A Taste of Art: Jacques Brasserie’s Top 3 Must-See Museums in NYC

New York City is considered to be one of the cultural hubs of America, with galleries and museums that are famous worldwide. Whether it’s a show on Broadway or a day spent visiting your favorite galleries, there’s always something to see. Top it off with a classic French meal before or after your explorations around the city.


From modern art, design, and history in NYC, our team at Jacques Brasserie has put together a list of the top three art museums to put on your itinerary.

A Blend of Culture & Cuisine

For those interested in getting to know the culture of the city – as with any place you visit, it makes sense to start with its cuisine. In terms of arts and culture, French cuisine is an ideal place to begin. At our brasserie in NYC, you can experience fine dining comfortably as you explore the best the area has to offer.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

If it’s a weekend, consider visiting Jacques for a leisurely brunch, then heading to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue, a little more than a ten-minute drive by taxi or a 15-minute ride on the train. This museum exhibits world-renowned artists, with new displays all the time. It includes works of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern French masterpieces, including works from Van Gogh and Monet.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Another Fifth Avenue must-see is The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum showcases works from up to 5000 years ago and plays a key role in the conservation of certain pieces and, thus, various cultural histories. Explore African, Asian, Ancient Eastern, Greek, and Roman art – and more.


Music lovers can browse preserved instruments to get an idea of where the music we listen to today originated from. There are also contemporary art displays for modern art fanatics. Make sure to visit their website often, as exhibitions and events can change.


If you’re looking for a nearby place to eat, our French brasserie is open for lunch on any day of the week. You’re welcome to walk in or make a booking for a meal before or after you visit your chosen museum.

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Just off Fifth Street is 86 Street, and it’s here that you’ll find the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. This is the only museum in NYC dedicated to art and design, both contemporary and historical. Situated in the Andrew Carnegie mansion in a beautiful public garden, the museum has up to 210,000 design objects spanning thirty centuries.


There are temporary exhibitions and permanent installations, with highlights including the interactive gallery like the Immersive Room, where you can explore Cooper Hewitt’s wallcoverings. Whether you’re interested in Art and Design, History and Culture, or Science and Nature, the museum has something for everyone.


Since the museum closes at 6 pm, consider visiting our brasserie for a French dinner to unwind after your day out. Browse our menu online to view our current specials and fine dining meals.

The Perfect Start or End to Your Day with Jacques

With its sites, scenes, and local culinary cuisine, New York is a global pot of culture that cannot be compared. Even locals can revel in all it has to offer. However, we recommend you plan ahead to make the most out of your day in the city. 


Be sure to check your go-to museum’s opening times and current exhibitions, and try to reserve your table at Jacques Brasserie in NYC in advance. He’ll be happy to recommend other local must-see sites over a glass of wine and your favorite French meal before or after your excursion.

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