Morandi Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 211 Waverly Pl

    New York, NY 10014

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  • 212-627-7575

About Morandi Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Fri 8-11:30 am, noon-5, 5:30-midnight, Sat 10 am-4 pm, 5:30-midnight, Sun 10 am-4 pm, 4:30-11 pm

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We had walked by this place and thought it was cute, so we called to make a reservation on Friday, but was only able to get a 6:30p,, reservation instead of the 7pm we wanted and thought we got lucky.

However, the food was ok but overpriced, we weren't served bread (which is probably better for us) but was still something we noticed. And we noticed that it was still 50% empty at 7-8pm (so why deny us a 7pm reservation?).

Overall, the atmosphere was cute, but I we have other Italian restaurants we enjoy more to try them again.

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★★☆☆☆

We had walked by this place and thought it was cute, so we called to make a reservation on Friday, but was only able to get a 6:30p,, reservation instead of the 7pm we wanted and thought we got lucky.

However, the food was ok but overpriced, we weren't served bread (which is probably better for us) but was still something we noticed. And we noticed that it was still 50% empty at 7-8pm (so why deny us a 7pm reservation?).

Overall, the atmosphere was cute, but I we have other Italian restaurants we enjoy more to try them again.

Pros: cute atmosphere

Cons: overpriced for the food

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Morandi's is expensive, serving weak drinks by barmen with an attitude. I wouldn't bother; too many other cool places in the Village without wasting an evening of your life on this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Morandi's is expensive, serving weak drinks by barmen with an attitude. I wouldn't bother; too many other cool places in the Village without wasting an evening of your life on this place.

Cons: Expensive weak drinks served by surly staff

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This waiter could not even explain the food on the menu. Waiter keep on forgetting my side orders.This place is a joke.

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★☆☆☆☆

This waiter could not even explain the food on the menu. Waiter keep on forgetting my side orders.This place is a joke.

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The brussel sprout salad was unique and delicious. We had a wonderful Sardinian wine. The fish was simply prepared and flavorful. The risotto was very nice. Don't expect big portions. The night we went the outdoor dining was closed, so the indoor space was plenty crowded. It was hard to push your chair back because the tables were so tight. But we didn't mind. Our waitress got to us anyway, and we got everything we needed. For dessert we had the tiramisu which was good but I have had better. Overall, it is a fun, happening place with inventive and tasty food.

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★★★★★

The brussel sprout salad was unique and delicious. We had a wonderful Sardinian wine. The fish was simply prepared and flavorful. The risotto was very nice. Don't expect big portions. The night we went the outdoor dining was closed, so the indoor space was plenty crowded. It was hard to push your chair back because the tables were so tight. But we didn't mind. Our waitress got to us anyway, and we got everything we needed. For dessert we had the tiramisu which was good but I have had better. Overall, it is a fun, happening place with inventive and tasty food.

Pros: great food

Cons: crowded

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I went with a few friends last week for dinner and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and warm. The food was delicious! This is the place! I started with mussels which were very tasty, I then had a pasta with pepper and cheese which was amazing. The best part about it was the wine choices. I went with several friends how like different wines. We were all able to order quartino's which made us all happy. This is the place for great food and wine.

2
★★★★★

I went with a few friends last week for dinner and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and warm. The food was delicious! This is the place! I started with mussels which were very tasty, I then had a pasta with pepper and cheese which was amazing. The best part about it was the wine choices. I went with several friends how like different wines. We were all able to order quartino's which made us all happy. This is the place for great food and wine.

Pros: Great food!

Cons: a little of a wait

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I've been to Morandi a few times and every time I go it gets better and better. The food is exceptional and the house wines are delicious. The setting and staff were great. I recommend Morandi to everyone at any time.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Morandi a few times and every time I go it gets better and better. The food is exceptional and the house wines are delicious. The setting and staff were great. I recommend Morandi to everyone at any time.

Cons: there is a wait for dinner on weekends

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I have never writen a review anywhere before. The maitre ds who were supposed to assist us were beyond rude and unaccomodating. We got to Morandi early and asked for a table. Although there were plenty of free tables we were told they were all booked and there would be a wait, which is fine. After an hour at the bar we inquired about our table and was told our place was lost. The maitre d did not offer to find us a table, say they were sorry about the mix-up, etc. Instead, we were told we could wait another hour for a table - all while we got to watch other groups who got there after us, get a table before us. When we raised this point, the maitre ds were offended, argued with us, told us we did not run the place and told us we could wait our turn (again). Whatevs. I will never go here again (even though I live down the block) and have never experienced anyone at any restaurant be so rude to a group of people.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never writen a review anywhere before. The maitre ds who were supposed to assist us were beyond rude and unaccomodating. We got to Morandi early and asked for a table. Although there were plenty of free tables we were told they were all booked and there would be a wait, which is fine. After an hour at the bar we inquired about our table and was told our place was lost. The maitre d did not offer to find us a table, say they were sorry about the mix-up, etc. Instead, we were told we could wait another hour for a table - all while we got to watch other groups who got there after us, get a table before us. When we raised this point, the maitre ds were offended, argued with us, told us we did not run the place and told us we could wait our turn (again). Whatevs. I will never go here again (even though I live down the block) and have never experienced anyone at any restaurant be so rude to a group of people.

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We dropped in recently to Morandi at 7:30 on a Saturday night. They had a table for us! The food was absolutely delicious, starter, pasta, lamb shank, dessert and coffee. And contrary to some reviews here, the service was superb. Our waiter was Italian, seemingly with all the time in the world for us. We asked questions, got recommendations, and he advised us in detail about menu choices and wine. Then I noticed the same careful attention to our neighbors' tables, all evening long. Assistant waiters were attentive but not intrusive. This was a delightful find. The sauces and menu choices, in general, conveyed a thoughtful kitchen, and reflected the best of Italian 'home' cooking.

