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Explore the best restaurants at MoMA with this guide

The Museum of Modern Art has dining options as diverse as its art. This restaurant guide invites you to explore a variety of dining experiences that perfectly complement your artistic journey. From the vibrant Italian flavors of Cafe 2 to the refined dining at The Modern, indulge in diverse cuisines just steps away from iconic masterpieces.

MoMA restaurants

MoMA The Modern

The Modern

At The Modern, art takes center stage on your plate. Renowned Chef Bissell curates exquisite tasting menus, a symphony of seasonal flavors and artistic presentation. Each bite is a masterpiece, paired with breathtaking Central Park views from the 6th floor. Indulge in culinary innovation nestled amidst MoMA's treasures, an unforgettable experience for senses and soul.

Timings:

  • Lunch: Daily 11:30am – 2:00pm
  • Dinner: Monday–Saturday 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: 6th Floor
Price range: $60 to $100 (approx)
Menu/cuisine: Menu | Contemporary American

MoMA Cafe 2

Cafe 2

Cafe 2 is your MoMA pit stop for Italian-infused fuel. Inhale the vibrant atmosphere while grabbing a panini, fresh salad, or comforting soup. Pastries satisfy your sweet tooth, all at moderate prices. This casual haven is perfect for a quick lunch or coffee break between exploring iconic masterpieces. Refuel, recharge, and get back to your artistic journey!

Timings:

  • Daily: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 2nd floor
Price range: $30 to $70 (approx)
Menu/cuisine: Menu | Contemporary Italian

MoMA Terrace Cafe

Carroll and Milton Petrie Terrace Cafe

Escape to the open air at the Carroll and Milton Petrie Terrace Cafe! Imagine yourself basking in the sunshine, savoring seasonal salads, artisanal sandwiches, or wood-fired pizzas. Breathe in the vibrant atmosphere as you admire the iconic Chrysler Building standing tall against the city skyline. This al fresco haven offers a delightful oasis to rest, refuel, and soak in the urban panorama.

Timings:

  • Daily: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 6th floor
Price range: $40 to $80 (approx)
Menu/cuisine: Menu | Italian

MoMA Espresso Bar

Espresso Bar

Need a quick pick-me-up to power your art adventure? Dive into Espresso Bar! This MoMA gem offers your caffeine fix in classic style. Aromatic espressos, smooth coffees, and delectable pastries await. Grab a light sandwich for a satisfying bite. Refuel in a casual setting, then dive back into MoMA's artistic wonders.

Timings:

  • Sunday–Friday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
  • First Friday of each month (UNIQLO NYC Nights), 10:30am – 7:00pm

Location: 2nd floor
Price range: $15 to $30 (approx)
Menu/cuisine: Menu | Assorted Beverages

MoMA Garden Bar

Garden Bar

Nestled within the tranquility of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the Garden Bar offers a seasonal escape for thirsty art enthusiasts. Imagine sipping handcrafted cocktails, refreshing wines, or chilled beers under the shade of towering trees, surrounded by iconic sculptures. The open-air atmosphere invites relaxation, allowing you to unwind and delve into artistic inspiration amongst the greenery.

Timings:

  • Depending on the weather, it is only open during certain seasons.

    Location: Outdoor oasis within the Sculpture Garden



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Frequently asked questions about the MoMA restaurants

Are there any restaurants at the MoMA?

Yes, MoMA offers diverse dining options, from Michelin-starred ‘The Modern’ to casual cafes like Espresso Bar.

How many restaurants are there at the Museum of Modern Art?

There are four main restaurants and cafes at the MoMA, plus a seasonal bar in the Sculpture Garden.

Can I drink at the Museum of Modern Art?

Yes, all restaurants and cafes offer beverages, and The Bar Room at The Modern specializes in cocktails, wines, and beers. You can also go to the Espresso Bar for other beverages.

Where can I eat at the Museum of Modern Art?

You can choose from the sleek The Modern to the casual Cafe 2 or the outdoor Terrace Cafe. Check the website for the menu.

How much does it cost to eat at the Museum of Modern Art?

You can spend anywhere between $15 to $100 on food and drinks depending on where you choose to visit. The Modern is the place to go if you have a higher budget whereas Cafe 2 is the place for you if you are looking to eat on a lower budget.

Which is the best budget-friendly MoMA restaurant?

Cafe 2 and Espresso Bar offer sandwiches, salads, and pastries at moderate prices.

Which cuisines are available at the MoMA restaurants?

From contemporary American cuisine at The Modern to Italian-inspired fare at Cafe 2, MoMA caters to diverse tastes.

Which is the best MoMA restaurant?

The "best" depends on your preferences. The Modern offers a Michelin-starred experience, while Terrace Cafe boasts the view and al fresco dining.

What are the opening hours of the MoMA restaurants?

The opening hours vary by restaurant. The first eatery to open is the Espresso Bar, which can be visited starting from 10:30am. The last restaurant to remain open is The Modern, which closes at 9pm.

Is dining at any of the MoMA restaurants worth it?

If you value convenience, ambiance, and diverse options, MoMA's restaurants can enhance your museum experience. Consider your budget and preferences when deciding.