Dining at the Garden

Dining at the Garden

“There’s no better brunch in Brooklyn than Yellow Magnolia Café.” —Eater

Visitors to the Garden can enjoy modern, vegetable-focused cuisine in a full-service setting at Yellow Magnolia Café, casual entrées at the seasonal outdoor eatery Yellow Magnolia Canteen, or sandwiches, snacks, and drinks at the Coffee Bar.

Members receive a 10% discount on dining purchases.

Restaurant Reservations

Note: Diners must pay Garden admission or be a BBG member to access the café. Picnicking is not permitted in the Garden (except during certain Members’ Summer Evenings).

Yellow Magnolia Café

Three women with lunch items at a table in a sunny restaurant.

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.
Phone: 718-307-7136

Reserve a Table

Café Weekday Menu

(V) vegetarian (VG) vegan (GF) made without gluten

Market Table

Biscuit Box
two biscuits, salted molasses butter, fruit preserves (V) 8
Fire-Roasted Broccoli
garlic aïoli, piment d’espelette (V)(GF) 13
Heirloom Red Dent Corn Polenta Fries
tomato chutney (VG) (GF) 12

Soups

Pink Lentil
ginger, mustard seeds, coconut yogurt, cilantro (VG) (GF) 11
Chef's Daily MP

Greens

add chicken $7; Florida pink shrimp $8; avocado $5.

Ancient Grain Bowl*
spelt berries, wild rice, quinoa, spicy greens, avocado, marinated egg (V) 18
Daikon Noodle
cashew cream, fermented black beans, shiso, soy vinaigrette (VG)(GF) 16
Pink “Caesar”
radicchio del veneto, dulse vinaigrette, black radish, crispy garlic (VG)(GF) 16
Baby Purple Mustard Greens
shaved spring vegetables, pickled fennel, candied pistachios, sheep’s milk cheese (V)(GF) 15

Entrées

Reuben Sandwich
Choice of BK cured beef pastrami or smoked beet pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, comeback sauce, marble rye 17
Garden Mezze
fava bean falafel, ramp hummus, market pickles, feta cheese, za’atar flatbread (V) 17
Yellow Magnolia Fried Chicken
wild rice, collard green slaw, habanero honey (GF) 23
Grass-Fed Beef Cheeseburger*
cabot cheddar, black garlic aïoli, purple sweet potato chips 19
House Tacos
house-made blue corn tortillas, ninja radish, cabbage, avocado crema, cilantro (GF)
vegetable 18 fish 20 steak 22

For Children

9 years of age and under
Choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage
$15

Mac ’N’ Cheese
vermont cheddar, elbow noodles (V)
Scrambled Eggs*
heirloom carrot crudité (V)(GF)
Hebrew National Hot Dog
Milk or Lemonade
Brownie or Ice Cream

Cocktails

Classic Mimosa
fantinel prosecco, fresh-squeezed orange juice 13
Yellow Magnolia Spritz
fantinel prosecco, elderflower-ginger syrup 13

Sparkling Wine

Prosecco
fantinel, nv, friuli-venezia giulia, italy 12

White

Sauvignon Blanc
la petite perriere, 2019, loire valley, france 14 / 50
Riesling
ravines wine cellars, 2014, finger lakes, ny 14 / 50
Chardonnay
au bon climat, patina, 2014, santa sarbara, ca 15 / 54
Pinot Grigio
anterra, italy 13 / 48

Rosé

Cinsault Blend
la vieille ferme, 2020, rhone, france 13 / 48
Band of Roses
washington state, usa 15 / 50

Red

Pinot Noir
goose bay, 2018, marlborough, new zealand 15 / 54
Malbec
portillo, mendoza, argentina 14 / 50

Beer

  • Six Point IPA, Brooklyn 6.5% 11
  • Brooklyn Brewery Lager 5.2% 11
  • Stella Artois, Belgium 5.2% 11

* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

A note to our patrons: Admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden is required in order to access Yellow Magnolia Café. Menu subject to change.

Make a Reservation

Weekend Brunch Menu

(V) vegetarian (VG) vegan (GF) gluten free (K) kosher

Brunch Prix Fixe includes choice of any market table item and choice of main or weekend special, plus house bloody mary or classic mimosa $39

Market Table

House-Made Biscuits
two biscuits, salted molasses butter, fruit preserves (V) 8
Heirloom Red Dent Corn Polenta Fries
tomato chutney (VG)(GF) 12
Soup of the Day
11
Baby Purple Mustard Greens
shaved spring vegetables, pickled fennel, candied pistachios, sheep’s milk cheese (V)(GF) 15

Mains

Yellow Magnolia Fried Chicken
wild rice, collard green slaw, habanero honey (GF) 23
Grass-Fed Beef Cheeseburger*
cabot cheddar, black garlic aïoli, purple sweet potato chips 18
Ancient Grain Bowl*
spelt berries, wild rice, quinoa, spicy greens, avocado, marinated egg (V) 18

Sides

  • Homemade Sausage 8
  • Nitrate-Free Bacon 8
  • Long Island Home Fries 7
  • Mixed Greens 6

Weekend Specials

Challah French Toast
blood orange, whipped cream, vermont maple syrup (V) 18
Braised Rainbow Chard & Egg*
stewed chickpeas, preserved lemon, grilled bread (V) 19
Scrambled Eggs*
long island home fries, market greens, choice of house-made sausage, nitrate-free bacon, or avocado (GF) 18
Steak & Egg Bibimbap*
rice, kimchi, pickled spring onion, gochujang (GF) 24
Catskills Smoked Salmon
everything flatbread, heirloom tomatoes, crème fraîche, capers, red onion 21
Mushroom Cheesesteak
grilled porcini, caramelized onions, “cheese” sauce, ciabatta bread, petit green salad (VG) 17
Ramp Gruyère Frittata
market greens (V) 18
Chia Coconut Yogurt
market fruit, house-made granola (VG) 18