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★★★★★

We dropped in recently to Morandi at 7:30 on a Saturday night. They had a table for us! The food was absolutely delicious, starter, pasta, lamb shank, dessert and coffee. And contrary to some reviews here, the service was superb. Our waiter was Italian, seemingly with all the time in the world for us. We asked questions, got recommendations, and he advised us in detail about menu choices and wine. Then I noticed the same careful attention to our neighbors' tables, all evening long. Assistant waiters were attentive but not intrusive. This was a delightful find. The sauces and menu choices, in general, conveyed a thoughtful kitchen, and reflected the best of Italian 'home' cooking.

Pros: delicious home-style Italian cooking

Cons: have to like the cellar-like ambiance

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Morandi was on my list for quite a while.
I loved the simple and yummy bruschetta con ricotta.
Everything else was also good, not great.
I will go back for a dinner reservation soon and write a better review.
Clean bathrooms I love, the service was a bit rushed.

1
★★★☆☆

Morandi was on my list for quite a while.
I loved the simple and yummy bruschetta con ricotta.
Everything else was also good, not great.
I will go back for a dinner reservation soon and write a better review.
Clean bathrooms I love, the service was a bit rushed.

Pros: nice people watching

Cons: rushed service

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We went on saturday night of July 4th weekend and walked right in(4 people) with no reservations at around 830 pm and were seated immediately.For starters, the drink menu is pretty good.For appetizers,I had the octopus and celery-which was very good,but a bit on the small side.Our whole table was happy with their first dish.For a main course I had the cacio e pepe,which was very good-it was very peppery-which it should be,and the pasta was cooked just right.My friends were equally impressed with their dinner choices.I don't think they were as impressed with dessert.Overall it was a bit pricey,but it's a nice space,the food was very good and service was very good.I know -we went on a weekend when the hottest spots are notoriously less crowded(thats exactly why we went when we did)but I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

We went on saturday night of July 4th weekend and walked right in(4 people) with no reservations at around 830 pm and were seated immediately.For starters, the drink menu is pretty good.For appetizers,I had the octopus and celery-which was very good,but a bit on the small side.Our whole table was happy with their first dish.For a main course I had the cacio e pepe,which was very good-it was very peppery-which it should be,and the pasta was cooked just right.My friends were equally impressed with their dinner choices.I don't think they were as impressed with dessert.Overall it was a bit pricey,but it's a nice space,the food was very good and service was very good.I know -we went on a weekend when the hottest spots are notoriously less crowded(thats exactly why we went when we did)but I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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The food here was really fantastic. Can't say enough good things about it - our waitress was really good too. very knowledgable about the menu, made great recommendations. No pretense here at all - just good food, good service, great location.

can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

The food here was really fantastic. Can't say enough good things about it - our waitress was really good too. very knowledgable about the menu, made great recommendations. No pretense here at all - just good food, good service, great location.

can't wait to go back.

Pros: Great food, nice staff

Cons: none

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Doesn't make my top 5 list for italian in new york or or the top 3 McNally restaurants, but not bad and at least last summer was the place to be in the village. I had a credit card issue that took a while to get sorted out but it did.

1
★★★☆☆

Doesn't make my top 5 list for italian in new york or or the top 3 McNally restaurants, but not bad and at least last summer was the place to be in the village. I had a credit card issue that took a while to get sorted out but it did.

Pros: Appealing space, good crowd

Cons: Noisy, hot and not great value for money

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Went with a large group and ordered family style. We were able to sample 4 appetizers and 4 entrees and most of the deserts... excelllent!

2
★★★★☆

Went with a large group and ordered family style. We were able to sample 4 appetizers and 4 entrees and most of the deserts... excelllent!

Pros: wine selection and food quality

Cons: great for groups or casual dates... not a con really, I just prefer subdued lighting

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Not a place I will return too with a date. Chairs are uncomfortable, lighting made my hot date look his age and the food wasn't anything special. Not terrible, just not special. I'll try it for lunch the next time and see if its better when the kitchen isn't so pushed. The entire meal felt like a rubber chicken, political meeting that cost too much money.

1
★★★☆☆

Not a place I will return too with a date. Chairs are uncomfortable, lighting made my hot date look his age and the food wasn't anything special. Not terrible, just not special. I'll try it for lunch the next time and see if its better when the kitchen isn't so pushed. The entire meal felt like a rubber chicken, political meeting that cost too much money.

Pros: Location, busy, trendy

Cons: mediocre food, careless service, cramped

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Morandi is simply lovely. The food is so delicious! The handrolled lemon pasta is my fave. The decor is like a european cottage...

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★★★★★

Morandi is simply lovely. The food is so delicious! The handrolled lemon pasta is my fave. The decor is like a european cottage...

Pros: The Menu

Cons: none

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We've been to brunch at Morandi three times in a 1.5 month timespan. Each time, service has been great and the food, divine. There aren't many choices on the brunch/breakfast menu but I view that as a good thing. Less dishes to make to absolute perfection. We've dined outdoors and indoors and both are great. The vibe is casual and neighborly. I can't wait to go back. I'm craving focaccia occhio di bue and their delicious sweet breads.

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★★★★★

We've been to brunch at Morandi three times in a 1.5 month timespan. Each time, service has been great and the food, divine. There aren't many choices on the brunch/breakfast menu but I view that as a good thing. Less dishes to make to absolute perfection. We've dined outdoors and indoors and both are great. The vibe is casual and neighborly. I can't wait to go back. I'm craving focaccia occhio di bue and their delicious sweet breads.

Pros: great food, service was great, good value for money

Cons: location

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After many enjoyable dinners over the past few years at Gusto. We decided to start savoring the new creation at Morandi - boy were we disappointed. After 3 visits we could not help but put up a damning review.

This place leaves a lot to be desired. Chef Jody Williams has certainly lost the magic menu she had created at Gusto. Morandi is a disgrace.

First the restaurant: Completely miscalculated decor. The chairs are mismatched - not in a quanit way, but rather it looks like they bought 4 different types of uncomfortable chairs on closeout at Furniture Liquidators Store. The faux italian country decor looks cheap - reminiscent of an Italian restaurant you would find in Binghamton, NY or Poughkeepsie - not in a good way.

The wine list is intentionally lacking of favorites - maybe to show how good they are at finding wines that no one else wants to serve. The funniest thing was that our waiter talked us out of a wine purchase and steered us to a less expensive bottle - excellent training!

