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Morini (Osteria) or Maialino

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Hounds:

I searched and found some reviews from a few months ago.

What's the Board's current consensus on these two restaurants for a Saturday night dinner?

Should disclose that I adore Marea (and understand that these will be more casual/rustic).

Vi ringrazio a tutti in anticipo !!!

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Aside from being much more casual than Marea, the food at Morini, while certainly not bad, is IMO not up to Michael White's usual standard, especially the pastas. The restaurant is also horribly crowded and loud, loud, loud. Maialino has excellent food and is much more comfortable.