M. Wells Dinette, the stellar eatery at MoMA PS1, occupies the old cafeteria at the former school, and evokes universal childhood memories: waiting in line patiently, tray in hand, listening to the cafeteria ladies, generally following the rules. But a new collaboration between the budding Long Island City restaurant empire and the MoMA outpost seems less buttoned up than the fancy place downstairs, with a bar cart and summery rooftop vibes—it perhaps reminds one of the places in school where you can sneak away from teachers and sneak a cigarette.
“It’s a beautiful place, and one with great history,” M. Wells founder Sarah Obraitis told Gallerist in an email. “There’s a corner room with a 1976 Richard Serra and a Julian Schnabel etched into the arched ceiling.”
Your high school probably didn’t have any Schnabels, and the restaurant also sports vistas stretching beyond Long Island City and into Manhattan in one direction and Queens in the other. And the two M. Wells spots will be in constant conversation: the new bar is set in the middle of a vegetable garden that supplies the Dinette with greens and herbs, and the Dinette will be stocking the rooftop bar with cocktail snacks.
“Our menu perpetually changes, with lots of pastries and soon savory waffles, jars of seafood, etc.,” Ms. Obraitis wrote to us.
The rooftop bar will be open through the rest of the summer, and possibly longer, if the weather stays warm. So, now, when you visit PS1, there’s no need to wander the wilds of Long Island City looking for a watering hole. Just head upstairs.