NYC Dining: Terrace 5

November 30, 2008

Terrace 5 Cafe
11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497
Museum of Modern Art, NYC

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My parents had arrived Thanksgiving weekend from Florida to spend some time in the city with their friends, see a Broadway show, and of course, to spend some time with us. We decided to spend the Saturday afternoon at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, in particular to see the Van Gogh and Joan Miro exhibits currently being displayed.

The issue of course came up of where to go for lunch. Naturally, of course, I suggested THE MODERN, Danny Meyer‘s exquisite fine dining flagship restaurant, commanded by Alsatian chef Gabriel Kreuther. My parents, who are recently retired, and frugally minded given the current economy, didn’t want us to put ourselves out. So I decided that perhaps it was time to try one of the two cafes in the MoMA itself — Terrace 5, which is also run by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

We chose Terrace 5 because of the two cafes, it had table service and there was going to be 5 of us, and offered a 3-course prix fixe lunch menu for $27.00 per person. However, if you’re a single diner and want even more casual dining, Cafe 2 on the 2nd floor, which incidentally is right next to the Van Gogh exhibit, is also an excellent choice.

Terrace 5 Cafe, Museum of Modern Art, NYC by you.

Terrace 5, on the fifth floor of the Museum of Modern Art, overlooks the galleries and an interactive multimedia “couch” with a video wall and soothing electronic mood music.

Terrace 5 Cafe, Museum of Modern Art, NYC by you.

Terrace 5 has a very minimalist but bright and modern European decor, not unlike the main dining room at THE MODERN.

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