New Restaurant to Open at The Met Breuer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that it will collaborate with restaurateur Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos, of the acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Estela, to launch a new restaurant in The Met Breuer next summer. Overseen by the critically-acclaimed team, Estela Breuer will provide a distinctively modern culinary experience that responds to the contemporary context of The Met Breuer and its iconic Marcel Breuer-designed building. The Met Breuer is set to become the new home for the Met’s expanding modern and contemporary program when it opens to the public on March 18, 2016.

Starting in Summer 2016, Estela Breuer will offer a menu that reflects the cooking Mattos has become known for – straightforward but carefully conceived food, ranging from contemporary interpretations of traditional fare to inventive new dishes meant for sharing. The restaurant will include a coffee bar that will be open during Museum hours, serving food and beverages to visitors in a casual environment. Like the restaurant, the coffee bar will present a unique culinary aesthetic in dialogue with the setting of The Met Breuer.

“Thomas and Ignacio’s reputation as two of New York’s most distinguished restaurateurs rests on their boldly inventive approach to classic cuisines, a sensibility that will harmonize perfectly with the spirit of contemporary innovation that defines The Met Breuer experience,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “We are delighted to partner with two of the most innovative culinary artists as we prepare to open an ambitious new chapter in the history of the Met’s modern and contemporary program.”

Details on the menu for Estela Breuer will be announced this spring. Prior to the restaurant’s opening, the Met will offer a pop-up coffee shop with food and beverage service for visitors to The Met Breuer.


About Estela

In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos opened Estela on Houston Street in the space that once housed the Knitting Factory music venue. With an expansive wine list and a bar serving cocktails late into every evening, Estela is a place that takes inspiration from the lively, dependable restaurants that Carter and Mattos love to visit around the world but that is also firmly rooted in downtown New York City. The same ethos will inform Estela Breuer, where the pair are bringing a new restaurant that responds to its location within the iconic Met Breuer building. In early 2016, they will open their second restaurant on Spring Street in SoHo called Café Altro Paradiso.