About The Morgan Dining Room

The Morgan Dining Room's menu draws inspiration from early-twentieth-century New York City cuisine. Guests dine in the original Morgan family dining room, located in the restored nineteenth-century brownstone

225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday–Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Saturday–Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 36 and 37 Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 683-2130

Website:
http://www.themorgan.org/dining

Catering:
Catering by Restaurant Associates

Parking Details:
Manhattan Systems Parking is on East 37th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Champion Park is located on East 36th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.

Public Transit:
B, D, F, M or 7 to Bryant Park. 4, 5, 6, or 7 to Grand Central, 6 to 33 St

Executive Chef:
Dana Calbo

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Morgan Dining Room will be participating in NYC Restaurant Week this summer. Please join us for our $25 pre-fixe lunch!
We will be offering two appetizers; your choice of Salad with Summer Peach, Maytag Blue Cheese, Arugula, Candied Pecans, dressed with Apple Cider Vinaigrette or Chilled Tomato Soup garnished with Spicy Pickled Cucumber. Entree options will include French-Cut Bell & Evans Chicken with Sunchoke Purée and Minted Fava Beans, Sweet Pea & Bacon Risotto, or Pan-Seared Salmon Salad served over Mixed Greens, Roasted Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds, White Balsamic Dressing. For Dessert please enjoy Cherry Cobbler with Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream or Chilled Affogato with Hazelnut Shortbread and Nutella Gelato.

The Morgan Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Great for Brunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Authentic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Casual (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was very slow. Had to ask my wife what she wanted to drink 5 mins after she placed the order. Then after waiting 15 mins our food order was finally taken. Waited another 20 mins to get our order. Turns out they had written down the order wrong and one of the dishes was wrong. Food that we got was ok but not good enough for the cost.

Museum was great. Next time (assuming another try) we will just do tea in the cafe. Better value.

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

This is a civilized, grownup restaurant with a small but carefully chosen menu that ranges from vegetarian to fish to chicken to beef and salads. My salmon with roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts was just the right size portion, and every element in the dish was perfectly cooked. The Morgan Library inspires a feeling of elegant gentility, and this atmosphere prevails in the Dining Room. It is so genteel, in fact, that when Steve Martin walked in for lunch, people were aware of his presence but no one broke the unspoken New York tradition of not making a fuss about celebrities. Service was attentive but a bit slow, so it's not a good choice if you're in a hurry. But otherwise it's great, particularly that it's located in a neighborhood with few interesting dining options.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lunch at the Morgan Dining room is an excellent way to round off a visit to the Morgan Library which has some stunning exhibitions. The food is good, the service excellent and the prices reasonable in very pleasant surroundings.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a great afternoon break at the Morgan Cafe before visiting the museum. The food was delicious. Service was fair at the beginning. It seemed like they were short staffed and it took quite a while to get seated and to receive a menu. There seemed to be a quite a few tables of diners who looked a little impatient. However, once we ordered our food the service improved. We ordered the Morgan Tea which I recommend if you are looking for a light afternoon snack.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We came to visit the Morgan Library and thought that dining in the Morgan dining room would be a unique experience. Also, it was very convenient. We order our food ( pasta and a salad) and then we waited and waited and waited! Our waiter seemed totally unconcerned about it. Finally, I asked about our meals. He went to check and came back saying the chef did not like how the pasta turned out and had to re-prepare it. Finally, after waiting almost an hour from the time we originally ordered our food, it came out. My partner did like his pasta but it was obvious that my salad (which had chicken and a slice of bacon with it) had sat there a long time because both were luke-warm and tough; it was certainly not worth the money we paid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was delightful as always. Service was amazing and the atmosphere was cozy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

