The new restaurant at the Whitney Museum of American Art is here: Frenchette Bakery opened in the museum’s lobby this week, taking over the space that was home to Danny Meyer restaurant, Untitled, for almost a decade.
Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, who own the Manhattan restaurants, Frenchette and Le Rock, are running the bakery. They opened the first location in Tribeca in 2020. It’s known for its croissants, sandwiches, and breads.
The menu is similar at the Whitney, for now: Pistachio croissants, kouign amann, and other pastries are baked on the premises. They are sold from a pastry case alongside premade sandwiches, like a tuna Nicoise with caper mayonnaise and a jambon beurre, that start at around $15. To drink, there is coffee, tea, fruit juices, and hot chocolate, a specialty of the shop made with toasted chartreuse marshmallows.
The bakery has around 60 seats. In the coming weeks, it will add a sit-down menu with salads, sandwiches, and other cafe foods. A ticket to the museum is not required to dine at the restaurant.
In addition to pastries, there are a handful of pantry items for sale. The bakery’s breads can be purchased by the loaf, along with bagged granolas and cork-shaped chocolate bouchons.
The Whitney announced that Frenchette Bakery would be opening in its lobby this summer. Since 2011, the space has been home to Untitled, a popular American restaurant from Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. It closed during the pandemic.
Frenchette Bakery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.