9 NYC Museum Eating places to Dine at (or Skip)

Goya’s “Saturno” takes a break from his traditional snack to get pleasure from a soggy museum sandwich. (edit by Valentina Di Liscia/Hyperallergic)

Everyone knows the sensation of being two hours right into a museum go to and having our stomachs begin to grumble. And on the subject of re-energizing after gazing at seemingly infinite collections, New York Metropolis’s cultural establishments inform us to look no additional than what’s out there on their premises for a lightweight refreshment or a multiple-course meal.

We requested a few of NYC’s main museums to share their eating places’ menu highlights — and diligently combed by way of pages of on-line opinions — to convey you the within scoop on the place to snack, the place to sip, and most significantly, what to skip — from a complete menu conceived for The Met’s Tudors exhibition to an overpriced grilled cheese sandwich in Brooklyn.


The Robert on the Museum of Arts and Design

The Robert at MADD (picture courtesy the Robert Restaurant)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MADD) is proud to direct members and guests to the Robert, a contemporary American restaurant located on the highest ground overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. With a Google overview ranking increased than that of the museum itself, the Robert proudly affords lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails accompanied by reside piano that includes musicians booked by way of the tip of the month. Because it’s thought of a high quality eating expertise, the restaurant is tagged with three greenback indicators and guests should resign to the truth that the gin and tonic off the cocktail menu is $17.

Chef Armando Cortes described the Robert’s dishes as “seasonal fashionable American” as a result of his menu takes influences from around the globe whereas honoring the regionally sourced seasonal components. He advised Hyperallergic that the menu’s present highlights are the roasted acorn squash, the tuna tartare, the pork chop, and the black sea bass.

The Robert (robertnyc.com)
2 Columbus Circle, Midtown West

The Eatery and the Eating Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork

Museumgoers searching for choices already know that The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork is the place to be. The Met has a number of eating areas throughout the 4 flooring. Beginning with the least favourite: Anybody who has taken a faculty subject journey to The Met must be well-acquainted with the Eatery on the bottom ground. With the ambiance of a hospital cafeteria, the Eatery affords run-of-the-mill choices like pizza, soup, salads, sandwiches, and tender drinks. In line with diners, the standard of the expertise doesn’t line up with the value on the receipt. The Yelp and Google opinions inform all.

One among a number of unfavorable Google opinions of The Metropolitan Museum’s floor ground Eatery (all screenshots Rhea Nayyar/Hyperallergic)

Guests aiming for a extra subtle expertise can head to the fourth ground for The Met’s Eating Room. Initially a lunch-only spot, the Eating Room is introducing its Friday and Saturday dinner service beginning October 14. The inaugural four-course tasting menu, created by Govt Chef Invoice Telepan and his culinary staff, celebrates The Met’s new exhibition, The Tudors: Artwork and Majesty in Renaissance England. The menu includes a fashionable, playful twist on quintessential English delicacies. Those that aren’t impressed by the menu merchandise referred to as “Bubble and Squeak” can take a look at the Eating Room’s common seasonal tasting menu with choices for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-lovers alike.

The Eating Room on the fourth ground of The Met (picture courtesy Anthony Tahlier Images)

Moreover, people-watchers ought to rejoice now {that a} spokesperson for The Met confirmed that the Nice Corridor Balcony Bar and Cafe is about to reopen on October 27. Guests can as soon as once more benefit from the monumental view of The Met’s entranceway over some handy fast pick-me-ups and maybe a drink.

The Eatery and the Eating Room (metmuseum.org)
1000 Fifth Avenue, Higher East Facet

Café Sabarsky at Neue Galerie

There has at all times been a lot of buzz across the Neue Galerie’s iconic restaurant Café Sabarsky. Deliberately modeled after conventional Viennese espresso homes, Café Sabarsky commemorates Austria’s Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century aesthetic contributions by way of interval objects reminiscent of furnishings by Adolf Loos, lighting by Josef Hoffmann, and a Bösendorfer grand piano. Govt Chef Christopher Engel elaborated on Café Sabarsky’s intentions to Hyperallergic.

