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.
great spot and prix fee is great . nice staff and tatsy food.
Great local restaurant - consistent quality and efficient and pleasant service. Sommelier is the best!
Really nice lunch on New Year’s eve.
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.
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!
We love this place! So good, every time!
Amazing restaurant. Everything was perfect to the last detail. Every time I go I am always amazed by the attention and the experience.
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.
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.
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.
$ 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.
Very good food and very good surprises with the price of dishes on Sunday late evening
We arrived on time and were seated upstairs. The restaurant was only half full on a Saturday night at 7:30pm so we should have realized Morini was having issues. 10min in we ordered a bottle of Mersault. 20 minutes after that I asked if ether was a problem finding the wine and if so I could select a different bottle. 25minutes after ordering the wine now appeared and dinner orders were then taken. 3 salads and 3 fish entrees plus 2 sides. A full 30 min later the salads arrived. Following salads the entrees came but no sides. My sea bass was burned to a char (not listed as "charred" on the menu). the black skin was sealed onto the fish so harshly I could not obtain a clean bite without having charred fish skin ruin the taste. The vegetable sides never came. We asked about them and our confused server said she would inquire. Our plates were cleared and when she returned (now 15 minutes later), we said it was now too late for the sides. She apologized and offered us dessert. We shared one ice cream. we were charged for everything! no manger came by to apologize for the multiple errors and omissions. Then the final insult. I requested my coat from the downstairs coat check and gave them my ticket. They neglected to also give me a shopping bag of presents that i had checked with my coat on the same ticket. On a freezing cold night I had to walk back 10 blocks to retrieve the missing bag. No apologies from the coat check people and they acted like it was my fault for not remembering. Will NOT return
‘Unfriendly’ is how I would describe the overall experience- from the front desk all the way to the wait staff.
Wine list and crudo excellent. Service great. Only criticism is the atmosphere, a little industrial, lacks warmth, intimacy
One of our neighborhood favorites. Well done Italian food. Had octupus appetizer, Milanese, and budino. All were perfect. Nice list of Italian wines at about 3X retail. The room is nice with widely spaced tables but would consider the noise level high.
The pastas were the highlight of the meal. The agnolotti was particularly amazing. The Frito Misto was a bit soggy and greasy. The veal Milanese was perfectly fried, but was a little confusing with both the typical arugula and a mushroom sauce that was good, but was odd to pair with the greens.
Delicious food,great service ,vibrant bar scene
Little overpriced but not a bad place near the museum. Upstairs is nice. Amazing scones for breakfast put on
The table. Hard to resist. Service could be better. They take order fast but then it vanishes. Waitresses need to make eye contact so they know if you need something and not keep walking by.
This has become our go-to high end brunch. Their crusty French Toast with cinnamon whipped cream is among our favorites. The lunch-type items are delicious too including the ricotta and spinach ravioli. Servers are always prompt and thorough and the noise level is buzzy without making it difficult to talk.
Slow with drinks. Food delicious.
great evening except the music from the trio was annoying for those of us in late 70s
Special occasions for dinner. For lunch, it is a good place for a quiet and not too expensive a lunch.
Staff disorganized at entrance to restaurant and difficult crowded coat check procedure, coming and going. Limited menu and tasteless food. Giant portion of mushrooms just piled up on a plate with no sauce or seasoning. Some things overcooked and some undercooked. Miscellaneous servers so it was a confusing experience. Not first class. Very disappointing. Will not return.
Fine food and outstanding service
Fine for a relaxed lunch between museum and airport.
I love everything about this restaurant, especially on Sunday. Just go.
Service was wonderful. They accommodated all our specific food requests!
The food is amazing! All the pasta is made in house and is delicious. My group ordered the pre fixe which included a appetizers, pasta, entree, and dessert. I ordered the calamari, trolleni, lamb and tiramisu. Classic dishes are easily elevated, and unique spin on the lobster ravioli was awesome. Will come again
this has become our special event place, it was a bummer not to get points for my birthday but i figured out why that happened
SO DIFFERENT from the old morini. maybe same corporate ownership but a very different experience. what was high-end italian is now undistinguished in every way. food not hot enough. these were not professional waiters. these were kids. we sat upstairs, no more carpet. no more TRUE service. i guess they needed to cut their expenses but had we known, we would have never gone. esp for thanksgiving. $250 for a mediocre meal... we would've paid 300 for an excellent one. nothing egregiously wrong but certainly not anything more than a fair to medicare experience. certainly not a value. :(
My friend’s birthday. Food and service are brilliant. Definitely one of my favorite restaurant. Thank you for our fabulous time.
Food not very refined for the price level. Too salty. Too heavy handed.
Excellent restaurant to go with friends or family.
I love the space, we didn’t love our meal. Three of us are vegetarian and the vegetarian option was pasta. That on top of lots of other pasta. The glamour that was here in the days of Centolire has departed. Alas.
A true example of getting what you pay for. Exceptional entrees like cinnamon French Toast and ricotta ravioli, but at $15 more per person than nearby options. Service was terrific and they respected my request for a quiet table. We will return.
The breast of the chicken that one of our guests ordered was very dry and the the waiter said the kitchen would redo it, but it appeared less than five minutes later, still dry, leaving us to speculate that they just trotted out the original breast thinking we would not notice it. The rest of the food was just fair, although the appetizer of octopus was good. The server removed our bread plates before we were done with bread, they were otherwise not attentive to our needs, and they charged $17 for beefeater gin on the rocks, which is high. Considering that Ristorante Morini pretends to be a top of the line restaurant, they didn't offer to credit any part of the meal for the chicken disaster or even give us some biscotti as a parting gift. None of the four of us will ever go back.