Ristorante Morini

4.5
1268 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(212) 249-0444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael White
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
86th Street
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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.
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Public transit
4,5,6 Train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue
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
What 1268 People Are Saying
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PR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner all around. Food was delicious.

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DT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Always loud.
We were seated opposite the kitchen door and asked to move. We were moved to a corner beneath the
speakers and had to ask for the music to be turned down.

Food and drink very good

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OT
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

consistently delicious food, well plated and presented by attentive waitpersons...a most lovely, leisurely lunch

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SK
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Third straight Tuesday because we liked the live music and the table they gave us. First two visits were totally thumbs up. Third, well, problems. They did not give us the table I requested. A plastic piece in kale salad (almost cut tongue) and the wine we chose from the list, we’ll, they didn’t have it. Main course Fiorentina inconsistent meat quality.
Not sure we want to go back there or not. You don’t put a piece of plastic in salad even at a cheap Chinese takeout. Very casual So Sorry as though this happens often.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I visit Morini pretty regularly for their after-8:30pm $12 pasta special. The food and ambiance are always outstanding. On this particular visit, the service was somewhat lackluster, though still satisfactory. Get the agnolotti; it will blow your mind (and tastebuds)!

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c
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious except for the veal cutlet- a little tough. We weren’t in the mood for wine and ordered drinks off the specialty menu. We were not impressed by the drink menu selection and ended up just ordering vodka and club sodas. Very nice restaurant with great vibes. Definitely have to get the pasta!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent, nice quite place,
Will be in my favorites list

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I like Morini. My neighborhood go-to restaurant. This time I had to wait 20 minutes for my table. And we had to fit 3 people at a table for 2.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Pasta special is one of the best values in NYC

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Repeat customer. Like the food and room. The service is becoming more and more annoying. Pretentious and wrong footed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was OK not great

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CH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here numerous times. The food is always top notch. I would describe it as a sophisticated Italian restaurant. It is one of my go to places when headed to New York unexpectedly. I seem always to get a reservation which can’t be said for many places at their level. Of note they have two price fix lunch menus as options which include appetizer, and excellent meal and dessert. They provide multiple choices in each category. I would highly recommend the burata appetizer it second to none.

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DN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in the neighborhood. Very dependable.

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IC
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good choice for relative culinary wasteland of Carnegie Hill. Menu could use more seasonal variety. And can we have a few more wines under $50?

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UE
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for stress free dining! Food and service always wonderful,..

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PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed with the food. We went on a Sunday and ordered the red snapper. The fish was not particularly fresh with little taste. It may be on other days the fish is better.

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AD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a comfortable surround where you can have a conversation with the person you're with without shouting across the table. Service is professional. Had the buffalo mozzarella which was superb. The pastas are all five star and fish is fresh and moist (sea bass).

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta pomodoro was tasty. Courteous and professional service. Great wine selections. Good atmosphere to chill and rejuvenate after a long day of meetings.

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M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very convenient as a lunch spot if one is trolling UES museums and galleries between (whichever) The Guggenheim, Jewish Museum, Neue Gallerie, The Met &c.&c. Upstairs preferable, food and menu choices perfectly fine...

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Although the food presentation was creative and dining room decor pleasant, the portions were very small. The branzino was tiny, the pasta main course was the size of a typical half order. Everyone at our table left the restaurant hungry.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I went for brunch, and ordered kale salad and clam sphagetti. Kale salad had sand in every bite(I thought that crunch was from bread crumbs, but sadly not) and clams in spaghetti had some sand, too. I understand the clams, but maybe kale needs more rinsing.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very well done and cocktails amazing. We had the Scallops crudo, various Pasta, Roasted chicken and branzino. Service was spot on too. Will be back.

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m
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reliably good, good mixed drinks, great wine, good food selection, attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I had such high hopes for this place. We went for brunch yesterday and it was such a disappointment. We were seated at 12:30 and didn’t get our food until an hour later. The place was not even full. The food was subpar. I had the white label burger and it was so dry, I asked for it medium rare and got it medium/ well done. I also asked for a side salad instead of fries and I got lettuce with no dressing. The olive oil cake was as big and dry as a brick. My friend’s frittata was just baked eggs. Never going again.