Café Sabarsky at Neue Galerie New York (photograph courtesy the museum)

“The idea of Café Sabarsky is all about Vienna 1900 to match the Gesamtkunstwerk idea of the Neue Galerie — in German, this phrase means ‘complete murals,’” Engels stated. The menu highlights seasonal specials reminiscent of crispy duck breast, Dover sole “Müllerin Artwork,” and throughout the vacation season, complete roasted goose. The Café can be well-known for its award-winning pastries, together with Wiener Apfelstrudel, Sachertorte, and far more.

Café Sabarsky (neuegalerie.org/cafesabarsky)
1048 Fifth Avenue, Higher East Facet

Mina’s at MoMA PS1

Throughout the river in Queens, the Museum of Trendy Artwork’s PS1 location invitations guests to dine at Mina’s, a Mediterranean-inspired café with a hand-picked number of Greek wines.

A number of the plates from Mina’s at MoMA PS1 (photograph courtesy Eva Cruz)

“We provide a number of pure Greek wines from totally different elements of mainland Greece. We chosen them partly as a result of sure — we’ve got a Greek restaurant — however as a result of pure wines from Greece are lesser recognized,” cafe namesake, chef, and creator Mina Stone advised Hyperallergic. “Now we have a retsina that may be very particular as it’s made the normal means, aged in pine barrels that impart the distinctive style of pine to the golden-colored wine.”

Concerning the must-haves on the menu proper now, Stone sang her praises of the tangy cabbage salad. The salad paired with a mezze of fava (cut up peas puréed with olive and lemon), heat fennel and golden raisin bread, and a glass of wine is “actually a terrific lunch or complete afternoon!”

Mina’s at the moment holds a 4.6-star ranking on Google opinions, however a single one-star criticism derides the institution for having a small menu with vegan choices reasonably than being a sit-down spot.

Mina’s NYC (minas.nyc)
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Lengthy Island Metropolis

Café Rebay on the Guggenheim Museum

Many people have dined on the Wright within the Guggenheim Museum previous to the onset of the pandemic. The restaurant was truly a pleasant pick-me-up once I visited the museum with my non-artsy household who didn’t actually take care of the exhibition on view on the time. Sadly, the restaurant was closed completely in 2021, and now we’re left with Café Rebay.

Hyperallergic Information Editor Valentina Di Liscia describes the café as “one of many saddest locations I’ve ever eaten at.”

Akash was light together with his criticisms however the star depend actually tells you what you could know.

Lots of the Yelp opinions echo this customer’s sentiments relating to the pricing versus high quality of the out there refreshments, however accomplish that with far much less grace. The chief complaints are that the espresso doesn’t style superb and the sandwiches are small, tasteless, and comparatively soggy for what individuals have paid out of comfort. When you have a second for a gripping Café Rebay overview trilogy, and even only a chortle from the sheer ardour behind the story, I might extremely suggest studying Marianne W.’s detailed retelling of her experiences.

Café Rebay (guggenheim.org)
 1070 Fifth Avenue, Higher East Facet

The Whitney Café and the Studio Bar at The Whitney Museum

With innumerable eating choices between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, The Whitney Museum of American Artwork probably needed to step up its recreation to draw the eye of hungry guests whose minds begin drifting from the displays. The Whitney Café is correct on the bottom ground to the proper of the ticketing space. Its menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups hovers at an inexpensive $15 and there’s restricted out of doors seating.

The Whitney Museum holds a 4.5-star ranking on Google opinions, and The Whitney Café is correct behind it at 4.3 stars. Not unhealthy, although reviewers say that their cafe expertise may be very hit and miss.

Apparently, it’s all or nothing right here.

