Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe
Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe

Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.morrellwinebar.com/
  • Phone: (212) 262-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., bar until 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Juan-Carlos Mendoza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Main dining area can be closed off for a party of 30. Mezzanine dining are can accommodate up to 30 stand-up reception & up to 25 sit-down.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Simon or Anna-Christina Cabrales 2122627700x
  • Special Events: Parties of 6 or more will require a credit card number to hold your reservation. 24 hour notice is required for all cancelled reservations secured with a credit card. If you are unable to honor 24 hour notice, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $25.00.
    For private events contact Todd Simon or Anna-Christina Cabrales at 212-262-7700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 49th between 5th & 6th Aves
  • Public Transit: Rockefeller Center
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: The nearest public parking garage is located on 48th st. between 5th ave. and 6th Ave
A word from Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe
Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe serves more than 150 wines by the glass, the largest selection in New York City, and an extensive selection of rare and hard-to-find bottles, making it a prime destination for wine lovers from around the world. With views of Rockefeller Plaza, and during the winter holidays, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the upscale wine bar also offers globally inspired bar bites, innovative cocktails, and a selection of aged, large format beers from around the world. Join us this summer for wine on our newly redesigned terrace in the heart of midtown's beautiful landmark.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (42)great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (16)scenic view (13)neighborhood gem (13)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)special occasion (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Hello, Anyone There?
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    At lunchtime we waited almost 10 minutes for a hostess to even appear to seat us and others on the line. The food was bland at best. They always have a great wine selection.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's all about the wine
    NYCGOMOVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    While the establishment has an enormous selection of wines it does not employ their staff the knowledge to expound upon the various varieties, point values, notes, depth, etc. Instead they rely on the binder of wines to speak for the selection. Shame because if you have knowledgeable staff it makes all the difference.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd Time's just as Charming!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was our third visit to Morrell over a number of years. It has maintained the charm and excellent food and wine offerings. We had a delightful lunch with an excellent Syrah. In terms of the food, I don't remember the exact dishes, but the pasta with mushrooms and zucchini appetizer was wonderful. My wife had the pulled pork tacos. She has ordered that each time! We will visit again on our next trip to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuperabbitVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    They have a great wine list which is over 1000 bottles available, but a little over priced. The food is more Italian style, which tasts ok for me to pairing with wine. I can't say the service is good, they didn't offer us the bread untill we asked, and also no explaination for the cheese plate we ordered. Everything is kind of slow and it's hard for you to catch your waiter. I will probably check the place once again just for their amazing wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food terrible; wine worse!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Truffle oil on everything. That's not gourmet food. Wine at some $60/glass was undrinkable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but...
    Elmer
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My Open Table reservation for 3 was seated at a 30" by 30" table for two, in spite of several open tables around us. One of our party left early, however, so we did not ask to be reseated, but... The food was nicely prepared and presented. The pappardelle with wild mushroom was excellent as were the appetizers (tartare and a salad with poached pears). We ordered wine by the glass, which was terrific, although apparently confused as we were charged double the price of what I had requested. In general a nice evening but the seating set the tone for an evening of near misses. I would return however as the location was convenient and the food showed real promise.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location
    DeeMich
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love the location of the restaurant. Right next to Rockefeller plaza. Outdoor dining was awesome for people watching and the service was pretty good. We made a reservation via Opentable and we were running late...we called and they were nice about it and seated us when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    Borl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food looked good but lacked finesse; taste was way too strong. Choice in wine is amazing but very expensive. Cold draft throughout restaurant. Very nice and friendly staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening and excellent wine!,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great spot with great wine and fun appetizers. Staff was courteous and helpful with menu and wine choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, stingy pour
    Nyfoodygirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant is over priced and I've had better food in a diner. The $15, 3 oz pour of wine was particularly comical if not downright insulting. Not to be outdone by the seared tuna salad that had no flavor. Never again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeper
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Morrell was recommended by a friend and we loved it! Our waiter was excellent helping us with wine selection. I had the risotto and my husband had the steak. Both were great. Highly recommend the pear salad - to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    debnjVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Morrell never disappoints. Excellent wines, food is great and service alway attentive but not instrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New decor with new prices
    HammertimeVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The new décor is refreshing, but reminds me of a diner. It is not quite as nice as I thought from the photos. That said it is nice, clean and much brighter than it used to be (in a good way). Wine prices went up to help pay for decorating it seems. Food menu is the same....tasty! And if the weather cooperates the outdoor dining is always great for people watching. There is usually a nice breeze. And of course after dinner you can go into the wine store and buy something to take home!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch for Restaurant Week
    stefystef
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have passed by Morrell's many times when in the Rockefeller Center area, but never thought to go in. During the NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2014, my friend and I decided to have lunch there because we liked the menu offered. While it is busy and a bit noisy outside (Rockefeller Center and NBC TODAY studio is right next door), the inside of the restaurant was quiet and conducive to fine dining. The food was very good and the wine suggestions were on the mark. The staff was very helpful and friendly and added to the enjoyment of the lunch. Would recommended this restaurant to NYers and visitors alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never had a bad meal here
    Powerlady
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had dinner here and ate outside since the weather was nice. It is wonderful to see Rockefeller center.They have redone the interior. I preferred the old decorating, but the food is every bit as excellent as ever. We accidentally hit restaurant week and had a bargain 3 course meal for $38.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvNYC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Perhaps it was the heavy traffic we got stuck in on the way to the restaurant or maybe the rainy weather or maybe the loud group of 10 we were seated next to, but I was not overly impressed with this restaurant. The food was good but portions were small. The wine list was impressive and all four of us truly enjoyed our glasses of both reds and whites. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. I guess I should have expected it to be "touristy" given it's Rockefeller Center location. I would stop in here for a glass or two of wine again if I happened to be in the area, but would not plan another dinner there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morrells was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We ate at Morrells 2 weeks ago and found it disappointing. The location opposite the Rockerfeller Plaza is great and the service from our table waiter and the front of house was exemplary but we were overwhelmed with the prices for mediocre food. I had a pumpkin, cheese and walnut and rocket salad which was predominantly a bowl full of rocket. The few bits of cheese and pumpkin were very small and sparse on the plate and the pumpkin pieces had obviously just come out of the fridge because they were freezing cold and pretty tasteless. My husband had a duck dish which was similarly presented - on a dish full of salad with very little duck on the top. Overall, I would say this restaurant is not worth the money it charges.
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  • nydiner
    nydiner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'm so glad that they brought back the steak salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 357 reviews are from the Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe reviews archive.
  • Midtown mainstay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I came here during restaurant week for lunch. I am not a wine drinker, so I cannot speak about the wine. Food was alright. The menu could be improved. Best thing was the friend I lunched with and that we sat outside!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcoming and Delicious
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    From start to finish our dinner at Morell Wine Bar & Cafe was superlative. We received a warm welcome from the maître d, our server was very pleasant and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the crab appetizer, followed by the most delicious carbonara ever and a perfectly prepared steak. Ice cream medley dessert and delicious wines. Fantastic; can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food, services, ambience and diversity of wines was great
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and Underwhelming
    yummyATLfoodsVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Sat outside with two others and we split 4 smaller dishes (the meatball sliders, flat bread, stuffed mushrooms and pulled pork tacos). All very small portions - enough for three girls as we weren't that hungry, but too expensive for what we got. The stuffed mushrooms were so tiny as well as the tacos. It was a nice view of Rockefeller Plaza and the service was good, just won't be going back.
