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New great places to grab dinner

“Let’s get dinner together. The five of us. Next week. To catch up. I’ll make a reservation”.

Unless you’re in the middle of an exhibit, museums are probably the last thing on your mind. Either you have a go-to restaurant you know will accommodate your little get-together, or you ask around for suggestions or start googling ‘hip restaurants in (insert city here)’. Force of habit right…?

Well it’s time to throw museums in the mix! From Paris, to London, New York and elsewhere, the new thing is fine dining alongside fine art. Museums now offer some awesome food in very cool settings. Overlooking Central Park at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, looking out over all of London at the Tate, or on the roof of the Quai Branly Museum with the Eiffel Tower decorating your dessert, grabbing dinner at a museum looks and feels different than other restaurants.

Often tucked away in beautiful corners of the museum, these restaurants offer an atmosphere reflective of the institution and a cuisine worthy of its exhibitions. And in many cases you’ll go right from the galleries to your table, doubling your cultural i.v.!

Here are some ideas:

NEW YORK

Robert
Colorful and bubbly in the room as in the plate with a view on Columbus Circle and Central Park. It feels good and it feels young.

Untitled
High ceilings, open kitchen, large windows. It’s like sitting in a bubble in the middle of the downtown scene to savor the colorful menu.

The Modern
With a view of the sculpture garden and its two Michelin stars, this is an obvious one. The contemporary and sparse style leaves the best in your plate.

Flora Bar
Elegant space, majestic though a bit cold, and tapas like you’ve never had them before. The tab might be a bit salty but altogether it’s a sure thing.

The Norm
An international gastronomic trip surrounded by the museum’s masterpieces. You’ll think you’re dining in the vault.

PARIS

Le George
Metallic decor, waiters in black and white, a view to remember and a cuisine simple and sophisticated at the same time!

Le Frank
A relatively small space, cosy and arty with Gehry’s fish sculptures floating above your delicious meal.

Mini Palais
The food is good as is the atmosphere, but the best is summertime on the balcony alongside one of Paris’ most famous tree-lined avenues.

Loulou
Modern and warm especially with its tables in the middle of the Jardin des Tuileries, this restaurant is a must.

Les Ombres
A glass-walled restaurant on the roof overlooking the sparkling Eiffel Tower as you savor your meal. After a visit through the museum’s primitive art collection, it’s your return to Parisian elegance.

Le Café Marly 
An audacious menu, an exceptional view of the Pyramid, and a historical setting on the terrasse Napoleon III of the Louvre. Gotta see it to believe it.

LONDON

Parabola
Warm atmosphere overlooking both inside the museum and Holland Park outside.

The Keeper’s House
An intimate dinner or drinks at the bar, this place belongs at the Royal Academy. And weather-permitting, there’s always the garden.

The National Café
Half Parisian brasserie, half English tea room, it’s an old decor serving typically British food.

The Tate Restaurant
A lively atmosphere in a big open space, the food is simple and the view is spectacular if you’re lucky enough to be seated on the river.

Find dining options at destination museums around the world on culturaliv.com.

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