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Jul 12, 2013 06:51 AM

The Modern Dining Room: Lunch vs. Dinner?

How does the experience in the main dining room at the Modern compare at lunch and dinner services? Would likely get the 4 course option either way.

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  1. Not sure what you mean by "experience" but the only difference I've ever discerned between the lunch and dinner services (aside from the menu/courses) is the clientele.

    At lunch there are more groups in full blown banker suits doing their "power lunches" whereas at dinner there are more tables where it's obvious people are on dates.

    Can't really go wrong either way (although I think there's something to be said about how the courtyard looks at night, all lit-up)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Not so much atmosphere, but more the service provided by the restaurant. Many places save specialties for dinner service, so the kinds of differences I'd be interested in include a difference in the number of amuses, variety or existence of the mignardises cart, bread service, etc.

      Not concerned with differences in portion sizes.

      1. re: justtryit

        The lunch we had there in March was wonderful, but instead of the mignardises cart we were served a few on a plate (I don't remember seeing the cart brought to other tables).
        A varied amuse also served on one plate, I think at dinner there are two.
        Dinner is full-bore with the mignardises. Bread service same at both.
        Lunch is more businessy and dinner more date-y, as ipse said.

        1. re: buttertart

          Bumping this because I've had lunch at the Modern twice and am considering it for pre-theater and had the same question. I have not seen the mignardises cart brought out at lunch but I know it exists! I've done Le Bernardin pre-theater and would like to try the Modern. Any opinions regarding what time the reservation should be for an 8pm show? I'm thinking we will do the 3 or 4 course option as opposed to the tasting. Many thanks in advance!

            1. re: pizzajunkie

              The Modern starts dinner service at 5:00 so grab a 5:00 rez and it gives you easily 2.5 hrs to eat with time to get to the theater without rushing.

      2. I've found them to be identical.

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