The New-York Historical Society, the city’s first museum, is pleased to announce that the Oberon Group is opening a new restaurant, Clara, in its storied home on Central Park West this fall. Clara will offer lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch while the new Café 77 will serve coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch, and grab-and-go snacks. Clara is named in honor of Clara Driscoll, the trailblazing woman responsible for designing many of the iconic Tiffany lamps on view in New-York Historical’s Gallery of Tiffany Lamps. Outdoor dining will be available for both venues. The Oberon Group’s distinguished division, Purslane, will run Café 77.

“With their passionate commitment to locally sourced food and sustainability, the Oberon Group and Purslane are wonderfully aligned with New-York Historical’s work on the environment’s impact on history,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “We look forward to delighting visitors and diners with their culinary skills as well as sensitivity to our natural resources when the doors to Clara and Café 77 open this fall.”

“We’re thrilled that Oberon and Purslane have been chosen as the restaurant and café partners for the New-York Historical Society,” said Henry Rich, chief executive officer of the Oberon Group. “We admire and align with the educational and historic mission of the Museum, which carries on our track record of working in historic landmarks around New York City and upstate New York.”

New-York Historical retained JGL Consultants to manage the food service RFP process which ultimately led to the selection of Oberon/Purslane.

About the Oberon Group and Purslane
The Oberon Group’s restaurant portfolio includes Rucola (Boerum Hill), June Wine Bar (Cobble Hill), Rhodora Wine Bar (Fort Greene), and Anaïs (Boerum Hill). Rucola’s commitment to serving farm-to-table food, using high-quality ingredients at a reasonable price point, and buying from local farms and purveyors has carried over to Purslane. Purslane is committed to zero waste and carbon neutral practices, as well as offering high-quality ingredients at a reasonable price point. Purslane serves as the caterer for several prominent New York establishments, including the Prospect Park Boathouse and the New Museum.

About the New-York Historical Society
Experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. Ever-rising to the challenge of bringing little or unknown histories to light, New-York Historical will soon inaugurate a new wing housing its Tang Academy for American Democracy as well as the American LGBTQ+ Museum. These latest efforts to help forge the future by documenting the past join New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Center for Women’s History. Digital exhibitions, apps, and our For the Ages podcast make it possible for visitors everywhere to dive more deeply into history. Connect with us at or at @nyhistory on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokYouTube, and Tumblr.

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