A n unusual lovely setting (the original Morgan dining room) in a fine museum. But food is just fair and prices are pretty high. Service is usually (not always) good but the acoustics are poor, making even grown up quiet company too loud. Good for guests who are impressed with truly lovely setting, particularly if they are not overly concerned about food.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I believe that I just made a poor choice from the menu, as my companion had a nice meal . I selected the lobster/pancetta quiches. They were quite small and the dry crust overwhelmed the filling. I chose to break off the edges of the dry crust and not eat them. The filling was tasty, but was about 3-4 small bites per quiche, with only 2 small pieces of lobster in each quiche. That was not much for $36. I think it would have been much tastier and satisfying if it had been a slice of a standard quiche.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The advantage of the restaurant was that it is in the Morgan Library & Museum itself which made it very convenient. We wound up sitting very close to the tables on both sides of our table. We waited over 45 minutes to receive our lunch. I had the salmon which was cooked a little more than I would have liked it, even though I had requested Medium Rare, but got Done. To send it back would have meant another long wait and we didn't want to spend the time doing that. My husband had the lobster dish which he said was good. The one thing that I would recommend is the Pear and Tonic drink. It was very refreshing! The bill, though, was very expensive. We spent almost $100 (including the tip) and felt that was an enormous amount to pay for an okay lunch!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

You get to eat in JP Morgans house , in his dining room. How cool. The lunch was delicious, good wine list and fun way to celebrate our friends birthday with a creative dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our OpenTable reservation assured us a quick seat at a lovely table. I love the Morgan Salad but like to substitute the dressing for the vinegar dressing; delicious! The wine is a generous pour and you can quickly find yourself spending a little longer at lunch than you meant to! The staff is very attentive without ever hovering. We only made it threw the Thaw exhibit. I'll return for lunch to see the Dickens!

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We, as old friends, had gathered for a nice get together in a really stunningly lovely place. Following the meal and general talk, we were going to go visit the special exhibit the Morgan had mounted. All went well, it really is an excellent place to meet and gather.
The "but" is, however, that we, older folks, had difficulties hearing each other. Granted, some of us weren't the loudest of talkers, but it really was rough in spots even with a hearing aid.
The sounds just bounced around all over the place making what should really have been a quiet room, very noisy.
However, it's a beautiful place with a limited but nice menu.
Would I return? Only with others I know are energetic in voice!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

More upscale restaurant in the Morgan Library. Limited menu. Next time I might try the Café.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Mixed review yet again. Friday lunch this time. Atmosphere and location are always wonderful.

The service was extremely inapt. Appetizers and entrées brought out together, one entrée brought out cold, coffee forgotten for 10 minutes, when it arrives no milk or sugar.

Server just says she sorry about everything, and suggest she's busy and having a tough day, like that's a reason . Seems like an inexperienced person who needs lots of training.

The casual café in the lobby is a bit more reliable than the more formal and more expensive dining room

If you come here, it's for the atmosphere and the wonderful historical character of the room, but there's a good chance they will screw up one part of the meal or another

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great overall experience. I guess word has gotten around about this gem because it was the most crowded I have ever seen it and we go there fairly often

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place for a relaxing meal before or after enjoying the Morgan Library Museum. The peaceful ambience with classical music in the background complements the museum offerings and is worth the extra price for eating here rather than in the adjacent cafeteria.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Stunning location in the Pierpoint Morgan Museum. Reservations advised. The service was flawless and the brunch/lunch offerings some of the best you will ever have anywhere. A feast for all the senses.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The restaurant inside the Morgan Library...top quality food and preparation, polite wait staff and a place to talk about the things important to you..elegant.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Its a small and hard room with glass walls, so its noisier than I'd like despite holding so few tables. And the menu is very limited (one hot option I believe). That said, the food surprises and the location is unusual (inside the Morgan Library). I'd go back if in that neighborhood.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very quiet, good service, good food, ambience outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Slow service, quality of food good, too expensive!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is a charming spot for lunch if you are in the Murray Hill neighborhood, which has a dearth of pleasant places to eat. The menu is small and limited, but well prepared and presented. A butternut squash soup was so flavorful I wished the serving were larger. Pairing it with tuna tartare , accompanied by cucumber and avocado, made for a light, satisfying lunch. And if you've never been to the Morgan Library, it's a fascinating place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

