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Moderne Barn Rest. in Armonk?

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bakingpw Jun 24, 2010 07:28 AM

Now that Moderne Barn is open, anyone been there? I was told by someone who took a tour before opening it has booths and chandeliers. Seems strange to me to be upscale in that location, with that name and still have booths. I'm curious as to what kind of food they serve and what is the price point? Thanks in advance!

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    wincountrygirl Sep 3, 2011 04:35 AM

    Well, a year later but we finally tried Moderne Barn and were pleasantly surprised. I had heard such mixed things. The place lives up to the hype - it is beautiful. We were seated upstairs on the balcony and loved it. Much quieter. The server was sweet and attentive and the service, once we ordered (our fault - we took a while and were never rushed) the courses came out prompty with just the right wait time. I did not have an app but DH had the tuna wrapped in jicama and loved it. Friends shared spinach salad, then one had the caponata - which was really stuffed eggplant with middle eastern spices - and even though she was at first taken aback for not getting what she imagined. she loved it. The other had the calamari. For mains I had thepesto pizza which I loved, DH had filet with chimichurri, friends had short ribs - great - braised in root beer and the other had the scallops. Dessert was a shared creme brulee trio. All in all, a good night of dining out!!

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      dhammer53 Nov 7, 2010 11:43 AM

      $40 to BYO?? No thanks.

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        moron66 Nov 7, 2010 05:47 PM

        its a diner a nice one but its a diner

      2. Poindexter Aug 22, 2010 07:01 PM

        We went last night (Sat.) on a whim. I called around 5 and they had no tables but, lo, we walked up and got a table--outside, but that was OK, since it was packed inside and very boisterous. The bartender was somewhat clueless--"Pimms what? Oh cup...I think we had those at the last bar I worked at ..."
        Oh well, the beer selection is pretty amazing.
        Ceviche special was very nice. At first it seemed very light on the lime, but then I realized that the fish was actually really fresh and benefited by not being overwhelmed. Ms. P'dexter had a spinach salad to start and raved about the candied pecans. For mains she had the fig and chevre pizza--light and crispy--and I had the hot dog, noting as others have, the unpretzelness of the pretzel bun. Still it was quite a good dog. Our waiter was attentive and charming and the space is beautiful.
        Not a bad edition to Fairchester by any stretch. I'm sure we will be going back.
        PS: Nice wine shop, which appears to be run by the same peeps, next door.

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          wagamamababy Aug 22, 2010 09:17 PM

          The wine store is not run/owned by the Livanos. The entire building is called Moderne Barn. The restaurant and wine store are both named after the building. I went in and asked the owner of the wine store. I agree that it is a nice wine store though.

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          buddliea Jul 14, 2010 05:03 AM

          Have been there 3 times so far. Meal and service were both excellent each time. Great place for couples and / or to meet up with group. Octopus and grilled calamari we're cook perfectly and the Seafood risotto will make you come back again. Good size portions and nice variety on the menu. The place was packed with a great crowd, all three times. Moderne Barn sure is going to save a lot of Westchester “foodies” the ride to the city. Great addition well done...

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            cubanat Aug 21, 2010 11:27 AM

            Finally went last night. Overall everything was solid. place was packed. everyone in the group of 8 was happy. the food was well prepared although my "preztel bun" for my hot dog wasn't very preztel-esque in the least. the lambu ragu on mint papardelle was on same level as spadaro, cookery & tarry lodge. frickin' delish. the place is gorgeous. the parking is plentiful. the air conditioning was pumping which I can say has been an issue this summer even in the nicest/biggest of places. the bartenders are awesome. worked as a team and were always on top of getting us nice wine btg. the hostees crew was bright-eyed and smiling. the servers were on top of things but did not know if the pretzel bun was correct or not so I will let that one go as they were new. I can't say I'm not going into the city anymore but it's certainly a welcome addition to the resto-scene on this side of the county. oh yeah and the beer selection was surprisingly huge and interesting.

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            debmom Jul 12, 2010 07:54 AM

            Just had to try the new place. They built a beautiful structure and the service was excellent. The food was hit or miss. The hit was Spinach parpadelle with lamb ragu. Very good, nice portion, no leftovers! On the miss side was the chopped salad. Ugh! It barely had any greens. Chickpeas, beans, pastacio nuts and black olives that 's all there was! There was nothing to chop it was all grains-- very salty-- not appealing at all-- and the chicken on top was boring, dry, over salted chicken breast. Skip it.

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              Rexford Jul 13, 2010 08:02 AM

              AGREE WITH DEB MOM.

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                anonymouse1935 Jul 13, 2010 09:04 AM

                ...........Skip it.

                You convinced me.

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                  citygirl Jul 16, 2010 05:52 PM

                  I ate there on Tues night with a girlfriend and the food was very good. The service, however, was atrocious. There were loads of busboys who did not speak English, and just a few waiters who were running around but could not support their tables well. Many men in suits were running around and seemed helpless and unable to improve the slow service.

