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The Modern - Suggestions?

epicdude17 Aug 16, 2012 04:21 PM

Hi, I'm heading into NYC next week for my birthday and have made reservations for The Modern.

Firstly, I unfortunately cannot bring a jacket, I called the restaurant and asked what their dress code was, to which they replied that they have no dress code. Would I look out of place if I wore a plain blue button-down shirt with khakis? I have looked at pictures of the place, and it is sort of mixed attire, some people with jackets, some people with dress shirts, even sweaters. I just don't want to look out of place.

If anyone has eaten there before, would you mind suggesting some dishes to me that you found to be enjoyable? I know the portions there are very small, but I don't really want anything that I can eat in one bite.

Thanks in advance!

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    thegforceny RE: epicdude17 Aug 16, 2012 04:38 PM

    You'll be fine in that attire - in either room. You need to specify if you are in Dining Room or Bar Room, as they have completely different menus. The former is 4 courses prix fixe or longer Chef's Tasting. (You can see these online.)

    Also, it's discussed often on this board so if you do a search {upper right corner} you'll find many reviews to read until your new thread gets populated.



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      epicdude17 RE: thegforceny Aug 16, 2012 04:52 PM

      I reserved on OpenTable for the dining room, that's taken care of. thanks for the advice!

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      epicdude17 RE: epicdude17 Aug 16, 2012 06:20 PM

      Can anyone tell me what they think about RGR saying that everyone wore jackets and that jackets were required? On OpenTable it says Smart Casual, and everywhere else it says smart casual.

      Does it depend where you're seated?

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        kathryn RE: epicdude17 Aug 16, 2012 07:31 PM

        The Modern's Dining Room is now business casual, as they did away with the jacket requirement about a year, year and a half ago. On their OpenTable page it says Business Casual.


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          calf RE: epicdude17 Aug 16, 2012 10:46 PM

          I wore a jacket and they treated me just okay. The young lady diner at the window paid me more attention than some of the staff. Skip the jacket.

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            epicdude17 RE: calf Aug 17, 2012 10:13 AM

            Okay, thanks! I'm really pumped for my first 'fine dining' experience!

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              jon RE: epicdude17 Aug 17, 2012 10:19 AM

              the modern dining room is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. make sure to get one of their awesome cocktails. also, the sturgeon tart is awesome. enjoy.

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                Spiritchaser RE: epicdude17 Aug 17, 2012 10:36 AM

                If you are dining alone or with just one other person request the two top table in the center along the glass wall looking out onto the sculpture garden, quietest table in the dining room. Also, if you like cocktails (or beer, or wine) ask if you can have a pre-dinner drink out on the terrace, it's really incredible if the weather is nice and next week is forecast to be just that.

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                  thegforceny RE: Spiritchaser Aug 17, 2012 10:39 AM

                  I think he's like 16.

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                    epicdude17 RE: Spiritchaser Aug 17, 2012 10:51 AM

                    Thanks for the advice, but gforceny is right, I'm just 16!

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                      Cheeryvisage RE: epicdude17 Aug 17, 2012 11:02 AM

                      I don't know if you like sweet and tart drinks, but the Lychee Puree & Soda is my favorite non-alcoholic drink at The Modern. I highly recommend it. You can still enjoy a (non-alcoholic) drink on the terrace. :)

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                        epicdude17 RE: Cheeryvisage Aug 17, 2012 12:01 PM

                        Truly I'm not going there for the drinks, but I think I might try the Lychee soda! Sounds like a good choice.

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                        Spiritchaser RE: epicdude17 Aug 17, 2012 11:04 AM


                        But on second thought, maybe this would be a real nice thing to do with/for your Mom. As Cheeryvisage wrote, you could have one of theie incredible non-alcholic drinks.

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                          DaisyM RE: Spiritchaser Aug 22, 2012 01:43 PM

                          I'm really excited for you! Hope you will report back.

              2. rednyellow RE: epicdude17 Aug 28, 2012 11:25 PM

                FWIW, First, great to see a young man caring and interested in these issues. There are plenty of great restaurants that dont require a jacket but you'd still want to dress well in. As a rule, if you wear fashionable or classic clothing in great condition and carry yourself with confidence, odds are you'll be treated fine, welcomed. Don't ever be intimidated. Ask when unsure. Thats why they are there and anyone who makes you feel any less for asking a question at a restaurant about policy or menu or gives you grief about your good cloths, isn't worth your $$$$s. remember, you're the customer.

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