After a morning in the Library galleries, this was an ideal lunch, with very well prepared food in a pleasant (if less library-like than expected) room. It was quiet enough that it was, paradoxically, too easy to hear an extended financial-legal discussion at a nearby table. The only negative, which did not affect us because we arrived at opening and were in no hurry, was that service noticeably lagged as time went on: dishes took longer to arrive and servers (who were also bussing tables) were less attentive and more likely to forget part of an order. Someone came in ca. 1 pm asking for only a salad, with the comment that he was pressed for time. His salad took a half-hour to appear, just as he was about to depart. Obviously, I wouldn't choose this for a quick lunch between appointments.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I have been to the Morgan many times.
On this particular occasion, the server was so accommodating and attentive that my friend and I didn't want to leave.
The tuna tartare was extraordinary.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Newly refurbished;excellent menu choices,
The brioche with berries is one of the best things I have ever tasted.Treat yourself & a friend;you will be very 😁!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent lunch in the Dining Room during Restaurant Week before a tour. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was polished and unrushed. The daily wine special was amazing and fabulous value.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The Morgan Room is exactly what one expects for a special get together with a friend for lunch in New York. There was a nice selection of light meals for a hot August day. The iced tea is worth of a southern home.

The food was delicious and the service was so smooth that it seemed that food arrived my magic.

Dorothy Parker would have enjoyed joining us.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This elegant room is a charming place for lunch in the neighborhood. The food is wonderful and the service is quite and amenable.

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Nice restaurant week lunch as preface to seeing Henry James show at the Morgan.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

What a beautiful dining room--it is, in fact, the original Morgan family dining room!

The service we enjoyed for a Sunday brunch was exceptional--our server was friendly and helpful, plus he knew the complete history of the Morgan family dining room.

Interesting brunch menu, lots of seasonal specialties, well prepared.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Often come to meet a friend for lunch and see the current exhibit. This is restaurant week so we took advantage of the special menu. Food was good as usual but even better was the service. Wait staff and hosts are outstanding!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Restaurant Week menu: Sounded better than it was, oddly rather dull... the seared tuna was well prepared but lacked something to take it up a notch, the Morgan salad was no better than a stock standard deli version with a very dry and tough chicken and the Mahi Mahi way over cooked to the point of being tough(?) lastly the panna cotta was OK but the chocolate mousse reminded me of instant, This was my second time eating at the Morgan and it was a step down from the first time. My biggest issue with is with the sound level which, though not overly loud is just at the pitch/frequency as that of voices so making pleasant dinner conversation very difficult. So, this leads to a rushed lunch or dinner so you can continue your conversation or discussion about all the wonders that you've seen at the Morgan. As to the food....not sure what
the solution might be, the ingredients were all first rate and the preparation simple and professional but lacking spark...I suggest sticking to the Cafe at the Morgan, it is much quieter and less expensive...and a slightly better menu (from same kitchen).

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food and service were excellent. The chef accommodated a food allergy and made a special sauce. It was soooo excellent

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Lovely location, excellent service, good food in extraordinary building!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Dull main courses, lacking in some interest and flavor. Good tuna appetizer and good but tiny desserts.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

This is one of the best spots for lunch inside a lovely museum; they have a large casual area for a bite or the Dining Romm which is small and quiet; the menu is short and delicious and it's quite a different place to meet someone for a lunch;as well, there is always something to take in and view in the galleries; try the Dining Room for something different;service was superb.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Was visiting the Thoreau show and enjoyed their restaurant week menu. The Ahi Ahi appetizer was exquisite-delicious, best I've had. I had a pasta with fresh peas - all vegetables were very very crisp. I felt the panna cotta was a throwaway dessert, missing any special touch. Great service, nice ambience

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was delicious. They seemed to be understaffed, but the waiter did his best. It was quite noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Pretty space in the Museum, but very loud at lunch, and tables on top of each other. The staff seem disorganized. We waited for water, asked for bread and misinformed about a daily menu item. One of us had the Restaurant week menu which was a 3 course with good options. The other main, pasta, was okay. Based on reviews we were expecting a more relaxed atmosphere, but was easy to get in before seeing an exhibiton there.

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