My husband is a huge David Bowie fan and when he learned that the Bowie Is exhibition was making its final stop at the Brooklyn Museum – we had our tickets faster than Ziggy Stardust could find Life on Mars — #nailedit.
As I was looking for lunch options in and around the museum, I saw that The Norm was located inside so though we would give it ago. I took a look at the menu which is not huge, nor does it denote gluten-free options but I quickly identified a few options that could work so made a reservation. As I always do, I would have a chat with my server and/or manager upon arrival (typically in advance but we were going to the museum regardless) and if there was nothing that would work or if I felt unconconfortable — we’d just go eat somewhere else.
Remember, it is all about your personal comfort-level when dining out and it is perfectly fine to walk out — I have in the past. Thankfully, The Norm handles food allergies and dietary restrictions extremely well and I was immediately at ease.
The dining room is spacious and features a rotating collection of art from the museum’s collection throughout. It also has a fully stocked bar and separate cocktail menu — which, given the Bowie exhibition, was Bowie themed. I spied the Fame cocktail which was hibiscus infused vodka, black raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice, and lemon. It seemed a bit heavy for lunch so I asked for the hibiscus infused vodka with selzter and was presented with a beautiful light purple-hued cocktail which did not disappoint.
For lunch, I opted for the Caesar salad with grilled salmon. It was made with little gem lettuce (sans the hand-torn croutons) and was topped with an absolutely delicious dressing, a healthy portion of Parmesan cheese and white anchovies. Now I am not a huge anchovy fan but the white anchovies were quite delicate and were not at all overpowering. It was quite possibly one of the best salads I have had in quite some time. My husband had the Croque Monsieur made with Gruyère cheese, ham, béchamel sauce and served with a side salad.
Everything was absolutely fresh and perfectly prepared. We are actually looking forward to going back to view the museum’s permanent collection and will definitely be visiting The Norm again.
Oh, and if you find yourself in New York City before July 15th, do youself a favor and go and see the exhibition. It is truly remarkable and well worth the trip to Brooklyn.