211 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10014
at Charles St.
By NYC_Gal on 6/18/2009
Ok, so the place is uber-trendy. On a rainy Wednesday night groups of girls packaged in silk strapless dresses and sky-high hills try to walk the walk to impress god knows who, and guys sit in loud groups, eyeing the surroundings looking to start a conversation. But even the scene does not derogate from this place - it's lively and crowded, the hosts are helpful and our server was charming (there were some breadcrumbs in my water glass and the server replaced it without me asking for him to do so). The food is very nice too, freshly made pastas, salads are fresh and the bread is piping hot. The all-Italian wine list is quite short but satisfying, ordering a carafe is a good option if you want more than one glass and can't finish a bottle. All in all, we had a good time and will come back.
By stanbet685 on 6/3/2009
Wonderful Meal! Went with my cousin who is a devoted regular at Morandi. Despite having to speak rather loudly to each other to be heard, the food was absolutely fantastic. Between 4 of us, we had the Branzino, the Osso Buco (Fantastic) and the giant steak, fried artichoke, antipasto, and the wonderfully light Tiramisu, it was one of the best restaurant meals that I had in a long time. The service was impeccable, very attentive to our every need. We were apprehensive having read past reviews by New York Magazine staffers who apparently have to have their taste buds checked!! Or are just not very good at what they do! But then neither were Jan & Michael Stern!! Which is why they no longer work for the Hartford Courant. Judging b y the crowd at Morandi's on a Wednesday night, no one is phased by reviews written by a batch of culinary amateurs. Time to go back to school kids and sharpen your eating skills. The only drawback we could see is the lack of good acoustics that make it impossible to have an intimate conversation. But the wonderful meal was worth every cent or minor inconvenience.
By csdemos on 3/19/2009
The skate cioppino and bread were so good, nothing could reallly spoil this meal. Very, very nice. Excellent wine selection at a reasonable price. Overall a very safe bet.
By nyumaven on 11/2/2008
I went there for Sunday Brunch, and was immediately impressed. The decor was great, and i really felt like i was in some other country. The menu was interesting, very 'simple' foods, but done well, although the prices were a bit high. The whole experience was very nice though, i will definitely be back. Great for one of those days you feel like splurging just a little bit, enough to feel like your really having brunch and not just eating the same cheap food at the local diner. The vibe just made it all worth it, the music the lighting, the raw brick walls all just came together with the food and the scene to make it a good Brunch.
By foodlovingteacher on 6/24/2008
Though the food and the scene at Morandi remain a constant draw to this Waverly eatery, the average New Yorker may feel slighted. While celebrities, fashionistas and captains of finance hold court at the tables with ample leg room, the "lesser" Manhattanittes may object to tiny amounts of space and an abundance of attitude (and little attention) from the master of the hall. Even still, I will be back.
By honestfood on 5/13/2008
Why would anyone care to give them any business when there's so much attitude with their staffs? especially their Manager! Please don't eat there. Walk down 7th ave and there's Centro Vinoteca with much better deco and friendlier staffs.
By nmccormick on 11/24/2007
We had the family in for the holiday weekend and so our large group tried almost everything on the menu and shared family style. Every dish seemed to exceed the last you tasted. The captain helped with wines and his choices were unique and delicious. The service was attentive to detail and quick. They adapted a meal to accomodate a special request. By coffee time everyone was so satisfied we all swore off dessert, then ordered 12 of them, and barely a bite was left. We all agreed it was one of the best restaurant experiences each of us, have ever had ! Take a group and enjoy ! The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Our favorites: pear and gorgonzolla focaccia,fried olives and artichokes, Prosciutto and fontina, blood orange and house salads, Boar ragu, meatballs, grilled sea bass, pistaccio ice cream, fruit crepe, and grapefruit confeit. We took a party of 10 including a restaurant savy child(early evening ) and a few other well behaved children were there too.
By bdibari on 9/24/2007
I found it a bit on the noisy side with the customary crowds the McNally always gets. The food was very good and the menu offering was nice. The service was better than average and the ambience was great (albeit noisy). I will go back and I am happy to have a new place in the village.
By piggle on 8/6/2007
hesitant to check out moradi because of the bad press it has received since opening, we were delighted by our recent dinner there... the waiter was attentive yet relaxed... the food was delicious... the prices were reasonable. maybe morandi has had a little bit of time to work out the kinks, but as a frequent patron of mc nally's other restaurants, i think ppl probably just had unreal expectations. give mc nally a break. it's def a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
By Greenwhich_and_W_12th on 6/13/2007
The brunch menu is huge, the fruit salad is the second best in the City, there are lots of creative egg dishes and plenty of non-egg meat and fish dishes, the breads are fantastic, and it's a great space to be in the morning. The prices are steep ($6 orange juice, etc), but it is Manhattan and the brunch does not disappoint.