Visually recalling the motel culture of the 1960s, Motel Morris pays homage to the American experience of family road trips and mealtime stopovers along the interstate. The Chelsea restaurant is the second project for owners Brett Nidel, Sam Nidel, Tamara McCarthy, and Matt Mogil, who also collectively operate the casual café, The Commons Chelsea.
Executive chef Bill McDaniel (formerly of The Red Cat and The Mermaid Inn) offers daily dishes that recall mid-century regional American classics—such as Chicken Thigh Paprikash on Tuesdays, Meatloaf and Mash on Thursdays, and Beef Cheek Stroganoff on Saturdays. The menu reflects global influences, from the Sweet Chili Charred Octopus, with Chinese sausage, fingerlings, scallions, white bean purée, and preserved lemon, to the Everything Bagel Crusted Tuna, with buttered scallion basmati, mint-cilantro pesto, and grilled avocado.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Lunch and weekend brunch service to come.
132 Seventh Ave. (at West 18th Street)