We are so excited about our delicious collaboration with the cutting edge Brooklyn Museum: The Norm, a newly redesigned restaurant on the museum’s ground floor, opening May 19th. The Norm will feature an inviting lounge component, the perfect setting for the convivial consumption of food and drink representative of Brooklyn’s diversity creatively expressed by Chef Saul Bolton.
Renowned architect Anda Andrei, known for shaping Ian Schrager’s stylish hotel empire as well as three contemporary high profile projects, designed the restaurant as a labor of love. The striking design plan, which speaks to The Norm being situated in a museum, begins at the exterior with the door framed in a collage of wooden museum storage crates of various sizes. The main interior wall is a transparent glass storage unit, allowing diners to see out into the museum (and museum patrons to see in), in which a rotating montage of art will be mounted; art that might well have come out of the crates lining the wall across the restaurant. The design is meant to stimulate conversations about art, creativity and collaboration.
Chef Saul Bolton’s menu will encourage a gastronomic exploration of the borough’s multi-culture heritage with offerings ranging from casual snacks to intriguing salads, sandwiches and entrees. The likes of Curried Cauliflower, pecorino sardo, pickled raisins and Chicarones al Pastor, anchos, cumin, garlic, pineapple are among the snacks. Roasted Carrot Salad, bulgur, medjool dates, sumac, spiced yogurt and Eggplant Escabeche, green tahini sauce are representative of the menu’s “garden” section. Entrée highlights include Steamed Blue Hill Bouchot Mussels, shallots, white wine, fresh herb, Free Bird Farms Roast Chicken, mole poblano style, watercress, lemon, cucumbers and Tonkatshu-Style Ramen, pork belly, poached egg, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions. And, of course, there will be a world class hamburger - the Dry Aged Norman Burger, house-made pickles, hand cut fries.
The menu incorporates vegetarian and/or gluten free options and will reflect Great Performances' and Chef Saul's signature of embracing seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. The food will be complemented by an accessibly-priced wine list and by a beverage program rooted in Brooklyn based breweries and distilleries. Beverage offerings curated by artists who have a special affinity for and knowledge of spirits will be incorporated.
Artists will also curate The Norm’s music playlist as another means of connecting the museum to the restaurant, which is named after Brooklyn Museum Trustee Norman Feinberg, who donated the funds needed to re-imagine the former Saul’s space.
The Norm will be open from 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday and will be available for private events. The restaurant’s 80 seats will be augmented during the warmer months by another 55 on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and Biergarten.