man menu is hard to find, but when done right, a well designed menu serves as the perfect visual compliment to its heralded food and drink. An offshoot of Under Consideration, Art of the Menu defines a great menu as an intersection of typography, data and information design, and, ultimately, the knowledge of simply how to make a patron hungry, all managed in an effortlessly cool-looking way.
I loved so many of the site’s featured menus, but one that really stuck out for its quirkiness was that of a temporary NYC pop-up restaurant, Exquisite Corpse. I’m certainly predisposed to love this premise, as it’s based on the old Surrealist parlor game I’ve had a ton of fun with myself, but the menu brings this premise to life. Its cover features a Frankenstein-ish amalgamation of the thirteen chefs behind this pop-up super-restaurant, an “uber chef” sum of its parts.
Even looking past its amazingly superchef-crafted cuisine, the menu brings to mind Mrs. Doubtfire’s most epicurean cousin, so in my book: five stars.