If you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or simply soar above the crowded midtown shopping, museum going and the general seeing of sights in New York I recommend Terrace 5 in the
MOMA as one of the best places to eat lunch in Manhattan. Tucked away in a quiet corer of the museum on the fifth floor it offers a complex view of the city through the filter of its architecturally sophisticated sight lines. Straight across are the layers of apartments and the museum’s exteriors. Below the sculpture garden and its quiet rectangles of water. Above, pure New York City sky in all its sooty glory.
“This tastes like the ’90s,” is how a guy next to described his meal (Only in New York would you hear that kind of description.) Whatever he meant, I found the food and setting to be a perfectly urbane mid-afternoon snack. I had the salmon on a bed of multi-colored tomatoes perfectly complemented by a glass of crisp New York State Riesling.
My very significant other with whom I shared a special day the year before had a perfectly formed quiche made of blue cheese and roasted cauliflower along with one of the cocktails named after artists — an addictive blend of Campari, vodka and citrus. Down below Henry Moore’s creations stayed fixed in place, but we had to go – tragically even before we could sample their dessert menu.
Downstairs we blended with the crowds of students, art aficionados, tourists and wanderers and became part of the city’s current of humanity. Upstairs, though, you’ll feel special.