About Ristorante Morini

Ristorante Morini celebrates Italian cuisine by offering regional specialties, showcasing Chef Michael White’s modern interpretations of traditional dishes. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lively first floor dining room, featuring a stunning backlit bar. The bar at Ristorante Morini features seasonally crafted cocktails along with a full menu. Ristorante Morini takes reservations both online and by phone.

1167 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12:00pm - 2:30pm.
Brunch: Sunday, 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm.

* Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving: 1:00pm- 8:30pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Christmas Day: 12:30pm - 8:00pm
New Year's Eve: 5:30 - 12:00am

Cross Street:
86th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 249-0444

Website:
http://www.ristorantemorini.com/

Parking Details:
1 hour metered parking from 10am - 7pm. Free street parking available after 7pm from Mon - Sat; all day Sunday.

Several parking garages within a couple blocks of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
4,5,6 Train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue

Executive Chef:
Michael White

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for Valentine's Day at Ristorante Morini. We are serving a four course pre-fixe menu for $115 per person. We will have black truffles and caviar available as well.

If you need to cancel your reservation, we ask that you let us know by Friday 2/9/18.

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Ristorante Morini Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (17)
Business Meals (17)
Authentic (16)
Good for Groups (12)
Casual (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Healthy (7)
Romantic (7)
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Disabled Access (5)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was amazing as always at Morini. The ambiance very cozy and intimate downstairs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I used a gilt city voucher.........it said that the dinner included an appetizer and drinks.....I did not read the small print which stated no wine.......I spoke to the manager who was inflexible about substituting wine for a cocktail.........she was not the most agreeable person in her personality or her ability to make the best of a tense situation....... I felt that she could have handled the situation by employing a more positive attitude .........it boggles the mind to understand why wine ......the same price or less could not be substituted for a cocktail

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great time, great food. I must admit, the tables for two are very close and usually I do not patron restaurants that put you right on top of people. However, I had a corner an end table and it wasn't too bad primarily because the couple next to us was very nice and interesting. The wine choices were fine (not too many choices in the $50 range - but the sommelier there was very helpful) and they had an excellent prix fix dinner (4 courses) for $75 - anything on the menu. I recommend it and I will be back, but probably with a larger group.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Sadly, while the food was good-it was not as good as the last time I was there. All food arrived tepid. The agnolotti was flavorful but was somewhat less soft and luxurious then the first time there. But what really made the whole evening unpleasant was our waitress who gave the impression that she was just going through the motions. Only the sommelier was knowledgeable and happy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was my second time going to Morini. We went for my wife's birthday and everyone enjoyed the meal. The portions are not oversized and were cooked perfectly. I highly recommend the orcchiette pasta with lamb sausage in a red sauce. It was excellent. Definitely a keeper and we will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve been to Morini several times, and each time the food is great and the service is even better; particularly this time our server Robert was very friendly and helpful. The service is so much better than Vaucluse and Marea. That horrible server we had at Marea two years ago should come to Morini to take a lesson from Robert!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Far too expensive for a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Too many better alternatives for far less money. Ambiance is nice but does not compensate for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Never need to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Its a very good place from the altamarea group. Roman salad and ravioli are the best for us. Pasta is handmade. Good cocktails and wine list. Good service

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The pasta is amazing. We sat at the bar, service is top notch and amazing, upper east side gem

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Flexible prie fixe menu encompasses the entire a la carte menu. Everything was delicious. The arctic char was perfectly cooked, not raw but melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing food and great services. Definitely on the pricier side but great for a special occasion.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

You can never go wrong here. The pasta is always always fresh and delicious. The menu could use a little sprucing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Good No complaints

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a nice lunch but service was abit lacking

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful prix-fixe 4 course Christmas dinner. Every dish was good, and the service was excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Ristorante Morini and Xmas Day was no exception.
They offered a 3 course or a 4 course prix fix menu (the difference being an inclusion of a pasta course for the 4 course option) and two of us had the 3 course and two of us had the 4 course.
Everything was delicious - really delicious! The pastas (which our friends generously shared with us) were outstanding in particular. If there were any disappointments, perhaps the desserts did not reach the level of the rest of the meal but who needs to finish dessert anyhow?
Chef White does not disappoint!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excelent food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything about it was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lunch was delicious and can’t beat special lunch prices. It was a delightful afternoon—sat downstairs at corner table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great italian restautant on the East side , the food is really well executed and the service is very professional, definitely worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very pleased with this restaurant. We had an excellent meal. The place was crowded but still food arrived in a timely manner. I'll highly recommend this restaurant for people who want a high end dinner experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very slow service and fair food. Disappointing to take a friend for Christmas brunch treat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wow! The food and wine are ridiculous! We have been here multiple times and are never disappointed. Not bad for a guy from Wisconsin!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food. Finally I found an Italian restaurant I like!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food is very good but not great.
Waiters and staff try hard but are not in sync with each other’s responsibilities.
The best value in Morini is the after 8:30 pm pastas for $12.00 each from Monday through Friday.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Stopped in after a party in the neighborhood. We were in NYC from Delaware.

