Brion Gysin and Bran Muffins! City Bakery Opens Outpost at New Museum


(Photos: New Museum)

Do you like savory tartines with your Rivane Neuenschwander? Want to follow a trippy trial of Brion Gysin‘s “Dreamachine” sculpture with a glass of pseudosangria? (Hell, yes!) Good news, hungry art lovers, because the New Museum has just opened Birdbath, a café created by New York’s famed City Bakery and designed by Brooklyn-based furniture company Uhuru. Located on the museum’s ground floor (which is free to visit), Birdbath will offer a seasonal range of sweet and savory snacks made from locally grown, organic ingredients. The inaugural menu features maple-bacon biscuits, rice milk muffins, smoked chicken paninis, and the scrumptious-sounding “pressed chocolate sandwich with preserves.” Everything is prepared at City Bakery HQ and delivered to the New Museum by bicycle-driven cargo rickshaw, which only sounds like a short film we once saw exhibited at the museum.

The eco-friendliness of the new café (25% off if you come by bike or skateboard) is also reflected in Uhuru’s custom furnishings: chunky stools made from scraps of hardwood collected from local wood shops and communal tables crafted from recycled steel and aluminum and finished with a zero-VOC powder coat. As an alternative to perching on the stools (which are discreetly embedded with the distinctive stacked shape of the museum’s SANAA-designed building), customers can munch ricotta-caramel tartines and sip fair trade tea in Arper “leaf” chairs, selected because of the Italian manufacturer’s commitment to minimize environmental impact at every stage of production. Meanwhile, Birdbath’s goodie-laden countertop only looks like marble. It’s actually durable IceStone, made in Brooklyn entirely of recycled glass and cement. Look for more Birdbaths to spring up in Manhattan later this year, as the City Bakery expands it green bakery brand to Tribeca and the East Village.