Discover New York Museum Dining

New York is home to some of the best museums in the world – and now dining in some New York City museum restaurants is a world-class experience on its own! Read on for suggestions for museum dining New York that’s as masterful as the art on the walls! (A warning: fine dining at many of these New York museum restaurants doesn’t come cheap, so keep that in mind when making your plans.)

The Modern MOMAOne well-known New York City museum restaurant is the Modern, appropriately at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). You can enter either through the museum (11 West 53rd Street) or from the street – once inside you’ll be treated to a view of the sculpture garden while enjoying your meal. Prices can be high, so if you’re looking for a quick museum dining New York experience in order to spend more time on the art, go instead to MoMA’s second floor café, which has a more reasonably-priced menu – and where artworks from the museum collection are on rotating display.

If you’re downtown and craving a unique art and food experience, check out the Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues), which is dedicated to art of Himalayan Asia. Serai is this New York City museum’s restaurant, and it offers regional food that complements the art on display. An added bonus: museum entry is free on Friday evenings, so you can enjoy museum dining New York and stroll the galleries at the same time!

Another downtown destination for New York museum dining is the New Museum (235 Bowery), which features contemporary art on its walls and seasonal, locally grown, organic food, coffees and pastries at the lobby level Birdbath, founded by the proprietor of the renowned City Bakery. In keeping with the sustainable agenda of this New York museum restaurant, the stools are constructed from scraps of hardwood sources at local wood shops and the tables are made from recycled steel and aluminum.

Want to enjoy your New York museum dining with a view? Try the contemporary American menu – with Mediterranean influences for added flair – at ROBERT, located on top of the Museum of Arts and Design on the ninth floor at 2 Columbus Circle. An added bonus: there’s jazz music in the background every night during dinner and a jazz brunch on Sundays. (If the menu prices are too high for your budget, visit the lounge of this New York Museum restaurant for drinks – you’ll still get the same great view!)

Guggenheim Museum DiningThe Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue) named its posh eatery the Wright, in honor of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the Guggenheim. The restaurant’s swirls of white that evoke the circling ramp of the museum’s interior, this New York City museum restaurant offers upscale lunch and Sunday brunch.