As a culinary complement to the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhbition Pierre Cardin : Future Fashion, the museum’s full-service restaurant has been transformed into the legendary Maxim’s de Paris, and is offering fine French dining at affordable prices.
The Norm is now Maxim’s at The Norm, as a salute to the legendary restaurant Cardin has owned since 1981.
Maxim’s de Paris is an Art Nouveau masterpiece which has been both the world’s most famous restaurant and the most expensive. It is also a designated French historical monument.
Today through Jan. 5, while the Cardin exhibit is at the Brooklyn Museum, Maxim’s at The Norm is offering a French-forward a la carte menu along with a prix fixe option of dishes inspired by Maxim’s de Paris’s cookbook, Chez Maxim.
At $45, it is one the city’s most accessibly priced French prix fixe menus, and just $3 more than the NYC Restaurant Week deals now underway.
And the $45 deal continues through January, while NYC Restaurant Week deals is only through Aug. 16.
The restaurant at the Brooklyn Museum seats 80 inside, in the air conditioning, and another 30 on a terrace overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden.
The Museum Exhibit
Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion features more than 170 pieces dating from the 1950s to today—including haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, furniture, and more—showcasing the legendary French designer’s diverse innovative work and illustrating how his “bold, futuristic aesthetic” has influenced design over the years.
Maxim’s at The Norm
The Norm’s ceiling has been painted Maxim’s de Paris’s signature deep burgundy, while the bar now boasts the gold that is such a distinctive part of Maxim’s globally recognized logo.
One wall provides glimpses of the art nouveau masterpiece that is the interior of the restaurant which opened in 1893, while another has been re-fashioned as Maxim’s famed exterior on Paris’s Rue Royale.
What to Eat at Maxim’s at the Norm
Saul Bolton, The Norm’s executive chef and Andy Mejias, the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, have designed the menu to honor French cuisine in general and Maxim’s in particular, with both à la carte and prix fixe options. It includes such French classics as Steak Frites and Marquise de Chocolat.
The $45 three-course prix fixe highlights contemporary versions of dishes from the Maxim’s de Paris cookbook, Chez Maxim including:
- Salade Lyonnaise – seasonal greens, bacon lardons, croutons, poached egg;
- Poulet Rôti aux Pêches – roast chicken, grilled peaches, baby arugula, chimichurri sauce;
- Coquilles Saint-Jacques – pan seared scallops, oyster mushrooms, artichokes, escarole, white wine sauce;
- Profiteroles – vanilla ice cream, praline, warm chocolate sauce.
Because classic French cuisine is so rooted in farm-fresh local ingredients purchased almost daily at regional markets, the menu will change seasonally, reflecting seasonal products.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, they’ll be shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan.
On Saturday, they will be shopping at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza market.
What to Drink at Maxim’s at The Norm
Cocktails inspired by the life of Pierre Cardin – who is 97 and still active with his fashion, licensing and restaurant empire – were created by Loriana Sanabria. They include:
- Le Costumier, or The Costume Maker (champagne, St. Germain, gin, lemon juice, hibiscus lime syrup), which is a reference to Cardin’s penchant for designing costumes and masks for the theater.
- The Cylindre (cognac, absinthe, pomegranate jelly, lime juice, hibiscus lime syrup), named after Cardin’s men’s collection,
- The Tailor’s White Sangria (white grape juice, pomegranate vodka, Triple Sec, simple syrup, honey, pinot grigio), among others. The sangria is a nod to the 1950 hiring of Cardin by Christian Dior as a tailor for the House of Dior.
Maxim’s at The Norm will pop-up at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday thru Sunday at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Access is through the main lobby or via doors overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden, next to the parking lot.
There is no museum admission fee to access the restaurant.