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  • Julie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great place to escape the hustle and bustle. Great food and amazing service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed every part of our lunch. I would recommend Morells to anyone visiting NYC
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around lovely experience
    RGS218VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We arrived early and they sat us immediately at a great table outdoors on a perfect summer evening. Attentive and friendly service, hostess was extremely friendly and answered questions we had about some art work out on the Plaza, food delicious and not run-of-the-mill. We had a two minute walk to our show at Radio City. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GuestVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We loved the outdoor seating and of course, the location is great. We each ordered a different salad and none were really special. I'd had the kale salad before and enjoyed it, but this time the leaves were huge and difficult to eat. Our waiter seeemed distracted and had to keep returning to the table to ask us again about our order. Maybe just an off day ....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Rock Center location
    JimMc
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good food, great wine list, good service. Great location at Rock Center. Convenient to Midtown/Times Square.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rock Plaza Gem
    JudithVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I had lunch with my friends who recommended Morrell's, and I am glad they did. I was the first to arrive, and I was seated without any hesitation. Most places make you wait until the entire party arrives. The prix fixe three course lunch was amazing, and the prices of wines were quite reasonable. I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I live in Long Island, and traveled out to Manhattan to finally try Morrell Wine Bar. I am happy that I did, because this place is well worth the visit. The food they offer is delicious and fresh. However, the best part of the visit was interacting with the staff. The server was thoughtful, attentive, and anticipated our needs.Our meal was carefully paired with exciting wines for each course by the sommelier, Anna. Each course - Anna chose different pairings for us,that complemented our meals and personality. It was amazing to see the execution of such a large wine by the glass list (153 offerings).I recommend Morrell Wine Bar to anyone who enjoys great food and especially wine. The wines offered are rare, approachable, and high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is my regular place for lunch and it is perfect every single time. Service is outstanding and every staff member is professional, food is always amazing and they are always very quick with everything. On a warm day you can enjoy dining outside and on a cooler day you can have a table upstairs for more privacy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommend
    NYCwino
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been to Morrell several times and each time is better than the last. The wine is always delicious. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. The atmosphere is great indoors and outdoors. It is perfect for dinner or just to stop in for appetizers and a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went here for the first time with a friend for an early dinner and was very happy with our experience. The wine list was extensive and quite impressive. The staff is very personable, warm and welcoming. And the food was great and offered a lot for a NYC winebar. Definitely a hidden gem in Rockefeller Center -- We're certain to come back again soon. Thanks for everything!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday Lunch
    George1
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great place to meet friends for lunch....great locationn and very knowledgable barmen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not the Morrell's we knew and loved
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    When we first arrived we were the only patrons inside the dining room. It took several minutes for our waiter to greet us and take our wine order. Many more minutes before we received our wine and were able to order. We ordered small plates which came rather promptly - but our entrée orders were delivered to another table that had arrived after ours and they proceeded to eat them and then complained it wasn't their order! Our waiter never explained the delay in our order which I assume had to be remade resulting in an even greater delay. We had to ask to order more wine, wait again and eventually decided to not even try to order dessert.
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  • Mediocre
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    When visiting Morrell's for the 1st time we were very disappointed with the food and ambience after reading Tripadvisor. We requested a good table when booking but were put at the back near the kitchen entrance. Morrell's was not busy, therefore this would have been possible.
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  • Too expensive for what you get
    SharVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I met a friend there for lunch, fun place but the food was just average. I had the ahi tuna salad, and the tuna tasted too fishy and not much flavor. While my friend said his cob salad was good. I think the price was high for what we got.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    DRyeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Central location and friendly, attentive staff. I will be returning
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notable wine list
    CPwiseVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Nice remodeling of the place, the wine list is still spectacular
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great rest., not a tourist trap
    RI401VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    You would think that because Morell's is located at the Rockefeller Center, next to NBC studios it could be a tourist trap but it is not. Wine list is excellent (unless you wanted wine from Portugal which they didn't have). We sat outside on a beautiful sunny day. Hostess was friendly and attentive. Food was good, although we (party of 7) went mostly to drink wine. Only complain would be that our waiter looked a bit annoyed that mostly had wine. If you mind tourist looking at you like a caged zoo animal, get a indoor table or sit at the bar, ambiance and service inside is great too, specially at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be aware of the napkins, they
    usingIt
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Be aware of the napkins, they leave noticeable white marks on black trousers. Food was OK.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet