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218 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Kenmare St.
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.
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.
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 RLQNYC on 1/25/2012
I had lunch there today and it was really great. I was wary to go at night. I sat at a table two down from the hostess. We walked in off the street with no reservation at about 2pm. I started with the duck liver mousse, my mother had a nice salad, then I had the cappelletti, which is listed as a ravioli but is more like tortellini. It was really delicious. I highly recommend it - I was practically licking the dish. We also tried the cacciatore, and a glass of Lambrusco. Service was good, tiramisu was tasty - we had a nice time and would go again. Didn't step back into the main dining room but if it gets crazy at night, you can sit at the lower end of the bar near the charcuterie and Berkel.
By beccster on 2/21/2012
The best bolognese I have had since studying abroad in Italy. Overall, outstanding service and an absolutely delicious meal. 10/10!
By m455 on 6/18/2012
Try the ravioli with truffle ricotta in butter sauce. Just do it.
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