Dining at the Garden

Visitors to the Garden can enjoy modern, vegetable-focused cuisine in a full-service setting at Yellow Magnolia Café, as well as salads, sandwiches, and entreés at the casual eatery Yellow Magnolia Canteen.

Members receive a 10% discount on dining purchases.

Yellow Magnolia Café

Diners at Yellow Magnolia Cafe

Exclusively for Garden visitors, Yellow Magnolia Café offers full-service dining Tuesday through Sunday. The bright, airy café overlooks the Garden’s Lily Pool Terrace.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Note: You must pay Garden admission or be a BBG member to access the Café.

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The Story Behind Yellow Magnolia Café

Named after the remarkable flower developed by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Yellow Magnolia Café offers modern, vegetable-focused cuisine in a one-of-a-kind setting nestled within the Garden’s iconic landscape. The new café is a celebration of its urban garden setting, with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors—an ethos in keeping with the Garden’s longstanding interest in sustainable practices—and menus inspired by Brooklyn’s artisanal food movement.

Local chef Rob Newton, whose other Brooklyn restaurants have been lauded for their fresh and creative menus, alongside chef de cuisine Morgan Jarrett, have developed the café’s seasonal, market-driven menus, with a focus on local vegetables, grains, and sustainably sourced meats and fish. Most of the menu will be vegetable focused, with select meat and fish options available, as well as healthy children’s menu items.

Designed by David Rockwell, the café is bright and airy and overlooks the Garden’s Lily Pool Terrace. The café will offer full-service brunch and lunch every day the Garden is open.

Café Menu
Yellow Magnolia Café brunch menu

Yellow Magnolia Canteen

Outdoor dining kiosk

Yellow Magnolia Canteen, on the terrace by the entrance to the Steinhardt Conservatory, serves a variety of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, and snacks.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Canteen Menu
Yellow Magnolia Canteen menu

Yellow Magnolia Coffee Bar

The Coffee Bar is open on the Garden's busiest days, offering fresh-baked goods and snacks in the Visitor Center.

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Note: Picnicking is not permitted in the Garden (apart from on select Members' Summer Evenings).
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