My recent return to the The Bar Room at The Modern was yet another delightful meal at a place that continues to prove itself as a bastion of consistency and reliability among New York City restaurants. Most of my previous visits had been during Restaurant Weeks, but this average Saturday night wasn't much different. The expansive menu, which the restaurant puts forth as a collection of small plates, had some of the same dishes I had previously tried and loved, while introducing several new dishes that piqued my interest. On this evening, we were heavy on the seafood.
Although the restaurant recommends three dishes per person, it's definitely not necessary and if you order right, this won't seem like a small plates type of dinner. It's not cheap (first courses range from $12 - $26 on the high end for a couple of dishes with specialty items such as foie gras; second and third courses are $16 - $32), but it is quite flexible and you can customize it to meet your levels of hunger. The one drawback of the Bar Room is its energetic sound level, which can be jarring, but the food is so good you might be too busy eating for much conversation anyway.