With a prime location mere steps from Central Park, Storico — an Italian gem housed in the hallowed halls of the New-York Historical Society — gained a reputation as far more than a mundane museum cafe.
In an Instagram post from early Friday morning, Storico announced its impending closure and bid arrivederci to the Upper West Side, writing, “After many years of serving the New-York Historical Society and its esteemed visitors, Constellation Culinary Group will be departing as the museum’s food and beverage operator. As such, Storico will be closing today after lunch service. Storico has had the privilege of welcoming countless guests, sharing in their celebrations and becoming a treasured destination for lovers of history and culinary delights. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated team members who have been instrumental in making Storico a resounding success.”
The New York-Historical Society’s website confirmed the shuttering, noting details about future plans for the restaurant and adjacent coffee bar will be released in the upcoming weeks.
The upscale space (at 170 Central Park West and 77th Street), renowned for its airy atmosphere, sky-high ceilings, Victorian woodwork and collection of 19th century china, was an exhibition in its own right.
It just happened to serve a dynamic menu consisting of Venetian-inspired dishes, including fan-favorite pastas like casarecce with wild mushrooms and mezzo rigatoni with lamb ragu. A robust brunch menu included everything from buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs to a decadent burrata salad with everything puff pastry.
While most museum restaurants close up shop to align with the primary destination’s operating hours, Storico established itself as a popular neighborhood destination for early dinner and drinks after daytime visitors departed. Living a block south for years, I couldn’t help but notice its dining room appeared emptier and less lively since the pandemic — an unfortunate reality for many Upper West Side standbys.
Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society (dubbed the city’s first museum) is currently in the midst of a major expansion. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.