On the eighth ground of The Whitney Museum is the Studio Bar. The lounge setting gives an indoor/out of doors expertise as guests have entry to the Thomas H. Lee Household Terrace for an unbeatable view of the New York Metropolis skyline. One can get pleasure from fairly priced cocktails (or exorbitantly priced beers) coupled with small plates whereas taking within the metropolis views or pondering in regards to the exhibitions or collections they’ve simply seen.

The Studio Bar, working each day from 12 to closing, has additionally yielded some blended opinions up to now. A Google reviewer named Lily, a frequent customer to the museum’s bar, stated she needed to wait 45 minutes for a plate of six cookies, which had been $24, by the way in which. To be truthful, who goes to a museum to eat cookies, anyway?

The Whitney Cafe and Studio Bar (whitney.org/go to/eating)
99 Gansevoort Road, Meatpacking District

Storico and Parliament at The New-York Historic Society

The New-York Historic Society has two choices for guests: a sit-down restaurant with seasonal however secure choices, and a espresso store with some hit-or-miss pastries. The final time he visited, Hyperallergic Senior Editor Hakim Bishara had a croissant that “was so stale it ought to have been a part of the museum’s assortment.”

Storico restaurant affords seasonal brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with desserts and cocktails in a brilliant surroundings with a lot of home windows and accents that I’m certain somebody would name “farmhouse stylish.” The choices are fairly normal, together with however not restricted to Caesar salads, Faroe Island salmon, mushroom pastas, and a rooster parmesan sandwich.

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The opinions on OpenTable are fairly complimentary, however everybody is aware of that Yelp and Google opinions are the place the masks comes off and the claws come out.

Like artwork, meals is subjective. Nevertheless, service isn’t.

At this level, I’ll spare you the opinions on the Parliament cafe … Simply know that the feelings about poor service bleed over there as effectively.

Storico (storicorestaurant.com)
170 Central Park West, Higher West Facet

The Norm on the Brooklyn Museum

Photos from the Instagram grid of posts tagged with “The Norm – Brooklyn Museum”

Alright, again throughout the East River we go. Guests are sure to work up an urge for food realizing that the Brooklyn Museum has 560,000 sq. toes to cowl. The Norm, funded by and named after late Brooklyn Museum Board member Norman Feinberg, says that their seasonal menu is impressed by the “cultural range in Brooklyn.” I’m not saying it’s a straightforward job representing the multicultural delicacies experiences of Brooklyn, however I feel the Norm has to perform a little bit higher than an $18 grilled cheese with New York white cheddar.

Essentially the most consultant meal of Brooklyn, the dry and unseasoned fried rooster sandwich. Word: BYOS (convey your individual salt).

The Norm (thenormbkm.com)
200 Japanese Parkway, Prospect Park

The Trendy on the MoMA

The eating room on the Trendy (picture courtesy Nathan Rawlinson by way of the Museum of Trendy Artwork)

Established in 2005, the Trendy on the Museum of Trendy Artwork has earned two Michelin stars as the top of high quality eating inside a cultural establishment. 4 greenback indicators are marked subsequent to the restaurant on Google, so come ready with a brand new line of credit score or just be rich sufficient for the $250 per particular person dinner expertise curated by Chef Thomas Allan.

To be truthful, the lunch menu is barely $150 per particular person. But when that additional $100 you saved is burning a gap in your pocket, you’ll be able to at all times add the white truffle tagliatelle. Regardless, evidently most individuals have had an overwhelmingly constructive expertise eating on the Trendy. Most reviewers throughout Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor laud the restaurant for its “creative” culinary excellence and distinctive service. However, even Michelin-star eating places have unhealthy days, too.

By way of Google Critiques

As winter approaches, typically you actually can’t beat the comfort of knocking out a museum go to and getting a elaborate meal in a single fell swoop. Simply know that at some locations, it truly is a roll of the cube.

The Trendy (themodernnyc.com)
9 West 53rd Road, Midtown

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