In New York on the first Saturday of the month? Head to the Brooklyn Museum’s late openings season to sip wine, appreciate the cultural standing of this Big Apple institution, and mix with the young, hip, culture-hungry patrons sure to be sharing the venue with you. When it’s not hosting fabulous late night events, the Brooklyn Museum also showcases world-class international art that has become a staple in the cultural diet of locals as well as new visitors.
A 30-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan will see you strolling five floors of Beaux Arts gorgeousness in a space bigger than Bloomingdales – there’s no shortage of creativity on show to pique your artistic interest. Not just a hangout for the hip crowd, kids love the Egyptian Mummy chamber, while more delicate tastes are catered to on the upper floors with a fine collection of decorative art galleries. A constant roster of contemporary, oft controversial temporary exhibitions also keeps the art lovers sated.
With fresh salads and sandwiches, and great daily specials, The Counter Café is a nice, casual brunch spot. They also offer a lovely selection of local beers and wines, alongside some good coffee and sweet treats – perfect for a little rest stop while you’re making your way around the museum.
Despite already receiving a Michelin star at their previous location, moving to the Brooklyn Museum has only improved Saul’s prestige, transforming this restaurant into a luxurious culinary -and cultural- destination. Here you can dine alongside abstract, geometric Paul Kelpe works and the fabulous décor they have inspired, as well as floor to ceiling windows that allow you to look upon the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection. All of this, behind plates of Dry Aged Squab and Charred Spanish Octopus, and elaborate cocktails created by mixologist Dan Carlson, makes for a great example of food following art.
This museum has a great little shop with books, catalogues, and other gift items relating to the collection, temporary exhibitions, and represented artists. The highlight here is perhaps its world-class print selection, for less expensive reproductions of contemporary masterpieces.
200 Eastern Parkway
00 1 718 638 5000
Wednesday 11.00 – 18.00
Thursday 11.00 – 22.00
Friday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
$ 12 (Suggested Contribution)
Subway: Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum (2, 3)