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Aug 10, 2011 08:55 AM

Modern Bar Room Dish Recs or Similar Type Restaurants for Celebration

I am celebrating a few things with my fiancée Saturday night. We want something special and celebratory and have a reservation at the Modern’s Bar room. We would love to do the main dining room or something like Gramercy Tavern, but we want to keep the costs closer to $200 with food and drink for both of us. Any other suggestions? I was thinking Craft but they are booked. Something like Perry Street would work too, but I just ate there.

We are open to food types, but would perfer to stay away from Japanese.

If we end up at the Bar Room, suggestions on what we should eat?

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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  1. We had a superb meal in the Bar Room last month. I would not hesistate to recommend any of the dishes we had. You can see them in this photo set:

    You might consider going to Aldea.

    Aldea photos:

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    1. re: RGR

      According to OpenTable, Aldea only has 6:30 and 9:30pm time left, so if it interests you (OP), then book ASAP.

      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    2. The Bar Room at the Modern is a fine choice, especially if you don't want to spend more than $200 total for two. On the One menu, I like the mushroom soup, liverwurst, iberico ham, and tuna tartare. On the Two menu, don't miss the slow poached farm egg (previously known as "egg in a jar"). On the Three menu, one of our perennial favorites is the roasted Long Island duck breast. Warning: it's not a huge portion but the flavors are fabulous. For dessert, my husband refuses to leave the restaurant without the beignets, but the cheesecake is also excellent.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Yeah, the Roasted Long Island Duck Breast is a small portion, but absolutely incredible. I make a point of getting it whenever I can. I also adore the Beignets. Eating them with the maple ice cream that accompany the dish was pure bliss. The Caramel Dome was also very good.

        1. re: kathryn

          I've had that duck breast a couple of times -- I guess it's one of their signatures. As you said, the portion size is rather small, but it's delicious as are the dipping sauce and apples that come with it.

          Photo of the Bar Room's Roasted L.I. Duck Breast:

          1. re: RGR

            Thanks everyone, the duck looks amazing. I have been down the block countless time, but never really looked at the Bar Room. Does it feel like an actual restaurant, or just a seperate bar space for the main dining room?

            Aldea could work too. hmm....

            31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: MWileyLach

              There's a bar with bar stools, a long banquette with seats, a corner that's more like a lounge, and proper freestanding tables for parties of 2, 4, and 6. It does feel like an actual restaurant. There are photos on their web site.