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.
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1167 Madison Ave (btw. 85th and 86th Sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Upper East Side Hours Mon–Thurs noon–2:30pm and 5:30–10pm; Fri noon–2:30pm and 5–11pm; Sat 11:30am–2:30pm and 5–11pm; Sun 11:30am–2:30pm and 5–11pm Transportation Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St Phone 212/249-0444 Prices Main courses $22–$42 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Ristorante Morini