The amazing thing is that most of our foodie friend love it. They are stuck in the hype maybe...

So for my third visit I told the head waiter that I was frustrated and wanted him to order for me - dazzle me. He came up with an artichoke salad which was completely bland and practically inedible and pasta with boar which lacked any originality, surprise, or gusto (no pun).

The pasta is pedestrian - boring and amateurish
The fish is stale
The our desert could have been made at Dunkin Dougnuts.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After many enjoyable dinners over the past few years at Gusto. We decided to start savoring the new creation at Morandi - boy were we disappointed. After 3 visits we could not help but put up a damning review.

This place leaves a lot to be desired. Chef Jody Williams has certainly lost the magic menu she had created at Gusto. Morandi is a disgrace.

First the restaurant: Completely miscalculated decor. The chairs are mismatched - not in a quanit way, but rather it looks like they bought 4 different types of uncomfortable chairs on closeout at Furniture Liquidators Store. The faux italian country decor looks cheap - reminiscent of an Italian restaurant you would find in Binghamton, NY or Poughkeepsie - not in a good way.

The wine list is intentionally lacking of favorites - maybe to show how good they are at finding wines that no one else wants to serve. The funniest thing was that our waiter talked us out of a wine purchase and steered us to a less expensive bottle - excellent training!

The amazing thing is that most of our foodie friend love it. They are stuck in the hype maybe...

So for my third visit I told the head waiter that I was frustrated and wanted him to order for me - dazzle me. He came up with an artichoke salad which was completely bland and practically inedible and pasta with boar which lacked any originality, surprise, or gusto (no pun).

The pasta is pedestrian - boring and amateurish
The fish is stale
The our desert could have been made at Dunkin Dougnuts.

Pros: Should be easy to get a table. Good location (wil prob be available real estate soon)

Cons: Food, Chairs, Ambiance, Wine

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This place is the #1 reason for the recent demise of the W.Village (Centro Vinoteca is a close #2). What in the world is up with the (1) cheese factor at the door (fake suits creating an aura of exclusivity) (2) cheese factor behind the bar (is scruff part of the costume requirement) and (3) the fashion-backward clientele this place is attracting? Last night the winner was tough to pick, but it would have to be the 45+ year old woman in silver lame daisy dukes, a black halter top, a pashmina (HUH?) and an 8-year old starving boy's body. She pretty much summed up the after-9:00pm crowd. It is all laughable...and surely the owners are having a hearty chuckle all the way to the bank. I just wish they would do all of this somewhere closer to where the B&T crowd lives. The trash descending on this neighborhood is frightening. Oh and the food? A can of Chef Boyardee, jar of Cheez Whiz and Wonder Bread would be an apt substitute.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is the #1 reason for the recent demise of the W.Village (Centro Vinoteca is a close #2). What in the world is up with the (1) cheese factor at the door (fake suits creating an aura of exclusivity) (2) cheese factor behind the bar (is scruff part of the costume requirement) and (3) the fashion-backward clientele this place is attracting? Last night the winner was tough to pick, but it would have to be the 45+ year old woman in silver lame daisy dukes, a black halter top, a pashmina (HUH?) and an 8-year old starving boy's body. She pretty much summed up the after-9:00pm crowd. It is all laughable...and surely the owners are having a hearty chuckle all the way to the bank. I just wish they would do all of this somewhere closer to where the B&T crowd lives. The trash descending on this neighborhood is frightening. Oh and the food? A can of Chef Boyardee, jar of Cheez Whiz and Wonder Bread would be an apt substitute.

Pros: Great for a laugh

Cons: Location to B&T crowd access points

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I found my new favorite restaurant. Our staff was so attentive (and adorable)and helpful that it was a dining pleasure. The food was so amazing - we tried so many dishes to get a great tasting - artichoke salad, meatballs, rolled pasta , heirloom tomato salad with the most fresh mozzarella I've ever experienced - everything was just perfect. I literally can't wait to go back to Italy and this restaurant.
The sound levels were just right that we were able to have intimate conversations all evening. The temperature inside the restaurant was perfect and the doors were all wide open to let in the great breeze that the city had tonight.
Everything was spot on! Too bad my evening at Daniel the other night didn't even come close to this evening.

2
★★★★★

I found my new favorite restaurant. Our staff was so attentive (and adorable)and helpful that it was a dining pleasure. The food was so amazing - we tried so many dishes to get a great tasting - artichoke salad, meatballs, rolled pasta , heirloom tomato salad with the most fresh mozzarella I've ever experienced - everything was just perfect. I literally can't wait to go back to Italy and this restaurant.
The sound levels were just right that we were able to have intimate conversations all evening. The temperature inside the restaurant was perfect and the doors were all wide open to let in the great breeze that the city had tonight.
Everything was spot on! Too bad my evening at Daniel the other night didn't even come close to this evening.

Pros: Great staff, amazing food, love the decor

Cons: didn't find any

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Thursday night, party of 4. This place is ridiculous. No ac. I actually felt like i might dehydrate during the meal. Our poor waiter looked half dead in the heat. How can you not have a functioning ac in August in New York City? You know it's going to be hot outside.... What a mess. Everyone around us seemed miserable.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Thursday night, party of 4. This place is ridiculous. No ac. I actually felt like i might dehydrate during the meal. Our poor waiter looked half dead in the heat. How can you not have a functioning ac in August in New York City? You know it's going to be hot outside.... What a mess. Everyone around us seemed miserable.

Pros: seemed like a good restaurant without the heat issues

Cons: you can't breathe inside

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This is truly a dreadful restaurant--expensive, noisy, crowded and hot!

It had to be close to 100 degrees in the back of this dump last night, where I sat sweating and straining to hear my friend sitting across the table from me. When I wasn't getting elbowed in the side by the enormous fatty sitting three inches to my right I was trying to catch the attention of my concussed waiter.

If your idea of a fun night is eating mediocre slop in the crowded steam-room of the David Barton gym then Pastisio, sorry, Morandi is your place!

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is truly a dreadful restaurant--expensive, noisy, crowded and hot!

