Whitney Gets No-Name Cafe
admin Feb. 15, 2011, 1:48 p.m.
The Danny Meyer restaurant opening in the Whitney Museum next month now has a (preciously post-modern) name: “Untitled.”
Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is re-imagining the former Sarabeth’s space as an all-day breakfast spot inspired, it says, by vintage Madison Avenue coffee shops. Chef Chris Bradley, late of Gramercy Tavern, will serve seasonal staples seven days a week, with dinner on Saturday and Sundays. On weekend dinners, Meyer, ever the cuisine-y control freak, will serve one menu to the table.
Bradley’s worked at Gramercy, Cafe Boulud and Auereole; Kevin Richer, formerly the General Manager of Tabla, (Meyer’s first and only major closure) will serve as general manger of the Whitney eatery at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. No hint yet on pricing, but with David Rockwell designing, it likely won’t be cheap.
Until the March opening, a wood-paneled coffee cart imported from Portland, Ore., is already parked in the museum’s garden level, where the restaurant will be located. The bean purveyor for the cart and the coffee bar that will open inside the restaurant is, naturally, Stumptown. Does this mean they’ll get to host their annual employee art shows at the Whitney?