For the Brooklyn Museum’s Pierre Cardin : Future Fashion exhibition, the museum’s full-service restaurant The Norm will visually and gastronomically morph into Maxim’s at The Norm, as a salute to Cardin’s legendary Maxim’s de Paris, the art nouveau masterpiece that has laid claim to both the world’s most famous restaurant and the most expensive – and is a designated historical monument – that he has owned since 1981.
Opening on Wednesday, July 24 for a five-and-a half-month run through Jan. 5, the 80-seat with an another 30 on a terrace overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden, Maxim’s at The Norm will offer a French-forward a la carte menu, as well as a prix fixe option of dishes inspired by Maxim’s de Paris’s cookbook, Chez Maxim. At $45, it is one of the city’s most accessibly priced French prix fixe menus that will change for fall / winter
The Norm’s ceiling has been painted Maxim’s de Paris’s signature deep burgundy, while the bar now boasts the gold that is such a distinctive part of Maxim’s globally recognized logo. One wall provides glimpses of the art nouveau masterpiece that is the interior of the restaurant which opened in 1893, while another has been re-fashioned as Maxim’s famed exterior on Paris’s Rue Royale.
The $45 three-course prix fixe highlights contemporary versions of dishes from the Maxim’s de Paris cookbook, Chez Maxim including Salade Lyonnaise – seasonal greens, bacon lardons, croutons, poached egg; Poulet Rôti aux Pêches – roast chicken, grilled peaches, baby arugula, chimichurri sauce; Coquilles Saint-Jacques – pan seared scallops, oyster mushrooms, artichokes, escarole, white wine sauce; and Profiteroles – vanilla ice cream, praline, warm chocolate sauce.
Cocktails inspired by the life of Pierre Cardin (who at 97 is still active with his fashion, licensing and restaurant empire) were created by Loriana Sanabria for Maxim’s at The Norm. They include the Le Costumier, or The Costume Maker (champagne, St. Germain, gin, lemon juice, hibiscus lime syrup), which is a reference to Cardin’s penchant for designing costumes and masks for the theater. Additional cocktails include The Cylindre (cognac, absinthe, pomegranate jelly, lime juice, hibiscus lime syrup), named after Cardin’s men’s collection, and The Tailor’s White Sangria (white grape juice, pomegranate vodka, Triple Sec, simple syrup, honey, pinot grigio), among others. The sangria is a nod to the 1950 hiring of Cardin by Christian Dior as a tailor for the House of Dior.
Ground Floor of The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Wednesday | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday | 11:30am – 6:00pm
Opening July 24th, 2019 – Jan 5th, 2020
No museum admission fee required to access the restaurant.