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218 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Kenmare St.
Disappointing - Go to Peasant instead
By rebeccas1983 on 1/1/2012
I was very much looking forward to dining at Morini ever since it opened and I was disappointed. Although the meal was good, it was not great, especially considering the price. My major gripe is related to the wine list...there are no bottles less than $50. For the price of the meal ($225 for two people, including a bottle of wine, two appetizers, one pasta, two entrees, and gelato for dessert), dinner at Peasant would have been amazing rather than the good-not-great meal at Morini. I'm glad we tried it but definitely won't be going back.
By penneli on 10/8/2011
As a fan of Michael White, I was so looking forward to a meal at this restaurant. After eating there, I regretted ever suggesting the place. While the maitre d' who greeted us was nattily dressed in a suit and tie, one of the hostesses seating customers was wearing a midriff top (revealing half her torso) and washed out jeans that hung so low, she had to keep yanking them up to hide her butt crack. Really? In a Michael White restaurant?? The dining room is ridiculously cramped, with tables on top of each other and tiny, uncomfortable chairs. The din was deafening--we had to shout to converse across the table. Overzealous busboys constantly refilled our water glasses, which annoyingly added to the crush. Our waiter on the other hand, was inattentive and overwhelmed: we had to get his attention to order drinks, ask him to explain specials, and, most upsetting, our entrees were served before we were given the opportunity to order wine! While the food was mostly delicious, the pasta portions were woefully small, while the meat entrees were enormous. I understand this is supposed to be a casual place, but with someone as great as Michael White at the helm, I expected a little more panache.
Overcrowded. Overpriced, Overhyped.
By MinNY on 1/18/2011
We had a truly annoying experience at OM. Crammed into a communal table without even an inch to spare between us and other diners, we were forced to literally shout at one another all night. The noise level was unbelievable, and not helped by the soundtrack of 80's pop. While the food was most often delicious (polpettine, tagliatelle with ragu and branzino were the standouts), it wasn't enough to make us want to come back. The waiter was overwhelmed, service was therefore crappy and for the amount of money we paid, we didn't have a good enough time. Sorry, but there's equally good Italian fare to have in other places, without the general obnoxious vibe of this overrated restaurant.
By dashma on 9/5/2011
After hearing this place compared to Morandi, one of our faves, we were inclined to try it. This was a disappointment. For the price, the servings were very small. The meals were not horrible, but just average. The place is very loud and somewhat crammed- not exactly a great date place. I order Paella at many restaurants around the city and this one was by far the worst. Such a small dish it left me hungry and wanting to go to another restaurant and order a whole other meal. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
Food delicious, service horrible
By EMD414 on 1/17/2011
Service was terrible. When I asked for help choosing a bottle of red and asked for Montepulciano, a $90 bottle was suggested (3 20-something ladies out for Sunday dinner were not going to choose a bottle in that price range on that occasion). After finding one that was $45/bottle, I was informed that the restaurant was "out of bottles of red at that price point". Not only did that remark make me feel badly, being "out" of bottles of red wine at a value price point seemed like very poor planning on Morini's part. After we had settled on getting wines by the glass, it took our waitress 15-20 minutes to come around with each round of drinks. To top it off, we weren't even asked if we wanted dessert - we were just presented with the check!
What's the deal?
By Abbey on 2/5/2011
Unlike the other reviewers, the only thing we enjoyed in this restaurant WAS the service! The food was mediocre to rank. We decided to skip the pasta as the tables (that were too close to us on either side) had couples that were complaining that the pasta was gummy and just not good. We decided to their pate and share a polenta...have to say, these were both delicious and good (but nothing you couldn't find in a million other Italian restaurants at a cheaper price)...from here our meal went downwards. Our main courses were extremely over salted, over cooked and just bad. We made the mistake of ordering dessert - please, if nothing else, take my advice and just skip this course here! In agreement with others, this place is over-hyped, overly loud, and just not good.
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