Published December 17, 2013
Mor Than This
Michael White’s New UES Italian Joint
It’s a war zone out there.
Cars skidding all over the place.
Coworkers dropping like flu-ridden flies all around you.
You need a sanctuary. A citadel. A temple of pasta and crudo from a trusted friend.
... Ristorante Morini
, two quintessential UES levels of Italian everything from Michael White and
the Altamarea Group, opening tonight.
This is Mr. White’s third restaurant here this year. Just as you breathe oxygen, this guy makes
restaurants. Great ones. Ones where tables runneth over with strip steaks with red-wine bone marrow and
gnocchi with fennel sausage. Which, not coincidentally, is what you’re looking at here.
Think next-level Osteria Morini. Less rustic, a little more... parents-visiting-town-ish. First floor’s a bar
. Charming. Built for brunching and power lunching (soon). And
it’d be criminal not to make a stop here before any type of date-like moves upstairs. Because there’s
something called the Sergio Leone
(rye, fortified wine, cream sherry and Angostura) that begs to be
sampled thoroughly in these chilly times.
Second floor’s the feasting area. Vast. Sweeping. Lots of cream tones and mahogany. Very... Upper East
Side. It’s fit for everything—business, pleasure... large, extended family.
Maybe just focus on the business and pleasure.
1167 Madison Ave
(between 85th and 86th)
New York, NY 10028