About Morso - NYC

Morso is a culmination of a life in food and a passion for culinary excellence. Thirty years ago Pino Luongo, brought the then unfamiliar flavors and culture of authentic Tuscan cooking to New York City. With the essence of his homeland at heart and a truly original style of cooking, Luongo shaped the Italian menus and restaurants we consider as classics today. For Morso, his values and passion remain unchanged. Great, seasonal ingredients, skillfully prepared, shared with family and friends. Taking little bites of inspiration from all over Italy and the Mediterranean, combined with Pino's finest signature dishes; Morso represents a quintessential dining experience—authentic contemporary cooking in a vibrant and relaxed setting.

420 East 59th St,
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Sat: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday : 5:30pm-10pm
Lunch Mon-Sat 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Brunch: Sunday: 12:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
First Avenue and Sutton Place

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 759-2706

Website:
http://www.morso-nyc.com/

Catering:
Experience the same great cuisine in your home or location of your choice. We are delighted to cater your next event from 20-2000. Please inquire with our private dining department.

Parking Details:
Morso is happy to offer our guests $3 off every hour of parking right next door to our restaurant at 422 East 59th Street between 1st Ave & Sutton Place.
Entrances on both 58th & 59th Streets. Present your parking ticket to us for validation. Validated tickets must be presented to garage cashier at check-out. SUV rates may apply

Public Transit:
4,5,or 6, N, Q, R Subway to 59th Street

Executive Chef:
Pino Luongo

Private Party Facilities:
Our Private Dining Alcove is steps away from our main dining room and offers guests a majestic view of the 59th Street Bridge. This semi-private space can seat up to 14 guests in a fun, casual ambience.You may order a la carte or select some of Morso signature dishes to create a special celebration.

Private Party Contact:
Ezma Samuel: (212) 759-2706

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
esamuel@morso-nyc.com

Morso - NYC Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
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Special Occasion (19)
Casual (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (7)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Bartender is great should you want to eat at the bar. Pasta is fresh and food is great. Hostess has a bit of an attitude but other than that, everything is perfect.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

LOVE MORSO!!! It's an amazing restaurant and ALWAYS special. The food is delicious, the staff incredibly nice and attentive and the overall ambience just fantastic.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Morso is perfect for Friday night dinner with a friend. The staff is cordial and super efficient, and the food was delicious. I would happily recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Morso is best restaurant in NYC! Started with Caesar salad which was AMAZING and homemade pasta followed by Roasted Chicken, all just the best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Have been dining at Morso for several years. It has always been wonderful. However, this time
a veal platter ordered by my wife was not up the the restaurant's standard. Must of the veal was
left on the plate.
When Roberto (manager) asked us if "everything had been OK, we told him our concern. When we asked for desserts, we were told that "dessert was on the house". Moreover, upon getting
our check, we never were charged for the disappointing platter. This was something to be expected of all good restaurants, but unfortunately- as I understand- it is not the case.
Kudos to Morso and its management.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Morso has great food and service...always. I had the spaghetti vongole again and loved it as much this time. The staff is friendly in a not imposing way. All in all a very enjoyable dinner with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Morso is a neighborhood Italian joint that just happens to be a great Italian restaurant. Our most recent meal was a last minute decision, and my wife decided we should all go out after a very busy week for everyone in the family. The meal we had was not only extraordinarily good, it was memorable. My wife had her favorite salad and my daughter and I had shared the special pasta as our appetizer. While there were a lot of yummy sounding specials on the menu, each of us stuck with the meals that keep us coming back to Morso, which for my daughter is the spaghetti Bolognese, but my wife the Rustica, and for me the osso bucco. I’ve probably had it at moreso one or two dozen times before this weekend, but I swear it just keeps getting better and better and I was apparently enjoying it so much that someone at a neighboring table said “I’ll have what he’s having!”

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Small but tasty portions with Manhattan prices. Great variety of choices

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great. The server, Alejandro was awesome and helpful. Outdoor terrace was lovely. Great night!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service was terrible. Our waiter was arrogant. We had an 8PM reservation and they had already run out of two of the specials. We complained several times in order to get bread and serving spoons for our appetizers. Our check was adjusted at the end of the meal and we did receive complementary desserts, however we had to ask for that accommodation as well. I couldn't possibly say if the food was good or bad, as the venue was so completely unpleasant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Found this Tuscan eatery an of extraordinary quality and value in a city dominated by overpriced Italian eateries. Fabulous meal - the duck and the pasta were exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Awesome staff & awesome food .....ince you try it once you’ll be hooked