It had to be close to 100 degrees in the back of this dump last night, where I sat sweating and straining to hear my friend sitting across the table from me. When I wasn't getting elbowed in the side by the enormous fatty sitting three inches to my right I was trying to catch the attention of my concussed waiter.

If your idea of a fun night is eating mediocre slop in the crowded steam-room of the David Barton gym then Pastisio, sorry, Morandi is your place!

Pros: They have clean silverware

Cons: It's a terrible restaurant

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The servers were easy going and in fact every thing was done in a nonchalant way, which unfortunately is not what one wants when they go out, at least not me. In essence I want my servers and the institution to care if I am satisfied. Sadly the whole event was nonchalant and the only things that were memorable were the negative aspects. The sliver ware was spotty and the food was bland. In all, it was a blur of an evening and not because I had too much to drink. I got what seemed like an impression of a restaurant but not the picture I wanted.

1
★★☆☆☆

The servers were easy going and in fact every thing was done in a nonchalant way, which unfortunately is not what one wants when they go out, at least not me. In essence I want my servers and the institution to care if I am satisfied. Sadly the whole event was nonchalant and the only things that were memorable were the negative aspects. The sliver ware was spotty and the food was bland. In all, it was a blur of an evening and not because I had too much to drink. I got what seemed like an impression of a restaurant but not the picture I wanted.

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I've lived in NYC for more than 10 years and frequented countless restaurants and never felt so compelled to write a review. I read the reviews for Morandi prior to going to the restaurant so I fully expected a long wait. But this was a first: I was told the wait would be 40 minutes and one half hour later, when my friend asked for an update, she was told it would be another 45 minutes before they could seat us. We shrugged it off to eat at the bar. Given that the reviews suggested to "keep it simple", I ordered the tagliatelle with bolognese but was disappointed. The food was mediocre and not what i would expect given the raves.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've lived in NYC for more than 10 years and frequented countless restaurants and never felt so compelled to write a review. I read the reviews for Morandi prior to going to the restaurant so I fully expected a long wait. But this was a first: I was told the wait would be 40 minutes and one half hour later, when my friend asked for an update, she was told it would be another 45 minutes before they could seat us. We shrugged it off to eat at the bar. Given that the reviews suggested to "keep it simple", I ordered the tagliatelle with bolognese but was disappointed. The food was mediocre and not what i would expect given the raves.

Pros: Ambience, wine list, attentive bartenders

Cons: food, host

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The past reviewer seems to be part of the restaurant group ownership....but there is no need for justifications.
Balthazar is the best brassserie in New York if not one of the best in the world (yes i mean that)....everything is top notch so does the bakery....Pastis is another phenomenal spot....Morandi is totally amazing.
As for the people who complains I 100% agree with the past reviewer...Morandi is "smokin" hot so if you don't want to wait for your table even so you have a reservation or if the place is too loud just go to an empty lousy restaurant and enjoy.
As for McNally he is a living legend.....the Jose Mourinho of the restaurant industry!

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★★★★★

The past reviewer seems to be part of the restaurant group ownership....but there is no need for justifications.
Balthazar is the best brassserie in New York if not one of the best in the world (yes i mean that)....everything is top notch so does the bakery....Pastis is another phenomenal spot....Morandi is totally amazing.
As for the people who complains I 100% agree with the past reviewer...Morandi is "smokin" hot so if you don't want to wait for your table even so you have a reservation or if the place is too loud just go to an empty lousy restaurant and enjoy.
As for McNally he is a living legend.....the Jose Mourinho of the restaurant industry!

Pros: TOP NOTCH

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After a wonderful afternoon at Morandi, I was surprised and disappointed to see such mixed reviews. This place is that casual, rustic - maybe I really am in Italy - kind of restaurant you might expect when Keith McNally decides to do Italian.

The negative reviews are just foolish - people seem to think that if they go to a busy, trendy place when they're in the mood for peace and quiet, the restaurant should magically change to suit them. If you're going to a restaurant in the West Village, by a restauranteur known for ultra-popular, busy, trendy places ... don't give a negative review because the place is crowded, you had to wait for a table, or that the table of models sitting next to you was incessently complaining about the changes in the guest policy at Soho House. In downtown Manhattan, these things usually mean you've picked a good spot for a fun afternoon or evening.

Go to Morandi when you're in the mood for a popular, trendy, comfortable new restaurant. I frequent Pastis, but I don't go there when I'm in the mood for a quiet place ... Knowing what to order where can also make a big difference in your experience. Don't order brasserie fare at a cafe (that is, if you want steak frites or tartare, go to Balthazar - but you can't beat Pastis for the onion soup, salad nicoise, or french fries)... and the same may go for Morandi (what the professional reviewers say about the simpler dishes being best does seem to be true).

As for my first visit to Morandi, the ricotta bruschetta with honey and nuts ... paired with the perfect wine (recommended by a very professional waiter who knows his wine list well) ... and a lovely table outside in the sunshine ... was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I look forward to going to Morandi again, probably many times ... and if I have to wait for my table, I'll grab a drink at the bar like everyone else and enjoy it.

2
★★★★★

After a wonderful afternoon at Morandi, I was surprised and disappointed to see such mixed reviews. This place is that casual, rustic - maybe I really am in Italy - kind of restaurant you might expect when Keith McNally decides to do Italian.

The negative reviews are just foolish - people seem to think that if they go to a busy, trendy place when they're in the mood for peace and quiet, the restaurant should magically change to suit them. If you're going to a restaurant in the West Village, by a restauranteur known for ultra-popular, busy, trendy places ... don't give a negative review because the place is crowded, you had to wait for a table, or that the table of models sitting next to you was incessently complaining about the changes in the guest policy at Soho House. In downtown Manhattan, these things usually mean you've picked a good spot for a fun afternoon or evening.

Go to Morandi when you're in the mood for a popular, trendy, comfortable new restaurant. I frequent Pastis, but I don't go there when I'm in the mood for a quiet place ... Knowing what to order where can also make a big difference in your experience. Don't order brasserie fare at a cafe (that is, if you want steak frites or tartare, go to Balthazar - but you can't beat Pastis for the onion soup, salad nicoise, or french fries)... and the same may go for Morandi (what the professional reviewers say about the simpler dishes being best does seem to be true).

