Located in the New-York Historical Society and operated by acclaimed restauranteur Stephen Starr, Caffe Storico is designed to evoke the spirit of a contemporary Venetian cicchettiria; a combination of modern furniture and bold color in a historic envelope that evokes the character of the museum and the Italian aesthetic.
Eschewing clean-lined, institutional modernism, and the expected rustic Italian pastiche, the restaurant is enclosed in warm white 15’-0” high, artisan-crafted display cases inspired by the charm of the museum’s 19th century library and New York City’s Victorian past. Herringbone wood floors and brass and enamel chandeliers enhance the look. The cicchetti bar is a solid slab of Italian marble with gold and cream veins. A bold gesture of highlighter yellow leather hand-finished in Italy, the 30’-0” long banquette is inspired by contemporary furniture designs and dominates the seating area. Additional color and pattern is introduced into the display shelves using elements curated from the N-YHS collection: serving pieces and decorative objects in Chinese export porcelain, Staffordshire transfer-printed china and 19th century European porcelain ware in saturated blue, red and green hues.
All photos by Daniel Krieger