The iconic century-old family-owned smoked fish and appetizer store on the Lower East Side operates a sit-down cafe and take-out counter on lower level of the Jewish Museum, on Museum Mile, the first certified kosher location of the century-old bagels-and-lox landmark.
The menu includes such Jewish soul food as knishes, mushroom barley soup, pickled herring, blintzes and chocolate babka French toast with sour cream and berries. The deli-like design references the flagship shop on E. Houston Street, and museum admission is not required to ess, kindlach.
NYC’s other major Jewish museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in Lower Manhattan, has a similar bagels-and-lox and sweets cafe, called, simply, Lox Cafe, which also serves in-house cured salmon several ways, including Pastrami-style, wasabi, ginger, sake, soy infused and double-smoked. Also, for some unknown reason, you can also get a tunafish sandwich.
The small cafe has bistro-size tables, but larger ones, large enough for groups, are set in the museum lobby, just outside the restaurant.
This elegant restaurant overlooking MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, holds two Michelin stars and four James Beard Awards for its inventive, contemporary and refined French/New American cuisine.
As befits a restaurant attached to MoMa, the setting is airy and minimalistic, to focus on the food inside and artwork view outside the floor-to-ceiling windows (you’ll have to request a table with a view). The Modern was founded by hospitality genius Danny Meyer, so the emphasis also is on seamless service, and one of his group’s fine dining destinations with a no tipping policy.
The menu changes seasonally and there’s an award-winning wine list. What does not change is the splurge-level, special occasion pricing.
The Modern welcomes reservations up to 28 days in advance.