When it comes to quality and fine dining in New York City, Morton’s is usually a name that comes up. For years it has given New Yorkers and tourists alike an amazing experience of high quality service, top of the line steaks, beverages, and so much more. So why not keep that idea yet find a way to make it a bit more casual while keeping the flavor and essence of Morton’s alive and well? Look no further than the recently opened Morton’s Grille, located on 19th Street and Park Avenue South.
Morton’s Grille, which is ran by general manager (and fellow Johnson & Wales University Alum) Tomas Ruperto II, has so much going for it all under one roof. The original steakhouse tends to attract a certain kind of customer, however the Grille seems to have a lot more variety when it comes to their clientele. It is a great after work spot to hit up the bar and try one of their signature cocktails while listening to a really great band perform some of the biggest hits out there. It also has an eclectic and diverse menu that would appeal to many types of palettes, from sushi to burgers to bread pudding- Morton’s has you covered.
I took a friend there last week and was quite impressed with how the entire experience turned out. I loved how spacious the new location was, and how it had a great bar and seating area all under one roof. I enjoyed the darker colors that decorated the floors and walls of Morton’s, and the service itself was top notch outside of what a great manager Tomas was.
Regarding the food choices, here are some that I think you may like. A great starter would be the Shrimp Diablo with Bacon, Smoked Jalapeno and Cream Cheese. Such a great combination of flavors all wrapped in one, and for anyone out there who is afraid to try spicy food should really not pass this up as the cream cheese takes away from the powerful jalapeno flavor you taste when trying it. A great way to start the meal. Keeping in line with the eclectic menu, Morton’s also has a great line of Sushi rolls for you and your friends to enjoy. I would recommend the Spicy Volcano Roll with Crab, Scallops, Shrimp, Enoki Mushroom, Spicy Mayo, Avocado. Totally delicious and can act as an entree as well if you choose to do that.
They also have a great section of the menu called “Lite’N Up” for ones who are calorie counting and want something a little healthier to try. I would go with the Center-cut Iceberg with Chopped Egg, Tomato, Bacon Bits, Morton’s Blue Cheese Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing. Something a bit more simple but exploding with flavor in all corners. They of course have a great line of Steaks & Chops as this is Morton’s so if a Cajun Ribeye, New York Strip or Bone-In Filet Mignon strike your fancy, they got it. With making this more on the casual side, Morton’s also has really great sandwiches that you can have if you aren’t in the mood for their fabulous steaks. I would go for the Prime Rib French Dip with Shaved Prime Rib, Green Pepper, Provolone Cheese, Seasoned Matchstick Fries and Steak Frites with Grilled Skirt Steak, Chimichurri, Seasoned Frites. Classic dishes that are made to perfection and worth the try. To finish off your meal try to White Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding with a Chocolate Bourbon Sauce. I don’t really need to go into anymore description than what I just wrote. Divine.
Morton’s also has some great deals going on right now! $35 Magnum mimosas at brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, two-course prime lunch for $25 Monday– Friday, and a $35 three-course summer menu that includes a soup or salad, entree with a side, and dessert running until June 26th. Sounds pretty good to me.
For more information on Morton’s Grille, check out their official website. Happy eating everyone!