New York’s first and oldest museum has reopened its restaurant with a new executive chef at its head.
Matt Sadownick will oversee the New-York Historical Society’s Storico, an Italian-inspired, seasonal restaurant in their building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Storico resumed full-service operations on Friday, September 24, 2021 and will be open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner only on Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Working under Constellation Culinary Group, which operates Storico, Sadownick’s resume includes positions at Gramercy Tavern, Google, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While his experience with museums correlates with his culinary skills, his familiarity with his new job site is a bit different.
âI have fond memories of a visit to the New-York Historical Society years ago,â recalls Sadownick. In the 1990s, her sister worked on the reference book “Encyclopedia of New York” in the upstairs library of the company. One day she brought Sadownick on a tour of the museum.
âI remember having to be very quiet – something I’ve never been good at – and devour the delicious lunch she gave me,â Sadownick said. “Memories like this inspired me to focus my career in hospitality in the first place.”
Now at Storico, Sadownick has introduced a fall menu of seasonal dishes shaped by Italian influences but also with a distinctly New York accent.[It] consists of a bunch of my favorite dishes, inspired by New York City and created for the palette of New Yorkers, âhe explained.
Highlights of the menu include:
- Roasted Squash and Farro Apple;
- Mushroom lasagna with bÃ©chamel and Rabe broccoli;
- Bucatini with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, basil and Parmesan Reggiano;
- Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk, Pepita and Agrodolce;
- White bean radicchio salad with Castelfranco radicchio, tahini, za’atar and orange.
âWhile Storico is steeped in Italian cuisine, for me it’s the American influence that stands out,â Sadownick said. âLike me, my team and our guests come from all over the world to visit New York, and that must be celebrated. “
Before Storico, Sadownick worked for Google in New York. There he ventured into corporate catering and handled tasks such as plating galas for 500 diners in the Dendur Temple of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sadownick switched to working from home but felt he couldn’t stay behind a desk. So he started volunteering in several pantries in Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. This will lead him to Storico, as he was noticed by the current general manager of the restaurant through his involvement in the community. The restaurant was being reopened and a new chef was needed.
âIn this role, my desire to celebrate the local community is always what drives me, and my hope is to make Storico a restaurant that celebrates our community,â Sadownick said.
Currently, Storico offers indoor and outdoor seating with outdoor tables placed along the sidewalk and facing Central Park. The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West.