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Apr 10, 2011 11:50 AM

Osteria Morini - Don't waste your time/money

I went against the advice of many and decided to check out Osteria Morini last night. I have to agree with everyone and say that this place is not worth anyone's time or money. While the food was OK, the service was some of the worst I have experienced in NYC to date. I remember seeing our "server" twice the entire night and all of the other people who occasionally came to our table were completely lost and barely spoke English. Dishes arrived and were put down without explanation, water glasses remained empty until I could chase down a busboy and help was generally no where to be found. The biggest issue for me was the handling of our bottle of lambrusco. Meant to be served chilled the bottle was kept away from our table in an ice bucket but the problem was that our waiter never came to refill our glasses. All I wanted was my wine but I had no idea how to retrieve said bottle. At one point I was walking around the place looking for the waiter so I could get a refill. Horrible and completely unheard of. All I ask is that you don't come between a man and his alcohol, right?

Anyway, this place isn't even close to other "rustic" Italian places like Maialino and Locanda Verde. Total waste of time and don't go unless you enjoy mediocre food and inexplicably poor service.

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Thanks for the review. I've heard very mixed reviews of Osteria Morini. We were going to head there the other night. I pulled up the menu and, truth be told, the prices looked very expensive for such a restaurant. Indeed, while I love Michael White's food, all his prices are very high. Apparently, even his more "accessible" spot still gouges the diner.

    Osteria Morini
    218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: comiendosiempre

      The prices do appear very high, just from looking at the menu, but I found the first time I went there we ended up over-ordering because the portions are very large. The second time, we ordered less (shared a main), still had plenty of food, and the bill was very reasonable. As far as food quality goes it is hit or miss, some really good dishes and some so-so. Maybe we were just lucky but we had excellent service both times.