As for my first visit to Morandi, the ricotta bruschetta with honey and nuts ... paired with the perfect wine (recommended by a very professional waiter who knows his wine list well) ... and a lovely table outside in the sunshine ... was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I look forward to going to Morandi again, probably many times ... and if I have to wait for my table, I'll grab a drink at the bar like everyone else and enjoy it.

Pros: good wine list, lovely atmosphere, knowledgeable service, excellent simple dishes

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Can McNally do any wrong? Sure. But Morandi is not it. The pastas are fresh, the antipasti fresher and the desserts are what desserts are supposed to be: hearty simply and terrible for you.

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★★★★☆

Can McNally do any wrong? Sure. But Morandi is not it. The pastas are fresh, the antipasti fresher and the desserts are what desserts are supposed to be: hearty simply and terrible for you.

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i went to morandi with my old waiter friends from our college days, AND WE HAD A BLAST!! i feel like all these reviewers have no idea what a good time is, as their so busy trying to be an expert about mcnally places!! personally, i go to pastis for the ambiance and french fries - as theirs are the best, and i can now say ill go to morandi for the fried olives and red wine!! we all went to the bar to wait for a table, where there were plenty of others, and the bartender still had time to pour us a taste of a few so we could pick just what we wanted. when we sat, out server was perfectly helpful, and though we were having a ball on our own, she really made the night great, we felt like we were really being taken care of!! i just loved the gnocchi, but when desserts came - OH MY!!! so great! (get the home-made gelato!) really, this place is a gregarious good time, and so comfortable, kinda like someone converted grandmas place into a restaurant. loved it!!

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★★★★★

i went to morandi with my old waiter friends from our college days, AND WE HAD A BLAST!! i feel like all these reviewers have no idea what a good time is, as their so busy trying to be an expert about mcnally places!! personally, i go to pastis for the ambiance and french fries - as theirs are the best, and i can now say ill go to morandi for the fried olives and red wine!! we all went to the bar to wait for a table, where there were plenty of others, and the bartender still had time to pour us a taste of a few so we could pick just what we wanted. when we sat, out server was perfectly helpful, and though we were having a ball on our own, she really made the night great, we felt like we were really being taken care of!! i just loved the gnocchi, but when desserts came - OH MY!!! so great! (get the home-made gelato!) really, this place is a gregarious good time, and so comfortable, kinda like someone converted grandmas place into a restaurant. loved it!!

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The atmosphere is kind of cool (depending on your mood) -- bustling, loud, fun. The portions were on the small to average side, and the food was decent...except that I spent half my time picking tiny bones out of my fish. The service was fine...I don't know, there was nothing really wrong with the place (other than the bones), but it is not deserving of all the crazy hype. I live in the neighborhood and, for the price, will probably go to many other places before wanting to go back there.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere is kind of cool (depending on your mood) -- bustling, loud, fun. The portions were on the small to average side, and the food was decent...except that I spent half my time picking tiny bones out of my fish. The service was fine...I don't know, there was nothing really wrong with the place (other than the bones), but it is not deserving of all the crazy hype. I live in the neighborhood and, for the price, will probably go to many other places before wanting to go back there.

Pros: Bustling, fun atmosphere

Cons: Expensive for the average fare

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I thought the food was good and the service was outstanding..as far as waiting even with a reservation..that is the case in all the trendy ny restaurants. the crowd is euro but so is pastis???

2
★★★★☆

I thought the food was good and the service was outstanding..as far as waiting even with a reservation..that is the case in all the trendy ny restaurants. the crowd is euro but so is pastis???

Pros: good wine list

Cons: very low ceilings

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shameful restaurant. after pastis, balthazar.. you would not imagine such a mediocre food. cold pasta, small portion. can do much better

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★★☆☆☆

shameful restaurant. after pastis, balthazar.. you would not imagine such a mediocre food. cold pasta, small portion. can do much better

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tough to open and run a successful large restaurant. She's a good chef but not used to this scale. A few things were quite good on the menu and also a few missfires. Rule of thumb- always wait 6 months to try a new restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

tough to open and run a successful large restaurant. She's a good chef but not used to this scale. A few things were quite good on the menu and also a few missfires. Rule of thumb- always wait 6 months to try a new restaurant.

Pros: nice staff very professional

Cons: food not up to par- YET

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I love Pastis and other restaurants by this owner, but I was sorely disappointed with Morandi. It took me forever to get a res, and when I finally got one, I had to wait another hour. In addition to the long wait, I was overwhelmed with eurotrash and scenesters. The food tasted rushed and a couple of dishes came out cold. Probably worth letting this place 'cool down' before you go.

1
★★★☆☆

I love Pastis and other restaurants by this owner, but I was sorely disappointed with Morandi. It took me forever to get a res, and when I finally got one, I had to wait another hour. In addition to the long wait, I was overwhelmed with eurotrash and scenesters. The food tasted rushed and a couple of dishes came out cold. Probably worth letting this place 'cool down' before you go.

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Great food. Chef is incredibly talented. Highly recommend going early or late and avoid the scene. Our fav dishes were the octopus and the borrata. Delicious. Can't wait to eat there again, but will try lunch next time.

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★★★★★

Great food. Chef is incredibly talented. Highly recommend going early or late and avoid the scene. Our fav dishes were the octopus and the borrata. Delicious. Can't wait to eat there again, but will try lunch next time.

