Eat Among the Artwork at the Wright, Inside the Guggenheim

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Why should the MOMA be the only art museum in town with a good restaurant? The Guggenheim will open the Wright on Friday with food by Rodolfo Contreras, formerly of Bouley and Town. The menu "emphasizes seasonal, local, and sustainable" ingredients, according to the museum. If you're just looking for a snack, small plates will be available at the bar. This being the Guggeheim, the space is perhaps even more important than what's on your plate.

The room is described lovingly by the museum:


The 1,600-square-foot space features a curvilinear wall of walnut, layered with illuminated fiber-optics, a bar clad in a shimmering skin of innovative custom metalwork and topped in seamless white Corian, a sweeping banquette with vivid blue leather seating backed by illuminated planes of a woven gray texture, and a layered ceiling canopy of taut white membrane.

The space was created by Andre Kikoski, who New York called a "new designer to watch" back in 2004. The Wright also has its own "site-specific sculpture," created by British artist Liam Gillick and entitled The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views.

Lunch, bar, and brunch service begin Friday. Look for dinner to be served starting next month.

The Wright, 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St. 212-427-5690