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About Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe

Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe serves more than approximately 90 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. Located on 49th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave, enjoy views of Rockefeller Plaza and during the winter holidays, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Morrell Wine Bar also offers a full lunch and dinner menu, innovative cocktails, and a selection of aged, large format beers from around the world.

1 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, European

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat Kitchen Hours
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Kitchen Hours
Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Cross Street:
49th between 5th & 6th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 262-7700

Website:
http://www.morrellwinebar.com/

Parking Details:
The nearest public parking garage is located on 48th st. between 5th ave. and 6th Ave

Public Transit:
Subway Lines B, D, F, M to 47-50th Rockefeller Center

Executive Chef:
Jorge Arellano

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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 Stephen Brumble at 212-262-7700

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Private Dining

Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe, a hidden gem in Rockefeller Plaza, has been a favorite of many for the past 18 years. We are known for hosting casual business lunches and as an afterwork wine stop before the commute home. Morrell has two very distinctive spaces as semi-private event spaces for multi purpose events. In recent years the entire use of the wine bar has been a popular choice to host casual events or holiday parties with upscale wine selections. Please email us at reservations@morrellwine.com to book your event.

Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (36)
Good for a Date (27)
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Scenic View (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Casual (16)
Romantic (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Bar Seating (13)
People Watching (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tapas (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good location. No service. Bad food. And wines. Nothing special in the open bottle category.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This place is a ripoff. We went because we are both big wine lovers, and they have some higher end wines by the glass. Disappointed when we got there because several shown on the website menu weren’t on the wine list. Bigger issue was the pours were unbelievably skimpy, which made their wines by the glass an offensive ripoff. Food was quite tasty, though again portions were tiny. I will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I always try to come by Morrell when I visit NYC. Their wine selection is extensive, and their location right next to Rockefeller Center guarantees good people watching. The wine by the glass prices are a bit high, but there are values to be found when you buy by a bottle. Their charcuterie is superb, and the chef's selection of cheeses was even better. The only disappointing aspect of the visit was the service. We went on a fairly slow day at 2pm, and there were only 3 other groups in the restaurant, including at the bar. While the food and drinks were served promptly, we had to flag our server down on three separate occasions to refill water glasses (we were patiently waiting each time). Not a huge deal but noticeable on such a slow day. However, given the quality of the food, the wine list and the location, I will definitely come here again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service needs refining
But very nice
Beautiful atmosphere
Food good

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Delicious duck and salmon, served with wonderful Chardonnay by an attentive staff. A great evening in a perfect location.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Alec our waiter was the best. We had great conversations with him. We had reservation at 7:30 but walking around in the bitter cold on New Years Eve they were able to take us earlier. We heard everyone cheer at the bar and we asked why. They said a bottle of champagne was opened at the bar with a sword. To our surprise he came to the room where we were eating and they opened up another one and we got to share. What a great surprise. The Pear salad was really good. I consider myself a snob on pear salads because I will get them where ever I go and I loved this one. Next time i am in the city I will be coming back. Thanks for making my New Years Eve a warm and enjoyable one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Perfect location fro the holidays! Great wine and food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Tony the server was great. He is friendly and very good

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very good but service was a little slow. We weee not in a hurry so we were fine with it.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had a lovely birthday celebration meal on Xmas Eve and thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine on offer.
The atmosphere was informal and relaxed but still felt special for this occasion.
Only let down by the restaurant closing early so felt a bit rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We chose this restaurant for Christmas Eve because it is super close to the tree. When we arrived, it took about 20 minutes for the host to come out of a random closet and seat us. The other staff seemed amused as they had to tell him that we were waiting. This caused other groups to leave, but we figured we had a reservation, and where else could we get in at this point?

We were seated upstairs, which was fine but seemed a downgrade from the lower level. I asked the server if there were any specials. He laughed and said: "no, not really". We ordered one of the charcuterie apps, which was wonderful. Our entree's then arrived in a timely manner, and those were the best part. I had the Salmon and my husband had the pork loin. On the downside, we had to ask them to remove our appetizer plates and cheese board because after placing out entrees down, they left everything sitting there (I can't stand when this happens).

As we finished, I overheard the table next to us asking about their food. The server replied: "he's busy, so it will be a while". What a way with words. Two seconds later, their food comes out.

Terrible communication and team efforts at this place. The bathroom was straight up disgusting (as another reviewer also wrote). When you're dropping $300 on a nice dinner for 2, you expect the service to be on point.

I wouldn't recommend this place for anything but the festive location around Christmas time.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent Wine and great meals ...fish, pasta, deserts super and great cheese boards for your wine....a tradition to enjoy this during the holidays near the Christmas tree.....