For Children

9 years of age and under
Choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage $15

Mac ’N’ Cheese
vermont cheddar, elbow noodles (V)
Scrambled Eggs*
heirloom carrot crudité (V)(GF)
French Toast
Hebrew National Hot Dog
Milk or Lemonade
Brownie or Ice Cream

Cocktails

Classic Mimosa
fantinel prosecco, fresh-squeezed orange juice 13
Yellow Magnolia Spritz
fantinel prosecco, elderflower-ginger syrup 13

Sparkling Wine

Prosecco
fantinel, nv, friuli-venezia giulia, italy 12

White

Sauvignon Blanc
la petite perriere, 2019, Loire Valley, france 14 / 50
Riesling
ravines wine cellars, 2014, finger lakes, ny 14 / 50
Chardonnay
au bon climat, patina, 2014, santa barbara, ca 15 / 54
Pinot Grigio
anterra, italy 13 / 48

Rosé

Cinsault Blend
la vieille ferme, 2020, rhone, france 13 / 48
Band of Roses
washington state, usa 15 / 50

Red

Pinot Noir
goose bay, 2018, marlborough, new zealand 15 / 54
Malbec
portillo, mendoza, argentina 14 / 50

Beer

  • Six Point IPA, Brooklyn 6.5% 11
  • Brooklyn Brewery Lager 5.2% 11
  • Stella Artois, Belgium 5.2% 11

* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

A note to our patrons: Admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden is required in order to access Yellow Magnolia Café. Menu subject to change.

Make a Reservation

Dessert Menu

Desserts

Chocolate Torte
salted caramel, cacao nibs (V)(GF) 9
Sweet Pea Budino
sweet pea custard, lemon pound cake, sweet cream ice cream 11
Blood Orange Bundt Cake
beet sorbet, macadamia cream (VG) 11

Ice Cream & Sorbet

three scoops $9

  • sweet cream
  • rhubarb rose
  • chocolate almond
  • beet (VG)

Coffee & Tea

  • Coffee 4
  • Cappuccino 5
  • Decaf Cappuccino 5
  • Single Espresso 4
  • Latte 5.5
  • Tea 4
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.

Designed by David Rockwell, the café is bright and airy and overlooks the Garden’s Lily Pool Terrace. The 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. The café’s seasonal, market-driven menus feature local vegetables, grains, and sustainably sourced meats and fish as well as healthy children’s menu items.

Yellow Magnolia Canteen

A hand holds a paper bowl of salad featuring beets and cheese cubes.

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

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. until 30 minutes before the Garden closes

Outdoor Canteen Menu

(V) vegetarian (VG) vegan (GF) gluten free (K) kosher

Soups

served with a multigrain roll

Split Pea
fresh peas simmered in a vegetarian broth (VG)(GF) 9
Sweet Corn Chowder
potatoes, sweet corn, and nitrate-free bacon simmered in a creamy broth with a hint of white and cayenne pepper (GF) 9

Salads

Add Grilled Chicken 6 Add Grilled Mushroom 5

Ultimate Garden Salad
cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, pickled red onions, kalamata olives, arcadian greens, green goddess dressing (V)(GF) 16
Baby Kale Salad
roasted rainbow beets, manchego, currants, toasted pepitas, sherry shallot vinaigrette (VG)(GF) 15

Sandwiches & More

YMC Spicy Chicken Sandwich
fried chicken, tomato, bibb lettuce, pickles, ranch, martin’s potato roll 16
Classic Chicken Salad
fresh herbs, golden raisins, seven-grain
bread 15
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
preserved lemon, harissa mayo, fresh dill, cucumber, ciabatta 16
Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella
basil, balsamic, ciabatta (V) 13
Shaved Roast Beef
baby arugula, shaved parmesan, horseradish aioli, artisanal roll 17
Hebrew National Jumbo Hot Dog
sauerkraut, martin’s potato roll 9
Add Queso +2
Crispy Chicken Fingers
honey mustard 14
Beyond Burger
all plant protein, cabot vermont cheddar cheese, heirloom tomato, bibb lettuce, red onion, martin’s potato roll (V) 16

Snacks

  • Freshly Baked Croissants & Muffins 5
  • Assorted Hal’s Chips 3.5
  • Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bar (V) (K) 6.5
  • Freshly Baked Cookies (3 per order) 5
  • Half-Sour Whole Pickle 3
  • Hummus Cup with Crudités 6

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Frosé 13
  • White Claw 12
  • Canned Beer 11
  • Wine glass 11 bottle 36

Beverages

  • Freshly Brewed Coffee or Assorted Harney & Sons Teas 3.50
  • Freshly Brewed Iced Coffee or Tea 4
  • House-Made Lemonade 6
  • Strawberry Lemonade 7
  • Bottled Soda 4
  • Still Water 4
  • Sparkling Water 5
  • Apple Juice 4

For Children

Aged 9 and under

  • Hot Dog 6
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly (V) 6
  • Grilled Cheese 6

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

A note to our patrons: Admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden is required in order to access Yellow Magnolia Canteen and Yellow Magnolia Café. Menus subject to change.

Coffee Bar

A young woman behind a snack bar.

The Coffee Bar, located in the Visitor Center adjacent to the Atrium, serves fresh pastries, soup, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.

Hours: Friday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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