Pros: Amazing food across the board

Cons: cramped seating, big crowds

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If I walked into Morandi, and had no idea that that it was a place to be seen, and I focused on the food, service, & and wine, then I?d be an impartial reviewer. So I?m going to pretend that I?ve never heard of Balthazar because I don?t want to not like Morandi based on the fact that I tend to be jealous of already reigning homecoming queens like McNally and his other restaurants which I like. Sidenote: I wish I were a homecoming queen even though I like to see myself as the bloody Carrie martyr outcast who teaches the popular kids a lesson. At Morandi start with the fried stuffed olives. If you?re more than 2 people order a lot more of the olives. If you?re vegetarian, you?ll be cranky that the menu description implies that the olives are probably vegetarian even though they?re stuffed with veal. Regardless they?re perfection and so is the octopus. Dare I say, get ready...the most exciting all-Italian wine list out there. Even lovely Babbo isn?t all Italian on its wine list since they list bubbly from France. But I forgive them since they like Morandi are so damn good at Italian. Morandi?s list is true Italian with wines from regions in Italy I?ve never experienced both white & red. There are homecoming queen wines on the list (Super Tuscans, Barolo, Chianti, etc.), but there are also love-worthy underdog wines that I want to come back to Morandi to try out. If you?re maxed out on your Amex, there?re plenty of bottles in the $20-$60 or so range. But if you?re wealthy and compensating for a small male phallic size, there are bottles that reach to $900. The wine is making me drowsy so I?ll speed it up: the entrees & desserts were all solid/good/even great, each of them, and Salvatore our friendly server (the perfect, edited amount of friendliness New Yorkers feel comfortable with) was magically there to take yet another wine order and to give us just the right amount of menu info. I shouldn?t objectify Salvatore, but he happens to be handsome

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★★★★★

If I walked into Morandi, and had no idea that that it was a place to be seen, and I focused on the food, service, & and wine, then I?d be an impartial reviewer. So I?m going to pretend that I?ve never heard of Balthazar because I don?t want to not like Morandi based on the fact that I tend to be jealous of already reigning homecoming queens like McNally and his other restaurants which I like. Sidenote: I wish I were a homecoming queen even though I like to see myself as the bloody Carrie martyr outcast who teaches the popular kids a lesson. At Morandi start with the fried stuffed olives. If you?re more than 2 people order a lot more of the olives. If you?re vegetarian, you?ll be cranky that the menu description implies that the olives are probably vegetarian even though they?re stuffed with veal. Regardless they?re perfection and so is the octopus. Dare I say, get ready...the most exciting all-Italian wine list out there. Even lovely Babbo isn?t all Italian on its wine list since they list bubbly from France. But I forgive them since they like Morandi are so damn good at Italian. Morandi?s list is true Italian with wines from regions in Italy I?ve never experienced both white & red. There are homecoming queen wines on the list (Super Tuscans, Barolo, Chianti, etc.), but there are also love-worthy underdog wines that I want to come back to Morandi to try out. If you?re maxed out on your Amex, there?re plenty of bottles in the $20-$60 or so range. But if you?re wealthy and compensating for a small male phallic size, there are bottles that reach to $900. The wine is making me drowsy so I?ll speed it up: the entrees & desserts were all solid/good/even great, each of them, and Salvatore our friendly server (the perfect, edited amount of friendliness New Yorkers feel comfortable with) was magically there to take yet another wine order and to give us just the right amount of menu info. I shouldn?t objectify Salvatore, but he happens to be handsome

Pros: The simply prepared and perfectly executed food. The great all-Italian wine list.

Cons: The crush at the door to get in.

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For those complaining about having to wait or it being hard to get into... uh? are you really that surprised? It's a new Keith McNally restaurant in NYC. I live around the corner and have been watching the construction in anticipation of a great new place... and I found it. Yes, we waited an hour and a half without a reservation, but we came prepared to do so and it was far from unpleasant - we grabbed a spot at the bar where the bartenders were extremely attentive and we were able to order items from the main menu to tie us over until the table was ready. Once we were seated, the service was excellent & the food was amazing. If you prefer Pastis, that's fine with me... more room for my crew at Morandi.

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★★★★★

For those complaining about having to wait or it being hard to get into... uh? are you really that surprised? It's a new Keith McNally restaurant in NYC. I live around the corner and have been watching the construction in anticipation of a great new place... and I found it. Yes, we waited an hour and a half without a reservation, but we came prepared to do so and it was far from unpleasant - we grabbed a spot at the bar where the bartenders were extremely attentive and we were able to order items from the main menu to tie us over until the table was ready. Once we were seated, the service was excellent & the food was amazing. If you prefer Pastis, that's fine with me... more room for my crew at Morandi.

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I can't believe the bad reviews. I guess it all depends on what you order but 3 friends and I went last week. We ordered the mozzarella and roasted peppers app which was amazing. We split gnocchi and loved that as well. The my friend had the chicken which the other three of us were mad we hadn't ordered it was so good. @ of us had teh scallops which were very good and the side of potatoes, The only disappointnig dish was the cuddle fish which wasn't horrible but paled incomparison to the rest. Dessert was the lemon cake and tartufo all of which was so good. Ii don't know...on thsi one I would say give it a try yourself. Let me know if I'm wrong because I thought it beat Pastis by far. admit teh service could have been better....

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★★★☆☆

I can't believe the bad reviews. I guess it all depends on what you order but 3 friends and I went last week. We ordered the mozzarella and roasted peppers app which was amazing. We split gnocchi and loved that as well. The my friend had the chicken which the other three of us were mad we hadn't ordered it was so good. @ of us had teh scallops which were very good and the side of potatoes, The only disappointnig dish was the cuddle fish which wasn't horrible but paled incomparison to the rest. Dessert was the lemon cake and tartufo all of which was so good. Ii don't know...on thsi one I would say give it a try yourself. Let me know if I'm wrong because I thought it beat Pastis by far. admit teh service could have been better....

Pros: good food

Cons: service

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Hype is always a funny thing in New York - a place opens and people rush there expecting it to be ready for the crowds. The latest case in point is Morandi thanks to Keith McNally's fame, and to a lesser extent Jody Williams' cooking. But what happened with this place? The decor is atrocious, with low ceilings, awkward room layout and horrible wine bottles with grass skirts lining each wall. The furniture is uncomfortable and generally the room is ugly. This is no Balthazar that's for sure yet the crowds are there patiently waiting for their tables.

What about the food? It was pretty good but not quite mindblowing. Certainly a step down from Gusto. And not that dissimilar in terms of the menu. The pizzocheri were really good but the fried artichokes were tiny and ruined by the kitchen. The octopus was good. Rabbit tasty but not thoroughly cooked. Portions on dishes tended to be small in general. Meanwhile the wine list played both high & low but with few choices in the middle. Not very balanced but the wine by the glass program is good. And if you ask, they will bring you a proper wineglass - sort of - instead of the ones they generally serve wine in.

