The Bar Room at The Modern, Midtown West, NYC

Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

I recommend: Wild Mushroom Soup, Grilled Monkfish Medallions, Dark Chocolate Tart


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There’s a wonderful reason to take a break from the galleries at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Danny Meyer’s Bar Room at The Modern, serves superb Alsatian-inspired cuisine by Gabriel Kreuther with desserts by Pastry Chef Marc Aumont.

There is a more formal dining room in the back (The Modern), which overlooks the Rockefeller Sculpture Gardens. The Bar Room is in the front area of the restaurant and is much more casual and hip.

There is a delightfully extensive selection of small and medium sized plates on the menu divided into sections named “One,” “Two,” and “Three”. The food is really inventive, amazingly fresh and presented beautifully. Every dish I tried was really outstanding.

My favorites were:

  • The Wild Mushroom Soup in which I could taste the earthy flavors of each mushroom used.
  • The Tarte Flambé, which was baked on a crust that tasted like crisp clouds of flour.
  • The Grilled Monkfish Medallions were perfectly spiced and charred without touching the magnificent essence of this fish.

Design permeates every nook and corner of The Bar Room. With an emphasis on Danish design, the furniture and tableware are from some of the great modernists of our time . The picture of The Clearing (2003) by Thomas Demand adorns an entire wall of this room.

The Modern Bar Room is comfortably elegant so that the person in a business suit fits in just as much as the guy in blue jeans.

There are no judgments here…just really good food.

Here is some of what we ate:

Tarte Flambé Alsatian

Wild Mushroom Soup with toasted chorizo ravioli.

Grilled Monkfish Medallions with shaved pumpkin salad and pistachio pistou.

Beer-Braised Pork Belly with rutabaga choucroute and ginger jus.

Dark Chocolate Tart with chocolate ice cream.

Modern Cheesecake with almond crumble and mango passion sorbet.