Opened after renovation in November 2004, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) became, for a while, one of the most popular places in the city. Perhaps it has taken museum dining to sophisticated new heights - from a utilitarian feeding function to a source of subtle soulful pleasures. The Modern still remains unparalleled among the world museum restaurants - with its design, taste and ambience. Especially in combination with a museum visitation itself.
The Modern is as perfect as a supermodel. Slender, with only natural textures - glass, wood, leather, metal. Moreover, a separate entrance allows savoring the restaurant's offer beyond museum hours. The first one is The Bar Room, dining and bar area, with a cuisine offered by its chef Gabriel Kreuther. It's an ideal wind-up to a couple of hours of art enjoyment. First things noticed by a proficient exhibition visitor are two walls - one adorned with wine bottles, the other - with the photographer's Thomas Demand's landscape. Speaking of the gastronomy, excellent are tuna tartar and The Modern cheese cake with fresh mango. A treat for your taste buds that makes any other desert later seem like a vague imitation. And the service! It appears that waiters, without loosing dignity, are able to guess any of your desires. It is a place, where time passes by unnoticed and is easy to spend a whole day there.
An exclusive part of the restaurant - The Dining Room - is much smaller and can be considered as a separate restaurant. Its biggest asset is the view on the Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, with Henry Moore's, Auguste Rodin's and Pablo Picasso's works among the others. Its atmosphere, in comparison with The Bar Room, is much subtler. And - for a place with tables spread in white - it is natural...it has special menu and adequate prices.
Museum of Modern Art
9, W 53rd street
Phone: 1 212 333 1220
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