Service was okay and the waiter tried hard. Apparently they don't have any Italian speaking staff, at least not when I went, so why have dishes in Italian? In fact, why is it Italian at all if it doesn't feel like Italy? Just another mystery of this ill-conceived place.

Based on food alone, I would mildly recommend. But add in crowds, awkward seating and everything else, I'd give it a pass.

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★★☆☆☆

Hype is always a funny thing in New York - a place opens and people rush there expecting it to be ready for the crowds. The latest case in point is Morandi thanks to Keith McNally's fame, and to a lesser extent Jody Williams' cooking. But what happened with this place? The decor is atrocious, with low ceilings, awkward room layout and horrible wine bottles with grass skirts lining each wall. The furniture is uncomfortable and generally the room is ugly. This is no Balthazar that's for sure yet the crowds are there patiently waiting for their tables.

What about the food? It was pretty good but not quite mindblowing. Certainly a step down from Gusto. And not that dissimilar in terms of the menu. The pizzocheri were really good but the fried artichokes were tiny and ruined by the kitchen. The octopus was good. Rabbit tasty but not thoroughly cooked. Portions on dishes tended to be small in general. Meanwhile the wine list played both high & low but with few choices in the middle. Not very balanced but the wine by the glass program is good. And if you ask, they will bring you a proper wineglass - sort of - instead of the ones they generally serve wine in.

Service was okay and the waiter tried hard. Apparently they don't have any Italian speaking staff, at least not when I went, so why have dishes in Italian? In fact, why is it Italian at all if it doesn't feel like Italy? Just another mystery of this ill-conceived place.

Based on food alone, I would mildly recommend. But add in crowds, awkward seating and everything else, I'd give it a pass.

Pros: Good Bar Scene

Cons: Awkward Room, Ugly Decor, Skimpy Portions

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My husband and I were looking forward to eating at Morandi. It is a far cry from Balthazar or Pastis in quality of food or sevice. The wait staff did not seem knowledgable regarding the menu. The pasta was sub par as it was extremely bland of diner quality. In addition, we ordered glasses of wine and they arrived at the table half full. Save your money and go to a local neighbor place with better prices, service and food.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I were looking forward to eating at Morandi. It is a far cry from Balthazar or Pastis in quality of food or sevice. The wait staff did not seem knowledgable regarding the menu. The pasta was sub par as it was extremely bland of diner quality. In addition, we ordered glasses of wine and they arrived at the table half full. Save your money and go to a local neighbor place with better prices, service and food.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Service not knowledgeable and slow

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I absolutely love restaurants. I eat out just about every evening. My friends and I can't get enough! We always have been big fans of Keith McNally Restaurants. However, with this new venture, I have to say, is much to be desired. The atmosphere was very reminescent of a themed restaurant that you would stroll upon in epcot center's Italy. Our first hint of our unauthentic experience was when the host greeted us with a huge over the top "Buona Sera". My friends and I questioned Immediately, " where are we? " Come on, we are New Yorkers, we don't subscribe to all the fluff. Although we were turned off by our phony greeting we were excited to down a few coctails and enjoy the evening. Twenty minutes later we received our first round of vodka tonics from the smiley but very slow bartender. Then we moved into the dining room, we were greeted by our server, very sweet but didnt have the courage to pronounce the specials. Which was fine, she was not italian. We knew Jody Willams was in the kitchen and we were excited to eat her food. The food was flavorfull as usual. Simple and fresh ingridients. The fried olives were scumptious.However, we were cunting our lucky stars that we werent kosher or vegetarian, due to the fact the olives were surprisinly stuffed with juicy swine. We loved them even though they were not properly described on the menu. We have been eating Jody's food for many years and have always thought she was very talented, and still is, however what happened to the portions? They were stingy. We have had the same exact dishes at Giorgione, Gusto even Il Buco (years ago) and they were always generous portions, not discustingly huge, but generous. What happened ? I felt a little ripped. I would never go back. There was nothing really that spoke volumes to us. Keith should stick to what he knows, Doing the French thing!

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★★★☆☆

I absolutely love restaurants. I eat out just about every evening. My friends and I can't get enough! We always have been big fans of Keith McNally Restaurants. However, with this new venture, I have to say, is much to be desired. The atmosphere was very reminescent of a themed restaurant that you would stroll upon in epcot center's Italy. Our first hint of our unauthentic experience was when the host greeted us with a huge over the top "Buona Sera". My friends and I questioned Immediately, " where are we? " Come on, we are New Yorkers, we don't subscribe to all the fluff. Although we were turned off by our phony greeting we were excited to down a few coctails and enjoy the evening. Twenty minutes later we received our first round of vodka tonics from the smiley but very slow bartender. Then we moved into the dining room, we were greeted by our server, very sweet but didnt have the courage to pronounce the specials. Which was fine, she was not italian. We knew Jody Willams was in the kitchen and we were excited to eat her food. The food was flavorfull as usual. Simple and fresh ingridients. The fried olives were scumptious.However, we were cunting our lucky stars that we werent kosher or vegetarian, due to the fact the olives were surprisinly stuffed with juicy swine. We loved them even though they were not properly described on the menu. We have been eating Jody's food for many years and have always thought she was very talented, and still is, however what happened to the portions? They were stingy. We have had the same exact dishes at Giorgione, Gusto even Il Buco (years ago) and they were always generous portions, not discustingly huge, but generous. What happened ? I felt a little ripped. I would never go back. There was nothing really that spoke volumes to us. Keith should stick to what he knows, Doing the French thing!

