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culprit Feb 16, 2011 03:31 PM

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 Hounds.

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    Riverman500 Feb 16, 2011 03:49 PM

    Chocolate Dome.

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      Nancy S. Feb 16, 2011 03:52 PM

      Egg in the jar and the beignets are my favorite two dishes at The Modern. I also love the Hinny Kick cocktail -- my favorite in NYC.

      1. daffyduck Feb 16, 2011 04:20 PM

        Wild mushroom soup 9\10
        Modern Liverwurst-9.25\10
        Lamb Saddle-8.75\10
        Beer Braised Pork Belly-9.5\10
        Beignets-9.5\10
        Strawberry Soup-9\10
        I had a seared fois gras with watermelon that I thought was just ok but it's no longer on the menu.

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          coasts Feb 16, 2011 05:19 PM

          agreed that the Wild Mushroom Soup is delicious. it's a bold dish, almost off-putting at first. the artichoke soup is more subtle in flavor, but very rewarding. every ingredient was easily identifiable in each spoonful.

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            daffyduck Feb 16, 2011 07:14 PM

            i love the mushroom soupswith their mini baguettes.

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            daffyduck Feb 16, 2011 07:08 PM

            oh, i also had the egg in a jar. i would give it a 9\10.

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            kathryn Feb 16, 2011 05:04 PM

            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.

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              lacontessa Feb 17, 2011 03:54 AM

              Warm lamb and goat cheese terrine, and salmon were fabulous

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                RCC Feb 17, 2011 04:53 AM

                Lot's of good stuff at the Bar Room, our "go to" restaurant.
                Regarding your wine question, the wine list changes, so ask for the friendly and accomodating sommelier to find you a good bottle at the price that you want.

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                  culprit Feb 17, 2011 06:25 AM

                  Thanks for that. I just looked at the prices on the wine list & almost cancelled the res!

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                  City Kid Feb 17, 2011 07:22 AM

                  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.

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                    Nancy S. Feb 17, 2011 08:24 AM

                    Excellent suggestion about seating. It's a very noisy place, and extremely noisy near the bar area.

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                      Dingod Feb 18, 2011 07:13 AM

                      Cocktail: Hinny Kick

                      One: Spicy Steak Tartare, Upside-down Tuna Tarte (my fav)

                      Two: Egg in a Jar

                      Three: Lamb Saddle

                      Desert: anything

                  2. eatthisny Feb 19, 2011 09:10 AM

                    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

                    For Desserts:

                    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.

                    Enjoy!

                    -eatthisny.com

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                      mahler5 Feb 19, 2011 03:07 PM

                      I agree with eatthisny 100%

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                        RCC Feb 19, 2011 03:11 PM

                        Good post. Thanks.

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                        culprit Feb 19, 2011 04:25 PM

                        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!

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                          uwsister Feb 19, 2011 06:36 PM

                          I really think they have the best desserts out of all the non-dessert specialty restaurants I've been.

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