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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We ate brunch at the Morgan Dining Room on Sunday 5 January. My hanger steak arrived at the table with a raw cold beef bone on the plate (beef shank bone? See photo). I believe this was supposed to be roasted bone marrow as a steak condiment, not as a food safety contamination concern. My wife ordered 2 appetizers as her entire meal: avocado toast ($13) and celeriac soup ($15) but was billed $35 for the “two course prix fixe”. These problems aside, the food and service was quite good. I urge the restaurant managers to address these problems quickly before they affect other guests.

M
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as I remembered

DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant venue for brunch. Decor exquisite. Food very good. Could use a larger selection of dishes.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The waiter was excellent ,but the delay in getting the food was extraordinarily long and unacceptable.

TK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue to enjoy a memorable meal with friends.
The celery soup was delicious.
As was the flank steak, with swiss chard, fingerling potatoes, with white anchovies with a subtle but delicious.
And who doesn't like olive bread?
Thanks so much.
Tim

e
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely and unique experience. Ambiance like no other. Interesting menu selections, perfectly prepared

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Extremely slow/forgetful wait staff. Drink was delivered to wrong table, and we had to remind the staff what we had ordered multiple times.

D
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were personable and attentive, and the presentation of the food was both attractive and comfortably paced. The quality of the meal was very good, and, though it is a not inexpensive restaurant, the experience was fulfilling and worthwhile, especially when one can pursue a postprandial perambulation in the delightful Morgan Galleries (don't miss the John Singer Sargent drawings!).

BY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was top-notch. Upscale but still makes you feel welcome. We went around Christmas time for lunch. We had seen the dining room before when we visited the Morgan in the past and kept it in mind; glad we got to try it and it did not disappoint. Great prix fixe brunch/ lunch and the food choices were inspired. Our server was very accommodating. Overall a great experience and would highly recommend.

MD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The ambiance, service and menu are excellent. What was deeply disappointing was the effort that was made to alert the chef to the fact that one of our guests is Vegan. When the wait person was instructed to allow the chef free-range to prepare any form of appetizer and entree according to that restriction, the guest in question was told that the ONLY option was a green salad. This was presented with oil and lemon juice. In this day and age--especially in a Manhattan fine-dining establishment with an expensive price tag--it is TOTALLY unacceptable that the kitchen staff obviously had no understanding whatsoever of what comprises Vegan ingredients.

JJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is prix-fixe and the food is solidly prepared. The chicken dish and cod are hearty fare. The tart tatin had a real caramel flavor. The service was attentive and leisurely. The only problem is that the tables are packed so tightly, our server had to reach over and around the table next to ours to give and take away plates. Exiting our seats required the table next to ours to get out of their chairs.

E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Not a big space but service is slower than usps snail mail. We werent asked to order drinks in 45 minutes. We finally had to hail * a* server to place orders.

Q
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a hidden gem. Set in the stately, yet quietly reserved Morgan family dining room, this restaurant is marvelous. It is far above the new chic eateries in other museums, excellent food, good service and perfect ambience. It could actually stand on it's own, without being in a great cultural institution; the location in the Morgan library complex is just icing on the cake.

BS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Small and very crowed. We were not told that the majority of the rest was taken up with private party. Certainly disappointing experience.

DN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Lovely venue and location. Delicious food. Very very slow service so took an hour and a quarter to have two courses

C
New York Area
525 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely room in the museum. Food was disappointing. The crudo has a bitter aftertaste from some vinegar that did a disservice to the fish. The steak was perfectly cooked to my liking, and ample, but in the end simply tasteless. Sad. I really wanted to like it because I love the museum and work nearby.

MV
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The setting is lovely but the food, I and my guests found, was disappointing. We ordered soup; it arrived after a long wait, was tepid, and was too dolled up with foam, cream, etc. to be enticing. It was followed by a house salad that consisted only of one green, maybe watercress, with inadequate dressing. Coffee, instead, was good.

SE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff excellent. Foos great. Especially liked the soup. Great ambience. Will return. Very special venue for lunch and then seeing current exhibits. A regular stop for me and guests.

WL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely follow up to viewing a spectacular exhibition of Sargent’s drawings.

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience! The ambiance and the food were perfect. The Prix Fixe brunch is a great deal. I always eat in the Cafe so this was such a special treat!

RS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service os poor
Food pace does not work well
Still having my salad when the main course came
They did not mind and put the plate on table anyway

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We waited 40 minutes to be served our order. When it finally came the soup had to be retuned because it was salted to excess.
The lobster was dry, and perhaps the amount of three forkfuls, mostly breadcrumbs, lobster forks should have been provided. regular forks were way too big for the size of the serving. Same for the gnocchi servings. It is fine to be delicate and elegant on
the presentation, but the portion dimensions are brought to extreme.
We have eaten here before, and have never experienced such unpleasantness.
The glass of wine offered did not makeup for it.
I must add that the only saving grace was the service provided by our waiter Rodolfo, who was not responsible in any way for such dismal experience.

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is excellent. Wish they were open for dinner more nights than Friday and especially on Saturday

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

The food was great, but we waited for the entire restaurant to get there main course. We were told they were plating our over 20 minutes

S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight, this neighborhood gem never disappoints. We had a wonderful lunch in the elegant setting. So delicious!.

Please tell the chef the food was impeccable. Beautifully presented and delicately flavoured.

c
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting, excellent food and service.. good spot for a gathering with friends

GP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice for a special occasion. Nice atmosphere.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

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 on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

RT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Macau
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

LD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, food, and ambiance.

n
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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