Caffe Storico
Caffe Storico
  • Address:
    New-York Historical Society
    170 Central Park West
    New York, NY 10024
    Neighborhood:
    Upper West Side
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $31 to $50

Caffe Storico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffestorico.com/
  • Phone: 2124859211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BRUNCH
    Saturday and Sunday: 11am–3:00pm

    LUNCH
    Tuesday–Friday: 11am–3:30pm

    LATE AFTERNOON MENU
    Tuesday–Friday: 3:30pm–5pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 3:00pm–5pm

    DINNER
    Tuesday–Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    CLOSED MONDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Oetting
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Stephen STARR Events brings the exceptional dining experience of renowned STARR Restaurants, including Buddakan and Morimoto, to the world of catering and special events. Stephen STARR Events specializes in re-inventing the traditional event with modern interpretations, custom menus and a focus on excellence for both intimate affairs and grand occasions. Melding daring cuisine, unparalleled presentation and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events creates a one-of-a-kind sensory experience unlike any other. For additional information, please visit www.starrevents.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Stephen STARR Events can help you create a memorable event at Caffè Storico or any of the New-York Historical Society's amazing spaces.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Cook 2129894180x
  • Special Events: With an unparalleled collection of artwork and artifacts showcasing America’s history as seen through the unique lens of New York, and deeply engaging exhibitions and displays that reveal the impact of history on our lives today, the New-York Historical Society is a striking and sophisticated setting for events of all kinds. Located across from Central Park in the heart of the vibrant Upper West Side community, we are surrounded by the city's best hotels, boutiques and tourist attractions. Our beautiful building can be suited for events that accommodate 20 guests for an intimate dinner or as many as 250 guests for a formal wedding. Our newly renovated state of the art theater seats 420 and boasts an astonishing 75' screen. You and your guests will enjoy the best of New York and the nation’s history at your unique and unforgettable New-York Historical Society event. To learn more, please contact our Meetings and Special Events Department at 212.485.9201 or specialevents@nyhistory.org.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Entrance on 77th Street
  • Public Transit: B & C trains at 81st Street, 1 train to 79th Street, M10 to 77th Street, M79 to 81st Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a limited amount of street parking on 77th Street, 76th Street and Central Park West.
    Nearby parking garages can be found at:
    203 W 77th Street, Telephone (212) 362-2308
    207 W 76th Street, Telephone (212) 496-8553
    201 W 75th Street, Telephone (212) 874-0581
    All garages are between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
A word from Caffe Storico
Acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, of Buddakan and Morimoto, brings casual elegance to the New-York Historical Society with Caffè Storico (Italian for “historic”).

Chef Matthew Oetting’s menu features Italian cuisine rooted in tradition yet refined with modern technique and seasonality. The handmade artisanal pastas are not to be missed. An all-Italian wine list with over fifty labels, twenty of which are available by the glass, accompanies a full bar.

