Stephen Starr Is Opening Up at the New York Botanical Garden

Orchids and small plates.
Orchids and small plates. Photo: Getty Images

The city’s 250-acre premier botanical center will soon be home to two new Stephen Starr restaurants that will open inside the Bronx property’s current Garden Café and Visitor Center Café spaces. Few details are available at the moment, but it’s a good bet to expect one slightly upscale, full-service concept, and a more casual dining space along the lines of the restaurateur’s Italian restaurant Caffe Storico, which opened a little more than a year ago inside the New York Historical Society. Stephen Starr Events will also launch on-site catering services among the flowers and the specimen trees, with menus featuring dishes from Morimoto, Caffe Storico, and Buddakan. Best of all, however, there will also be “unique food kiosks and street carts,” a press release says, “sprinkled throughout the Garden.” Wild! Sitewide renovations will begin in the fall, and the new restaurants will open next spring. [Earlier]