New York, New York
October 24, 2001
There are trees, flowers, and plants around you. The tables are small and not too close together. The glass roof lets in light, whether on bright sunny days or through heavy rain. On cold winter days, it is a nice escape to dine under the sun.
The menu offers simple fare: Light salads such as Greek and Nicoise, soups, omelets, grilled salmon, and--my favorite--quiche lorraine or a daily vegetarian quiche with garden salad. The kitchen here is run by a nearby restaurant called Café Crème located a couple of blocks away. The food is good, though not outstanding. To be truthful, the atmosphere outweighs the food, but put the two together and you can enjoy a very pleasant lunch.
Dessert is a nice way to end the meal. A tray of the sample tarts and cakes are brought out for you to view and pick. The fruit tart and the crème brulee are my favorite. Both are not too sweet and consistently well made. Some of the cakes look inviting with their intricate designs and ornaments, but they are usually too sweet for my taste.
Afternoon tea offers classics such as cakes, finger sandwiches, and scones and cream. The usual varieties of loose-leaf teas and coffees are on the menu, as well as fruit juices etc. I find the place more calm and quiet after the lunch rush ends at 2:30pm. However, on my last visit the week after September 11th, it was easy to find a table as it was not crowded at all.
Service here is somewhat tricky. The staff changes quite often and the service sometimes lacks attention. For the simple fare served here, the service is not that important to me. I’ve enjoyed a few friendly faces as well.
As an added bonus, the Morgan Library Store is right outside the entrance to the café and makes for interesting browsing if you have the time. Of course, the museum itself is always a treasure. In my opinion, this is one of the most pleasant places to linger and enjoy an hour or two in New York.
Here is the website link:
Morgan Court Cafe
From journal Eating Well in New York City