Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brooklyn Museum Cafe 02-17-2013

Location: 200 Eastern Pkwy
Time: 12:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

Feelings: Usually you can't expect too much from museum cafes. But yes, you can definitely expect a lot more in certain areas of Brooklyn. What I learned as a five year Cobble Hill resident and 2.5 years with a child is this: Don't mess with powerful Brooklyn parents. I am often afraid of them. Brooklyn parents would not let the museums or parks nearby serve some undesirable, un-locally sourced food. And they all must serve gourmet coffee, beer and wine. And the decor must incorporate Scandinavian minimalism with Helvetica fonts.

The Terrace Cafe at Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a good example of this. To follow the new standard, Brooklyn Museum also recently updated their cafe. Coffee and espresso by Illy, wine and Brooklyn lager; plenty of kid's meals, specialty sandwiches, soup, salads and pizza as well as gourmet soup-- all can be found here on their first floor. Locally sourced food is of course served when possible. From the seating area, you have the great views of Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden and Williamsburg Murals.

The vegetable stromboli we shared was beyond what I had originally expected. It had generous amount of well cooked kale and cheese along with flavorful tomatoes. The outer dough was perfectly thin and crispy. What a perfect treat before you head down to check out El Anatsui and the mummy exhibitions! The museum does not allow outside food, but who needs it when excellent food and drinks are already available?

It is too bad they don't serve their delicious food on Wedgwood, however. As we passed their Wedgwood exhibition, CK shouted, "I want this!" "Yeah CK," I responded. "Me too."

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