What’s a museum experience – however heady – without a suitably convenient spot to adjourn to for a bite? Happily, visitors to the newly minted Met Breuer in New York will never have to ask themselves such an existentially difficult gastronomic question.
With Flora Bar, restaurateur Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos are hoping some of the culinary magic they created at the perennially packed Estela on Houston Street, and Café Altro Paradiso on Spring Street will now rub off in the Upper East.
The interiors by architects Beyer Blinder Belle are a good start, taking full advantage of the light streaming through the high windows into the double-storey space that’s anchored by a marble bar and Steven Bukowski stools.
Though an adjoining Flora Coffee serves pastries and takeaway sandwiches, it’s all about the main dining room – accessed by a separate street entrance outside of museum hours – where Mattos and his executive chef Jake Nemmers orchestra an inventive menu that skates from kampachi crudo with plum and onion, and pepper streak to an artfully composed salad of purple endives and blue cheese.
An outdoor terrace allows for an opportunity to sit back and admire the elegant bulk of Marcel Breuer’s monolithic architecture, or to plot the next strike to the museum’s flawless collection of modern and contemporary art, including the current Paul Klee show which is open till the end of the year.