Birdbath created by The City Bakery is one of the leading baked-goods proprietors in New York. The City Bakery, founded by acclaimed baker Maury Rubin, is known for its outstanding fare and sustainable, forward-thinking practices (buildagreenbakery.com). They’ve been in business for twenty years, and come to the New Museum with considerable retail experience. More recently, The City Bakery has expanded with several storefront satellite operations branded as Birdbath created by The City Bakery. Their products—like their pretzel croissant and chocolate chip cookies—are widely sought after, and their reasonable prices make them even more appealing.
Birdbath at the New Museum offers seasonal, locally grown, organic food. An extended menu at the New Museum includes coffees and signature beverages like the Birdbath nonalcoholic “Sangria,” as well as salads, savory tartines, and turkey meatloaf sliders, among other selections (see full menu).
The forty-seat café features communal tables as well as intimate settings for conversation, enhancing the New Museum’s Lobby as a gathering place for visitors and the creative community. The tables and stools were commissioned especially for the New Museum by Brooklyn-based studio Uhuru (ooh-HOO-roo), a furniture collective merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. Founded in 2004 by Rhode Island School of Design graduates Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf, Uhuru builds each piece by hand in their Red Hook, Brooklyn, studio (uhurudesign.com). The stools are made from scraps of hardwood collected from local wood shops and the tables are crafted from high-percentage, postconsumer recycled steel and aluminum, and finished with a zero VOC powder coat. Visitors will notice the shape of the New Museum building playfully seeded in the top of each puzzle-like “Stoolen.” The café‘s countertop, displaying baked goods, is IceStone, a durable surface made of 100 percent recycled glass and cement, also manufactured in Brooklyn. The New Museum and Birdbath selected the award-winning Arper Leaf Chair because the Italian manufacturer has a company-wide commitment to minimize environmental impact at every stage of the chair’s production.
New Museum Members always receive a 10% discount at Birdbath created by The City Bakery.
Birdbath at the New Museum is located on the ground floor. Museum admission is not required for entry to the Birdbath café. Birdbath will offer a 25 percent discount to customers if they arrive by bicycle or skateboard as they do at their other locations.