The Met Collaborates with Artist Adrián Villar Rojas to Create Specialty Menu for the Cantor Roof Garden Bar

Photograph by Hyla Skopitz

Adrián Villar Rojas, the Argentinian artist who created this year’s site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, has collaborated with Restaurant Associates to craft a specialized, sustainable menu for the Cantor Roof Garden Bar.

The Cantor Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, on view through October 29, 2017 (weather permitting), comprises 16 sculptures that fuse human figures with replicas of nearly 100 objects from the museum’s collection. Occupying a new black, white and gray tiled floor, the installation also encompasses an environmental transformation of the space, including an extension of the existing pergola and new plantings, public furniture and a newly designed bar.

Working directly with the Museum’s Beverage Team, Rojas incorporated all aspects of the bar area and its operations directly into the installation with sculptures so that there is no distinction between the two.

Specialty cocktails, which Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas named, were crafted with sustainability in mind. Mirroring the concepts explored in the exhibition, ingredients such as infused vodka and fresh fruit puree invite guests to explore familiar flavors in an unexpected way.

Such cocktails include the Bronze made with basil-infused VDKA 6100, peach and lemon juice. The Gold is made with Russell Henry Hawaiian White Ginger Gin, lemon juice, pineapple and mint syrup.

The menu also offers a selection of sandwiches and snacks made daily using fresh, local ingredients. Beverage service includes wine, beer, soft drinks and lemonade, in addition to the specialty cocktails.

The Cantor Roof Garden Bar operates daily from 11 a.m. until closing, as weather permits. A cocktail bar is also open on the Cantor Roof Garden’s south deck on Friday and Saturday evenings (3:30–8 p.m.).

An additional bar is open on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., which offers express beverage service to museum members.

A full list of menu items is available on The Met website.

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