Party Earth Review In a city dominated by towering steel and buzzing neon, the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a welcome cultural escape from the hard-edged bustle of New York. Museum patrons and couples... ... read full review
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10028
4, 5, 6: 86th Street-Lexington Avenue
Su, Tu–Th 10am–4:30pm, F–Sa 10am–8pm
Martini Bar: F–Sa 5:30–8pm (May through late fall, weather permitting)
Upper East Side, New York –
In a city dominated by towering steel and buzzing neon, the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a welcome cultural escape from the hard-edged bustle of New York.
Museum patrons and couples in need of refreshment can head through the South Wing and take an elevator to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, where they’ll be greeted by a spacious terrace complete with a breathtaking view of Central Park and intellectual twenty-somethings sipping chardonnay from the small but busy café bar.
Rotating installations ranging from Rodin to Jeff Koons to towering bamboo structures act as conversation pieces for tired museum-goers content to lounge around the unique rooftop discussing art, making plans for the night, and pondering the sunset over the city skyline.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the additional Martini Bar opens to add a sense of cosmopolitan class to the already artsy outdoor space.
Open only in the warmer months, The Roof Garden Café may not be a year-round destination, but it is an elegant place for creative individuals and young couples checking out the Met to stop for relaxing, early summer evening drinks in a stunning environment.
International travelers, young professionals, and museum patrons of all ages.
Rotating art exhibits.
Limited sandwich and snack menu. Martini Bar on Fridays and Saturdays 5:30–8pm.
Suggested museum entry $20. Sandwiches $9, snacks $2.50+. Beer $8, wine $11, cocktails $12, non-alcoholic beverages $2.50+.
Casual: khakis, polo shirts, sundresses, sandals, t-shirts, jeans.
Any nice day the museum is open for the café, and Fridays and Saturdays for the Martini Bar.
The museum sits right on Central Park.