Even if you are a seasoned New Yorker who is competent at fighting your way through crowded subway platforms without causing (too much) bodily harm, Soho on a Sunday can be a tough sell. Between tourists and angst filled shoppers, the quaint cobble-stoned streets are overrun with bodies. Clearly the urban planners who designed this chic area of lower Manhattan did not expect it to one day hold this high a volume of humans. With that being said, we highly encourage you to suck it up – this brunch is worth it.
Located on the busy streets of Lafayette and Spring, and competing with some serious brunch heavy hitters on the same strip of real estate, Osteria Morini proves that it can throw down with the best of them. The menu is generous, but seems to lend itself more towards lunch than brunch, and fully embraces its Italian roots by only offering four classic brunch options. The rest of the menu included items normally found on their dinner menu, with heavy emphasis on pasta. Note: there is A LOT of pasta.
From the first sip of Morini’s spicy yet flavorful Bloody Mary (complete with a pickle back shot!) to the last bite of a decadent chocolate tart with concord grapes, chocolate mousse, sliced figs, and raspberry sorbet, we were enthralled by every aspect of our meal.
Because calories don’t count on Sundays during football season, we also ordered the garganelli, cooked to perfection and tossed in truffle butter with prosciutto and radicchio. Not a usual fan of the latter, the bitter vegetable cut through the richness of the rest of the dish, balancing it out quite nicely. We needed to be rolled out of there by the end of the meal.
Our favorite of the bunch was the polenta, which was on the traditional brunch section of the menu, and exceeded expectations with every bite. Complete with salumi hash, two fried eggs, and two thick slices of pana di
casa toast, nothing about this was anywhere close to ordinary.
One last thing of note, the service was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable, kind, answered all of our questions thoroughly, and attentive without being overbearing, a balance that is often difficult to find. The entire staff from host to manager was friendly, helpful, and genuine. We can’t wait to go back. Maybe next time we’ll order a salad, but it seems like a waste of stomach space.
If you prefer to start your weekend mornings by treating yourself, we highly suggest you make a reservation at Osteria Morini immediately.
218 Lafayette Street, New York, NY