The Morgan Dining Room

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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
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice for a special occasion. Nice atmosphere.

KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I've enjoyed The Morgan Library restaurant for a long time. It only serves lunch. This time I made my reservation a month in advance to bring 3 out-of-town friends, boasting to them that it served "the best cobb salad in the city." We arrived on time but had to wait 10 minutes to be seated. Then we were handed menus that were completely unfamiliar to me and hadn't been on the restaurant's website when I made my reservation. The hostess told us the menu had been changed THE DAY BEFORE. It was now an entirely new prix fixe menu with no other dining options and zero flexibility. Had it been dinner we all thought the menu would have been fine, but not for lunch. It was all just too much - too big, too elaborate. Did they even know their customer? None of us wanted a big lunch so I told the waitress how surprised we were, and asked if there could be something different done for us, such as offering us some lighter choices from the museum's cafe. No. She said that other customers had also been unhappy, going further to say that the chef also ended the afternoon tea and that customers were really upset about that.

So she asked the chef on our behalf and we were told that instead of a starter and main course, we could just have two appetizers. Fine. The food arrived and was quite good, although we had to first ask (twice) for spoons for the soup and then had to ask again for some bread (which every other table was given). Despite the waitress telling us there would be a price adjustment to reflect what we had (i.e., no main course), when the bill came, we were charged the full price.

The issue is that I reserved at one restaurant that I thought I knew only to arrive and find an entirely new one. It would not have been difficult for them to send an email announcing the new chef and menu so that I, and my guests, would not have been surprised and could decide to go elsewhere.

The chef needs to understand what real hospitality means. I will not go back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow, forgetful service. Insufficient staff. Frustrating and not worth the $$.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

good food, attractive room that was the original dining room in the house

GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Location of our table was excellent recommend by the fireplace I had the eggs Benedict inconsistent slightly over cooked but none the less delicious! My friend had an omelette she said it was delicious prosecco was delightful. Recommend the maurice sendak's desserts superb more than enough for 2! We loved it nice tedpite from the New York craziness!

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience is great because it’s quiet and allows for conversation and relaxation. The food is good, but it tends to be a little under seasoned. Also, it’s a little expensive compared to similar restaurants. I’ll still go back, though, because It’s a great place for lunch meetings.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place to eat. Expensive for a omelette and eggs Benedict. Special 4 desserts delicious.

RT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I greatly enjoyed the Mogan Library dining room and would strongly recommend it to friends for lunch.

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, quiet and hidden away in the outskirts of midtown.

OT
Macau
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very limited menu, lovely ambiance, small portion, expensive for portion size

LD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous brunch! The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive.

S
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, food, and ambiance.

n
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch and terrific service. Quiet opportunity to catch up with friends. We were able to sit and talk for about 2 hours. But the Museum shop is a real temptation.

PC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Lovely room with atmosphere. Not cheap but worth the experience

b
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good. Except for the baguette, which was so chewy and tough that you had to use your teeth, it was impossible to tear by hand.
And the mains took a half hour, there had to be some mistake in the kitchen. We complained, to no avail.

MC
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining room. Limited menu and very pricy. The food was well presented but the portions are teeny tiny.

LB
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quaint and wonderful! Food was delicious and the ambiance perfect for a quiet lunch.

PB
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an outstanding meal at the Morgan Dining Room during restaurant - great food, great service, great value. Worth a trip even if you are not visiting the Morgan Library.

TS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, a little pricey, but you really didn’t get the feel of the museum in the dining room. Service and server were great!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Morgan Dining Room is an oasis of calm and gentility - the perfect respite from the hectic pace outside its doors.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Appetizer and entree were delicious although rather salty. Dessert was disappointing, a peach triffle was bland and the peaches were hard. Overall very pleasant. The dining room is elegant and beautiful.

P
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Set around the surroundings of a 19th century dining room is a comfortable modern restaurant setting. On Sunday they had their brunch menu which was with an alcoholic beverage + 2 courses for $27. Their normal menu is also well-appointed and reasonably priced. A great escape from the business of more commercial restaurants, especially if you like to mix culture with your dining. The Morgan Library always has wonderful and important exhibitions to visit.

