The Café at the Frick
The New Café
Can I make a reservation?
Not yet. The Café is currently open for self-seating and carryout. We are not taking reservations at this time.
Will The Café continue to change?
Yes, in ways we hope you will love! As we hire more staff and visitation approaches pre-pandemic levels, the hours of service and range of offerings will expand. When table service returns, we will pilot three distinct services: healthy gourmet casual dining during the first few hours of service; full service high tea in the late afternoons; and themed guest chef dinners on selected evenings.
Why are you making these changes? Wasn’t The Café already perfect?
The atmosphere is magical, and we are committed to keeping it so. But certain aspects of The Café’s business model haven’t served all of our visitors as well as they should. The adjustments we will be testing seek to fix some specific challenges:
In the past, The Café served a small number of people very well, but the great majority of our visitors not at all. During our busiest months, from April to December, The Café has been fully booked at lunchtime days in advance. We have routinely turned away two, three, and even four times as many people as we can seat. Without an opportunity for rest and refreshment, many visitors have left the Frick before they could experience all we have to offer.
By expanding the open hours, we will hope to increase the number of visitors we can serve. By introducing lighter snacks, kid-friendly options, and picnic fare to the luncheon menu; by reintroducing afternoon high tea service; and by infusing new energy in the dinner service by transforming it into a showcase for visiting chefs; we hope to meet the needs of a diverse range of guests—an effort consistent with our commitment to being an inclusive museum in which all visitors feel warmly welcomed. From quick-and-easy delights to special-occasion indulgences, we are aiming to meet the needs of as many of our visitors as possible.
Are these changes fixed?
Not at all. We will rely on you, our visitors, to help us shape the path forward. We are embarking on this expansion of The Café’s services with open minds and an eye on the bottom line. As we roll out new menu items and services, we will attend to their popularity and to feedback from diners. If a menu item is not well received, we will replace it. If the hours of service don’t prove effective, we will adjust them.
Three varieties of cheese, honey, fresh berries, flatbread
Three selections from Parma Sausage, olives, gherkin pickles, flatbread
A wonderful combination of our cheese and charcuterie selections
Café House Salad
Mixed field greens, cucumber, tomato, Kalamata olives, carrots, pepita, balsamic vinaigrette
Café Caesar Salad
Romaine, shaved Parmesan, house croutons, classic dressing
Sausage, wild mushroom, spinach, swiss
All sandwiches come with chips and a pickle spear
Turkey and Smoked Cheddar
Roasted turkey breast, apple bacon maple jam, arugula, pretzel bun
Roast Beef and Provolone
Chilled roast beef, provolone, mixed greens, horseradish mayo, ciabattini roll
Ham and Swiss
Black Forest ham, baby swiss, sliced tomato, mixed greens, brown mustard, unseeded rye bread
Romaine, arugula, hummus, tomato, carrots, cucumber
Hummus, Roasted Red Peppers, and Spinach
Chicken, Mozzarella, Spinach, and Balsamic
Two finger sandwiches, choice of scone, house-made clotted cream, jam, sweets, and your choice of loose-leaf tea
Baked fresh and served with house-made clotted cream
Pain au Chocolat
Flaky croissant filled with chocolate, served warm
New York-style Cheescake
Served with your choice of fresh strawberries or chocolate sauce
Menu items subject to change
Available by the glass or bottle
Beer and Cider
East End Brewing Co. Big Hop
Blake's Hard Cider Co. Triple Jam
Blake's Hard Cider Co. Strawberry Lemonade
Spiked Brazilian Lemonade
La Prima Coffee
Harney & Sons Loose Leaf Tea
Menu items subject to change