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.