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Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe

4.5
734 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, European
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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
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Phone number
(212) 262-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jorge Arellano
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Cross street
49th between 5th & 6th Ave
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Parking details
The nearest public parking garage is located on 48th st. between 5th ave. and 6th Ave
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Public transit
Subway Lines B, D, F, M to 47-50th Rockefeller Center
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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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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 734 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was just ok. Service was terrible and inattentive.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A consistently great spot in the heart of midtown. Excellent if you are visiting the Christie's auction house or Rockefeller Center. Great food and wine list

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great comfortable restaurant right off of Rockefeller center. Fior is fresh and well prepared. Outdoor seating if you prefer. Great location

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A great wine list. The prices are commensurate with the quality of the list plus the location at Rockefeller Center.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Had an excellent time. Terrific, tasty appetizers and delicious entrees with two bottles of fairly priced, delicious wines for four people. Service was perfect too! Going back soon when their outdoor cafe, which faces Rockefeller Center's main plaza opens for the spring.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food was very good except for the crab cakes -- those should not be on the menu... bad.

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Sweet potato soup was good. Cheese selection was ok but figs are a creative addition. Get a sommelier or get a different one. Wine selection are poor on the lower price points.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We have been to Morrell's before but only for their outstanding vodka martinis. We had secured Broadway theater tickets to celebrate a special occasion and thought we'd try Morrell's for dinner before the show. After looking at their menu...its choices and costs... we decided to make a reservation. So very glad we did. The food was as outstanding as were their martinis. And, their service was stellar. Their method of confirming the reservation was very timely and user friendly. I recommend Morrell's highly. And, yes, we'll go back!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great spot for a quick pre-theater dinner. Outstanding wine selection, especially wines by the glass. Interesting menu of small plates. Service is attentive: they are highly aware of time constraints for the pre-theater crowd and execute accordingly. Highly recommended when seeing a show on Broadway or at Radio City Music Hall.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was our 1st visit & will definitely be going back! We were celebrating our anniversary and they made us feel so special! And the food was delicious, service was awesome!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was a great spot for a quick bite before and/or after shopping. They have a great wine list by the glass or bottle and knowledgable waitstaff to help you select one with your meal. This is a great find located in the heart of 5th avenue shopping. I definitely recommend Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Honestly I went here with my girlfriend hoping to really like it. The service was attentive. The wine was very good though extremely high priced for a very stingy pour. There was a problem with part of our order and it was taken care very quickly and well. All these things made me want to rate it highly. I simply couldn't because the meal was mediocre.
I have eaten at 4 star restaurants and dive bars and have come to believe that all that really matters is the product you put out, certainly the more expensive ones you have every right to expect near perfection. This place is fairly expensive and nothing was near perfect.
I had the deviled eggs to start and they were well put together visually but were dramatically over salted. I had the oyster special which would have been good had whoever had been shucking them not broken shell into 9 out of the 12 of them. That is just careless. I also had steak tartare. Again it was pretty looking but I suspect because of how finely chopped the meat was and how much onion and caper was mixed into it that it was not a top cut like you would hope for in a tartare. No matter if that is true or not it was mediocre in taste as well. Lastly my girlfriend described her salad as alright and the salmon she had as under seasoned.
Overall this place needs to pick up it's game though I suspect it's location will keep it in business for the long haul.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Overall the food was good (though a lot of variance with portion sizes on the appetizers), it was not loud which was nice, but the service needed improvement. They were friendly but took a long time to come to the table and then were hardly present at all after we ordered.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful Rockefeller Plaza venue in gorgeous surroundings overlooking Rockefeller Plaza.
Excellent service, food, and attentiveness in all areas. A must go.Outstanding, wine selection.
Shhh..don't tell your ex boyfriend.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Morrell was a fantastic place for a business lunch. It was lively, but not too loud. Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

幅広いワインの選択肢とワインを引き立たせるようなお料理がよくバランスしてます。
カジュアルなこごち良い雰囲気です。

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It is a very nice place to stop for a light meal on Saturday. Nice list of wines, delicious food, attentive staff. I like very much the classics: deviled eggs and croque monsieur!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Trip to. The city with family from near & far

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

the salad nicoise was the best I have ever had. The tuna was seared just right.

I waiter recommended a wine that paired perfectly with the tuna. I had picked one out but the waiter's recommendation was perfect and half the price !

We're definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The best place in NYC to savor a glass of wine! My go-to place for after-work brainstorming, celebrations, or to meet before heading out.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great wine list & food. Packed on a Friday at 1:00 so definitely have a reservation. Had the warm beet salad-the small size was still big enough to split. Steak tartare was good-not the most amazing I’ve ever had but definitely above average. My friend ordered the steak salad and enjoyed it but the warm olives appetizer had all olives with pits in them which makes it hard to eat and have a leisurely lunch when you have to keep spitting out the pits! Charcuterie boards looked amazing but we didn’t need that much food so didn’t order one but if we were there in the evening having wine it would be the perfect accompaniment

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

I appreciate the vegan options on the menu. Makes it easy to have a business lunch with a "mixed" crowd.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Service needs refining
But very nice
Beautiful atmosphere
Food good

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Perfect location fro the holidays! Great wine and food!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 24, 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.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.....

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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