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211 Waverly Pl., at Seventh Ave. S. (West Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-627-7575 | www.morandiny.com
HOURSMon.-Wed.: 8:00am-11:30am, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Thurs.-Fri.: 8:00am-11:30am; 12:00pm-12:00am; Sat.: 10:00am-4:30pm, 5:30pm-12:00am; Sun.: 10:00am-4:30pm
BEST FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 9-19; USD 19-29
FAMOUS PLATESCarciofi alla giudea; polpettine alla siciliana
DRINKS AND WINE200-bottle wine list with Italian focus; beer; cocktails
# OF SEATS100-150
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAY14th St.-7th Ave. (1, 2, 3); Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq. (1); W. 4th St. -Washington Sq. (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
New Yorkers have had a love affair with Keith McNally’s retro European eateries ever since he first wooed them with French brasseries The Odeon and Balthazar. He’s now begun to dabble in Italian trattorias (exhibit A: Morandi), and his popularity is no worse for wear. The interiors are decked out in the familiar weathered-chic look (worn wood planks, chandeliers, brick archways) that’s his calling card, while the menu offers a wide range of Italian entrées prepared in a rustic wood oven by chef Tony Liu. The highlight remains the small plates like fried artichokes and grilled octopus.
Fans of McNally’s other restaurants, groups of friends looking for a hearty meal, and couples young and old.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Opt for a smart casual ensemble–a sweater, jeans, and flats with fun accessories would do.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though perhaps not of the same caliber as his famous brasseries, McNally scores once again with this venue’s solid menu, romantic ambiance, and quaintly charming décor. The weekend brunch is a solid hit.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
At peak times, the noise levels can be deafening level. It definitely zaps the romance of dinner when you have to shout at your partner to pass the pepper.
GOOD TO KNOW
In the warmer months, guests are encouraged to dine at the sidewalk tables. A bar menu is available for those who can’t secure a seat in the main area. Takeout and delivery are available.
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