ADDRESS:420 East 59th Street
(Between First Avenue and York Avenue)
New York, NY 10022
HOURS:Dinner: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun.
Lunch: 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.
Lunch/Brunch: 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM, Sat.
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Sun.
CUISINE:Modern Italian with Mediterranean influences
Taking little bites of inspiration from all over Italy and the mediterranean, Morso represents authentic, contemporary cooking under the masterful direction of acclaimed restaurateur/celebrity-chef Pino Luongo.Executive chef Tim Ryan, has crafted a menu featuring a unique combination of classic Italian and mediterranean dishes,with a modern flair at Morso, which means morsels or small bites in Italian
. The design of the restaurant evokes a mid-century modern feel, featuring vibrant poster art, contrasting wood and steel elements, and a light, airy ambiance for an elegantly informal setting in which to eat and entertain. The restaurant also features 16-foot high ceilings, custom-made tables, Italian leather chairs, Chilewich fabric banquettes, slate floors, soft and flattering modern lighting, and colorful wall graphics, all creating a welcoming environment much like a hybrid of a modern trattoria and a more formal ristorante.
There is an impressive 8 foot by 12-foot long custom-made L-shaped bronze bar, located at the front of the restaurant, features a specially curated, predominantly Italian wine list. A variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition, a premier selection of spirits, liquors, after-dinner drinks, dessert wines, imported and draft beers, and specialty cocktails such as Morso (Prosecco, Salerno, April, Blood Orange Juice, and a Splash of Gin) are also available. (The Dinner and Lunch/Brunch Menus are available at the bar, too).
The menu offers dishes available as morso (smaller servings), or tutto (full size). It is cleverly organized by ingredients, so pastas, for example, may be found under salads, eggs, beef and other unexpected areas of the menu. The result is incredible food, cooked with care and precisely seasoned. Start with sensational gorgonzola fritters that literally float right off the plate (below) or the “egg of the day,” in our case, soft boiled with a runny center, breaded in Panko and deep fried, served on a bed of frisse and parchment-crisp bacon.
While spaghetti carbonara that will blow you away and Penne farro flour pasta is lovely, two other pastas are noteworthy for their originality:: Bucatini Pasta with pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce, which may be the best pasta we’ve had in years and a terrific version of Pappardelle, homemade pasta with brisket pot roast, and porcini sauce.
Osso buco (above) that is classically prepared and vies for the best rendition of this Italian masterpiece in town, Don’t miss heavenly spinach dumplings in rabbit and chicken sauce, grilled lamb chops, with eggplant and lamb roll, fresh whole roasted fish of the day and homemade meat lasagna that will make your Italian grandmother swoon. Steak lovers will adore the huge, succulent Bistecca Fiorentina grilled sliced rib eye steak, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes: Absolutely as good as any NY Steak House.
The wine list is short, well select and priced and interesting. A standout is the Super Tuscan Sondraia, 2007 Poggio al Tesoro ($80). Service is warm and professional and don’t miss desserts, which change daily. I can vouch for an incredible flourless chocolate nut cake and the most creamy, delicious Neapolitan cheesecake imaginable.
The vibrant, relaxed space features a semi-private dining area for events and parties as well as an inviting communal table . Morso 420 east 59th street [between first avenue and york avenue] is destined to become one of NY’s hottest restaurant tickets.
Acclaimed Restaurateur/Chef Pino Luongo collaborates with Executive Chef Tim Ryan, formerly at Picholine and Bouley, to craft a menu featuring a unique combination of classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, including Pino’s finest signature dishes with a modern flair.
Book your table online. Here is a pace you are going to want to return to again and again. Fortunately we live nearby and could happily dine here on a regular basis. But if you don’t live in the Sutton Place Area, Morso is a worthy destination. Affordable, excellent and run with style and panache by a hands on Pino Luongo, who after all, is a legend in his own right.
.Acclaimed Restaurateur/Chef Pino Luongo (Below)
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PRIVATE DINING ROOM/
COMMUNAL TABLE:A stylish Private Dining Room, located to the side of the
Main Dining Room, features a unique, hand-painted
communal table that seats 14.
OUTDOOR CAFÉ:A 70 seat outdoor dining terrace with spectacular views
of the Queensborough Bridge and the Roosevelt Island
Cable Cars will be open April 2012 through November
DESIGNER:Restaurant Design Arts
EXECUTIVE CHEF:Tim Ryan
SOUS CHEF :Scott Burnett
WINE DIRECTOR:Alessandro Bandini
OPENING DATE:October 2, 2011
CREDIT CARDS:All major cards accepted
PRICE RANGE:Morso (Small Main Dish): $14.00 – $16.00
Tutto (Large Main Dish): $24.00 – $30.00
(Most dishes, categorized by food group, are
available as a morso or tutto.)
SEATING CAPACITY:Dining Room:86
Private Dining Room/ Communal Table: 14
Outdoor Café: (Will seat 70)
NUMBER OF ROOMS:2
PARTY FACILITIES:With semi-private and private dining areas available,
as well as the whole restaurant if required, Morso
can cater parties large and small for both daytime
and evening events.
Menu & Prices Subject To Change
Current Wine List