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A must restaurant if you find yourself in Rockefeller Center and you want to treat yourself to a memorable experience. Will, the bartender, is a fantastic staple who knows his wines and provides excellent service. The menu is filled with fun tasting apps along with a delicious steak tartar. The is a wine for every dish and you can enjoy a spectacular view of Rock Center while you dine at the bar.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Morrell is excellent! My wife and I come here once or twice a year when we visit the city. The food is excellent and there is a great selection of drinks! The service is good as well! We have never had a bad experience at Morrell!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My husband and I kicked off the Christmas weekend with a memorable dinner at Morrell's. After a long walk enjoying the Christmas sights, it was a pleasure to sit, relax and dine with a view of the tree and flags in Rockefeller Center.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Best place to meet for great wine or cocktails.midtown.. bar is busy downstairs. Look out at Rockefeller ctr. esp at Christmas. Tables better upstairs if you want to talk. Great menu for light bite or dinner. Had lovely pear salad... fresh ingredients . Staff and service very professional and accommodating!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was phenomenal. Veal osso buco in puff pastry, the duck breast and a divine sweet potato and pumpkin gnocchi.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The service, food and wine were very good. The major disappointment was believe it or not .....the restroom. One toilet shared by both men/women for the entire restaurant. My girlfriend and I both had to wait in line dodging waitstaff and patrons along side people eating their meals. Absolutely ridiculous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Festive Ambience during Xmas season!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Bar team was fantastic! Management terrific!! Love the location, I have been coming here for years, it never disappoints !!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were celebrating our 45th Wedding Anniversary and your staff could not be more attentive, friendly and helpful especially when our waitress offered the service of the sommelier to help us pick out a great Chardonnay. Your staff made our evening just perfect. Our food was just delicious and I would recommend our dining experience to all of our friends. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fun
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I decided to dine here when we went to see the tree. I was very pleased with the entire meal, the food was amazing. Also loved the fact we could see the tree through the window from our table. Perfect for a city date night & I hope to be back again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

While the service was attentive and the food and wine selections were good, the salad we ordered did not arrive although they did serve it with our dinner and did not charge us for it. They did include, what we thought was an amuse bouche(?), we were charged for it and we did not order it. Good thing we checked the bill which they did remove. The bread could have been warm. Can recommend the osso buco puffs as an appetizer and the chicken paillard. My niece had the beef tenderloin which, in her opinion, was not tender. Have been here a few times and this was the least organized. Could have been the location being right next to the Rockefeller Center tree.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Awesome food, wine and service...Thanks to our server Alec!

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Casual, Organic, Romantic, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Quite disappointed with the lack of interested servers and expensive wines. Cramped quarters. Not going back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

It looks out on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Need I say more?

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Arrived a little early but our table was ready so we were seated immediately. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food was outstanding! The beef tenderloin and pork loin were the best we have ever had. The beer and wine were also good. Nice atmosphere, a bit loud because of downstairs bar, but still nice. A very good experience. Would recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was somewhat spotty - some dishes were good, others OK. Service was excellent, helpful and professional. Like the ambiance as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very busy so make a reservation . But it’s right by the tree in Rockefeller Center so it’s perfect for when you are visiting . Get the Pulled pork tacos.......yum!!!!!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We came here a few years ago and I remembered how good it was so decided to try it again and we are very pleased! Our server was Alec and he was AWESOME! I watched him with other tables as well and he had very consistently great service.
The food was as good as I remembered and ambiance was nice. Thanks!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very disappointed. Had a reservation via Open Table & requested a nice seat, with tree views if possible. They sat us at a table behind a curtain just off the bar. I asked if they had another table due to the cramped, closest like feeling, they said they did not. This was 3:30 in the afternoon. We sat for 1/2 hour before anyone came to take our drink order. I didn't realize till I got up to leave that they also served fresh bread, we never received that. My husband had purchased a gift certificate for my daughter & I to use here. The bill came to $102. The Gift card was $125 - they told us we had to use it all on the dinner - so they received a very generous tip instead of them giving back the difference as a credit - my husband was told when he bought the card that any remaining balance could be used at their wine store (found that out after we got home). The cheese was good, the wine was good, food was tasty - overall a tad pricey. But what was supposed to be a nice mother/daughter early dinner ended up making me feel like a 2nd class citizen and taken advantage of as well. I do not recommend this place simply because they did not make all customers feel like they mattered.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing wine. Incredible food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Truffle deviled eggs were amazing. Servers were very attentive. Food was fantastic!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great location and menu selection with top-notch wine choices! Food was delicious but portions were very small, even smaller than what you normally expect when you order tapas.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always a must when I'm in New York City. Great and perfect view of Rockefeller Center- especially at Christmas time.

The staff is amazing and accommodated our special night with attention to detail and sweet treats for desert. Such an amazing meal and service for our perfect evening.

During warmer weather it is a great place to stop, sit outside and people watch with a glass of wine.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Love this place during the holidays. The manager is excellent and makes everyone feel important. Will be back next year when we come in for the tree viewing!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Host sat us at a 2 top table even though we were 3 - we asked to move and he said no - he head nothing else to offer - that was because he couldn’t figure out his reservations to understand how to move 2 - 2 top diners and free up space for us . So, we sat and ate like a bunch of animals in a cage getting our chairs bumped into the whole meal. Waiter was great and so was busboy- who have nothing to do with seating guests.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

i thought the food and energy of the restaurant was fantastic. The staff and service was outstanding. Great way to spend a Saturday night in midtown.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great location, great wine, perfect location year round.
Good sevice, lots of attention to the customer, helpful and attentive.
I would come back. Recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great wine bar in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center. Great location.

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