In the dead of summer there are few places as lovely to visit as a nice, cool museum. Sure, over-A.C.'d movies are fine, but with few exceptions you just don't walk out of a movie with the same wonderful feeling that a museum provides. And if there is one thing New York has in spades, it is world-class museums. But after you've waited on line for hours to see that Alexander McQueen show, what to do about food?

Luckily at least five of our city's museums have first rate dining options at your beck and call. And more are coming. Stephen Starr should be opening a new restaurant in the New York Historical society this fall complete with a ceiling by Keith Haring. But let's talk about what is available now.