Bar at the Modern--best dishes?
The Hub & I are going to the Bar at the Modern for our anniversary. We aren't stinking rich but we love good food & wine (which we don't believe has to be expensive). I've read alot about the BatM so we're excited to try it for our special occasion dinner. Would love some recommendations as to which dishes we should try (very intrigued by the egg in a jar thing). Also I noticed they have some reasonable wines on the menu, has anyone tried any of them?
Thanks everyone! Everything was great. This was quite a splurge for us already (we're from Brooklyn after all) so we didn't order as much as some of you advised, but were very happy with what we did: the seared Foie, the egg in a jar (of course), lamb for me, and veal sweetbreads (a first!) for the hub. We did share, and it was all amazing--oh and a dark chocolate tart for dessert which was very possibly the best thing I've ever eaten! (I could say the same about the foie and the egg....)
We know something about wine but (so) we don't spend $100 on a bottle--I was very happy with the glass choices (that way we got to pair with each dish). Our waitress poured tastes of each wine before we committed to a glass, which I thought was lovely of her. The sommelier came out to discuss port after dinner, and gave a very generous pour. All in all, everything was impeccable and we enjoyed the evening very much!
I used to work at the Bar Room for many years so I've literally tried every dish on the menu (except for the newer additions) many times. All the food is really spectacular and I have no doubt you will have a wonderful experience. The prices can add up so do be careful. I recommend sharing many dishes so you both get to taste as much as possible.
Here are my highlights:
Tarte Flambee - a pretty good size pizza-like flatbread with creme fraiche and smoked bacon; very thin and crispy and it's a great light starter (but it's pretty big)
Upside Down Tuna Tartar - crisp, light refreshing; lots of wonderful textures and balance flavors
Slow Poached Farm Egg in a Jar - with butter poached lobster this is probably my favorite dish
Salmon with Horseradish Crust and Reisling Cream Foam - one of the best examples of Alsatian flavors with cabbage; it's really rich and delicious
Duck Confit a'la Orange - Chef Kreuther has ruined me with duck confit because I can never find one as crispy and fall of the bone amazing as this one
Beignets are a must get (although you do get 5 per order) with amazing dipping sauces; these are fluffier and lighter than any doughnut in the world
Hazelnut Dacquoise - like the most refined Kit Kat bar with chocolate cremeaux layered between chocolate slivers and a hazelnut wafer underneath
As for drinks, the wines change quite often so I'd chat with the server or wine staff about what is best. Everybody is trained really well and you'll get some great recommendations. They also have one of the best cocktail programs in the city so if you're looking for some interesting flavors, I recommend the Devil in White (like a clear Manhattan with unaged white whiskey) and the Hinny Kick (with some heat from muddled jalapenos but a nice sweet balance from pear infused vodka).
As you can tell, I still get excited from thinking about the food and drinks there. Hope you have a wonderful time.
The Bar Room is a great choice, fun and festive with fab food and service. I usually request a table along the divider between the Bar Room and the Modern restaurant -- a bit more intimate and quiet with a good view of the room... I love the upside down salmon tarte app and the hazelnut dacquoise may be my favorite dessert of all time...I have ordered some inexpensive wines with the restaurant's label and they have been very good. Not at all snooty so just get what is comfortable for you.
We were there this past weekend and loved the jamon iberico, egg in a jar, hamachi tartare, duck breast, and beignets.
In the past, we've enjoyed the wild mushroom soup, lamb saddle, and seared foie gras. I have also liked the tarte flambée, liverwurst, salmon, and pork belly, but not as much. The desserts are excellent, especially the beignets. I've also enjoyed the cheesecake and strudel.
I'd say the egg in a jar and seared duck breast are probably my top two savories.