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l
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

What a disappointment ! I have been to Morini many times, but I will not go back. Michelin had better review them again.
The service was great...almost fawning. The tables are wooden, so they are wiping them continuously. It would be better to have a tablecloth. The bread tray had only focaccia..boring.. The salad was okay. My companion liked the pasta, but I had branzino which had either been frozen, or standing around. It had no taste and the texture was mealy. The accompanying rice salad not tasty at all.
The wines were fine, but all they had to do was pour them. Be forewarned...

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RC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch experience!

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N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a few of my work colleagues to dinner last Wednesday at Ristorante Morini. I chose the restaurant because I have always enjoyed dinner there, on those occasions when my wife and I are in the city, and I knew my work colleagues would be happy with the experience. I was right.

We went with the four-course prix fixe option, and three of us did wine pairings with our meal. Our meal proceeded at a perfect pace, allowing us to enjoy the food and wine and conversation over a couple of hours. Everything was well-prepared - we especially liked the bocconcini (tomato-braised chicken-eggplant meatballs) appetizer, the tortelli (lobster ravioli) and agnoloti (veal ravioli), and the agnello (grilled rack of lamb) and ippoglosso (poached halibut) entrees. These dishes were paired with some delightful wines that were presented with a brief, informative, and entertaining explanation by a friendly and capable sommelier.

Dessert was equally delightful. We enjoyed the buddino (my favorite dessert - described in the menu as:
"caramelized milk chocolate budino, pretzel crumble, chocolate cake, vanilla gelato"), affogato, and torta. We topped it off with some amaro, and left very happy with the evening.

I would highly recommend Ristorante Morini to anyone, for any occasion. It is a lovely place with a fine staff. You will feel the pleasure of dining out someplace special even as you also sense the warm and reassuring comfort of being among friends at home. If you are like me, you will plan to return.

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UE
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food and nice space - wait staff quite professional, staff at reservation/checkin desk not always so - but good place in the neighborhood.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I received a rude welcome at the restaurant’s front desk. After 2 people stared at the computer screen for several minutes, I was told that my table wasn’t ready(it was 7:15.) No, “we’re sorry but... ,” just a statement of fact.
When the rest of my party arr

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A
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Morini was recommended by friends/clients. The restaurant is an upstairs/downstairs combo. Dining and bar downstairs and just dining upstairs. Ask for Lance if you are upstairs. While the food and energy were excellent, Lance's advice, personality and cordial nature really made our special evening even more special. $78 Prix Fixe on Saturday evening was a good choice for us. nice selection of wines by bottle and glass. Great upper east restaurant.

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J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would have preferred quieter upstairs seating; apparently not available on Saturday. Otherwise everything was first rate.

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RT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

At a gathering of friends, my wife and I ordered the lobster salad. It consisted of a very shallow bed of greens (not even interesting greens) thrown on the plate, topped by two soggy pieces of lobster so small as to disappear into the greens Very disappointing. Was liked the quiet atmosphere and service, but the food was inexcusable.

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e
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is slipping with success.Food and especially crudo which was superior has declined.

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LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service continue to be exceptional. The last two times that I have dined have been over lunch. I love the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and professional and gracious service team.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to this restaurant 1-2 times a week. Always a great meal and great service. I like to sit outside , weather permitting (2 small tables outside on Madison Avenue). Excellent, well prepared dishes. This restaurant is a great neighborhood place on the upper east side. Usually full, good idea to make a reservation.

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WF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Going downhill
Same menu
No tablecloths
Someliere tried to convert to hyper expensive Hani de gavi
Just losing its edge for fish dishes

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h
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy it here. Great for lunch before or after the Met. Pretty place, quiet so you can actually have a conversation without screaming, great food well prepared, and unobtrusive service. It is an excellent value at lunch. Nice wine list by the glass.

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere..!
My wife and I ordered the prefix -
The pasta special was spectacular -they accommodated my wife with homemade gluten free pasta and bolonaise sauce that was delicious-Main dishes of lamb and filet mignon cooked perfectly. Sommelier suggested a great tasting Pinot noir to accompany our order.
Highly recommend this restaurant..!

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DL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the finest meals I've had in long time and I have had many!

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