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Posted by carol on 12/26/2012
This restaurant is just way too noisy. The food is very good, and not overpriced for Manhattan, but the servers are quite blase. And even though I am a volunteer at the museum and get a 20% discount for the cafe, they are never able to remember this, meaning I have to ask several times, which is embarassing. All in all, I think the convenience outweighs the drawbacks, but it's not the great experience it claims to be.
Posted by Francobollo on 02/13/2012
I really wanted to love this place and I almost did. The food is delicious from the bread basket to the desserts. The room is beautiful but it lacks any real warmth. It's all done in white and yellow (lovely) but there is a wood floor and marble topped tables. The chairs are also metal and it gives the whole place a bit of a corporate cafeteria feel. Also, because of all these hard surfaces, the place is incredibly noisy. There was one boisterous table the night I dined there and my friends and I could not hear each other. The simplest quick fix would be to put white tablecloths on the tables in the evening. This would buffer the noise a bit and make the restaurant seem a bit more elegant for an evening out. Let's hope Stephen Starr sees the review and takes the hint!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2012
The place is lovely and the service was great. However, we left still hungry. I went with 3 friends and we had the rigatoni and the risotto. All were excellent, but the portions were small, more like kids portions. I asked for an extra bread basket because we were all still starving after dinner.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2012
This is a great spot. Whether you are going to the museum or just going to Caffe Storico. I had lunch and dinner here and both meals were amazing. The restaurant is so pretty, the service is great and the food wonderful. The menu is inventive. I recommend this for any occassion. They just need to dim the lights a bit for dinner.
Posted by anonymous on 12/28/2011
If your idea of a great day in NYC involves history - and great food - you must visit Caffe Storico. Our first trip to the impressively restored NY Historical Society ended with a delightful dining experience. Although it was a rainy, dreary night in NYC, the high ceilings, white walls, mirrors, and the society's china collections created a cheerful, warm, uncluttered atmosphere. (I can only imagine how lovely it must be during a sunny day.) The light atmosphere of the setting reflected the superbly delicate but satisfying Italian dishes. Knowledgable staff guided us through our course selections, each of which was excellent. Coupled with great wines (also at the suggestion of staff) we left dutifully impressed. Do try as many of the pasta dishes as you can, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Punch on 12/21/2011
I only had lunch there, and what I had was fine, but the place is incredibly noisy and while the service was polite, it had that veneer rather than depth of professionalism that NYC restaurants often have. The place will be a money maker for the NYHS, which is great, but it is completely out of character as the only place to eat in an educational institution.