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VOTE: Corton or The Modern

ztarsh Oct 14, 2010 06:02 PM

My parents are coming into town. Last year I took them to EMP and this year I can't decide between Corton and The Modern - anyone been to either of these recently?


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    edwardspk Oct 15, 2010 01:04 PM

    I much prefer Corton over The Modern. I find the menu more interesting and inventive - but still accessible - and I find the dining room and service much more refined and pleasant. Plus the noise level at The Modern is ridiculous - practically unable to carry on a conversation without yelling. My vote is for Corton.

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    1. re: edwardspk
      IrnScrabbleChf52 Oct 15, 2010 01:10 PM

      i really don't think the noise level is that bad at all, but i've always been seated by the windows.

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        Spiritchaser Oct 15, 2010 01:23 PM

        In the Dining Room? Even in the bar room during lunch it's never been so bad that we have a hard time hearing each other. But, everyone's experience is different, I was just curious.

      2. thew Oct 15, 2010 07:31 AM

        i just ate at the modern 2 weeks ago - it was really fantastic. I have not eaten at corton, so i cannot compare, but i loved the tasting menu at the modern.

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          Spiritchaser Oct 15, 2010 08:02 AM

          Ditto exactly what thew said. We've had several tastings at The Modern and loved them all. And I'll add that I will never be going to Corton because they are, thus far, the only high end restaurant in NYC that was not willing to do a vegetarian tasting menu for my GF.

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            erica Oct 15, 2010 12:39 PM

            Can you tell us what you ate at The Modern? I plan to go there within a couple of weeks for a birthday and am eager to hear what's good on the fall menu.

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              Spiritchaser Oct 15, 2010 01:33 PM

              They've moved on to the Autumn tasting menu which I haven't had this year. The Chef's tasting hasn't change for a while but it is fantastic, enjoyed every bit of it. From the regular menu I love the poached lobster, the yellowtail/diver scallop tartare, and my GF really liked the seasonal greens salad. There is a dish in the bar room, the Egg in a Jar, which is fantastic. I've never asked if I could get it in the Dining Room (I don't think you can) but if you are ever in the bar it's a must try.

              1. re: Spiritchaser
                IrnScrabbleChf52 Oct 16, 2010 08:37 AM

                you can get the Egg in a Jar in the dining room (if you ask nicely)

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                  Nancy S. Oct 16, 2010 09:24 AM

                  I just had the egg last night (at the Bar Room), and it is great. I think it's the best dish on the menu.

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                    erica Oct 17, 2010 04:14 AM

                    Thanks for that tip--I had not heard of that before and it looks amazing! I will ask nicely!

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            fm1963 Oct 15, 2010 06:56 AM

            Corton is cerebral and inventive, and The Modern is more accessible. I'd personally choose Corton, but love both, so it would depend on whether you and your parents have conservative or adventurous palates.

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              rrems Oct 14, 2010 08:34 PM

              Definitely the Modern. Far superior food, better value, nicer atmosphere.

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                chocokitty Oct 14, 2010 08:09 PM

                It depends on what your parents' tastes are like in terms of cuisine preferences (or more like technique since Liebrandt is experimental yet classically trained French) and the decor. The Modern is streamlined and airy (as seen in my photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellokitty893112/3925872005/in/set-72157622388199116/) or Corton's more smaller, intimate and some argued, cold.

                I tried both tasting menus and I liked both. Which I would prefer to go back to, I'd have to say the Modern if I had to recount the courses I liked from memory.


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                  IrnScrabbleChf52 Oct 14, 2010 07:53 PM

                  The Modern is fabulous, I like it better than EMP. Although Corton is an interesting experience, I enjoy The Modern much more--it basically comes down to Kreuther (alsatian inflected cuisine) or Liebrandt (more avant-garde, Spanish influence). Having done both the chef's and seasonal tasting menu at The Modern and an extended tasting at Corton, I much prefer Kreuther's food at The Modern.

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