The 74-seat dining destination is located in the newly renovated iconic Central Park West institution.
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Caffe Storico reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)great for lunch (63)great for brunch (49)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (24)good for groups (16)kid-friendly (15)romantic (12)scenic view (10)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Interesting Italian fare in a charming corner of the New York Historical Society. Service can be somewhat erratic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    Diner123
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bright and loud. Shrieking child near us also. We were seated under a shelf of glasses, and a waiter leaned over us to fill a tray which he then lifted over our heads. Not a great night out, and rather pricey to boot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    happycamper
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Welcoming, charming and bright. Tall ceilings make it airy but noise level for lunch made conversation difficult. Service attentive. Ricotta and toast starter was tasty but skimpy amount. Sandwiches were delicious , size was ok for N.Y price. Panzanella salad was skimpy overpriced- toasts in this bread salad should NOT be croutons. Dessert was lovely& all around classic. I'd go again when at the museums- but not with a group I'd like to converse with. Noise was a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upbeat, responsive and quality spot
    Jeanne
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always take great care of me and my guests. Responsive to our every need. Menu nicely refreshed during the year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, what a find!
    mtc1308
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I visited Caffe Storico for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. I was looking for a place that would be good for a birthday dinner and that was participating in restaurant week and I came across raving reviews about Caffe Storico. Since I had no idea that there was a restaurant in the NY Historical Society, I was intrigued. Let me tell you, the reviews didn't lie - it was incredible. The decor was completely charming and the service was top notch. The food? ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I never knew this restaurant was there. I am so glad for restaurant week for introducing this place to me. I will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner, too
    ladylunch
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First time at Caffe Storico for dinner, having gone several times for lunch. Excellent all around, except for noice level, which is deafening, perhaps because of otherwise beautiful high ceilings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middlin'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Came here for restaurant week. While I enjoyed my rigatoni, the food overall didn't blow me away. This seemed kind of like more of a place where retirees go thinking its posh.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food is excellent. It's a beautiful spot. Go!! Get the smoked salmon for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Lovely Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Quite simply, my husband and I love dinner at Caffe Storico. The service, food, and ambience are all equally superb. Oh--and the price point is also extremely reasonable for the quality and creativity of the food and the lovely etting. We will be dining at Caffe Storico as long as it chooses to remain on CPW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    steven
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    went for restaurant week a what a pleasant surprise. food choices were excellent and more important the food taste great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful ambience and food - great location and a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; pretty; LOUD!
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very, very pretty--nice location. Staff is very accommodating and pleasant. Food is very good (we did have restaurant week--assume everything else is as good). The acoustics are terrible! But like all New Yorkers, we accommodated after a while to the noise. If you need a place to have a "real" conversation, not such a great choice. But if that doesn't matter it's really lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed with service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    this establishment was recommended to us for the quality o its food. While the dishes we had we superb, the wait staff was inattentive and at times rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    lovefoodnwine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We go here pretty often and the food never disappoints, the pastas are always our faves. Tried the fish off the restaurant week menu and it was fantastic, definitely recommend the Branzino.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • genevewine
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Good slada and nice wine I would like to use this retaurant weekday lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Dinner
    sarabee
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Have dined at Caffe Storico many times and always found it a pleasant experience. The food is very good, the service is attentive without being overbearing, the surroundings are very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week - Amazing Food!
    SunshineDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had some friends from out of town and we all agreed to try this place out. We had dinner around 6:30pm on a friday and it was relatively quiet, but by 8:30 when we left, almost all the tables were full of diners. We had well-informed waitress who could answer any questions we had. My friend had the salad for her app & the other two tried the lamb.The lamb appetizer was amazing. The portion was a decent size, could have shared. I didn't finish to save room for my entree. I chose the fish with lemon - Again, absolutely amazing dish. Probably the best fish I've had in awhile. They chose the chicken and said it was perfectly cooked and moist not dry. You must choose the apricot panna cotta. It's fabulous! Sweet & Tart, perfectly balanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely environment mediocre food
    Startrek
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The overall decor of the restaurant is great and the open kitchen gives it a more casualness in too of the overall classy ambience. The food is quite ok in the way that they don't taste bad but they don't taste exceptionally well either, given the price. The dessert is quite a disappointment. It is too sweet and creamy for Italian dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food here as always
    lovefoodnwine
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Love the pasta here, all of them are great! The steak was a lil burnt tho'...and we missed our usual server.
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  • Three ladies luncheoning.
    MarLa
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The ambience and the service are welcoming. We shared the burrata and prosciutto appetizer and each had a delicious, fresh pasta. It's hard to make a choice here because the whole menu sounds so tasty. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New find for me
    NonameVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    While I vaguely knew about this restaurant in the Historical Society, I had never thought to try it. I'm glad I did! It has sophistication, wonderful food, and excellent service. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    Rethguar
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Good place to have a bite after spending time in the museum. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    SaltyChicken
