Osteria Morini - New York

4.6
2489 reviews
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Osteria Morini - New York is a authentic rustic Italian restaurant by acclaimed and award winning Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests, and at Osteria Morini - New York Chef White continues this tradition of hospitality, transforming his first downtown restaurant into an authentic, old-world osteria with soulful food from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian meal I’ve ever had! Highlight of our trip, no doubt! Incredible food, excellent and knowledgeable wait staff, couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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WA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta and pork chops!

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D
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Kourtney our server was great!!! Food was great. The tables are very tight there but we were lucky to sit on the bar.

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KR
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. I just wish there were some cheaper and smaller options for lunch. Entrees were $23-28 for lunch.

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CL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, food was very good except for the tiramisu which was quite disappointing. The pasta was excellent though the portions were a bit small. The service however was nothing more than adequate. Certainly expeditious but no warmth or flair… felt like we were at Olive Garden. I expected more. We ordered a good bottle of wine and the waiter brought it to our table already in a decanter… a big no-no. She should have opened the bottle and poured it into the decanter in front of us… no way of knowing if what we drank was actually what we ordered… There are so many excellent options in NYC and for the same price, even less, you can do better.

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f
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we love going to Morini’s when visiting NYC. What not to like, good food, good wine selection & reasonable prices.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, everything was wonderful! Haf the pasta summer tasting menu and it was really delicious.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to dine! Have never been disappointed Love to bring friends here for a special experience.

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e
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve eaten here a number of times and always have a great experience. A tad pricey for everyday dining but fun for bringing friends from out of town or other special occasion like a birthday. Food is always great and we’ve had very good servers. However, we really do not care for restaurants who insist all of your party be there before seating (esp when 2 our of 3 are there and the restaurant was not full even when we finished our meal). Feels like you’re at Chili’s. In our experience the better NYC restaurants don’t do this.

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GW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Reviews suggested an excellent Italian restaurant in NY, a city not short of competition. Bourdain's recommendation closed the deal and table booked. As it transpired, service was functional and food acceptable without being particularly memorable. Enjoyable starters (chicken sausage excellent) but pork main was disappointing. Meat a little dry. Vegetables swimming in oil. Not great. Excellent wine, although provided with glass tumblers to drink it from, unlike anyone else in the room as far as we could see. Asked for wine glasses, which were provided together with the waitress's observation that "Italians drink it from them". Not on any of our many, many holidays in Italy they didn't, but not a problem, just a bit odd. Overall- expected a superb Italian meal but received something mediocre.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fun place for friends da or date

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JS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious meal! We treated ourselves to the 120 day aged Tomahawk steak and were not disappointed. Steak just melted in your mouth and the Nerello Mascalase made it all come together. Service was just outstanding.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My friend and I came in for dinner last Friday. Your servers go above and beyond. After talking to our server at the end of the meal, she brought out a dessert with a candle. Not only did she put a smile on both of our faces at the end of the meal, but she recommend a variety of different dishes displaying quality menu knowledge. All and all, you can truly tell the restaurant values teamwork. The way they work together as a team is absolutely outstanding. Coming from a restaurant team in Philadelphia, I truly appreciated how we were taken care of every step of the way, from watering, to plate changes, to crumbing, and receiving our check. It was all smooth and you can feel the fluidity throughout your entire experience.

Also, our pasta was incredible. We'll definitely be back!

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L
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

InFKNsane food!!! I’m an Italian that will now crave fussili with pork shoulder ragu til the day I die, SERIOUSLY!! A MUST❣️ Alegra at the bar is awesome!

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LR
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Tasted like classic Italian food grandma made years ago! Loved the cozy atmosphere and service was fantastic! Highly recommend!😍

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Always is. The people that work here are amazing and the food is excellent.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. As someone who grew up with a Northern Italian grandmother, I can say with confidence that everything about this experience was the best parts of eating at your nonna's house. Authentic, delicious... definitely get the budino pudding for dessert.

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AB
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dined at G’town Osteria Morini several times and thought highly. NYC location more of a neighborhood feel, but food and service were ok, good. Very casual and some patrons were too casual, tables are close, too many loud conversations! Doubt I would repeat !

