Morandi, NY

Lex and I were lucky enough to spend NYE in NYC. There really is no other place in the world that does New Years like the Big Apple. We booked tickets to a comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea. Our tickets came with a small appetiser each and an open bar. Since the open bar included their impressive cocktail list we both decided to indulge. The show was hilarious and the cocktails went down nicely. After the show I needed to have something to eat to soak up the alcohol! Finding a restaurant without a booking in NYC is difficult at the best of times, but on New Years Eve we thought it almost impossible. It was around 10pm though so we tried our luck. We stumbled (I did literally…) into Morandi a beautiful, rustic Italian trattoria, and were lucky enough to snag a cosy table near the window. The atmosphere in here was so fun and festive. Interestingly enough, we walked past the next day and realised it was actually on my list of go-to restaurants in NY. I’ve since found out this is a bit of a celebrity hotspot with celebs including Meg Ryan and Cameron Diaz spotted there!

The waiter came around with some homemade bread and olive oil which was much appreciated. For mains Lex and I both ordered pasta. Normally Lex would go for a pizza but since there weren’t any on the many he decided to go for the Cavatelli al prosciutto – a delicious saffron scented pasta with prosciutto ragù and smoked mozzarella. I ordered the Pici al limone which was hand-rolled spaghetti with lemon and parmesan. Both pastas were delicious and made sure we ended 2015 on a foodie high. The menu is pretty impressive and I’d love to go back and sample a few of the other options.

After dinner the waiters handed around a goodie bag full of festive dress-up items. Beads, NYE glasses, tinsel…everything we needed to make the mood fun and celebrate NYE in (questionable) style.

Lis x



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