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La Mercerie

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53 Howard St., New York, NY 10013 40.720212 -74.002131
at Mercer St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-852-9097 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Cafes, French
  • Price Range: $$$

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    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

lamerceriecafe.com

Hours

Daily, 9am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.

Prices

$28-$37

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Great Desserts
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

La Mercerie sits at the southern end of Mercer Street in a large, airy blue-and-gray-painted room, half of which is given over to a display of the assorted wares and knickknacks of an upscale store called Roman and Williams Guild. As with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s exercises in department-store dining at ABC Carpet & Home further uptown, the cups and bowls off which you eat are available for purchase, and it’s even possible to order a bouquet of fresh flowers during your meal and pick it up when you walk out the door. And also as at Jean-Georges’s restaurants, the menu here is designed with utility in mind, beginning with a simple breakfast service at 9 a.m. Chef Marie-Aude Rose and her staff bake fat croissants fresh each morning, and baguettes are split down the middle and served with butter flown in from Brittany and pots of jam. It switches over to a one-page café menu at noon, which runs through dinnertime and is notable not so much for fireworks and originality as for that classically French combination of first-class ingredients and technique and a kind of elevated, homespun care. Even the best bistros and brasseries around town tend to be filtered through a particular New York sensibility, but at certain times of the day, when the light comes through the tall windows and the long, powder-blue banquettes are filled with sophisticated diners sipping Champagne cocktails with shopping bags piled up around their feet, La Mercerie can actually feel a little like France. There are tasteful, golf-ball-size profiteroles for dessert and pastries carefully stuck with rows of market fruit (baby strawberries now). On a lunchtime visit with my daughter, our waiter, who was from Picardy, recommended the crêpe with sugar, which comes folded in a triangle, like a carefully arranged napkin, and that old café standby crème caramel.

Ideal Meal

Anything to do with eggs or crêpes, filet with pommes dauphine, boeuf bourguignon or salmon with sauce meurette, crème caramel.

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