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday date! The food was delish!

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J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. I had the scallops and my husband had just "plain old spaghetti". It was his favorite spaghetti by far. The noodles were perfect. It was a wee bit loud for me and I'm not a huge fan of side by side tables (it always feels like you're in a conversation together) but all in all, the food an service was great. I was reading in several reviews about it being upscale, I don't think so (paper napkins) but it was a great place for a date!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pastas at this place are amazing! The only downside is that for me, I love hot sauce and they don’t have hot sauce, just red pepper flakes. But other than that the ambiance and food and everything is amazing. The bread they serve is even 🤤 so delicious

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LE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in NYC. Amazing food in a comfortable, friendly setting with unparalleled staff.

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BR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've always enjoyed my meals here and usually the food is terrific. On Sunday the spreads and salads were great but my main course, a veal milanese. was rather bland and tasteless. I'd give them another try given my enjoyment in the past, but with a more wary eye.

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a
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been to Osteria Morini many times for the fresh pasta dishes. The pasta is always delicious! We liked the spring cocktails as well, my gin drink was fresh and light. The hostess was very kind and the service was good, although I noticed that we didn’t get bread like all the other tables, which is fine since we had pasta, but it would have been nice to get bread. Service should be even every time.

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JS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal from start to finish. Susanna provided excellent service and paced our meal perfectly. Mista salad perfectly accompanied the chicken sausage with red cabbage & apples (outstanding dish). We ordered spallina as a mid-course, which was just decadent and the moved on to Barnzino and Swordfish both of whic were expertly prepared. Swordfish was just amazingly prepared and is my new benchmark. Morini is simply the best. And somehow always improving.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices! Spacious tables and attentive service. Restaurant noise can get loud but doesn’t take away from the overall experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing ! Loved the food and our waitress was so helpful

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UF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch and loved it! Food was delicious, wait staff was pleasant and professional and we never felt rushed.

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AI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Not coming back here. Service was very poor for the price. For anyone reading this, your local Italian Bistro likely provides an equivalent experience at a fraction of the price, stick what that.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late date on a Sunday and the staff was extremely accommodating. Everything we had over the course of the dinner was spot on and the wine they suggested worked absolute wonders. Osteria Morini has always had a special place in my heart, but this visit has me thinking this could be one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC.

Thanks to the chef and hospitality staff for a unforgettable evening.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. I go every time I’m in New York.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible meatballs, wonderful wine, every single thing about this place was above average. Highly recommend.

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PP
Zurich
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

very good italian reataurant. great choice of wine and the pasta was amazing! a bit noisy..
definitively check out this place!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

With all of the great restaurants in NYC, I would not recommend this one. The food is passable but overpriced.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The duck pate was good, the bread was chewy and hard.

The gnocchi were very hard and chewy, whereas good handmade gnocchi should melt in your mouth.

Pasta with seafood was harder than al dente and sauce was too chunky.

It missed the key point of Italian flavors and is overpriced for the quality.

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PB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service, so so food this particular time but last time it was excellent.
We were in no hurry so we didn't mind waiting for our server to show up. When he finally arrived he asked us immediately what we wanted then for some reason looked straight up at the ceiling. When he looked back down the person in our party who had answered had to repeat the order because the server was not paying attention. He never read us the specials, he was asked politely to not pour the wine from the carafe but willfully did so anyway, he didn't bring the bread and later didn't ask us about dessert.

We had been here before and it was wonderful. Service,food etc. Some how the pastas we had were not as good as we had remembered them. Not a deal killer. I'd give them a pass on that because everyone has a bad day but since there is no way would I take a chance on getting the wacky waiter again, we won't be going back.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious pasta and service was very attentive and helpful when selecting wine and menu options ! Even though it was crowded on a Thursday night, service was quick! Also been to the location in Washington DC and the New York location has a more authentic Italian feel!

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious! Especially the braised octopus appetizer. It was a little hard to hear my friend across the table, but overall great food, helpful waitstaff and a nice restaurant.

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G
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It's pricey but the food is well worth it!

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AL
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprised to some extent. A very nice upscale place with decent Italian food.

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