Restaurant review: The Modern (NYC)

We went to New York in late February because we so love tromping around the city when it’s 10 degrees outside. Truthfully, we went to show our exchange student some of the highlights of New York. We did manage to go to the top of the Empire State Building and stopped and saw the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 memorial (for about 3 nanoseconds each—it was freezing!).

Most importantly, we got to eat at one of our favorite restaurants in New York—the Modern, the Danny Meyer restaurant inside the Museum of Modern Art. Between the six of us dining there that night, we got to sample much of the menu:

For appetizers, we had the following:

Roasted pumpkin soup with candied hazelnuts and hazelnut sabayon

roasted pumpkin soup

roasted pumpkin soup

Lobster marinated with truffles with radishes and herbs

lobster with truffles

lobster with truffles

Branzino steamed in spinach with black trumpet mushrooms

branzino with spinach

branzino with spinach

Roasted beets and pear salad with sheep’s milk, rosemary, and oats

roasted beet & pear salad

roasted beet & pear salad

Tuna tartare cured in mustard with potatoes and egg

tuna tartare cured with mustard

tuna tartare cured with mustard

Foie gras with lemon

foie gras with lemon

foie gras with lemon

Sweet potato gnocchi covered in black truffles

sweet potato gnocchi

sweet potato gnocchi

My personal favorite was the tuna cured in mustard, but it was not a universal opinion (the foie gras received several votes as well).

For entrees, the choices were:

Turbot roasted on the bone with petits pois à la Française

roast turbot

roast turbot

Chicken stuffed with pistachios served with celeriac and foie gras

chicken stuffed with pistachios

chicken stuffed with pistachios

Duck en chartreuse with apple and green cabbage

duck en chartreuse

duck en chartreuse

Beef glazed with bone marrow

beef glazed with bone marrow

beef glazed with bone marrow

My favorite was the duck (but I’m biased, as my favorite is usually the duck). The chicken, even though it sounds pedestrian, was superb as well.

And, finally, for dessert (since we were obviously still starving):

Citrus Pavlova with crème fraîche mousse and Meyer lemon sorbet

citrus pavlova

citrus pavlova

Ricotta cannoli with Earl Grey sorbet

ricotta cannoli

ricotta cannoli

Nutella ice cream and hazelnut

nutella ice cream and hazelnuts

nutella ice cream and hazelnuts

Carrot cake with toasted coconut sorbet

carrot cake

carrot cake

A favorite dessert depends entirely on whether you are a chocolate or non-chocolate dessert person. The citrus pavlova was probably the best non-chocolate dessert that we ordered that night.

The Modern is located at 9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 (www.themodernnyc.com).

Full disclosure: we have a (very) small investment in The Modern, but delicious food is still delicious food!

 

 

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