Museum-goers rejoice! With the opening of Ristorante Morini, there is finally a good place to dine near the Metropolitan Museum (it’s also within walking distance of the Cooper-Hewitt, the Jewish Museum, and the Guggenheim). Yes, it’s pricey, but so is everything else on this swatch of the Upper East Side. The difference here is that your money buys sophisticated, toothsome Italian food rather than the tarted-up, cafeteria-level grub many of the other neighborhood joints are charging $28-per-plate for. I’m talking a white-and-green asparagus and ricotta salad that is spring on a plate. And lobster-stuffed tortellini in a red sauce that sings and is studded with bits of perfectly cooked calamari. The secondi courses are just as good, and at lunch, the two-course prix fixe lowers the prices of dining here to “only” $39. This is the latest restaurant from chef Michael White of Marea.
- Pauline Frommer