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My original glass of wine tasted like the bottle had been left open for several days. My entree - roasted chicken - had so much salt on the skin that any bites including skin weren't really edible. I didn't want to send a second thing back, so I just dealt with it. At prices like this ($13 for a salad, most entrees ~$30) I expect more, even in NYC.
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  • Lunch
    abruzzo
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I ate here for lunch and had the Duck Pappardelle..they were delicious and would recommend..the interior is nice with statues,etc. and lemon colored banquettes.. the only downside is that it was quite noisy as the caffe is located in the Historical Society Center and there is a lot of hustle and bustle ..maybe not the place to go if you want a quiet lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely lunch
    Pavementrat
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Even on Children's Day, children all around, we had a nice and tasty lunch, declining dessert as we were appreciative of the food consumed. Love the coffee!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food~
    lovefoodnwine
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    never disappoints. The cod and a side of mushrooms is really amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kitchen needs help!
    NotavipVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Ambiance and service are great, but the food is mediocre and the kitchen needs help.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had eaten here before and had a lovely meal so went back and was very disappointed. After having spent ten minutes with the menu and settling on the two been items that I wished, I was advised my our waitress that neither of these was available (information that would have been far more helpful when the menus were provided). I struggled with the balance of the menu because I'm vegetarian, and when I explained this to our waitress, she left, saying she would give us "some more time" with no effort to assist or help me try and select something suitable. The service overall was lacklustre, which seems far below average when compared with other New York restaurants.
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  • Never Ceases to Please!
    ealikes
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Caffé Storico never ceases to please whenever I go there. The food is always tasty and the service is terrific. I am usually on a tight schedule and they are especially sensitive to that. It is an great choice if you are going to be at the NY Historical Society or the Museum of Natural History.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and a very good mix of traditional and a little adventurous. they also vary their menu periodically during the year--each menu being equally delicious and fun. Whenever we have family or special friends visiting from outside NYC, we always bring them to Storico for dinner and every person has thanked us profusely as they eat every bit of food. Additionally, the service continues to be extremely professional--friendly but not obsequious/efficient but not hovering. Storico will continue to be one of our absolute favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent rude, rude service
    Diningsampler
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had an early dinner and just had appetizers, which were excellent--the brusssel sprouts, grilled octopus, and ricotta salad, and crostini. But our experience was marred by our brusque and rude waitress who seemed very annoyed that we didn't want seconds on our drinks or order main courses, even though the two appetizers we each ordered were the same price as a main course for each of us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    Sarabee
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have eaten at Caffe Storico numerous times and always have a satisfying experience. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful, the staff is solicitous, the food is consistently good. Prices are reasonable. Great to have this choice in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner.
    Emilia41
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Visiting this restaurant right after a program at New Your Historical Society. Nice, modern ambiance, with excellent and attentive service. Enjoyed the evening very much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • westsidefan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I am sorry to report that the quality of this lovely lovely space/restaurant has declined since first opening. The food was very good i the beginning but is only passable as of our last experience. We had the skate dish which was very unappealingly presented and tasted so so. My daughter's bolognese was better but not great. Lack robustness that a bolognese should have. The small dishes with big prices can be annoying since the quality can be lacking. And here to fore the service had always been outstanding, but I had to flag down the waitress three times to get something and the place was maybe 1/5th full. Very sad and disappointed because I LOVE the space, so lovely and appealing. I'm hoping it has a killer brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool setting, always-tasty food
    NYContheroadVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love the white-on-white, high ceiling look of Caffe Storico, and its vintage plates and serving pieces. It's a unique, interesting setting! Lots of small plates and a great variety of pastas and main courses with an Italian theme. We've eaten here many times and always enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful new find!
    lovesfood18VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Wanted an UWS spot that could accommodate four women with defined tastes getting together for dinner after not seeing each other for some time. One of the women had been to the restaurant before for lunch, and was not overly enthusiastic; she was willing to give dinner a try. We were ALL delighted with the experience! Staff was friendly and open, food selections were inventive and distinctive, and the room was beautiful. Very impressed with the flavors and presentation of food. Those who live in NYC area said they had a new go-to place on UWS. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I was delighted to find Caffe Storico. I have been looking forward to more good restaurants on the Upper West Side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Museum Gem
    museumgem
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Just before visiting the NY Historical Society Museum, we dined at Caffe Storico for lunch. I was delighted and charmed by the decor, ambiance and service but was really knocked out when I was served my entree salad which was very large, beautiful, and delicious. It was an unexpected pleasure to have such a good lunch in a cafe within a museum. And I would say the price was not bad at all. It made for a very special occasion for me and my out of town guest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    Visitor
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The room is attractive, but the "open" kitchen area, which is loud and not attractive, greatly detracts from the ambiance. I don't need to hear cooks yelling at each other and banging pans around when eating out. The food was all good (although pasta overcooked) at brunch, and cocktails were nicely done. The prices are a little high for brunch on the UWS. Service was polite and professional, but sometimes our server was hard to find and I noticed that adjacent tables were frustrated. I was hoping to find a new neighborhood spot that would become a favorite, but it didn't happen on this occasion.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic