Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the Met – is a world-leading institution and a first stop on any self-respecting culture lover’s map of the Big Apple. It’s two million square foot of space is filled with more than two million beautifully arranged artefacts that create a fascinating, fluid experience.
The Met’s mission is to encourage and develop the study of fine arts in New York – it’s safe to say that they continue to achieve this every day. The 17 different curatorial departments have hosted exhibits of every kind, not just concerning the Americas but also the arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, Greece and Egypt. The newly opened Egyptian and Middle Eastern wings have also proved particularly successful.
The European collection alone spans 700 years with 2,600 artworks in everything from textiles and glass to manuscripts and enamels.
The best approach to tackling the Met is to plan ahead, whether you’re embarking on a solo visit or bringing the whole family. There are numerous suggested itineraries to help you get an overall view or explore one area in particular.
This café/bar is our pick of the bunch. The elegant but warm and relaxing setting has a great glass wall, which boasts some of the city’s best daytime views of Central Park. You can enjoy a glass of imported wine with tapas-like bar snacks on Friday and Saturday evenings, a Sunday brunch, afternoon tea or a European à la carte lunch throughout the week
Tuesday – Thursday 09.30 – 16.30
Friday – Saturday 09.30 – 22.30
Sunday 09.30 – 16.30
Unfortunately this café/bar is only open throughout the summer months, but when it is open, it’s a wonderful experience. It has breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and Central Park, and we recommend spending an evening sampling their cocktails and snacks whilst rubbing shoulders with New York’s hippest.
Tuesday – Thursday 10.00 – 16.30
Friday – Saturday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 10.00 – 16.30
We highly recommend starting your evening here. Grab a glass of wine or a cocktail accompanied by a light snack, in the beautiful setting of the Great Hall. Your sophisticated evening drink will be complimented by the live classical music.
Friday – Saturday 16.00 – 20.30
Between these two eateries there is something for everyone. From kids to adults, sushi to soups, grill to sandwiches, lunch to dinner. The setting of the American Wing Café is perhaps more of an experience due to the sculptures and stained glass of the pavilion but both serve nice, quick, affordable food.
This shop is an attraction in itself. The highlight has got to be the high quality book and publication selection, and the table piled with discounted books. All of the items are perfectly chosen, and influenced by the museum’s historical art collection. The kids’ section is also fantastic, so no matter who you are or what you like, there’s enough here for anyone to spend a small fortune.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
00 1 212 535 7710
Tuesday – Thursday 09.30 – 17.30
Friday – Saturday 09.30 – 21.30
Sunday 09.30 – 17.30
$ 25 (Suggested Contribution)
Subway: 86th Street (4, 5, 6)