Mother's Day is not a day we typically dine out, since restaurants and cafes are even more crowded than usual. But since we had a mid-afternoon event on the Upper West Side yesterday, we decided to have brunch after church at Caffè Storico, a charming Italian restaurant housed in the New-York Historical Society.
While people around us treated their moms and grandmas to brunch, we celebrated our moms in this gorgeous setting. (Those chandeliers! The mile-high ceilings!)
I ate (every bite of) this (perfectly) crisp potato and horseradish cake topped with yogurt, a small mountain of smoked salmon and thinly-sliced cucumbers. Scott's pasta with slow-cooked pork and sage had a light dusting of lemon zest that made all of the flavors explode.
We capped off our meal by trying two desserts. Scott got a thick slice of banana bread, covered with a creamy layer of walnut and espresso mascarpone. My Nutella crepe of chocolate and hazelnut was topped with orange syrup and preserved oranges. While Scott gave a thumbs up to the banana bread (I am allergic to bananas, so rely on his review), the crepe was the definitely winner. Each was big enough to share, especially if you want just a little something sweet with your coffee after a meal.
And speaking of coffee, from our table, I could see the busy baristas constantly grinding coffee beans, making some of the best coffee I have ever had. Strong, dark and flavorful - and that was the decaf.
Whether you are visiting the Historical Society - or seeing the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History across the street - this place is worth the stop just for the coffee and crepe.