Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kim's B-day lunch

I've wanted to go to The Modern for quite some time; but sometimes its hard to make that trek uptown. My sisters birthday was the perfect excuse to hop on the 4 train and head uptown to the MoMa. Unfortunately, I didn't get to visit the museum; but I can save that for a date. We ate in the Bar Room at The Modern, because we pursued a less fancy atmosphere then the Dining Room allowed. The Dining Room is an elegant space overlooking the sculpture garden offering a prix-fixe menu. The Bar Room is a more casual space although still pretty stunning. The Bar Room offers small plates of rustic, Alsatian cuisine. Gabriel Kreuther is the executive chef and overlooks food coming from both rooms. Chef Kreuther's vision and execution was brilliant and greatly impressed my family. Lunch at The Modern was incredible.

Here is what we had

Tarte Flambée Alsatian thin crust tart with crème fraîche, onion

and applewood-smoked bacon 14.

Warm Lamb and Goat Cheese Terrine with toasted pistachios

and watercress 16.

Spicy Steak Tartare with quail egg 16.

Grilled Diver Scallops with red pepper, corn, toasted almonds

and saffron-roasted garlic emulsion 22

Alsatian Buckwheat Späetzle with Yellowfin tuna paillard crudo,

roasted foie gras, pine nuts and black pepper gastrique 25.

Duck Confit à l’Orange with cauliflower and fingerling

potatoes 20.

Sepia risotto with Pancetta

But not only was the food excellent, but so was the service. From the front door to the presentation of our check, I found that the staff was so welcoming and professional. But Danny Meyer wouldn't have it any other way! I think its safe to say that The Modern is one of the best restaurants I've been to in awhile. I'd definitely suggest checking it out. Fellas---take a girl to the galleries at the MoMa then end your date in the Dining Room at The Modern. She will be impressed and probably take advantage of you for dessert. Just make sure you like her because this is not a cheap date!

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