Museum dining: Culinary artistry in unexpected places
Cultural edification is no longer the only reason to visit your local museum, said Adam Erace in Bloomberg.com. Museum cafés are “undergoing a metamorphosis,” bringing in top chefs who earn crowds of their own. Corey Lee’s In Situ, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was named that city’s restaurant of the year for 2016, and these places suggest the movement has legs.
The Café CarnegiePittsburgh When the Carnegie Museum of Art recently overhauled its onsite eatery, it turned to an acclaimed local chef who’s been a lifelong museum regular. Sonja Finn, founder of Dinette, developed a dream lunch menu that includes a winter farro salad and roastedlamb sandwiches on house-baked Pullman loaves. 4400 Forbes Ave., (412) 622-3131
Flora BarNew York City The year-old Met Breuer, a showcase for contemporary art, offers visitors a dramatic dining space where the focus is on wine, chilled seafood, and salads. A creation of the team behind Estela, Flora Bar makes the Met Breuer “possibly the only museum in the world where you can uncork a 1992 Peter Lauer sparkling riesling to go with your shiso-flecked lobster crudo.” 945 Madison Ave., (646) 558-5383
Russ & DaughtersNew York City The Jewish Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is seeing lines every weekend now that it’s brought in an outpost of a legendary family-run downtown bagels-and-lox shop. The family’s smart, white-on-white café is worth a stop any day of the week for buckwheat varnishkes, “lush” smoked sable, and plump blintzes. 1109 5th Ave., (212) 475-4880