Untitled – Danny Meyer’s Upscale, Up-Priced Coffee Shop

Danny Meyer restaurants prove that a big restaurateur can still maintain a high level of service and food at each and every one of his establishments. From high-end dining to some of the most sought after burgers in the city, he brings hospitality to new levels. When you dine at one of his restaurants, you are sure to be well taken care of and served delicious food.

As such, I felt perfectly confident in going to Untitled, his new-ish restaurant at the Whitney. This upscale take on a classic NYC coffe shop is in the bottom floor of the museum, but high ceilings and lots of light from surrounding windows keeps it from feeling dark or dank.

The feel is casual but not totally hole in the wall – this may be a coffee shop, but it is a Danny Meyer coffee shop, after all.

Large, balloon sculptures decorate the ceiling, lending a whimsical and artistic feel to the space.

Coffee

I’m not the world’s biggest coffee fan, but the coffee here  deserves special mention. It must be roasted on site or specially sourced, because it is caramel-y and nutty, not at all bitter like so many coffees are. Served in an artistic little ramekin, it is a reminder that you are in an upscale museum. The coffee is so delicious it barely needs any sugar – and this is from someone who prefers her coffee in ice cream from.

Scrambled egg whites, asparagus, mushrooms  and chives

I love diner eggs, and these eggs are those, but elevated. Smooth and fluffy egg whites that clearly don’t come from a carton, are strewn with beefy mushrooms, grassy asparagus, and fresh chives. The eggs are soft and supple, versus many egg whites that turn rubbery from fast, hard cooking. The home fries alongside are almost impossibly crispy – as if they are made in a deep fryer versus a sautee pan. A very simple meal elevated by expert cooking techniques.

Spread some creamy butter and strawberry compote, with whole strawberries in there, on the tangy, coarse sourdough toast.

Untitled not a destination restaurant, but it is much better than many museum restaurants are. The food is pricey, but if you are in a museum and starving, what are you gonna do? I would come back to try the burger or some other sandwiches, which seem more judiciously priced than the breakfast options. That way, I could feel a little better about the price tag, because I already am a fan of the tasty food and excellent service.

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