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I find Caffé Storico to be fantastic on every level. I’ve been there several times before, but my last meal’s definitely worth describing. Their level of detail in the food is pretty impressive, the service is sufficient but not over the top, and the space itself might be lovely enough for the typical diner to ignore the food. But I couldn’t.
We had three adults and two small children at the table so we shared a variety of plates.
Before dinner, we had a few cocktails too. I loved the Dante–Grey Goose, averna and blood orange, which completes the drink and adds a touch of tang. It’s worth the $12 price tag.
My daughter gobbled up the Baby Lettuce & Crisp Vegetables with honey-lemon vinaigrette. It’s a very delicate dressing with the super soft greens.
The Artichoke Mezzaluna with porcini & parsley was definitely the highlight and the fave of the table. The melt-in-your-mouth pasta made for an attractive presentation also.
The Gnocchi Gratinata with black truffle fonduta was a bubbly dish of baked pasta heaven. My only complaint is that it’s a small portion — we wanted more.
Somewhat of a signature dish by award-winning chef, Jim Burke, the Slow Roasted Chicken with sautéed fennel and chanterelle mushrooms completed our meal. The meat was cooked perfectly, tender and delicious.
|Baby Lettuce & Crisp Vegetables with honey-lemon vinaigrette|
The noise level is energetic, but not ridiculous. My one complaint would be the portion size. Keep that in mind and order enough dishes to share. Otherwise, you may leave hungry.
|Caffé Storico is in the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side|
170 Central Park West Manhattan, NY 10024