Boozy lunch at MoMA

On Wednesday, one of my oldest friends in New York, R, and I agreed to meet at The Musuem of Modern Art to check out the new Rain Room exhibition. We planned on getting there nice and early so that we could see the exhibit, walk around the museum a bit and then grab a boozy lunch at The Modern. When we got to the check-in desk, however, we were informed that there was already a four-hour wait to get into the Rain Room. Now I don’t know about you, but to me there is very little in life that is worth a four-hour wait in line. Okay, maybe if the line was for a new kidney or something, or a really really good cupcake…..

Anywho, we decided to pass, and instead took our time making our way through the various floors of the museum. Snaps of my favorite pieces on display are below.


Rene Magritte, The Empire of Light, II 1950 (See also my post on the Magritte Museum in Brussels here.)


Roy Lichtenstein, Girl with Ball 1961 (There is a ball in the actual piece, I just thought it looked better this way.)


Vija Celmins, Gun with Hand #1 1964


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Washington, D.C. 1957 (This stunning and moving piece was my favorite.)


Gino De Deminicis, No! 1981

While I enjoy much of modern art there are times when I really just don’t get it. For instance….


Richard Serra, Delineator 1974-75


Visitors were encouraged to step onto the Delineator piece. Behold my contribution to this important work.


Robert Morris, Untitled 1968. Or as I like to call this piece, “Really?”

Having made our way back to the first floor, we decided to enjoy a refreshment outside in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.


Even though the weather was horrid, with air so humid and thick you felt like you should be able to grab it and wring it out like a sponge, the garden was mostly empty and it was a nice reprieve after the crowds inside.


Perfectly chilled Rose. The “Before” shot.


Perfectly chilled Rose. The “After” shot. Totally my fault. And I hadn’t even started drinking yet.

FINALLY it was time for lunch at The Modern’s Bar Room. (The food here is really good. Highly recommend if you’re in Midtown and just want  a great lunch. Good spot for a business meeting too.)


The late 90s called. They want their Cosmo back. (Played but still deee-llllish!)

Tomato and Almond Gazpacho with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and basil oil. (R calls this the obligatory $15K watch food blog shot.)

Tuna Tarte

Upside Down Tuna Tarte with fennel, Japanese cucumber and aïoli.

Saffron Tagliatelle with cider braised rabbit, mousseron mushrooms, and kale.

Horseradish-Crusted Scottish Salmon with cabbage and Riesling.


Beignets with maple ice cream, caramel, and mango marmalade.

We got a chance to catch up, saw some amazing works of art, and stuffed our faces. Doesn’t get much better than that.


PS: Later that night I saw on my Instagram feed that Heidi Klum (don’t judge) had visited the Rain Room that very same day. I’m guessing she didn’t have to wait for four hours.

Categories: Random

6 replies

  1. 1. I fucking LOVE Magritte! (Sorry for the f-bomb, but I feel passionate about his work). It’s just about the one thing I miss about living in Brussels.

    2. You are so damn funny! I love reading your blog! 🙂

    3. That food looks goooooood…

  2. My God, the shots of that lunch makes me want to make a quick road trip for lunch! That looked incredible!

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