Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Untitled is the name of the new cafe/restaurant inside the Whitney Museum run by the Union Square Hospitality Group. Danny Meyer's (CEO of USHG) love for art and hospitality combine to make this his second museum location--the first being The Modern, Cafe 2, and Terrace 5 located in the MoMa. Untitled is a contemporary take on the classic Manhattan Coffee Shop. The menu offers simple, yet seasonal comfort foods by Chef Chris Bradley (formerly Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern). The "All Day Menu" offers both breakfast and lunch options. Supposedly dinner service will be happening soon on Saturday and Sundays.

Untitled was packed with people visiting the museum along with some regular neighborhood guest. My sister Kim and I sat next to one at the bar and we chatted about the restaurant scene. She loved Untitled and swore it was the best choice in the neighborhood. I'm not too familiar with the restaurant scene up there in the East 70's, but I'll take her word for it. We all chatted about how comfortable the bar chairs were...just saying!

Soha, a "tabla alumni" and good friend was working behind the bar showcasing her warm personality and knowledge of the menu. Paper menus doubled as place-mats while water glasses doubles as wine glasses. The cafe was pretty busy and they don't accept reservations so waiting a few minutes for a table is almost guaranteed. The chalkboard behind the bar serves as a "shout-out" to all their suppliers (an important aspect of Meyer's englightened hospitality).

The aged Gouda grilled cheese ($11) used thick cut bread and was cooked perfectly. A grilled cheese sandwich might seem simple, but its delicious when done right. The Untitled burger ($14) came with aged cheddar, roasted tomato, and grilled onions. The burger was well cooked and flavorful, but nothing to bring me back. Although we weren't boozing, the cafe offers wine, beer, and 3 cocktail options (bloody mary, mimosa, grapefruit/campari).

Its quite a trek for me, so I don't see myself returning to Untitled, unless its to visit some old Tabla friends.

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