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“Great brunch today at Caffe Storico”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Caffe Storico

Caffe Storico
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Ranked #1,578 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Cafe, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Entrance on 77th Street
Transit: B & C trains at 81st Street, 1 train to 79th Street, M10 to 77th Street, M79 to 81st Street
Connecticut
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“Great brunch today at Caffe Storico”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Started my afternoon today with a great cocktail (or two), the New Yorker, followed by an excellent brunch. The salmon on crispy potato was delicious & my polenta w/eggs was perfectly prepared. My wife enjoyed her food and drink as well. We were promptly seated and the service was very good. The place is clean & bright. The best thing was that after brunch we were able to head straight in to the New York Historical Society Museum and spend a few hours enjoying the collection. The prices at Caffe Storico were reasonable, especially for a restaurant in a museum. There seemed to be as many locals as there were museum visitors. Next time we visit the Natural History Museum (w/the kids) we will make sure to stop by the cafe again. It was certainly a nice way to spend a snowy day!

  • Visited February 2014
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“...well that was too bad!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

Shortly after its opening we dined here several times and had delightful experiences. Dined there for lunch this past Saturday and it was borderline dreadful. 1) The service was uneven: long waits between visits from our waiter. 2) They allowed guests to enter from two separate doors and as they were somewhat busy, there were people standing and milling all around anyone seated near the front of the restaurant. When we suggested to the hostess that she might direct the waiting guests away from the tables (easily doable) she seemed not interested...
The food was mediocre and frankly not interesting. I'm not a big fan of ketchup on eggs, but my fritatta could have used it...not a ringing endorsement: too bad.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Dining surprise in a museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

One usually avoids eateries attached to museums. Few offer good food let alone value for money. This was the second restaurant I have encountered. The other is Persimmon at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Caffe Storico was booked out when I popped in to make a reservation at 11am for noon. But the stunning Afro-American woman who operated the front of house said she would save me two seats at the bar. Looking at great art always makes me peckish and thirsty. Both was satisfied here. We started with a Empire Amber Ale and a Brooklyn IPA. They hit the spot. There have been a slew of boutique breweries in Australia in recent years offering terrific beers. These two could match any of them. To satisfy our hunger, we had the salumi and cheese and the pappadelle and duck ragu. The former was a wonderful mix of meats, terrine, cheese and relish. It went well with the freshly baked bread and virgin olive oil that was refilled as requested. Many restaurants make their own pasta fresh daily. Caffe Storico's stands out. There's fresh and there's fresh. This one was near perfect as was the duck ragu that came with it. Service was prompt and efficient and this quality of food is worth the price paid.

  • Visited January 2014
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“A welcome haven, a surprise, and just what you need”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

It is true that in many museums in NY you are able to take a break and have pleasant bite and perhaps a bottle of beer, but this place goes far beyond any of that. It really is a first-class dining experience, with some degree of attitude and personality, that happens to be there and available. The space itself is fresh and appealing. Understandably, given the location, that means it is crowded: we got the last empty table, and there was no room to squeeze in extra tables. The white ceramic/marble design means that with everyone talking, it gets a bit noisy too, but, after all this is lunch at the museum. As to the food and drink, the wine list was good and what we had by the glass was better than we expected. Service was efficient and more than adequate. The menu offers a range of pastas, pan inis, and the like. Panini of the day for us was very good. The Caesar salad was light and refreshing, although I cannot help noting that once upon a time there was a Caesar salad that had raw eggs, garlic, and mashed anchovies (originally just Lee and Perrins). The version here was quite good, light, with carefully chopped Romaine and some white anchovies. All in all, much better than what you usually find in a museum, and also offering a lot of interesting choices, although we did not happen to opt for them.

  • Visited January 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

This is the restaurant at the New York Historical Society Museum on West Park Place. Go to the museum & then eat at Caffe Storico for a great lunch or dinner. My wife & I, along with my son, neice & mother had a wonderful time & I would have never thought to eat there but for a suggestion by a friend.

Visited December 2013
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