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Caffe Storico
Caffe Storico

Caffe Storico Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffestorico.com
  • Phone: (212) 485-9211
  • Hours of Operation: BRUNCH
    Saturday and Sunday: 11am–3:00pm

    Tuesday–Friday: 11am–3:30pm

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

    Tuesday–Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 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 (212) 989-4180
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "A very pretty room, nice but limited menu, energetic noise level at times disconcerting due to sound bouncing off all the hard surfaces. I really appreciated the thought and care that went into the cooking but at these prices the tomatoes in the salad should have been ripe. The real star of the meal was a sort of fennel pretzel in the bread basket: I would go back for these alone."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Four of us for breakfast. Served three. Then waited for the fourth. Served eggs ice cold. Pretty hard to mess up a breakfast order for four. Never will go back again"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "hostess not overly friendly; did not receive requested table, cold air rushed in every time door was opened, very very noisy making conversation impossible food very mediocre. Salad was terribly salty, pasta sauce very average with some unrecognizable spice, frittata was very plain and boring, no lemon or lime with sparkling water"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and service; a perfect way to end your visit to the museum.I would recommend making a reservation as it tends to get very crowded during the weekend."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The grilled chicken in the salad was dry and tasteless. Friends who ordered the proscuitto sandwich were looking for the meat; there were 2 paper thin slices of meat. Needless to say, not satisfying. While the cafe is convenient to museum goers, it's best just to have a coffee break there, if you're able to get a seat."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had hoped really hoped this restaurant would become a neighborhood gem and have dined here a good number of times. However in our most recent visit the food quality had declined significantly and the service was not good despite the restaurant being nearly empty. Price vs. value is not there and I think we will be hesitant to go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Couldn't have been happier with our dinner here. We had two pasta dishes and two sides and they were all excellent. The service was excellent and able to give me a wonderful wine recommendation based on what I was thinking of ordering. Looking forward to going back to try different items."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Went with five others for a birthday dinner. The food, as usual, was just wonderful. The ricotta Cristina and mezzaluna are both so delicious. This time we had a few desserts that were perfect - salted caramel chocolate gelato, green apple sorbetto and blood orange sorbetto were spring-like - fresh and tangy. This has got to be one of the nicest rooms I've been in. It's warm, yet bright and fresh. Exceedingly tasteful."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We recently met friends there for lunch. It is located inside the NY Historical Society. It is a great spot to meet after a lecture or if you just want good food in a vibrant setting. This was our second time there and we will definitely go back. We had a reservation as it was a Saturday. Weekend reservations make a lot of sense especially for lunch. We all tried different dishes and enjoyed a variety of chef's creations that tasted like inspired cooking."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It is a unique experience to eat among shelves of beautiful porcelains in a soaring, clean well lit and happy space. The staff could not be friendlier and the food is reliably good."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Hidden right there in plain sight at the New York Historical Society, what looks like a tastefully decorated and uber-cute museum cafe is in fact a top-notch foodie haven. The menu is Italian, but with lots of creativity and modern flare. Service was friendly and attentive and the staff was really on top of things. And the food... let's just say I'm usually a light eater, but had to let it go at this place. Too many good things. Also, the wine list has a great selection of Italian wines - even if you only go with by-the-glass selections, there's a lot of variety there."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What a lovely restaurant. We're from out of town and went here (to meet some friends) on a recommendation. We had both excellent service and an excellent meal. The room is really beautiful .. looking up at the shelves of white china so beautifully lit across the walls (up to the ceiling) was fabulous - well designed. We had a lot of dishes (we shared a pasta with duck - outstanding!), 2 salads, 3 seafood and 1 chicken. Everyone was very pleased. Large servings. A wonderful blood orange sorbet ended a perfect evening. Restaurant is very loud - otherwise 100% satisfied and will go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I really enjoy this restaurant. The food is great and always plated superbly. Service is top notch. The interior design is clean and spacious. Lovely view from the front window. I 've had brunch and dinner here, plan to try lunch soon."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Our lunches were delicious, the service was outstanding, and the decor was unique and pleasing! Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had Sunday brunch. We both had orange juice; and I had hot tea and he had cappuccIno. We finished our beverages and the food had not yet arrived. We waited 20 minutes - I ordered the eggs-over with bacon and potatoes and unfortunately the eggs were overcooked. My husband ordered the eggs benedict and again the eggs were overcooked. Neither one of us was offered a refill of our coffee/tea. So disappointing."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is a find for the upper west side. I just hope it doesn't get too crowded for us Westsiders."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were looking for a convenient place to eat on a Museum day and were happy and surprised to find such a good one to fit the bill! I loved the bright, clean decor and the big windows. The service was excellent and the pappardelle with duck, delicious ! Will definitely go there again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great little restaurant attached to the NY Historical Society. The seared skate was delicious along with the polenta pyramid. The roasted Brussel Sprouts were just ok. They were a little too al dente for my taste. The service was attentive yet not overbearing. Also, try and visit the Museum gift shop for some interesting and fun items."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Pretty room, nice menu, good service, good location and lovely light.... but food was disappointing( rosti potato was barely warm) ( pastas oddly greasy) and room very noisy not in a pleasant way.. and your survey doesn't allow me to note that..... so I had to say i didnt recall in survey and write it up here!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The coffee was great, and a ceramic pot of coffee was left on our table so we could do or own refills. Nice touch! My Tuscan toast--think French toast filled with Ricotta and served with berries--was yummy. Our first time at Storico, but I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Like the ambiance although somewhat noisy. Even with museum membership discount, the prices, at least at brunch, are too high to be considered a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "we'd been several times before -- but my wife and I went Friday, and had such a wonderful meal than when my sons joined us the next day we went back. One of the architecturally wittiest rooms in the city, and the winelist is notable for being both interesting, and astonishingly reasonable."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "interesting but not outrageous menu - great location!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "tall ceiling, elegant decor, good lighting, entre menu was kind of limited but everything we (party of four) ordered was quite good."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "1. We were not greeted immediately. 2. Good waiter, but backup staff was directionless and we were bussed by several different staff. 3. Seats are very close. We were next to one person who talked so loud and non stop. It made my ears ring. Then she saw a friend who sat down squeezed in between this woman and my husband almost sweeping dishes off our table. Should not have been allowed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Cafe Storico tends to be the New York introduction dinner stop for any people who come to visit me from oversea. I booked this restaurant to manage my guests' jet lag the first night while giving them a good first impression of New York. The decor is great, the food is tasty and the team is always very welcoming. Plus you can talk as the noise level allows conversations. Definitely a good address UWS..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Glad this bright and stylish restaurant has opened in the New York Historical Society, helping both the museum and the neighborhood. The menu is limited but interesting enough, with fun dollops of ricotta cheese everywhere. My only disappointment was the chopped salad, which I ordered as a lunch entree ($16). It was not technically chopped, i.e., it did not contain small pieces of lettuce, tomato and parsley. Instead, the lettuce was normal-sized and tasted as if it had been sitting in its dressing for a few hours, sort of like the salads at the old Vinnie's pizzeria."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The room at Cafe Storico is delightful. Light, airy, appealing on all levels. The color scheme is great and the atmosphere is terrific, whether you're seated up at the bar or at a table. The food is beautifully presented with interesting flavors and combinations. It was filled with ladies lunching when we were there - for lunch! - but it was telling that NY Historical Society employees and docents choose to eat there with their guests too. I would go out of my way to go back. Its a real charmer."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "pretty room, food very good, too noisy, no sound absorption"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Is what Storico has going for it. And a nice sunny room. But the menu is limited (heavy on pork) , the food undistinguished and the space is quite crowded with tables right next to each other."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Delicious, beautifully served, lovely atmosphere. So friendly and comfortable. I will go again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Panini and soup was OK not great. Like you can find in many other places. Convenience is the key if your at the Historical Society."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I made a reservation here with some girlfriends (reservations are definitely needed on a weekend) for Gal-entine's Day. We had an amazing time! The atmosphere is beautiful with giant windows that look out to Central Park and very high ceilings and brightly accented decor. The brunch cocktails are amazing, but if you just want wine, the list is extensive. I had the brunch steak and eggs, which was outstanding, but my friends both got brunch pasta and the portions were on the small side for the price. They ended up ordering a side to share to supplement the meal. But all of the food was amazing and I will continue to recommend this place to everyone."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to lunch at Caffe Storico with my friend, having heard great things about it. The atmosphere is lovely and the service just fine. My friend enjoyed her pasta. However, my own food -- minestrone soup followed by chicken salad -- was dismal. The soup was water with a few bits of celery in it. The chicken salad was flavorless. To make matters worse I had major digestive issues about 1-2 hours later, clearly from the food (probably the so-called soup). I've never written a bad restaurant review before but feel compelled to let people know about my experience. If you go (and you will, because this place is considered fashionable at the moment) stick to the pasta."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was one of the best brunch menus and mealS I have experienced in a very long time. Young wait staff was incredibly lovely and ever-present. This restaurant is in a museum with an off-the-street entrance. Several different menus and these have changed over the past couple of years the restaurant has existed. This was the first time I visited for brunch and both dishes we ordered were fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Much too energetic, we could not hear each other speak across the table. We gulped our food to get out of the room as quickly as possible."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "And before Lincoln Center. This is a spiffy spot. Small menu but quality ingredients and preparations. Light Foodie-Italian. Beautiful interior -- clean white with a touch of color in the bright yellow banquets. Displays of china in the Way up high "cabinets" that extend to the ceiling. Housed in the Historical Society, with a separate entrance facing the Natural History Museum. I think I'm going back tonight, after the movies at Lincoln Center. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Five out-of-towners had blindly booked lunch reservations here as it was convenient to seeing the exhibition we came to NY to see. We were delighted with the experience. The space is beautiful, the menu is imaginative and the food was outstanding. The service was knowledgeable, pleasant, and efficient. We will go back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Nice decor , quiet, we went on a week day evening and it was super empty. Staff was lovely, food was served in a timely manner and we pretty good. Wine a bit pricey maybe."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Loved the food. The minestrone was hot, flavorful, and full of very fresh vegetables. The entrée salad with grilled chicken was fresh and full of flavor; however, chicken portion was definitely skimpy. Price was moderate; however, noise level was very high and made it difficult to carry on a conversation. We would go back again when we are in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 1/30/2014