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$26 lunch at MOMA - left hungry & had a hot dog on street

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$26 lunch at MOMA - left hungry & had a hot dog on street

Flynn | May 2, 2005 08:11 PM

Tried the 5th floor restaurant (not the fancy "Modern" one) at the Museum of Modern Art and all I can say is I won't be back.

Tables for two are squashed together and there is no more privacy than that in a school cafeteria. The wait staff is efficient and friendly but the size of the four lunch entrees I saw at various tables would not satiate a child's appetite. They were a small chicken salad, a sliced smoked salmon with creme fraiche, a vegetable plate and what I ordered - four slices of peppered sashimi style tuna with some greens. My tuna was $16 and for an additional $5 (tasting menu) I got a choice of dessert and coffee. I'm glad I ordered the 'tasting menu' because I really was starving. Additionally, the small menu doesn't really describe the entrees at all so one doesn't have an idea of what the food is like unless you quiz the wait staff and I felt the room was too crowded for that.

The desserts range from various ice creams in fancy glasses, to chocolate cakes to tarts and a pistachio pound cake. I would recommend to hounds that they go for desserts and coffee or the $10 cheese plate and a glass of wine but don't bother with lunch. You'll be sorry if you have an average appetite.

With the tax and 15% tip they added, the bill came to $26. I left the museum and headed to 54th Street & 5th Avenue and had a nice bratwurst at the Hallo Berlin street cart. Yum. so satisfying and reasonably priced.

I really don't mind paying for a good lunch but this is a ripoff. Small plates that should rightfully be called what they are - appetizers. Danny Meyer must be paying a very hefty rent to the MOMA to be so cheap with the portions.

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