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May 12, 2016
In Situ's Brown Oyster Stew, Benne, and Charleston Ice Cream from Chef Sean Brock of Husk

Art Isn't the Only Thing That Will Catch Your Eye at the New SFMOMA: What You Should Eat There

One of the most anticipated unveilings at the new SFMOMA will not be a recently acquired masterpiece, but the debut of the museum’s new food options. After all, the museum’s rise to global fame in a city recently dubbed “Best Food City in the Country” by Bon Appétit wouldn’t be complete without equally inspired eateries. 

In Situ (151 Third St., Street Level)
The most adventurous appetites will find their way to this buzzy, fine dining restaurant where Michelin-three-starred chef Corey Lee (The French Laundry, Per Se, Benu) is bringing haute cuisine into the realm of contemporary art.

Lee’s concept upends the traditional fine dining experience by “curating” benchmark dishes by over 80 chef-colleagues worldwide, including René Redzepi (Noma), Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), Hajime Yoneda (HAJIME), Virgilio Martínez (Central), Martin Picard (Au Pied de Cochon), and Olivier Roellinger (Les Maisons de Bricourt), among others. Think of it as a culinary journey across time zones.

The changing a la carte menu “balances seasonality, style and geography” and aims to faithfully capture each dish both in technique and spirit—from existing repertoire favorites to completely new offerings dreamt up just for In Situ.

Expect daily surprises, masterful wine pairings, and a local-minded bar program to appease the city’s discerning cocktail mafiosi. A dedicated entrance on Third Street means dining beyond museum hours, and sweeping views onto the neighborhood from the dining room come with a side of SoMA bustling by. Slated to open June 2016.

Café 5 (151 Third St., Fifth Floor)
For a more casual, family-friendly experience head to the museum’s new all-day restaurant located on the fifth floor. This full-service spot—the latest from the city’s beloved McCalls group (who also operate cafes in the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Asian Art museums)—offers lighter fare with a California-fusion influence. Flatbreads, organic salads and artisan open-faced sandwiches are the way to go. If the weather is nice, blend in with savvy locals and ask for a table in the rooftop sculpture garden.

Sightglass at SFMOMA (151 Third St., Third Floor)
Artisan coffee beverages, espresso drinks, and pastries from San Francisco’s most popular bakeries and pastry chefs are the perfect antidote to museum fatigue. Fuel up between excursions into the galleries, or enjoy your coffee in the adjacent Pritzker Center for Photography’s interpretive gallery while pondering the future of society’s most ubiquitous art form.

With three new ways to feed your food cravings while you feed your mind with art at SFMOMA, we say the museum is adding to the culinary scene as well as the cultural one.


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