The Upper East Side is quintessential uptown New York, replete with liveried doormen helping locals carry bag upon bag after a day’s shopping on Madison Avenue. But it’s also home to many of the city’s venerable museums, like the Met Breuer.
Unlike the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Fifth Avenue location (an 1875 Beaux-Arts landmark building) the Breuer building is an iconic example of Brutalist architecture in Manhattan.
Even if you’re not interested in modern art, step into the building’s entrance to check out the design by Hungarian-born, Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer who designed the building, regarded as one of the city’s most notable, in the ’60s.
If you stay for the exhibits (what you pay is up to you, but suggested admission is $25 for adults), be sure to visit the Phaidon pop-up bookshop on the fifth floor. For now, it’s the only brick-and-mortar Phaidon bookshop in Manhattan where you can pick up the publisher’s innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel.