМА. Современная американская кухня и прекрасная атмосфера. Столик лучше заказать заранее, можно тут на foursquare. Сайт -
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SaldiasJune 24, 2015
    La ensalada de espárragos y pistacho deliciosa y el puerco es una maravilla
  • Maria C.
    Maria CabañasNovember 25, 2015
    Súper rica la comida te atienden súper rápido solo que hay q hacer fila
  • Eugene H.
    환상적인 와 분위기의 프렌치 레스토랑. 맛도 훌륭한 오감을 만족시켜주는곳.
  • Sergey B.
    Sergey BerezhnoyFebruary 11, 2013
    сюда можно прийти даже без посещения музея, только ради еды
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