Motel Morris

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4.7
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70 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Motel Morris is a neighborhood restaurant and bar from the team behind The Commons Chelsea, located on the southwest corner of seventh avenue and eighteenth street in the Chelsea, New York City. Chef Bill McDaniel's menu is seasonal American with global influences and fun nods to classic American dishes. The beverage program consists of local craft beer, a fresh take on some classic cocktails, and a well curated wine list by GM Jamie Steinberg.
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4.6
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4.6
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved dinner at Motel Morris! The decor was really nice, felt upscale but not stuffy. Went to celebrate my mom's bday and she was particularly into the theme. Everything we ate was yummy, but in particular, the Corn & the Mussels were amazing - and my boyfriend has been raving about the fried chicken for 3 days now! Our server was very friendly and patient. Most importantly, we didn't feel at all "rushed" with our meal, which means my mom was happy, which means I was happy! Will definitely return.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love the decor, feels like Palm Springs in the city! Food was absolutely amazing! The malt vinegar fries are life changing! Great drinks and great service!

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it here lunch or dinner - good food, beautiful space, and wonderful service always 💓

ER
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great outdoor seating and the food was so tasty. Super cute, highly recommend :)

FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a really nice find. It was quaintly decorated and clean with really fun bathrooms. The service was excellent (I've never had my water refilled more in a restaurant!) and food was tasty.
In general, a wonderful new brunch choice!!

M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were great, surpassed expectations. But, the bar occupies a large portion of the space and the noise made it difficult to have a conversation. Will go back only at off hours.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The corn side was delicious. As was the soba noodles dish. That said: the salad dressing on the mixed salad was so cistrusy that I sent it back once thinking it was dressed too much. Turned out it was just poorly made dressing — it was actually hard to eat. The (kind and helpful) waiter asked us if we had any food sensitivities and even though my wife said she was gluten sensitive, her dish still showed up with multiple gluten-filled products (e.g.: croutons). Not the biggest deal, but why ask in the first place. Net-net: if this was a neighborhood place, I could deal — but we traveled 40 blocks to get here, and I expected more based on reviews and reputation.

MJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First visit--inside very comfortable and nice ambiance, not too noisy which is a plus. Ordered the salmon, which was excellent. Glass of wine--a bit pricey, but typical for NYC. Good service, attentive but not overbearing.

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely service. Comfort food that’s elevated and creative. We were there on a quiet night so we could hear each other but suspect that’s not usually the case.

MS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very pleasant place. Not too crowded for a weekend

CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motel Morris has become my go to Saturday brunch restaurant. When in Chelsea please visit #noregrets

AA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was recommended by a friend. It was busy but service was still very friendly! We had corn, salmon, skirt steak and dessert. The food was amazing and came out quickly.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was exceptional and so nice to have a server who was so knowledgeable on the menu with some real opinions.

PC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great meal in a fun space.

c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So impressed with my first visit to Motel Morris. Food was delicious and the decor was chic. However, the service was the star. Everyone, from the hostess to the waiters to the busboy, was so welcoming and attentive. They seemed genuinely happy to be there and their positive vibes spilled over to the diners to create a very buzzy and happy dining room . I will be back.

AC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fun hip place with really good imaginative food. Great service and ok prices

P
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for brunch. Very good from the pancakes which the kids enjoyed, to the huevos rancheros and bloody Mary’s which the adults enjoyed!

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I love eating here normally, but this was my first lunchtime experience and the service was not good.

t
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent menu. Try the tuna or octopus appetizer or one of the salads. Main courses, the chicken and salmon are delicious and filling. Don't miss the custom cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

loved meeting friends that come into the city. Food was fabulous and noise level was very good yoo

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent wait staff and very accommodating to food allergies.

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Aside frim a loud noise level, it would have been nice if one in our party was warned that their fish order would appear whole. I can’t honestly say if that description is in the menu, but it was definitely a back to the kitchen situation. MM quickly responded with a different order.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great place for a good meal. Reliable restaurant and service.

BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are huge fans of Motel Morris and continue to have wonderful meals every time we go.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The staff at Motel Morris is extremely well versed with the menu and beyond accommodating. The Massaman Curry Mussels are must get.

Looking forward to visiting them soon, again.

S
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good bar food and ambiance.

DJ
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very relaxing lunch. Falafel dish was very tasty; flavors blended together well.

SU
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had 5 different dishes and ALL of them were a big hit! Delicious food and incredible service!

p
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were in for the Bar Menu. Enough choices for a late lunch. The staff was friendly and efficient. The food was good.

MS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food, good service, and fun ambiance. Just a bit loud.

K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I like this place a lot. The food is very good. It’s a bit pricey, and it’s loud! The menu is limited. I wish they had some dinner salads.

ES
Cleveland
46 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

My girlfriends and I had brunch. We were a bit early but they sat us right away. Very friendly, laid back service. Food overall was good - breakfast potatoes and mimosa were great!

NF
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely room, a bit too noisy at 6:30.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motel Morris is amazing we keep going back. Must go!

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Motel Morris is a very charming place for brunch. The service felt rushed at times, though incredibly attentive. Food and drink was average for the price, but definitely would return for brunch or dinner and would recommend to friends.

c
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place
Excellent food
Great service
Amazing ambiance
Food specials everyday

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dog was at the table eating between people.

B
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motel Morris is stellar in every way~ from the warm welcome as one enters to the superior service, sublime menu, and retro decor. (The menu is an updated version of my beloved Mom's cooking~ growing up, we had a pink powder room too) Clearly every service person there loves what they do. Our server Jillian made us feel right at home. We felt spacious sitting at the bar. Our drinks and dinner were doubly delicious. The tequila drink with cranberry preserves, habanero peppers and an "orangy" dash of something divine was an instant hit. We shared the grilled gem salad, grilled ahi tuna ~ the flavors/accoutrements on each was outstanding. We placed one order of malt dusted fries ~and then ordered another:) Seamless experience. Looking forward to returning!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A neighborhood classic from the moment it opened. Deviled Eggs are a must to share and start things off. Order what ever the day of the week special is. The fine burger is on the bar menu only but easily had by asking for same. Fries with some sort of malt vinegar magic dust are perfect shoestring golden, addicting and totally unique. They added an Elvis inspired ice cream sundae to the tightly edited but stellar dessert menu recently, it is pure banana, fluff, peanut butter, perfection, and as deeply and dependably sweet as dinner at the Motel always is.

MS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was positive with good food, ambiance, and service.

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