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Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe
Posted by JSC on 04/13/2011
For the past several years, I have counted Morrell among my few, favorite, consistently delicious restaurants in midtown. Unfortunately, with their new chef, that has changed. A friend and I went for dinner last night and found that the service was not good (no water refills, waiter disappears and does not check on how the food comes out, the wrong wine was poured and we had to send it back and request the one we had originally ordered) and the food was disappointing. We both started with the beet salad which was an over salted, barely edible pile of greens with about a eight tiny beet cubes and some chevre crumbles. For our entrees, my friend had the Udon and I had the mushroom risotto with duck confit. The seafood in the Udon was so salty that my friend had to send her dish back; my risotto and duck confit was edible, but the risotto tasted primarily of black pepper and had no depth of flavor and the duck was overcooked and dry. The risotto reminded me of the Lipton noodles that I used to eat in college which only required me to add hot water - in fact, I think the Lipton noodles were better ... I have never published a review of anything before, but my great disappointment with last night's dinner has spurred me to let people know that this is no longer the restaurant it used to be.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2010
I had a larger group of people and wanted to book this restaurant for dinner. I must have called their special events people at least 6-7 times and they are either not there or don't return calls. 1 finally called me back after 2 weeks of trying to tell me that they are going to be out of the office and to try the other person (who doesn't call back!). Very very frustrating, so I booked at a different restaurant. Otherwise, the food and the ambience is great which is why we wanted to hold our dinner here.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2009
Awesome wine list and the food was amazing. Can't wait to go back!
Posted by anonymous on 05/09/2009
I have been going to Morrell's since 2003 and it remains my favorite bar in NYC. The bartenders are fantastic and the food never disappoints. I rarely even order a wine, I simply tell the extremely knowledgeable bartenders what I am in the mood for and they will let you try 4 or 5 different ones before you settle on something. And it helps to be a regular!
Posted by foodfan on 03/17/2009
I was surprised to read so many good reviews of this restaurant. Yes, the wine list is terrific, especially if you're interested in sampling several wines by the glass. But the food is just OK and, despite the $45 prix fixe menu, it's not cheap. Go for a glass of wine by all means, but not for the gluey risotto or the undercooked blackberry crumble.
Posted by Calibrese151 on 07/23/2008
I happen to work in the area and eat lunch here at least twice a week and dinner at least once a week. I find it to be an enjoyable experience every time. The food is always top notch, seasonal and Fresh. The wine list is vast and ever changing. I think that it is a little expensive, but worth it.
Posted by Mary Ann on 06/22/2008
We had wine, appetizers and dinner. The selection of wines is great. The staff needs more training on the wines if they want to present themselves as a wine bar. I asked for a recommendation on a light red wine, like a pinot noir from Europe. The waiter directed me to a white wine from Chile. Not even close. The staff was not friendly, did not smile, but were efficient in clearing the table. The food choices were limited and several dishes we had were way too salty. They have a great location, nice outside seating, but I would not return.