Caffe Storico
Caffe Storico

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
126 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (45)great for brunch (38)special occasion (19)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (9)notable wine list (8)romantic (7)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good Food, Mediocre Service
    FoodFan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For the Upper West Side, the food stands out for both its quality and reasonable price. The service was erratic and disorganized: plates breaking, wrong dishes being brought, being checked on three times in the span of 6 minutes, then nothing for 25. If I lived in that area, I would come back based on the merit of the food, however I would never make it a point to go out of my way to eat there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot on the Upper West Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    During a recent visit to New York, we had lunch at Caffe Storico following a visit to the NY Historical Society. We so enjoyed that meal--a pasta with lobster and a grilled chicken salad plate--we returned for Saturday brunch. Food is creative but not too tarted up, and it is nicely presented. For lunch, the pasta with lobster was excellent, and a grilled chicken salad plate was fresh and satisfying. The steak and eggs and a spinach frittata were both good at brunch. It's a bright, light welcoming space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great, noise grating
    newyorker10021VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food is wonderful. I had chicken salad,crispy greens, chicken grilled to perfection, lovely light dressing. everything is so good here, except too noisy. Best to go solo, otherwise you will work too hard to have a decent conversation with your guest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, Storico scores!
    GregFoodie1VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Simple, uncomplicated yet tasty Italian cuisine (the agnolotti and the duck ragu pastas are first-rate). Reasonably priced and a beautiful, unique setting. Always a pleasure to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Gathering Spot
    Dineout
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have eaten at Caffe Storico several times, always with groups of friends. It is ideal for this as the excellent menu has a nice variety; and, it is reasonable priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Museum meal
    FoodFinds
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Although the atmosphere is more diner than cafe, the high ceilings and wall decor help. The food was excellent, creative fare, prices on the high side but not over the top. A bit noisy but a unique place for a special lunch with a friend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for museum visitors
    mbd3VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is an absolutely lovely room in which to have lunch after visiting the New-York Historical Society. I would also come here if I were in the neighborhood for other reasons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Find
    UsedtoloveSpigoloVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    WE loved Caffe Storrico. I had been initially attracted by decor and the fact that it was a Stephen Starr restaurant and decided to try it for a friend's birthday. It was a great choice. Service was so gracious. Terrfic food. Wonderful inexpensive wines. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mela
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It is very attractive, but very noisy and the food is so so. The portions are too large and lack flavor
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect if viewing the exhibits
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If you are at the museum, then by all means eat here, but be prepared to shout at your companions since the place with its gorgeous high, high ceilings is noisy. The bread needs work. The fruit needs to be ripe. The panini is a good choice. The service is top notch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good museum restaurant.......
    antiqmeisterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Perfect for lunch after visiting the museum.......popular with outside eaters, as restaurant has separate entrance from museum.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beatiful museum cafe
    Lynn
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Storico in the New York Historical Society offers a wonderful place for lunch in a neighborhood that isn't full of great restaurants. The setting is beautiful: white walls with shelves full of sets of old china. Large picture windows look over the Museum of Natural History. And after lunch, visit the museum which was renovated a few years ago, and always has interesting special exhibitions. You don't have to pay admission to the museum to eat in the café.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh & Bright
    eatout
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Menu had a nice selection from small plate to full meals. We had polenta pyramid, Panzanella Salad, Frutti Di Mare, roasted brussel sprouts. All were excellent. Panzanella salad was my favorite. Homemade croutons crunchy but marinated, and the buratta was delicious. Food came out in a timely manner, waitress was just barely okay. Never asked if we wanted another glass of wine or more water, seemed to not really care. Saturday at 6pm, there were only 5 other tables full. Atmosphere is "fresh and bright." Would recommend and revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot @ NY Historical Soc
    likestoeatwellVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great ambiance. Average food, small portions. Convenient location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem.
    Urban0traveler
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful space day or night, delicious food, novelty location. Thoughtful, well executed menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful CPW Find
    Stuart
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant is in the NY Historical Scy. It is architecturally interesting and beautiful with soaring ceilings, an all-white decor featuring lovely woodwork and porcelain plates from the society's collection. Our server was absolutely delightful -- very knowledgable about the wine selections and a perfect server. The food was delicious. I did not give it the highest stars because this is NYC after all. The grilled branzino and rigatoni were repaired to perfection. The restaurant is a happy place with happy people, so expect a certain amount of noise as the kitchen is open to the dining area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh.
    Babette
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Caffe Storico is a cheerful place designed for ladies who lunch. The hostess just stared at me when I entered at 1pm. I had to ask if she worked there because she looked like a patron, just dumpier. Lousy service until it was time to hurry our party along due to a special event scheduled for 2:45. OpenTable should have indicated this event when I made the reservation as we were considerably rushed. Food was mediocre. The linguine was really spaghetti, the frittata was rubbery and our server was overly eager to clear our plates which we clearly hadn't finished. No time for coffee or dessert as it was obvious we were no longer welcome. The wine was good although server didn't have a clue about the wine list. Not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Perfect Girls Lunch Spot
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant for a girls lunch. The food is amazing and the decor is bright, attractive and it just makes me happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for casual dinner - upscale
    Eastdiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    very pretty room with delicious, fresh food. it was a little pricier than we expected for what we thought would be neighborhood place, but I had not factored in the budakkhan/morini to connection. would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    lovefoodnwineVIP
    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
  • neeneeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We've been here many times and always enjoyed our visits. Beautiful, elegant, high-ceilinged room, fabulous food, "attitude-free" service. Located in the New York Historical Museum building. Have a great brunch, lunch, or dinner and then enjoy the Museum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun and interesting dining
    KateTPB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great location within the New York Historical Society - take in an exhibition and discuss it over a cocktail afterwards
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.