MOMA and the Plaza

I really wanted to get up town to see the kitchen exhibit at MOMA.  I ended up seeing about four exhibits but the kitchen was hands down my favorite.  If you love food and cooking it is a must see.  It runs until March 14th. 

We saw the Abstract Expressionists New York exhibit which is beautiful.  Large canvases of some of the top artists of that genre.  We waltzed quickly through the Photography of Sculpture and spent some time at the Matisse exhibit.  The Matisse exhibit is focused on his work and growth from 1913-1917.  It was packed in each room.  A little overwhelming actually but the work is magnificent.  Some of it I had never seen before.

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The kitchen was the highlight.  Kitchen design is the theme.  From counter space to blenders to pots and pans to accessories.  I particularly liked the art work surrounding the exhibit. 

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This egg is a photo by Irving Penn.  There were also a variety of vintage posters.  Loved this exhibit.

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We strolled up to the Plaza for lunch.  I wanted to check out the food halls again during the day.  It is sort of strange down there.  The stores are random and don't really gel but the food area is a nice addition to the neighborhood.  Lots of different bars with different cuisines.  You can order from any bar no matter where you sit so the menu is quite large.  We shared a few things.  The first was handmade dumplings stuffed with chinese chicken and ginger with a lemon grass pesto sauce and kimchi.  Really good.  The only issue I have with dumplings is one is enough.

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Our second course out was Greek lamb gyros with yogurt tahini.  Thinly sliced pieces of well done lamb, red onions and chopped tomatoes stuffed in a small roll pita bread and then wrapped in parchment paper with yogurt tahini dripped over the top.  This was really delicious. 

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Our third was a pizza.  Grilled artichokes with caramelized onions and mozzarella.  Also a winner.  Really thin crispy bread.

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There are a variety of desserts to choose from.  We opted for a curly cake which changes daily.  This was a Boston cream cupcake and it was delicious.  Light moist cake and a delicious cream topping under a hard chocolate.

Although a strange place, the food was surprisingly really good.  Will definitely return when I happen to be in the neighborhood.  Not sure about the stores but the food gets a thumbs up.