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Terrace 5

The Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019 40.760592 -73.976172
nr. Sixth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Cafes
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Official Website

momacafes.com

Hours

Fri, 11am-7:30pm, Sat-Mon and Wed-Thu, 11am-5pm; Tue, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

Prices

$11-$28

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Prix-Fixe
  • View

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

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Perched in an aerie high above MoMA’s sculpture garden, Terrace 5 is as clean and modern as the museum that hosts it. Color is banished from the room’s fittings, with blank white walls leading to a seasonal terrace. Architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s dramatic paneled overhang provides shade while a hodgepodge midtown skyline stands in for wall art. Arne Jacobsen flaring chairs, and iconographic Coke bottles reflect MoMA’s appreciation for design. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group serves a seasonal menu, the presentations almost works of art themselves. An autumnal squash dish comes smoky and sweet, with applewood-smoked bacon and pecans, topped by a tangled jungle of baby radish and arugula worthy of Henri Rousseau. Slow-roasted salmon is matched with thin-sliced fresh fennel and Granny Smith apples or baby beets. Many of the well-heeled patrons here skip the savories for coffee and dessert, however. The decadent MoMA sundae blends sorbets, coconut cheesecake, and a pineapple compote. The dense flourless chocolate cake is garnished with a milk chocolate sabayon. Unfortunately, the cumulative effect of so much modernism can be the same in the café as in the museum: It’s cold in here.

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You can’t eat here unless you’ve sprung for the full MoMA admission. The prevalence of Europeans among the patrons has inspired an automatic 15 percent gratuity added to every tab. Reservations aren’t taken; when the museum is crowded, lines can get long.

Recommended Dishes

Ice cream sundaes, $12

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