By Carey Jones
April 06, 2014

Elevating food and design to a work of art, these new museum restaurants are destinations in their own right.

London: With its undulating fabric roof, the Magazine (pictured) at Serpentine Sackler Gallery is unmistakably Zaha Hadid. German chef Oliver Lange shows off his Japanese training with a menu that includes both sushi and côte de boeuf. $$$$

Paris: Tout le monde is clamoring for a table at Monsieur Bleu, the modern brasserie in the Palais de Tokyo with a stylish, Deco-inspired design by Joseph Dirand. The best seat? On the terrace, with views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower beyond. $$$

Brooklyn, N.Y.: Chef Saul Bolton helped launch the borough’s food revolution in 1999 with his namesake restaurant in Boerum Hill. In its new incarnation at the Brooklyn Museum, Saul serves seasonal American dishes (sunchoke soup; roast squab) with a view over the Great Hall. $$$

San Francisco: Wise Sons is an offshoot of the Mission deli popular for its house-smoked pastrami and freshly baked rye bread. The cultural showcase goes well with the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions on kibbutz history and the art of the Haggadah. $$

Hong Kong: The Asia Society occupies a 19th-century compound once used by the British Army to store explosives. Its Euro-Asian restaurant, aptly named Ammo, is now a glass-walled space with striking copper spiral staircases suspended like chandeliers. $$$$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150