Recommended by : John Bartlett (Fashion Designer), Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Dirk Standen (Editor-in-Chief,, Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO & Co-Founder, FEED Projects), Carla Gugino (Actress), Garance Doré (Writer/Illustrator), Maura Tierney (Actress), Giada de Laurentiis (Chef, TV Personality)

Cuisine:Italian. Price: $$$. Location: .

Not only is Morandi some of our favorite Italian in the city, but it’s also a favorite aesthetic of ours. Arguably New York’s most famous restaurateur – Keith McNally – draws crowds in for the sumptuous pasta dishes, cozy brick walls and low ceilings. We usually stick more to the primi portion of the menu rather than the secondi, but if you’re going to explore the latter, the meatballs with pinenuts and raisins are a must. Make a Reservation

“Nearly my entire food budget goes to Keith McNally.” – Derek Blasberg (Editor-at-Large, Harper’s Bazaar)

“Keith has always been someone so good at creating a world, an atmosphere and an ambiance unparalleled in the restaurant business.” – Adam Rapoport (Editor-in-chief, Bon Appetit)

“I like the minestrone with pesto and the Pasta con le Sarde with sardines, walnuts, and wild fennel.” – Dirk Standen (Editor-in-Chief,

“The minestrone soup and sautéed spinach from Morandi” – Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO & Co-Founder, FEED Projects) remarking on how she would start off her final meal.