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MOMA Bar Room

Alexandra Halsey | Jun 11, 2005 12:42 AM

Had dinner at the MOMA Bar Room tonight. Our reservation for 5 people was at 8 p.m., but when we checked with the hostess she said they had us down for 8:30. We asked if there was anything available at 8, and she indicated that it was difficult b/c only certain tables could accommodate that many people.

So we went to the bar and had a drink. They have a good selection of beers, wines by the 3 oz. taste, glass, quartino, or bottle, and a list of specialty cocktails. I had a "Coming up Roses," which was Bacardi Raspberry, champagne, rosewater, and rosepetals. Interesting, and a fun summer drink.

Long story short, we didn't get seated until nearly 9, and my friends indicated that when they went to check on the status of our table they received a bit of attitude. Considering that we were essentially being seated an hour late, that seemed uncalled for. Oh--we did receive a free plate of grilled shrimp while we were waiting, but not sure why--there was no indication that it was to make up for the wait.

Once we were seated we were not impressed by our service at all--the waitress was not polished and barely professional (the bus staff seemed more together). When we were finally able to get our server to order drinks, she said something to the effect of, "are you ready to order everything now?" and we were, but it was off-putting.

The menu is three pages, the first two are appetizers, the third is described as "half-entrees." Our party of five ordered a bottle of wine, a beer, four apps, and five "entrees." I think the waitress was disappointed and said something to the effect that they were all app portions. Whatever. They were quite pricy ($14 for two diver scallops--is that standard?).

That being said, my food was quite good. I started with the sorrel soup with foie gras. The soup was not a cold one, but was not quite hot either. So I don't know what it was supposed to be, but I really wasn't bothered. It had a foam top and a generous portion of well-cooked foie gras (I assume it was well-cooked b/c it was delicious, but I have to admit I've never had it before!). For my second course I had braised pork cheeks and saurkraut, which was described as having a ginger jus (undetectable). I was happy that I couldn't taste any ginger b/c I was concerned about how those flavors would interact. The pork cheeks were delicious, the saurkraut a nice counterpoint but unremarkable. I finished with an espresso, which was average. The dessert list looked good, but in spite of my concern and the waitress's admonition I was quite full--probably b/c of the rich components of my meal.

The room is pretty, although it would be nice if they would allow even a small view of the garden from the "cheap seats" (the main dining room and its view are separated from the bar room by frosted glass).

All in all it wasn't the worst, but I doubt I would go back, and if so just for a drink at the bar.

Anybody have similar or better experiences here?

AH

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