A day at the museum often results in a mid-browse dining break. For those interested in elevating their cuisine to the level of their art, we’ve pulled together some NYC museums that feature restaurants with menus as formidable as their aesthetic fare.
If you’re seeking a restaurant that matches its respective museum when it comes to accolades, The Modern at MoMA fits the bill. Boasting two Michelin stars, a three-star review from The New York Times and four James Beard Awards, Abram Bissell’s contemporary restaurant offers a view of the museum’s sculpture garden and elevated takes on comfort fare like crispy Long Island duck with gingered gala apple and red cabbage and gently seared prawns with grapefruit confit and pickled black radish. 9 W. 53rd St., 212-333-1220
Chef Tim Kensett’s Storico is an Italian restaurant nestled within the New York Historical Society that features local produce and the simple yet strategic preparation for which the culture has become known. The brightly lit room is decorated with Victorian-style woodwork, golden chandeliers that hang from 15-foot tall ceilings, and even 19th-century china sourced from the museum’s collection. Stop in for brunch, lunch, or dinner and sample items ranging from buckwheat and ricotta pancakes to tagliatelle e fagioli. Top it all off with an impressive wine list for the ultimate Italian meal. 170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400
Untitled is recognized not only for its delicious cuisine by chef Suzanne Cupps, but its incomparable design. The award-winning industrial-themed interiors within the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Renzo Piano-designed building most prominently feature an eye-catching glass façade. Menu items reflect a contemporary American theme, from lighter dishes like broccoli toast and fluke ceviche to heartier options like grilled arctic char and a signature burger. 99 Gansevoort St., 212-570-3670
Following 102 years serving as a city institution on the Lower East Side, Russ & Daughters opened an equally as revered location at the Jewish Museum. Renowned for its bagels and bialys, smoked fish, knishes, herring, babka, and more, the city favorite serves hungry museum-goers authentic cuisine that perfectly aligns with their cultural experience. 1109 Fifth Ave., 212-475-4880 ext. 3
Drawing its name from Neue Galerie’s co-founder, Serge Sabarsky, this artistic cafe is inspired by eateries in Vienna and adorned with vintage accoutrements and a Bösendorfer grand piano that’s used for performances at the museum. From elegant sweets like wiener eiskaffee (chilled coffee with vanilla ice cream) and sachertorte (classic Viennese dark chocolate cake) to more hearty, authentically Viennese dishes like bratwurst mit sauerkraut and rösterdäpfel (roasted bratwurst with riesling sauerkraut). 1048 Fifth Ave., 212-288-0665
The ever-trendy MoMA PS1 sports an even swankier dining option—M. Wells Dinette. The restaurant is ideal for either a classy lazy lunch or a thematic dinner for the museum’s endless array of events. The venue, which mimics a classic cafeteria, is outfitted with narrow wooden tables, classroom-reminiscent chairs, and even chalkboards. Nosh on upgraded plates like blue crab salad with citrus, dill, and toasted bread and pork boulettes with smashed potatoes and maitake gravy—a far cry from the lunchroom fare of old. 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, 718-786-1800