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211 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10014
at Charles St.
Morandi - In line with expectations
By TheelsDS on 4/25/2007
Morandi is exactly the type of restaurant you would expect McNally to create if he were to venture out of the French bistro and into the Italian trattoria. That being said, I think the food here is at least a full notch below the quality of his other restaurants (at least Pastis and Balthazar Â– I havenÂ’t yet been to Schiller's), however this is difficult to say definitively, given our limited dinner order. But Morandi really isnÂ’t about the food experience Â– itÂ’s about the celebrity experience, truly a place to see and be seen. At least in its early months, it has more of a club-like ambience, cloaked in restaurant garb. Our mediocre food was intensely spiced-up by two celebrity sightings; Cindy Crawford and Uma Thurman both sat within earshot of our table. And Keith McNally himself was also roaming the restaurant and made a lengthy stop at UmaÂ’s table directly behind usÂ…this confirmed to me the essence of Morandi Â– you may not eat like gods, but at least you will dine among them.
By billybob1001 on 4/26/2007
food was great svc excellent just a bunch of wall street boobs talking about doing odd lots on electronic brokering was very annoying especially the rep.....n
More Than Excellent Brunch
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.
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.
Good Village Vibe
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.
We tried almost everything..WOW
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.
too much attitude
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.
SCENE but not heard.
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.
Fun, Authentic Feel
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.
The Skate, ahhh, the Skate!
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.
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