150 West 17th Street, NY., NY 10011

Phone Number

(212) 620-5000 ext 375

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Cafe Serai (in the Rubin Museum of Art)


Cafe Serai is located in the Rubin Museum of Art. Admission to the museum is not required. The hours are the same as th Museum's, except for Wednesday night Happy Hour (6-9 pm) and Friday evenings when the Cafe becomes the K2 Lounge, with music and more. Call (212) 620 - 5000 - ext 375 for more information. Check the Museum's website regarding parking and transportation.

The Cafe has a street level double door entrance which requires going down 4 steps to reach the Cafe.  You can also enter through the Museum's double door main entrance and they will provide a lift to get you to the Cafe level. Smooth floors and well-spaced tables and chairs provide easy navigation.

There are two, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms in a close-by hallway. There are no baby-changing stations.


    Doors:  double
    Elevators:  not needed to get to restaurant
    Ramps:  to get from main entrance to restaurant level
    Steps and staircases:  three steps down to the restaurant
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  tables and chairs
    Location of restrooms:  in close-by hallway
    Type of restroom:  single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  no
    Friendliness of staff:  pleasant
    Notes:  * no dedicated parking - see Rubin Museum website for parking information.

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The website says Café Serai is “…the perfect place to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the Himilayas…” I don’t know anything about the food of the Himilayas, but I do know that this was a lovely, tranquil setting for a delicious lunch. Although Café Serai is located in the Rubin Museum of Art, admission is to the Museum is not required to eat here.  One can enter directly through the street-level, double door entrance and then go down four steps to the restaurant itself.  If steps are a problem enter through the Museum’s main entrance and they will provide a lift to get you to the Café level.  Café hours are the same as the Museum’s.  There is a Wednesday night Happy Hour (6 – 9 pm). On Friday evenings the Café becomes the K2 Lounge, with music and more. You can call  (212)  620-5000  (ext. 375) for more information.

I stopped for  lunch after a visit to the Museum.  I could not pass up the serene setting that I saw.  I placed my order at the counter, received a number to place on my table and took a seat.  There are both high and low tables very well-spaced to make navigation and conversation easy. Relaxing in the soft atmosphere made waiting for my food almost meditative.

An intriguing menu made me wish that I was with others in order to try some of the interesting items listed. A lovely young server brought my food and inquired if there was anything else I needed. I was happy to sit and relax in this wonderful setting as I enjoyed my lunch.

Two single- occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms (no baby-changing stations)  are located close by in the hallway.

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