The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar

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The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar 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. New York United States 40.7791544 -73.962697
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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

  • Subway:

    4, 5, 6: 86th Street-Lexington Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-535-7710

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  • Hours:

    Su, Tu–Th 10am–4:30pm, F–Sa 10am–8pm
    Martini Bar: F–Sa 5:30–8pm (May through late fall, weather permitting)

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Without a doubt the best time to go is on a Friday or Saturday evening to take advantage of the Martini Bar and watch the sunset over Central Park – an absolutely spectacular view.

  • Crowd

    International travelers, young professionals, and museum patrons of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Rotating art exhibits.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited sandwich and snack menu. Martini Bar on Fridays and Saturdays 5:30–8pm.

  • Prices

    Suggested museum entry $20. Sandwiches $9, snacks $2.50+. Beer $8, wine $11, cocktails $12, non-alcoholic beverages $2.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: khakis, polo shirts, sundresses, sandals, t-shirts, jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any nice day the museum is open for the café, and Fridays and Saturdays for the Martini Bar.

  • Close By

    The museum sits right on Central Park.

The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Drunk of art
Alex J. Aug 26, 2013
If you are one of those who only can understand a Duchamp being drunk... this is your place! One of the most exclusive spots of New York for very little (the museum accepts donations everyday. I've seen how a man entered offering a quarter. Please, don't be so cheap!) Whereas you have to sell your kidneys to visit the Top of the Rock, you can be in the middle of Central Park with the ticket of the museum and enjoy some drinks. What else can you ask to a museum? It's specially recommendable at the sunset.
A Great Hidden Addition to the Museum
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
Until I read about this place on Party Earth I had no idea that this place existed. In fact since reading maps isn't exactly my forte, I had a hard time finding it even when I was already in the museum. Once I did find it however, the exhibit I got to see was awesome (at the time it was the large scale bamboo maze shown in the above pictures) and of course it's always nice to be able to drink in the museum. While the lines are long and the drinks aren't particularly cheap, this is one of those instances where you're paying for the experience and also paying for the view of Central Park which is absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn't go here every weekend, but it's one of those things I think everyone should check out once, and it's a great place to take out of town guests who want to see the museum anyway.
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