Caffè Storico

Restaurants, Italian Upper West Side
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Caffè Storico
Caffe Storico

In 2006, Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr stormed New York with spin-offs of his hometown megahits Buddakan and Morimoto. But after that big breakout push, he turned his attention elsewhere for five years. Now he returns with his first New York original: a luxe Venetian snack bar set in the New-York Historical Society—a keystone of the museum's recent $65 million renovation. Starr turned to Philly, where he operates 20 venues, to staff the kitchen: James Beard nominee Jim Burke left his own restaurant James for the job. His menu will highlight cicchetti, Italy's answer to tapas, like meatballs, grilled cuttlefish and baccalà mantecato (a creamy salt cod spread native to Venice). Diners can nibble on these snacks at the Italian-marble bar, along with a glass from the 50-bottle, all-Italian wine list. Those looking for a full-fledged meal can settle into sunny yellow banquettes and choose from pastas and entrées, such as hand-rolled garganelli with cauliflower and bottarga, and a dry-aged T-bone steak with broccolini and patata al forno (potato casserole). The New-York Historical Society boosts the restaurant's cultural bona fides with artifacts from its collection (Staffordshire china, Chinese and European porcelain) displayed on white shelves in the 75-seat dining room.


Venue name: Caffè Storico
Address: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
New York
Cross street: between 76th and 77th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; B, C, 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, MC, V
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Julie S

Caffe Storico is a beautiful restaurant located within the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side. The decor is elegant, stylish, bright and sunny. They are open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. For brunch you can chose from eggs, salads, and sweets items like banana bread. The lunchtime and dinner menus are full of delicious choices of appetizers, salads and pasta dishes such as ravioli and risotto. Be sure to leave room for dessert, they have menu options like a warm dark chocolate and hazelnut tort, lemon and soured cream tort, and various homemade gelato, sorbetto and granita.