99 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Mercer St.
By nearscott on 4/15/2011
While strolling through Soho on Spring St. on a recent rainy spring day, it struck me that I had never eaten at the Mercer. It was a welcome relief to leave the cold drizzle, and walk through a heavy door and curtains to be greeted with the pleasant aroma of excellence. Immediately we found ourselves in the downstairs that reeks of contemporary and rustic cool. The dining area was spacious, but cozy and with a great people watching opportunities. It was just so pleasant, I did not even mind waiting a few minutes for our server. They had a fantastic food and cocktail menu, I wanted like 4 things, but decided on a burger, yes, I know, you can get anywhere. Or so one would think, because the Mercer burger was a cavalcade, an onslaught of flavor that left me savoring every bite, wanting it to never end. It began with the fantastic cocktails, the amazing beet salad, the out of this world fried tuna spring roll: wow! And ended with my Mercer burger and a halibut so moist and flavorful that I just sat there in a stupor. More drinks, please! I took several pictures of the dÃ©cor because I wanted to remember these dishes and their presentation. A few weeks later I still desire a return visit, everything was so pleasant from the people at the next table to the waiter, who actually escorted me to the restroom, to the amazing cherry blossom display: that is memorable! Everything was just so well done, merci beaucoup, Jean-Georges.
By smgappa on 10/20/2004
i though it was honestly some of the best food i have had living here in the city. The scene was also great.
By zeecee on 3/31/2003
This is one of those places I'd like to remodel since I adore the food, particularly the wasabi pizza (something I had to be urged to order) and everything that followed, but the table was just slightly bigger than our plates and I worried that things would fall off. It's a strange setting - in the basement of the Mercer Hotel. Could not be hipper, could not be darker, hostesses could not be thinner. Food could not be better. So I'll return, but I'd like to bring a flashlight. It's not cheap, but it's worth it. Dinner can come up to $90 apiece but you'll love the food. I'm less sure about the decor.
By shamrock on 1/30/2003
The flattering, pretty, skylit SoHo basement is as welcoming and cushy as can be. A view of the kitchen is invigorating. The decor is tasteful, at once rough-hewn and soothing. When I saw our waiter I thought, Uh-oh, he looks like he should be on the cover of i-D Magazine, not IDing today's specials -- wonder what this is gonna be like. But he turned out to be smart and gracious as well as drop-dead gorgeous. And we were both wearing jean jackets! I went there with my Midwestern parents for brunch. My dad, a European-born chef, found the place completely unpretentious yet stylish and the food ambitious *and* satisfying. I had a quince sorbet-and- crumble for dessert which I still remember. Even the HOSTESSES are good here. That's really saying something. Nota bene for night owls: Wednesdays at subMercer (attached bar/lounge) there's a very hot DJ night. Good luck getting in if you aren't well-connected or on Page 6.
By Ivanavi on 12/21/2009
I've lived in New York for about three years now and I still get excited about going to Mercer. Sure the service is a bit stuffy and oblivious, but the food and setting make up for it. Its a place where rockstars, tourists and models alike all dine together. It doesn't take its self too seriously either (not a black tie kinda place), but there's still a sublime elegance. The food is simple and delicious. I recommend the steamed shrimp salad, the cucumber martinis and for main course its a tie between the roast chicken and duck confit. Dont let those other reviews get you down, if you're in New York dine with New Yorkers in style at Mercer.
By KelseyFink on 6/2/2010
My family and I went for dinner and I was very pleased. The food was fantastic and I swear the steak my sister ordered must have been marinated for months. It was so juicy and flavorful. I recommend the pea soup for amazing fresh flavor, if you love peas, as I do. Also the duck was very tasty, but put the fresh herbs, rice, and duck together for a perfect bite. I don't think the waitress was as attentive as she could have been, but our glasses were always full. One thing I was displeased with was the seating arrangement. Maybe we were just sat at an abnormally small table, but for three people it was a little cramped and the lighting was a but too dark for my taste. All in all, it was very fresh, very relaxed, and very New York.
By mlobikis on 6/16/2009
Tuna spring roll, squid, burger w/ pepperjack/onions/avocado, and tomato soup were all FANTASTIC. $24 pre-fixe is nice.
By jblong on 10/27/2004
Wonderful food. Scene is a bit over the top.
By dianetricia on 7/6/2012
Loved their food. Ordered salads and had amazing fresh purÃ©ed summer pea soup... Ordered rose wine that tasted awful at $ 26 a glass (had no idea it was 26)...
By lulu32 on 7/12/2009
This isn't a place where you can go and just order an entree. I got the scallops, which were very good, and my friend got a pizza, also good, but the portions were very tiny. The waiter was not very attentive and seemed bored out of his mind. It was okay but not very memorable.