Ristorante Morini

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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.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Please join Ristorante Morini in celebration of Easter Sunday. We will be offering a three-course brunch for $52 from 11:15AM to 2:30PM. All reservations require a credit card, with a 48-hour cancellation policy of $25 per person.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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DD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch on Saturday.

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DM
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Simply awful. Shockingly bad for a very high priced resataurant that is part of a first class restaurant group. One good thing - my friend’s pasta. The restaurant was only 2/3rds full when we arrived. But it took nearly an hour and 20 minutes since we placed our order - I am not kidding - to receive our main courses. And that was about 20 minutes after I complained to the manager (checked with the kitchen and told my friend our main courses were being plated. My main course was a filet mignon which I ordered medium rare ((it arrived cool on the inside and room temperature on the outside, so it clearly had been sitting out). And the steak came with a a paltry serving of undistinquished vegetables which were room temperature, too. We should not have been surprised after starting the meal with ceasar salads with a flavorless dressing and topped with little crumbs which felt and tasted like sand. They waiter wins nowhere to be found, a bus boy came by once or twice when I signaled i needed my water glass re-filled, and the manager finally made her appearance when the main courses were delivered and heard my complaint about the temperature of the steak told me that is the way it is supposed to be. By the way, we were served a single complimentary 3-scoop cup of ice cream and sorbet (the sorbet was so sour that it was inedible). And, while we were happy to leave, as we walked by the manager we did not receive a word of acknowlegent about the restaurant’s many failures. Finally, I should add, when our waiter was at an adjacent table long after we had ordered our main dishes we heard him descibe “specials” that we were never told about earlier.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best Branzino dish that I have ever had. Service was lovely.

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

I have been to Morini many times and it is always terrific. The service, food and atmosphere are always a step above other similar priced restaurants. They always accommodate special requests and substitutions to meet dietary restrictions. I plan on returning many timers in the future.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

the size of the main course is getting a lot smaller, the fish servings are four ounces not more

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G
London
53 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservation to use Open Table dining rewards here. However, manager James refused to accept Open Table Rewards card that was specifically issued in association with reservation at Morini. I was flummoxed, embarrassed in front of my guest, and screwed out of $50. Moreover he denied that my ability to make the reservation had anything to do with Morini and told me it was my problem and Open Table’s. BEWARE

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, friendly and efficient service,delicious food.

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S
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A simple place with mostly 2nd floor tables. A recent prix fixe lunch($40) began and ended brilliantly: Bomboncini, a sensational dish and ending with a small but delectable Affogato. A hanger steak entree was a disappointment: slightly overcooked but loaded with tough gristle. a dish that needs work. Glass of Evening Land pinot noir quite fine. Service was extremely accomodating but beware: based on three lunches here you'll need 21/2 hours to finish, with lengthy waits to get menu and order. Why this should be when restaurant is less than half full only the Altamarea chaps can say.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service not great. Food came out not hot

Sent back sides and ultimately came late

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great and the restaurant lovely but our service really was not great.. it took forever to order our drinks and main course. The waiter told us that he was training someone but still, a restaurant of this level should not treat it's customers this way. We ended up being happy with everything else.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely

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K
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole dining experience is top notch and we never have any disappointing meals there!

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday brunch- excellent

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s
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the fourth visit to Ristorante Morini in the past 2 years. Brunch and dinner were the occasions. With one exception on an early visit, the service was impeccable. On the "off" occasion, the restaurant made good with a generous comp on our next visit. This occasion was brunch and our selections were delicious. Braised short rib polenta and the frittata. No room for dessert .. too bad the bombollinos are decadent.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food except that we were given wrong plates two times. We ordered two lobster benedicts but got prosciutto instead... And the mistake happened again with dessert. The restaurant soon changed our plates though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good date night spot. pasta is great!

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D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant. The food is very good, especially the fresh pasta dishes. The prices are varied and reasonably priced, especially the prix fixe.
A great restaurant for families.

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a
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a comment, not a review - but the restaurant, certainly the SW corner where we were seated, seems dark. I'm also concerned that sound bounces, so it seems noisy ... not the loud crowd noise, just sound reverberates because there's nothing to soften it. Everything else is wonderfully consistently excellent.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Ambiance is so so. Furnishings not great. Service definitely Poor. NICE waiters but had too many tables...didn't come around. All in all, I would never go back.

Rene Plessner
212 421 3490

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Birthday lunch

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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is the most inconsistent restaurant I have been to more than a couple of times. I have had excellently prepared pasta and second courses here , and absolutely dreadful versions of those same dishes a few days later. Why????
My experience after 4 tries is that the quality of food preparation declines over the course of the evening. Early (between 5 and 6:30) the food emerges freshly prepared, pastas are al dente and sauces are well seasoned. Later in the evening it is as if the pastas had been precooked and then served with long standing sauces. The entrees like veal Milanese are fresh and crisp early but soggy and apparently steam tabled or microwaved later. If you go here , do so pre theater or early. Stay away from the reheated foods from later in the evening.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was attentive. The veal Milanese was outstanding!
Will continue to return. In fact, we’ll be back with friends of February 5th.

