Welcome to the Caffe Storico guided tour.
This airy northern Italian spot from chef Jim Burke (his NYC debut) and restaurateur Stephen Starr opens tomorrow inside the New-York Historical Society.
Take a seat on the room-length lemon banquette. From here, view china and porcelain from the Society’s collection housed in ceiling-skimming white cabinetry.
First stop, the cicchetti gallery. Burke’s extensive selection of small plates (octopus and potato, mozzarella en carozza) pairs beautifully with one of twenty wines by the glass.
As we move to the house-made pasta wing, observe (in your mouth) Vermouth-braised artichoke mezzaluna; hand-rolled garganelli with cauliflower, pine nuts, and mullet roe; and gnocchi gratinata with baked black truffle fonduta.
A curator’s tip: double order kabocha squash tortellonis. The stuffed Parmesan, amaretto cookie, and nutmeg treats taste like Christmas.
Before closing with chocolate budino, we invite you back next week for the brunch exhibit. You’ll find the acorn squash bellinis are more than docent.
Caffe Storico, at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street (212-485-9211 or caffestorico.com).
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