At these new cultural-center restaurants, you’ll go for the food and stay for the art (or music, or garden tour).
Broad Museum, Los Angeles
Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Chait of Bestia. Ingredients from its garden will be cooked simply, over fire. entrées $16–$32.
Swedish-American Hall, San Francisco
The team behind local favorite Flour & Water has turned this venerable live-music spot into a food destination. Aatxe (entrées $17–$23) serves Basque-style dishes like blood sausage with chickpeas, and below street level, historic rock venue Café Du Nord (entrées $16–$29) now pairs retro bar food with acoustic shows in a cozy dining room.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
With its all-glass exterior and roof deck overlooking the skyline, Linton Hopkins’s namesake project will be a stunner when it opens in October. On the menu: whatever’s fresh from the edible garden. entrées $19–$25.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
Untitled, the Whitney’s original Danny Meyer restaurant, is the same in name only after moving to its new Renzo Piano downtown digs. Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern turns out modern American fare—try the shrimp ravioli with nettles and mushrooms—amid sweeping Hudson River views. entrées $23–$28.