NYC’s Best Museum Restaurants and Cafes

NYC’s Best Museum Restaurants and Cafes

Museums are popular attractions in NYC: museums on art, history, science, and almost every other subject. 

Recently, the NYC museums got their share of the global trends in the culinary scene with unique restaurants and cafes that have become attractions on their own.

Here we gathered the best museum restaurants and cafes that would make any NYC experience even more thrilling, no matter if you are a New Yorker or a visitor.

Café Sabarsky – Neue Galerie

Named after the co-founder of the Neue Galerie Serge Sabarsky, Café Sabarsky offers amazing Viennese vibes with its crispy Schnitzel, special Austrian torte varieties, and tasty coffee.

Sabarsky has an elegant decoration inspired by 19th-century Viennese cafes where intellectual gatherings used to take place. A Bösendorfer grand piano, used for the musical performances at the museum, complements the artsy atmosphere. The café is a must-visit for a visit to Europe for a couple of hours.

The Modern - the Museum of Modern Art

The Modern is a Michelin-starred restaurant touched by Danny Meyer’s hospitality team. The formal-looking restaurant offers a unique experience of contemporary American cuisine with artsy presentations. The menu is seasonal, but the welcoming staff is always ready to help.

The dining room is a bit hard to reserve, but the bar room provides a casual experience where you can snack from the a la carte menu. Just outside of the restaurant, there is MoMa’s sculpture garden to contribute to your unforgettable experience in the Modern.

Robert - the Museum of Arts and Design

Named after New York’s famous party organizer Robert Isabell, Robert is located on the ninth floor of the Museum of Arts and Design. Thanks to Robert’s location, the visitors can capture breathtaking views of Central Park and the Columbus Circle, especially from the tables next to the window.

The food offered by Robert is rich in flavor, noteworthy in presentation, and generous in portions. The creatively designed menu includes squid ink pasta with sea urchin and cream sauce and branzino with smashed Yukon gold potatoes. With a lovely atmosphere and fun interior design, Robert can host an amazing evening.

Tarallucci e Vino - Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Located on the ground floor of the historical and contemporary design museum on the Upper East Side, Tarallucci e Vino promises a lovely afternoon in the sun. In nice weather, visitors can take their meal outside to the beautiful Arthur Ross Garden with sculptures and trees.

Pastries and desserts are homemade, and tasty snacks include seasonal salads, chicken with blue cheese on greens, hot or cold sandwiches with fresh ingredients, as well as a variety of wines. This Italian-owned museum café is a green one: every glass, dish, and utensil is 100% sustainable or disposable.

Storico - New-York Historical Society

Seasonal Italian restaurant Storico is a star in the impressive building of New York's oldest museum. The restaurant's design is airy, light, and lively, with high shelves that display vintage dinnerware. The chef James Miller oversees the handcrafted plates of pasta and Venetian-inspired appetizers. Storico has an extensive wine list as well as a full bar with many other options. Visitors can complete their Italian experience with hazelnut gelato.

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