As Grand Central Market continues to ramp up its evening offerings, one big name has been waiting to arrive: Bar Moruno. The Spanish-leaning wine bar spot has been hiding behind some tall fencing adjacent to G&B Coffee for months, but now that those have come down, the angular open-air stall is open for all to see.
The Bar Moruno space is equal parts modernist chic and timeless glory, with brown, gold, and light orange tones throughout. Much like the rest of the market, all the cooking — from rotisserie chicken slow-cooked over white oak to those popular anchovy lollipops — will be done in full view of customers from a mostly open kitchen, with seating at the bar for about 30. Consider it a truncated version of the mid-city Moruno original, with a stronger focus on beer and wine.
There are hanging shelves above as well, soon to be stocked with craft beer and wine. Owners Chris Feldmeier and David Rosoff don't expect to actually offer beer on tap — rather, they'll be saving those for vermouth and fortified wine cocktails down the line. As for the bottle and by-the-glass list, expect reasonably-priced California pours to match the price point of the menu, where almost nothing is over $16.
Expect Bar Moruno to only do takeout food at first, much like how they began at the Original Farmers Market. That should give them time to dial in the limited menu of meat skewers and ‘submorunos,’ those endlessly edible lamb and chicken sandwiches they’ve been serving across town for months now.
Bar Moruno’s takeout window should open within two or three weeks, keeping lunch through dinner hours. There won’t be seating at the bar, but guests are welcome to order up and eat elsewhere in the market. Not long after that, the full bar experience will arrive. That also means you’ll have one more great evening option for drinking inside Grand Central Market, alongside Horse Thief on the patio and relatively recent addition Golden Road Brewing.