By Beatriz Tasso Fragoso, special contributor
I'm not a fan of staying in Midtown when I am in New York, but... I realize that's where most people like to stay. I get the question "where should I go for dinner?" all the time, and usually my answer includes The Modern, Danny Meyer's restaurant at the MoMA.
Can't go wrong! First, it faces MoMA's sculpture garden:
For those who don't know Meyer, he owns perennial successes like Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern.
The Modern is actually a two-in-one. The first half is a bar that serves food, louder and darker:
I prefer the other half, more serene, more space between tables, better view.
This is what I had at my last lunch:
a delicious salmon and dill amuse:
Then the nicely-priced prix fixe at US$ 48:
Oh-so-delicate sea bass:
Rosy and tender veal with watercress:
A pannacota-like dessert with candied bananas:
Then a baba in Grand Marnier instead of rum, and a nicely citrussy sabayon:
Stellar mignardises capped the meal:
And just as I thought lunch couldn't get any better, we got these beautiful chocolate bonbons:
The Modern: 9 West 53rd, near Fifth Ave., tel. (212) 333-1220