CC
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting with excellent food.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff from the maitre’d to the helpful and kind waiters. A very enjoyable experience. Delicious food included heirloom tomatoes and salmon tartar

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Waitperson (several teeth missing) forgot requests. First we were rushed to order and then wait for food was too long..in a dining room perhaps 80% empty. Salmon appetizer was tough and tasteless. “Cheesecake” style dessert was disappointing in flavor and texture. All inappropriate at the price.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

slightly gloomy inner room - perhaps better in depths of winter; chatty but intermittent service; Peeky Toe crab tartine almost entirely avocado on toast with barely a peek of peekytoe. Bread (cut baguette) was impressively challenging to the jaw, but would work fine filling in holes in sheetrock. You can do this better at home folks

P
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet oasis from within one of New York City's premier rare books libraries, a good selection of light food in an old-world atmosphere. A treasure to visit when you cannot think where else to go.

MF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an overall excellent experience. The waiter was very pleasant snd efficien, and the food was very good.

ED
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The vegetables were oversalted; therefore, not edible.
Wine was outstanding California vintage.
Bass was nothing special.
I was disappointed in the food.

Regarding Service:
Our reservation was at 2:15 pm, and we knew you closed at 5 pm. Our waitress, who appeared annoyed and disappeared at 3pm and left her husband to tend to us. We felt a bit rushed from beginning to end. "The kitchen closes in two minutes" was our introduction by the waitress, etc. Not a good feeling.

It was a special meeting place for us. We are from California and met a friend, who lives in NYC. We had not seen each other for 20 years.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value for money. Lot of style. Feels like you are in a very expensive place. Authentic American.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, with the exception of the mini baguette which was chewy. The pork belly on polenta was scrumptious, as was the strawberry-rhubarb cheesecake dessert. The ambiance is lovely. An oasis in the heart of the city.

RI
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Needs proper ventilation. It was a bit stuffy. I felt it in my throat right away. We moved to the cafe. It was wonderful.

L
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing

Have dined here for years- many times

The Cobb salad in courtyard cafe has greens that we’re wilted and old

Felt ill later in day

Called health department to report

Don’t understand how they have gotten. Lazy or careless or both at the Morgan kitchen

It’s is a beautiful venue, but the food part is sinking

Reports here of slow and inconsistent service in the formal dining room as well as too small portions I have experienced all of these too last couple
Of years

Can someone there please pay attention!!

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our lamb was VERY rare and we sent it back to be cooked more. It was delicious and perhaps our waiter should have warned us about it as we ordered.

W
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a lovely place for a Mother's Day lunch. The pre-fixe menu was delicious and a great value. I wish there had been time to see the museum that day, but the dining room is a great option on its own or with a museum visit. Getting our dessert got a bit delayed, but the server fixed it as soon as we asked about it. I look forward to returning.

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Morgan Dining Room NEVER disappoints. The food is innovative and interesting, but also delicious and well-presented. The service is impeccable! We never feel rushed, and always feel as if we have our server's undivided attention. No trip to NYC is complete for us without a trip to the Morgan for at least one dinner.

m
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The setting here is very attractive and it is an excellent place to eat if you are in the neighborhood, and especially if you are seeing an exhibit at the Morgan. The food - in particular the chilled corn chowder with almond milk and a touch of crabmeat - was delicious. Our server was very attentive most of the time but the orders did not come out at the same time, we were not served bread until we asked for it, twice, and the check took much too long a time to get to us after we requested it, again twice. There might have been something wrong with the computer that day but these things all took too long.

CH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was overly chatty and everything took a long time to arrive. But the food was good and the location even better.

CW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service excellent. Food delicious, but spending $36 for an omelette and coffee was ridiculous. There were NOT enough vegetarian choices. I ordered the omelet without the ham.

BB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service but a loud until it cleared out a bit.

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