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RL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

First time and food was good. The waiter Robert was knowledgeable and very attentive. Will dine there again for sure.

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MF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Quality and value of the food is always excellent here! At this visit, we must have had an inexperienced or overworked wait staff. There was a long wait for food which arrived cold. The restaurant did remake the entrees which were very good. They also offered us an extra dessert which was a nice gesture.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed that the upstairs dining area is not available during lunch.

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PU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable attractive spot for upscale Italian cuisine. Noise level is moderate to low which makes it a nice place to enjoy with friends, for business etc.

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B
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town a few days, visited the Guggenheim which was then a very short walk to Morini. There to host a cousin for dinner. He lives on 93rd so it was close for him and considering he was there before he was pleased with the selections. His only hesitation was that since his visit after newly owned he was unhappy with the wine list finding the costs very high. He thinks they may have adjusted the list and had a better offering with better value and pricing. THE FOOD was excellent. Fresh, beautiful presentation and delicious. THE SERVICE was perfect. Very pleasant and attentive without ‘hovering’. THE AMBIANCE was beautiful. Contemporary yet very warm and inviting. And quiet where we were seated upstairs. Will go again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Morini upstairs with our friends tonight. We loved the food and service. The agnolotti is simply divine, the kale salad is one of the best (with a touch a citrus). I often hop in for lunch to downstairs, which is a bit more causal (which I often prefer, as the service is similarly exceptional). Ristorante Morini on the Upper East Side is my personal favorite Italian restaurant in New York City.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great spot and prix fee is great . nice staff and tatsy food.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant - consistent quality and efficient and pleasant service. Sommelier is the best!

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e
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice lunch on New Year’s eve.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A well run nice restaurant. Very good food, excellent service, nice ambience. A perfect place to meet old friends, have a nice dinner and catch up on things.

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r
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! From the moment we walked in to every detail/taste of the food and wine was incredible! We will recommend Restorante Morini to all our friends visiting NYC!

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MI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! So good, every time!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Everything was perfect to the last detail. Every time I go I am always amazed by the attention and the experience.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

nous sommes allés dîner dans ce restaurant pour le dîner de Noël...accueil mitigé, juste un menu imposé..l entrée et le plat banal , vraiment pas terrible pas de le dessert horrible. Une addition très salée et on nous a expédié vers la sortie. Je ne recommande vraiment pas ce restaurant, très très déçu pour un soir de Noël et un sentiment de grosse arnaque.

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CG
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Christmas, my wife and I had dinner there. It was excellent. We had the Christmas Day menu. We had octopus as an appetizer. For we had the pasta, we had risotto. It was very rich. For our main course, we had Branzino. It had no bones. For our dessert, we had Panna Cotta. The service was excellent. It was quiet, which we like.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been going to this restaurant regularly at least once a week, since I live in the neighborhood.Sadly Christmas Eve dinner was anything but pleasant. 6-8 weeks ago I made a reservation for 2 for 8pm for Christmas Eve.I requested a corner table because I am recovering from a broken ankle and to be comfortable I need space to stretch my leg. I double checked in person a week prior to dinner and I was assured of getting a corner table. I did not request a specific table but a corner table there are several in the restaurant.The staff is well aware about my injury.i still walk with a cane, I have been going to morini with a wheel chair and crutches.
We arrived at 8pm and were led to a tiny table stuck between 2 parties. I was told this was the only available table and a party of 3 was waiting for a corner table... we decided to wait. The bar was full ,we were sitting in the small area where there is a lot of foot traffic. Not the most comfortable space for sitting with a broken ankle and broken leg. We waited 50 minutes during which time we were not asked if we wanted a drink from the bar, or anything, we were basically ignored by the woman manager like an inconvenience.She was speaking to us in a rude manner.After 50 minutes we decided to leave and go somewhere else.Just then a corner table became available.To be honest at this point I wanted to leave, but we had other plans after dinner it was too late to go somewhere else.We started dinner at 9pm instead of 8pm. Time cut in half dinner was more rushed and less enjoyable. We had to leave at 10:15 pm to make it to the midnight mass in time. The waiters who I know and who are always very nice tried to make up for the disaster, but the evening was ruined.
When you spend $200 for a dinner for 2, this is not the kind of treatment you expect. My sister visiting from Europe was shocked at the way we were treated.
We had a reservation for new years eve that I cancelled on the spot.

I do not recommend this restaurant.

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MR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

$ 100+ lunch for two bowls of soup, two small (appetizer size) salads, one bottle of water and one desert. Just ridiculous. Plus, getting sick after lunch says I will never return.

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FF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and very good surprises with the price of dishes on Sunday late evening

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