Flora Bar and Coffee Opens at Met Breuer

Flora Bar, created by restaurateur Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos—the team behind Manhattan restaurants Estela and Café Altro Paradiso—is now open at the Met Bruer at 945 Madison Ave.

The newly designed restaurant brings the downtown culture of those projects to architect Marcel Breuer’s iconic Upper East Side building. Guests can enjoy a sit-down dinner or a cocktail and a casual meal at the new Flora Bar. Set on the lower level of The Met Breuer, and with a seating capacity of 74, Flora Bar operates as a full-service restaurant Tuesdays through Sundays (Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30–11pm; Friday and Saturday, 5:30–11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 5:30–11 p.m.) and will open for lunch in the future. Guests can access the restaurant through the Museum both during and after its public hours; there is also a dedicated entrance on 75th Street.

“We are proud to introduce Thomas and Ignacio’s contemporary culinary magic to The Met Breuer and New York City’s Upper East Side, for our visitors and the public to enjoy,” said Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Their singular style will provide the perfect complement to The Met Breuer’s unique architectural setting and its innovative program around modern and contemporary art.”

With Flora Bar, Mattos brings uptown the inventive culinary identity he cultivated at Estela. The menu has an emphasis on seafood and draws from local and European influences. The robust beverage program showcases celebrated winemakers, as well as hyperlocal Old and New World finds. It also reflects the team’s continuing effort to select wines made by artisans, craftspeople, and farmers.

While the design of Flora Bar takes cues from Estela and Café Altro Paradiso, the team worked with architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners to design a space that honors the iconic modernist setting. Other key features include an expansive marble bar and custom stools designed by Steven Bukowski.

Adjacent to Flora Bar is Flora Coffee, where coffee, pastries, and takeaway sandwiches are available to Museum and neighborhood guests during daytime hours when the Museum is open: Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Featured coffees are from Parlor Coffee, an emerging coffee roasting company in Brooklyn, New York. Flora Coffee has counter service and additional seating.

Part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Breuer opened this past March and features modern and contemporary art. The suggested ticket price of $25 gives you same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.