L. E. Daily Tips: Neue Galerie, NYC Restaurant Week, and Ristorante Morini

Highlights on this post:

  • The Neue Galerie
  • NYC Restaurant Week running from July 21st - August 15th
  • Ristorante Morini 

The Neue Galerie is located just around the corner of Ristorante Morini which is an amazing restaurant participating in NYC Restaurant Week. A great place for a bite before or after a trip to the Neue Galerie.

The Neue Galerie

Entrance into the Neue Galerie's Degenerate Art exhibit

This beautiful museum, located on the Museum Mile, is a true gem of NYC. Especially for those that are turned off by the size of large museums like the MET and The Louvre.

The Neue Galerie showcases early twentieth-century German and Austrian art in building which was originally the home of industrialist William Starr Miller. Built in 1914, the one time mansion opened its doors as the Neue Galerie in 2001.

The permanent collection of the museum features Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I and other works from Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and their contemporaries. A small, but extraordinary collection. The current exhibition, which was recently extended through Sept 1, is called "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937." This powerful exhibit focuses on the confiscation, infamous display, and destruction of modern art by the Nazis in the late 1930s. As well as the impact to the modern art community of that era. Read the full review of this exhibit in the NY Times here.

NYC Restaurant Week:

From July 21st - August 15th, 314 restaurants in NYC offer 3-course lunch and dinner menus for $25 and $38 respectively. This offer presents a brilliant time to get out for some amazing meals at affordable prices. And there are some really great restaurants on this list. Some of my favorites include: Perry Street, Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, five of Bobby Van's restaurants, Casa Mono, Dovetail, Esca, Fig & Olive, The Harrison, Lafayette, Lupa Osteria Romana, Mr Chow, and the list goes on and on. See the full list here.

Ristorante Morini:

I happened to stop by this lovely restaurant to grab lunch with my Mom before taking her to the Neue Galerie. We wanted to eat at the Café Sabarsky, which is located in the museum, but the wait was too long. Luckily for us, Ristorante Morini had a table available outside on Madison Avenue and they were offering their NYC Restaurant Week lunch menu. The food here is delicious, modern, and a very good deal considering the $25 3-course lunch offering. I started with calamari with mozzarella, charred lancinato kale, and olivada. Then, I had the pasta with rock shrimp, summer squash, basil, and cherry tomatoes. A perfect lunch for a sunny summer day. I finished off the meal with toasted vanilla meringue with lady finger, peach sorbetto, fior di latte gelato, and basil. If you haven't been, definitely worth a visit!