In New York, where there is always something going on, I was fortunate enough to have something going on. My good friend and fellow blogger, Veziah of Jamasia Eats, invited me to go to the Rubin Museum of Art for their Friday night events, that includes K2 Lounge DJ set and a gallery tour. I love being to exposed to different cultures, so I was way too excited to go.
The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art is relatively small compared to the major museums in NYC but not lacking in quality of the varied pieces, which I found out that are changed quite often. It varies from religious art and paintings to artifacts and modern art exhibitions. It’s spread out over five floors of pieces but at the time two were closed for renovations. But there was so much packed into the floors that were available to us, you didn’t feel like you were missing out. The only problem for me was the guards were so numerous that I couldn’t sneak a lot of flash photography, so the picture quality is lacking.
The first image is a recreation of a Buddhist temple that is inside of the museum and prayers actually take place there. I couldn’t get a full picture of its grandeur because there wasn’t photography allowed at all and I didn’t know till after I took this picture. The second beautiful image is of the deities Chakrasamvara in union with Vajrayogini shaped in brass. Say that three times fast!
After a couple of hours of touring the museum, we headed to the K2 Lounge for the DJ set, some food, and drinks. Note there was a 2 for 1 drink special early on in the evening, you should catch that because drinks are pricey. We had lychee martinis and really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of the lounge, it was dimly lit and the architecture was similar to the inside of the Buddhist temple pictured previously.
The music was excellent and so was the menu. We shared all the plates, the food was plated beautifully and delicious. The first plate was the perfectly cooked charred octopus, drizzled with olive oil and garlic, followed by warm pita with a decadent chicken Foie gras and chutney.
I tried to be adventurous, must have been the lychee martini and girl talk kicking in, so I ordered the beef bone marrow with pickled red onions and toasted four points served on a wooden cutting board. This turned out to be my favorite plate for the evening. Veziah ordered Pita with arugula, caramelized onions, and melted feta.
After we were sufficiently stuffed and had wandered the museum, we left to search for an after-dinner drink of hot sake. We made it to a small Thai restaurant called Rin Thai nearby and had a carafe. Definitely a cool night with an awesome friend.
Does your local museum have special nights like this? Tell me everything in the comments below.
Until the next rendezvous…