Altamarea Group’s prime Madison Avenue corner boasts a lively street-level lounge and second story window-lined dining room where even children in tow are properly attired for lunch. Despite the high-rent address, Ristorante Morini offers an economical lunch prix-fixe, as well as a family-style Sunday supper. Slick Italian dining is the draw here, as demonstrated by the likes of bocconcini (chicken meatballs) infused with eggplant and fennel seed, baked with tomato sauce, and garnished with basil, breadcrumbs and more eggplant. Spaghetti vongole tossed with steamed clams, leeks and a white wine sauce flaunts luxurious texture from a swirl of butter; while desserts like vanilla bean gelato dressed with a shot of espresso and amaro are nothing short of luxurious.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors