I met Small Bites correspondent Katherine Curry for lunch at Morgans in Rye a few weeks back. I hadn’t been there since its renovations, and wanted to check it out. It still has a similar layout, but feels much more casual.
It’s a little hard to see from this photo, but if you look at the glass wall with the blue neon “Oysters sign,” and follow it around to the right, you’ll see that it ends after turning the corner. Now, there’s a bar overlooking the open kitchen where you can sit to dine and watch the cooking, too:
A closer look:
We sat in the main dining room instead. (That waiter is cleaning our table in this photo):
We started with a platter of oysters:
They looked good, but unfortunately one of them was bad. I did mention it to the waitress, just in case there were any others in the bunch.
I decided on the crab cake, which came highly recommended:
The crab cake, which has diced red and green peppers in it, came with bacon, avocado and sweet potato fries. A filling lunch.
Katherine went for a special, a salad (also with bacon) and fried oysters:
We liked it, but were disappointed, especially for the price, that there was only one fried oyster. (Made it a little hard to share! I don’t have my receipt anymore, but I believe it was around $12.)
Morgans has really changed its game since it first opened. Originally it was a fancy seafood restaurant with a boldfaced name chef— see my original Morgans blog post from 2007 here — but as the economy changed, so did Morgans have to.
Now the menu and the decor have a New England-style fish house feel, with lots of raw bar items and the cook-it-how-you-want choice (you know, steamed, broiled, grilled fried, etc.).
I think it’s a good move, and I hope they do well, but the execution was off while we were there, albeit just for lunch. I’ll try it again soon, and next time for dinner. Have you been? What do you think?
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