Upscale Modern Italian Restaurant in Murray Hill
Evoking the sun-basked island of Capri, a Mediterranean-themed restaurant–pillared by a mammoth ocean blue handblown glass chandelier–serves Murray Hill with an upscale modern Italian restaurant, Marcony. In March 2010, chef-owner Marco Pipolo (ex-partner at the UES’s Scalinatella), gave the quiet Kips Bay neighborhood a taste of Capri yachting around southern Italy with a new bi-level restaurant, white and blue with vaulted ceilings, an intimate dark wood bar, two balcony dining areas and an outdoor patio.
Serving modern Italian dishes from house made tricolor gnocchi to fresh, almost juicy, seafood grilled to perfection for discerning palates, Marcony also has a crisp and elegant environment. The 2,000 square foot former Prespa space flaunts understated water-like bubble glass lights, Mediterranean foliage and walls adorned with another Italian favorite, wine bottles. (And for now, wine lovers can take advantage of Marcony's no-corkage-fee BYOB special on Mondays and Tuesdays.)
Business and visitors frequent the venue for impressive lunches, as the attentive staff comes adorned in pristine disaster-privy white. No details are spared down to the white marbled restrooms with Molton Brown soap and rich hand lotions.
Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday), dinner guests can enjoy delicately battered flounder or succulent butterflied shrimp and risotto in the 74-seat white-linened main room, upstairs in the intimate 16-seat back balcony for prime people-watching, or the blue-walled front balcony with 30-plus seating.
The space's light jazz music is most prominent on the glass-ledged upper levels, perfect for private events or sharing the decadent blood orange mascarpone or chocolate lava cake over blue-glassed votive candles–a sweet ending to a quick fake-trip around the Isle of Capri–right across from furniture stores and frat-happy Brother Jimmy’s on 31st St.