What a great find!!!!

We will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was good but menu hasn't changed in quite a while. Maybe occasional special? Measly selection of wines less than $50. Service was good however and bar room area very comfortable for lunch.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Really disappointing. The restaurant was loud, service was slow and inattentive and the food was mediocre at best. The sauce on the halibut was so salty that it was practically inedible; other things lacked flavor. This was a special occasion dinner for my family and I expect better from Michael White. I would absolutely not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Sunday Supper is an extraordinary value with wonderful food on a fixed menu and perfect service.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Superb meal, it was great service and delicious food

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

Cuisine and service are lovely. Enjoyed a delicious lunch of fresh, tender tagliatelle bolognese, scrumptious dessert and good conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food at this restaurant was excellent! This chef never disappoints! My only complaint....it was my cousins birthday, she said she didn’t want a dessert, didn’t order one, and then the waiter whispered to me that he would bring her something special. My Elderly Aunt whispered, bring me a fork, I’ll have a bite! The waiter brought them EACH THEIR OWN DESSERTS AND THEN CHARGED ME ALMOST $30 for EACH ONE!!! Obviously, it was an uncomfortable situation and I was stuck paying for it. Too bad. It put a bad taste in my mouth after a fabulous meal. The waiter was great until he pulled that!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was exceptional and service was extraordinary. We would highly recommend the restaurant!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

What an authentic Italian Restaurant! The Food and the Service never disappoint, you can visit the place every week and still never get tired of it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner here with two other friends. Our table was lovely and the service is truly impeccable. Our waiter was helpful as was the sommelier, who recommended two exquisite wines for out table. I had the octopus appetizer and my husband had the scallops. Both were beyond delicious, as was the rest of the meal. I enjoyed the Osso Bucco with the gnocchi. Loved it. Loved everything about the meal. Hope to go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

For a 8:15 reservation, we were not seating until 8:45. That said, they did bring a complimentary app and dessert because of the wait. I also think the decor/ambiance was a bit lacking.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

1. They seated us next to an extremely noisy table but then reseated us elsewhere upon request.

2. They’ve spoiled what used to be an extraordinary lemon basil sorbet. Now it’s like a heavy gelato and not as delicious as it was. It wasn’t worth the calories so I didn’t finish it. Disappointed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We met a friend for dinner. Robert, our wait person, was personable and friendly. I had a delicious cosmopolitan. He helped us select a lovely bottle of red wine. Our friend had lamb shank, while my husband enjoyed the lobster ravioli. The risotto was excellent as well. The restaurant was packed, as other people enjoyed it as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I go to morini a lot. There is always a different person at front desk to welcome guests. Unusual that nobody remembers us since in every other restaurant they know us by name when we arrive. Interesting.... anyway, had to change my Rez from 7 to 7:30 just so we wouldn’t be LATE to our Rez. The girl on the phone said well we will need the table by 8:30. At first I was like, wow, never heard that before to a returning 25% tipping customer but whatever. So I said we will probably be done by then, we were only 2. So we were amazed after only waiting approx 7 mins after we placed our dinner orders that our entrees arrived. It almost felt like it was precooked and u could just heat it up. Weird. Of course the food was delicious as always. Still great food. So we order dessert and coffee and the waiter comes while we just got our coffees and says with check in his hand, “ u have an arrangement with the maitre D about your table?” I was caught off guard at first and asked him to repeat it. He said it again and then it hit me that the waiter was now asking us to move it along and pay and get out. So I must say that at this time it was 825pm. We literally ate in less than one hour. We felt as though we were being thrown out of the restaurant. Being dismissed. I was in shock. My husband works for one of the top well known steakhouses in the city, midtown and he’s never ever allowed to do anything like this. This was completely classless and unacceptable. No thank you. There are plenty delicious restaurants on Madison and upper east side who treat us like royalty and never rush us out. (Oh and there were 3 other tables for 2 that were empty and still dirty dishes on them.) so I am not sure what the rush was but they won’t see us again. For sure.

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