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The Museum of Modern Art, 9 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-333-1220 | www.themodernnyc.com
HOURSDining Room: Mon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm; Sat.: 5:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: Closed; Bar Room: Mon.-Thurs.: 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-11:00pm; Sun.: 11:30am-9:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (PRIX FIXE LUNCH (THREE-COURSE; FOUR-COURSE LUNCH); PRIX FIXE DINNER)USD 55; USD 70; USD 98
FAMOUS PLATESFoie gras terrine; chorizo crusted cod; milk chocolate and hazelnut dacquoise
DRINKS AND WINEExtensive international wine list of around 900 bottles; cocktails
# OF SEATS75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for up to 64 guests
SUBWAY5th Ave.- 53rd St. (E, M); 57th St. (F); 7th Ave. (B, D, E)
Sleek and stunning in its simplicity, this restaurant is just what you would expect from a space at the MoMA. In the front, at the more casual Bar Room, guests dine on classic small (and medium) plates, while in the Dining Room, larger portions are served in an open, sunlit space with views of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and a striking, wall-sized photograph of verdant forest foliage. Plates focus on simplicity and purity of flavors, highlighting the premium ingredients that are featured.
Artsy and cultured types, museum goers, Midtown execs, and special occasioners and couples looking for a sophisticated evening.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
During the day, guests tend to be more business oriented, so a suit or similar business attire would work well. If dining in the main room in the evening, turn up the elegance factor a bit with a cocktail dress and some great accessories.
GO HERE WITH
Groups; significant other; a fancy date; your parents
WHY WE LIKE IT
Presentation is everything. From the food to the space, there is a consistency of theme (clean, pure, design driven), and it works.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We wish that we could mix and match experiences between the Bar Room and the Dining Room. Namely, the small plates in the Bar Room are killer, and it would be great if we could enjoy them in the more formal Dining Room space.
GOOD TO KNOW
While they are linked by overall aesthetics and cuisine concepts, Bar Room and the Dining Room function separately, with distinct menus and reservation systems (so be sure you are reserving for the space you want). The Bar Room is more laidback, with small plates ruling the menu and half of the seats held for walk-ins, while the Dining Room offers more substantial meals in a more refined setting. Both are excellent, it just depends on your mood. There is a separate street level entrance on W. 53rd Street that leads directly into the restaurant, no need to enter through the museum at all if you don’t want (this is the entrance you should use if you are dining outside of museum hours).
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