                  To start, we both had great appetizers including a prosciutto and fig pizza and a wonderful tuna tacquito which was wrapped with jicama, not fried. For entree, I had a wonderful diver scallop dish with English peas and mushrooms. My friend had a skate fish with an Asian preparation that was a bit overly complex so that too many flavors were competing.

                  The ambiance was great- very Ralph Lauren ranch style... and mostly couples and friends- no children. I would definitely return to this spot and give it another try!

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                    goodyfoody2 Nov 6, 2010 02:15 PM

                    Skip it- I had the burger and it was mediocre...it's a diner in sheep's clothing...there is better out there for the price! Don't give up!

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                  beth1234 Jul 3, 2010 07:45 PM

                  Loved it! Beautiful and found food to be very good - especially for first week of restaurant opening! Can't speak for matzoh ball soup - wouldn't order that out for dinner anyway! - Save that for Grandama's house! Atmosphere was spectacular - great job Livano's family!!! Great fun place for group of 4 plus.

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                    scarsdale1234 Jul 4, 2010 04:50 AM

                    food stinks
                    Had the peppercructed tuna which i was expecting pepper on the crust.
                    maybe a dash of fine pepeer was on it

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                      Doreen Jul 4, 2010 05:32 AM

                      It hardly stinks. Dinner there 2x. Grilled octopus is perfect. Pastas were delicious. Beet salad was dressed in sherry vinegar. Service is professional and they will accomodate a wait between courses if you ask. Definitely try it and make your own decision.

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                      Rexford Jul 7, 2010 09:33 AM

                      Why did they put it on the menu then if its lousy? Believe me, City Limits is good food at great prices and value. But Moderne Barn does not ahve good food. I even like their NYC places a lot, just not MB - must be the Chef then at MB, right?

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                      1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

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                        cubanat Jul 7, 2010 12:53 PM

                        what is "ugly lettuce"?

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                      Rexford Jul 3, 2010 06:20 PM

                      SKIP MODERNE BARN!
                      The matzoh ball soup had either whole grains or cinnamon in it to give it an ugly brown color, either way it was lead bottom. Two rocks. The Shrimp Chopped Salad was fair, ugly lettuce, bland sherry dressing, the pistchios were the only good thing plus ample shrimp. The flank steak was tough. Polenta tasted like cream of wheat. Procuitto Pizza was dry as a bone. House salad horrible. It was a big waste of money and for that menu and price I'd go to Tarry Lodge or Centro in Greenwich. City Limits has much better food and value. The place is spectacular but after 6 months it will only get the locals that dont want to drive to eat. Service was a bit slow. Hosts were all very very gracious and attentive but the food stunk. Will never go back. Men, dont let your wives drag you there, seriously, its a waste of time and money and you'll probably leave hungry. The desert was also average and was the coffee.

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                        wincountrygirl Jul 3, 2010 07:39 PM

                        These people own diners. Good diners, but diners. Why expect an upsale dinner?

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                          Marge Jul 4, 2010 05:02 AM

                          What? Oceana and Molyvos are hardly diners!

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                            cubanat Jul 6, 2010 04:16 PM

                            for fear of getting deleted again I will make this short & simple. I could not agree with you more Marge and even city limits is only a "diner" stylistically. I don't know to many typical diners that employ an amzing pastry chef and that sell local produce at their counters!

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                          Sarcletti Jul 6, 2010 06:25 AM

                          Wow. Well there is someone with an opinion! Still have to check it out for myself.

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                            Rexford Jul 7, 2010 09:16 AM

                            Let us know SARCLETTI what you think.

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                            olsen332 Jul 8, 2010 07:25 AM

                            True the place is spectacular in design. The woodwork is most amazing. The family is most gracious going table to table. My parents were with us and they did return to give it a second try a week later but were again disappointed with the food only. As a matter of fact they left there and went to the diner for dessert. Dad also hated the matzoh ball soup. As dad says you can't eat the service. But the service was terrific on both occasions. I had the beet salad with strawberries that was very good but some of our orders were a miss. We hope that time will help the kitchen to be as lovely as the decor. We will try it again in a month or so to see if the food has gotten better.
                            Rexford-funny accident that the dessert you had was spelled desert as it was very dry!

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                            wincountrygirl Jun 24, 2010 05:08 PM

                            Menu seems like an upscale diner

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                              winoandthedino Jun 24, 2010 08:14 AM

                              Haven't been there yet, but you can see the menu online...

                              http://www.modernebarn.com/

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                                cubanat Jun 24, 2010 11:21 AM

                                based on website it appears to be casual-chic. menus seems a bit tame but I will certainly try it out based on how much I like the other Livano's restos.

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                                  bakingpw Jun 24, 2010 03:27 PM

                                  Thanks for the website - looks casual - moderately priced. I'll have to go check it out! I like how the picture makes it seem like it sits way back off the road on a grassy knoll ;-)
                                  Pretty sure it's on the corner of 2 roads surrounded with just parking lot.

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                                    ronhall51 Jun 24, 2010 04:05 PM

                                    I was there wednesday night .My impression was positive.Very nice space
                                    attentive service food a little hit or miss but its just been open two days.I think people will welcome this place in armonk.

                                    p.s a very mixed crowd singles familes and couples

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