Cons: ambiance, music, service

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I was so looking forward to this dinner but was disappointed by an error that was never addressed properly. I had asked our waiter about three similar tuscan wines all priced at $100. His response led me to believe that he didn't know enough about these three particular wines so I asked him explicitly if he could recommend a similar "big red" at $100 "or Less". He recommended a 85$ dollar wine and I accepted his recommendation and thanked him. He returned later to inform me that they had sold-out of his recommendation, but he had another suggestion and pointed to another page and the price again read $85, and I accepted and thanked him . When the bill came to my surprise the wine was priced at 135 exactly $50 dollars then I expected and $35 dollars more then the limit I had established to this same waiter. No one likes to feel taken advantage of so I raised this issue to the waiter who could only say that this was the price, and I asked him to double check after which he disappeared for about 10 minutes while we sat there feeling quiet awkward. Later the manager? came by and asked what the problem was I asked him if the waiter had told him what had happened and he said "yes" and reitererated that the bill was correct. Never was I shown the wine list again to verify the price (perhaps next to the 85$ wine he vaguely pointed to was the $135 wine) if this was the case I would have acknowledged an understandable mistake (even though I asked explicitly for 100$ or less). The place was crazy busy and the people next to us loud obnoxious name droppers (does everyone around you need to know you went to yale...?) so I just wanted to get out and paid my bill and left never to return. The food was good the wine in question excellent, and at 135 it should have been -but you can go to BOTTINO's in chelsea and get the same food and a much better enviroment. Thumbs down.

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★★★☆☆

I was so looking forward to this dinner but was disappointed by an error that was never addressed properly. I had asked our waiter about three similar tuscan wines all priced at $100. His response led me to believe that he didn't know enough about these three particular wines so I asked him explicitly if he could recommend a similar "big red" at $100 "or Less". He recommended a 85$ dollar wine and I accepted his recommendation and thanked him. He returned later to inform me that they had sold-out of his recommendation, but he had another suggestion and pointed to another page and the price again read $85, and I accepted and thanked him . When the bill came to my surprise the wine was priced at 135 exactly $50 dollars then I expected and $35 dollars more then the limit I had established to this same waiter. No one likes to feel taken advantage of so I raised this issue to the waiter who could only say that this was the price, and I asked him to double check after which he disappeared for about 10 minutes while we sat there feeling quiet awkward. Later the manager? came by and asked what the problem was I asked him if the waiter had told him what had happened and he said "yes" and reitererated that the bill was correct. Never was I shown the wine list again to verify the price (perhaps next to the 85$ wine he vaguely pointed to was the $135 wine) if this was the case I would have acknowledged an understandable mistake (even though I asked explicitly for 100$ or less). The place was crazy busy and the people next to us loud obnoxious name droppers (does everyone around you need to know you went to yale...?) so I just wanted to get out and paid my bill and left never to return. The food was good the wine in question excellent, and at 135 it should have been -but you can go to BOTTINO's in chelsea and get the same food and a much better enviroment. Thumbs down.

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: crowded, over priced, not a good dining experience

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Everything we ordered was delicious. The focaccia with pears and gorgonzola was incredible - the best focaccia I've ever had. The fried artichokes were perfectly cooked, with a crisp exterior and tender heart. For entrees we ordered the buckwheat pasta, which is served with speck in a gratinee (very good, but very rich) and the mushroom and berry risotto, which was perfectly prepared and delicious. Finally, we had the Budino for dessert, which was also delicious. While the atmosphere is not original, it is warm and inviting. The service was also very attentive - Mr. McNally even stopped by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. I hope they retain this high level of quality, because I plan to return many times.

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★★★★★

Everything we ordered was delicious. The focaccia with pears and gorgonzola was incredible - the best focaccia I've ever had. The fried artichokes were perfectly cooked, with a crisp exterior and tender heart. For entrees we ordered the buckwheat pasta, which is served with speck in a gratinee (very good, but very rich) and the mushroom and berry risotto, which was perfectly prepared and delicious. Finally, we had the Budino for dessert, which was also delicious. While the atmosphere is not original, it is warm and inviting. The service was also very attentive - Mr. McNally even stopped by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. I hope they retain this high level of quality, because I plan to return many times.

Pros: Excellent Food

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last night i had a fantastic meal at Morandi . We started with the fried artichokes which were unbelievable,then moved onto the frito misto which i think is quite possibly the best in the city.then onto a pasta course .followed by meatballs that are filled with pine nuts and raisins. chef Jody Williams never lets you down her cooking is superb. i think this match of Keith Mcnally and Jody Williams is a can't miss

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★★★★★

last night i had a fantastic meal at Morandi . We started with the fried artichokes which were unbelievable,then moved onto the frito misto which i think is quite possibly the best in the city.then onto a pasta course .followed by meatballs that are filled with pine nuts and raisins. chef Jody Williams never lets you down her cooking is superb. i think this match of Keith Mcnally and Jody Williams is a can't miss

Pros: Great wine list,loved the regional selections

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We thought it was going to be great - it wasn't at all. Absolutely nothing we had was even near being good. It was a huge disappointment. Plates are small and lack any substance. A fish stew came with a huge piece of bread in it with 4 tiny tiny pieces of fish and tons of peas. Grilled fish had no taste and was dry. The scallop entree came as an appetizer for some reason and there was 4 scallops with nothing else - no veg, so side, nothing. The best part of our meal was the wine and when we left. I really have never in my experience left a restaurant and thought that the whole meal was awful - it was not even decent. Oh and our waiter was not helpful and thought being sarcastic would fly. It was their 2nd night open but I don't think that is an excuse. Go for the atmosphere and not the food.

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★★☆☆☆

We thought it was going to be great - it wasn't at all. Absolutely nothing we had was even near being good. It was a huge disappointment. Plates are small and lack any substance. A fish stew came with a huge piece of bread in it with 4 tiny tiny pieces of fish and tons of peas. Grilled fish had no taste and was dry. The scallop entree came as an appetizer for some reason and there was 4 scallops with nothing else - no veg, so side, nothing. The best part of our meal was the wine and when we left. I really have never in my experience left a restaurant and thought that the whole meal was awful - it was not even decent. Oh and our waiter was not helpful and thought being sarcastic would fly. It was their 2nd night open but I don't think that is an excuse. Go for the atmosphere and not the food.

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Came here for brunch, and the location is perfect for sitting outside on a nice day. There is a lot of...

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★★★☆☆

Came here for brunch, and the location is perfect for sitting outside on a nice day. There is a lot of...

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