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Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe

1 Rockefeller Plz., New York, NY, 10020
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-262-7700

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7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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75% would go back.

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Some delicious food & wine spoiled by bad service

By NYC_Traveler on 10/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was excited to try this place so popped in for a late lunch 3pm on a Friday. The decor is pretty uninspiring. The wine by the glass selection was good but not great (quality is better than quantity guys). I started with a St Emilion coupled with the braised octopus carpaccio (bit too salty and bland for my taste) followed by Le Cupole Supertuscan teamed with handmade egg parpadelle, wild mushrooms and truffle essence (perfect and delicious for a cold afternoon). After an $85 spend I was disappointingly given the check without requesting it and without an offer of dessert, coffee or more wine. The staff busied themselves around me and other late diners, hurrying us to go. When I asked for dessert I was told I if I wanted anything else I would need to move as my table was needed for a 4pm booking (why on earth then was I seated there for lunch in the first place?). So I took money and walked down the street to Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake and espresso. This end could have been so much better handled and spoiled what was an otherwise lovely dining experience.

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Good & Dependable

By Jumi21 on 1/30/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been to Morrell a few times and no matter what I or my friends ordered, the food has been delicious. It's just an overall solid dining experience. The decor is nice, but not overly fancy; the bar always seems fun and lively; there is a prime view of Rockefeller Center; the food is excellent and portions are fair; and the wine list is extensive. The only thing one might quabble about is the price, but in my opinion it's well worth it. This restaurant is always on my list of places to take out-of-towners because I know they'll have a good time. One warning: they close much earlier than most restaurants in the city, so book accordingly.

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107 out of 218 people found this review helpful.

Wine for Swine

By godsavethequeen on 3/19/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

The Wine is Fine. The Food is Fine. Everything is Fine. The END. GSTQ.

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Wine that Complements the Food

By martin_chamois on 2/25/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Morrell's is a great wine store, particuarly for Reds. The cafe/wine bar at Rock Center complements the wine by providing interesting grazing foods. Service can be terrible, but when you can sit outside and watch the world go by, the interesting food makes sipping the wine that much more wonderful.

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