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

One fabulous lunch at the outside patio on a very hot Sunday. It was relaxing and breezy. I had the lemon sole and my husband had the sardines. We each had a glass of perfect prosecco. We had such a wonderful meal that we decided to have dinner last Saturday night. We chose to dine indoors and that was a mistake. The room is very, very noisy. I had the duck which had a thicker fat layer than it should have and when removed, the duck was almost tasteless and a bit dry. My husband had the skirt steak and absolutely loved it. The wine list is excellent without being very large, and I was thrilled to see a Barbera d'Alba which worked very well with our entrees. The blueberry tart was great while the carrot cake was almost a pudding and disappointing. I will most definitely return and will stick with the seafood.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Always a great evening at Morso.
Great food and service, and a beautiful night to dine alfresco

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Morso was a very nice place. Bar was good. Staff were very friendly. Food was great and not rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love the daily specials

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Delicious food! I was a little disappointed that they didn't put the candle in my granddaughter 's dessert as I had requested on my reservation. But all else great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always amazing and delicious!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always my favorite! Great food with portion options. Good service. Pino the chef/owner is always charming and the perfect host. He often is in the dining room greeting people and offering suggestions. Outdoor dining under the 59th street bridge
And it's in my neighborhood.
Great choice for anyone in the mood for some authentic and innovative seasonal Italian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Tapas, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at a favorite lol restaurant. The popovers are always a treat. The special blueberry tart was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Simple and easy with great food. Definitely great value. Quiet under the bridge with a nice amount of space between tables. Great service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was rushed. I ordered a half portion and got the same full portion as my friend. Noisy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very poor service. Arrived at 7:15. Served at 8:30. Noise was unbearable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food is excellent and gives you a choice of two plate sizes for pasta dishes. It can get a little loud at times and making it difficult to carry on a conversation. It is the only criticism that I have of the restaurant . The service is great and the place is very comfortable . I highly recommend it especially for those that live in the neighborhood .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This was not our first time at Morso. Morso has become our go to place for great Italian food with fresh ingredients. There were 7 of us and every dish was absolutely delicious!!!

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Selfishly I was reluctant to give this restaurant five stars it deserved because when I call to make a reservation, I would like to be sure I get it! This is my go to restaurant! I love it for every day dining and special occasions. Never disappoints. The menu is very eclectic with familiar ingredients that are cooked and served in a unique way.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Dinner was excellent, service outstanding.
Always a delight to have a meal at Morso

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Super.. love the place.. always great fun and frolic as well as the food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Amazin unpretentious italian restaurant in the neighborhood. A real joy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Service was great, nice outdoor area that is private with greenery, white lights, view of 59th Street bridge in distance. Large portions.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Consistently reliable. Lovely outdoor setting. good food. Good service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Brought some friends with us for dinner, hoping to sit outside but it had rained earlier. They raved over the food and drinks, and we always love the place. Service is excellent and attentive, and the food was delicious. Still not sure why they serve popovers with the meal, rather than good Italian bread. They go better with roast beef and gravy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

A neighborhood Gem. Always reliable
Good Great They mix a good drink and the Popovers and Ricotta are a treat

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Absolutely love this place - have eaten there many times. The food is great and the service very personal. Management clearly committed to a wonderful and sustainable place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful front desk, wonderful service, absolutely delicious food, the "morso" small portion option leads diners into leisurely multi-course meals in a warm, Mediterranean-feeling environment. A favorite of this neighborhood--I just loving taking guests here, but also enjoy strolling over with nearby friends for weeknight getaway. The menu is diverse, with something for the adventurous, but also delicious light options for a more timid diner. Use of local suppliers leads to fantastic simple first courses centered on marvelous vegetables. The service is in key with the food--elegant but personal, low key, highly professional, with waiters dedicated to your pleasant experience, and unintrusive support staff always circulating with an eye to your any wish. I cannot rate it highly enough--it makes our few blocks feel like a "destination" a few steps from home.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I am hoping our recent visit was an off night. We'll definitely try again but I have had both the gazpacho and the salmon previously and this last time both were not seasoned well and therefore bland. I was so disappointed given how much I have enjoyed them in the past. Pasta is great and cooked perfectly. Salads nice. We'll try again but hoping for better a result!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Confusion!! Ordered the calamari appetizer to share and after 30 minutes we were given the pulpo. The waiter said he misheard us.
Main course linguini vongole was ok, but just some chopped clams and garlic with zucchini strips. The pork chop wrapped in prosciutto had no prosciutto. The waiter said they were no longer preparing it as described on the menu.
They did bring us a dessert to share, blueberry tart, as an apology.
This was our first visit. Not sure we will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Morso was as always a lovely place to be. The food was delicious, the service attentive and the noise level bearable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This is a great restaurant with very tasty food & friendly staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always excellently, the Upper Eastside gem! Great seasonal menus!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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