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New-York Historical Society Selects Starr Restaurants to Operate New Restaurant in its Renovated Building on Central Park West

Opening Is Scheduled for November 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY – Adding a full-service eatery to its visitor amenities for the first time, the New-York Historical Society has selected Starr Restaurants to create and operate a restaurant in its renovated landmark building on Central Park West.

Establishing a welcoming destination for both Historical Society visitors and Upper West Side residents, the new restaurant will have a menu focused on cicchetti, small plates from the Veneto region. The restaurant will be accessible through an independent entrance when the galleries of the Historical Society are closed. Starr Restaurants will also be the exclusive caterer for events at the Historical Society, where an ambitious $65 million project is bringing a new level of openness and light to the building, while improving its ability to serve the public and showcase its collections and exhibitions.


The new restaurant will open with the renovated building on November 11, 2011.

Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, stated: "We want our new restaurant to offer the same sense of excitement and unique environment as our newly renovated galleries when we reopen in November 2011. We saw in Starr Restaurants an opportunity to achieve this ambition and contribute a distinguished new dining experience to our neighborhood. We look forward to making our aspirations a reality."


Founded in Philadelphia in 1995, Starr Restaurants is one of the fastest growing multi-concept restaurant companies in the United States. Owner Stephen Starr – who was named "Restaurateur of the Year" by Bon Appétit magazine in 2005 – is renowned for inventive and spectacular properties such as Buddakan and Morimoto in the Meatpacking District in New York. SLDesign, which recently designed Atlantic Grill near Lincoln Center, will bring warm, contemporary elements to the New-York Historical Society restaurant space.

"Being associated with such an important New York institution is an honor," stated Stephen Starr, owner of Starr Restaurants. "We are excited to create a restaurant that we hope will become as meaningful to New Yorkers as the Historical Society itself."

Guests at the new restaurant will be encouraged to mix and match small and large plates for a flexible dining experience. The menu will focus on meat, fish, vegetable and bread cicchetti such as crispy chicken leg with mini-eggplant pesto parm; polpette di carne; grilled sardines with pine nuts; arancini; and lemon ricotta with fresh figs and sea salt. A section of sharable rustic entrees such as handmade pastas and simply prepared fish and meats will round out the menu. Lunch and brunch will see appropriate additions such as tramezzini (little sandwiches), salads and traditional Italian breakfast and egg dishes. A well-edited list of mostly Italian and California wines will be the central focus of the beverage program. As in Venetian cicchetti restaurants, wines by the glass will play a role in the experience. A small selection of Italian and domestic craft beers and a full bar will also be available.

Speaking of the design for the restaurant, Chris Sheffield of SLDesign stated, "Mixing old and new elements, we are aiming to create a space that has a clear identity and direction. We not only want it to be accommodating for museum visitors, but also welcoming enough that residents will think of it as their neighborhood restaurant."

In addition to the restaurant space, the facility holds numerous options for social and corporate functions and events, and Starr Restaurants will provide full-service on-site catering services. 


"Working with the Historical Society during the conceptual and renovation phase is a wonderful and exciting experience," said Simon Powles, President of Starr Restaurants Catering Group. "We look forward to introducing our restaurant and catering and special event services in this fabulous venue."

About the New-York Historical Society


Established in 1804, the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) comprises New York's oldest museum and a nationally renowned research library. N-YHS collects, preserves and interprets American history and art; its mission is to make these collections accessible to the broadest public and increase understanding of American history through exhibitions, public programs, and research that reveal the dynamism of history and its impact on the world today. N-YHS holdings cover four centuries of American history and comprise one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

About STARR Events

Founded in 1995 by Stephen Starr, Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurants is one of the fastest growing multi-concept restaurant companies in the country. Starr Restaurants include Buddakan, Morimoto, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-Town, El Vez, Jones, Alma de Cuba, Pod, Parc, Butcher and Singer, Pizzeria Stella, El Rey and seasonal food-stand SquareBurger in Philadelphia and Morimoto and Buddakan in New York City's thriving Meatpacking District. Starr Restaurants expanded to Atlantic City, NJ, with Buddakan and Continental restaurants at the Pier Shops at Caesars in 2006 and to Fort Lauderdale, opening Steak 954 at the W Hotel in 2009. Stephen STARR Events is the group's full-service catering and special events division, managing projects including Rat's Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture and the dining venues at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stephen Starr has earned numerous awards and accolades and was named "Restaurateur of the Year" by Bon Appétit magazine in 2005 and Zagat Survey New York City in 2007. Starr also received the TimeOut New York Readers' Choice Award for "Best New Out-of-Town Restaurateur" in 2007.

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | 212-873-3400 x263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org - Ruder Finn Arts & Communications Counselors | Whitney Snow | 212-583-2743 | snoww@ruderfinn.com -

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