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The World's Most Beautiful Museum Restaurants and Cafés
Head to the museums for the art, but stay for the food at these 12 dining destinations.
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There are some excellent museum restaurants to be found in cities like New York, Rome, and London, in particular, where visitors can have fine dining to casual experiences and sample food that rival the exhibits. Here's a guide to some of the world's best.

The Modern at MoMA, New York City

The Modern at New York City's MoMA is part of famed restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, and it's received two Michelin stars. In the dining room, you can find a prix-fixe menu featuring dishes like slow-cooked sea bass in a watercress broth, and lobster steamed in spinach. While eating, don't forget to look outside—there are works by Matisse and Picasso in the sculpture garden. The bar room offers a more casual setting, while a 2,800-bottle wine cellar is available for the entire restaurant.

9 West 53rd Street, 212-333-1220

The Magazine at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London


London's The Magazine restaurant is striking in both appearance and cuisine, offering a truly impressive visual and culinary experience. It's located at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in central London. The restaurant's design, by Zaha Hadid Architects, features a flowing roof and skylights that allow natural light to permeate the dining area. Head Chef Emmanuel Eger has created dishes like Scottish salmon tartare, grilled octopus with chorizo, and a brown butter roasted monkfish with oak smoked lardons.

West Carriage Drive London W2, +44 20 7298 7552

Storico at the New York Historical Society, New York City

British chef Tim Kensett took the reins at Storico inside the New York Historical Society last year, and his focus on Italian cuisine provides a dining experience unlike anything else on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Kensett makes changes to the menu daily depending on what ingredients he has to work with, creating incredible dishes like a burnt flour orecchiette with fermented radish greens, and a delicious, crispy fried rabbit served with pickled peppers and lemon.

170 Central Park West, 212-485-9211

Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA, Los Angeles

Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA, located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, was named after film producer Ray Stark. The restaurant can be found behind Chris Burden's Urban Light installation and features outdoor seating, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, homemade pasta, and an extensive water menu. That's right—there are about 20 different types of water to be found here, along with a water sommelier who can help guide you through the list.

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5905 Wilshire Boulevard, 323-857-6180

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, Denver

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum has been around since 1997, and it claims to be one of the first chef-driven museum restaurants. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the museum's beautiful Hamilton Building, and the menu showcases modern American cooking. Dishes include a Colorado lamb burger, rock shrimp enchiladas, fresh soft egg ravioli with truffle butter, and a pork loin schnitzel.

100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 303-534-1455

Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Untitled is another Danny Meyer restaurant, where Chef Suzanne Cupps controls the kitchen at the recently relocated Whitney. The restaurant is open from breakfast through dinner, and it's won accolades for dishes like pork bolognese, the namesake Untitled burger, and a variety of brunch cocktails including the Gansevoort Shandy made with beer, Cappelletti, and lemon. The design is modern and impressive, with large glass windows overlooking a public plaza.

99 Gansevoort Street, 212-570-3670

Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago


Chef Tony Mantuano is well-known in Chicago for his fine-dining Italian eatery, Spiaggia. He's also responsible for the cuisine at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lunch can be had here every day, but dinner is served only on Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On that night, you can find dishes like cocoa pappardelle with lamb ragu, seared scallops with smoked celery root purée, and a smokey cioppino served with crispy fennel.

159 East Monroe Street, 312-443-8650

The Café Jacquemart-André at the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

The Café Jacquemart-André, a Parisian restaurant and tea room, is nestled inside the former dining room of the mansion where the museum is located. Come here after a visit to the museum for lunch or brunch, and definitely don't skip the acclaimed pastries from Pâtisserie Stohrer and Michel Fenet's Petite Marquise. In a whimsical touch, the menu varies based on what is being exhibited in the museum.

158 Boulevard Haussmann, +33 1 45 62 11 59

Halcyon at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Halcyon, located in Charlotte, North Carolina's Mint Museum (the oldest art museum in the state), is open only for lunch. The restaurant calls itself "a celebration of artisanal farms, dairies, and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond." In other words, Chef James Stouffer has assembled a menu featuring local ingredients that come together in dishes like fried oysters and Kobe beef tartare, scallop and pork belly served with local mushrooms, and a rabbit saddle with brown butter and sweet potato purée.

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500 South Tryon Street, 704-910-0865

Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City


The view from Robert, looking out over Central Park and Columbus Circle from atop the Museum of Arts and Design is stunning. The menu is fresh and vibrant, with dishes like octopus with clams and pearl onions, tagliatelle with black summer truffles, and Atlantic cod with a miso glaze. The cocktail list is impressive as well, with riffs on classics like the Mad Manhattan made with Woodford Reserve or a New York Sour with Michter's Rye and Malbec. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and tea service, and also frequently hosts live jazz performances.

2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7730

Caffé delle Arti at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome

Rome is home to endless amounts of good food and troves of beautiful art. The two come together perfectly at Caffé delle Arti at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. Stop in at this lovely space for an espresso, some fine Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine, or to sample the extensive Italian wine list. The restaurant is often very busy during weekend brunch hours, so plan accordingly.

Via Antonio Gramsci, 73, 00197, +39 06 3265 1236

Flora Bar at the Met Breuer, New York City


Chef Ignacio Mattos and restaurateur Thomas Carter brought the downtown NYC vibe of their other restaurants, Estela and Café Altro Paradiso, to the Met Breuer's Flora Bar when it opened in late 2016. The menu is seafood-focused, with dishes like lobster crudo, snow crab with yuzu mayonnaise, and an omelet with trout roe. There's also an excellent wine list and cocktails like the Son of Neptune, which combines Scotch with pineapple. Next door is Flora Coffee, where you can find light bites, pastries, and a full espresso bar all day long.

945 Madison Avenue, 646-558-5383

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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