99 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Mercer St.
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 CzarChef on 3/7/2003
Well, the place had a hip atmosphere,typical for Valentine's Day. Seemed nice at first sight. The food was decent; but the Chef is an asshole, just the way he treated his cooks, I heard a guy complaining that he wasnt getting paid his hours, then he started cursing and yelling; come on it's an open kitchen for god's sake he shouldn't be doing that at all. I know its not directly related to the food, but I cannot patron a place where the employees are not treated well.
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 hungryjacq on 4/28/2004
How could this be a Jean-Georges restaurant? The food was mediocre, the service was atrocious (akin to being in the emergency room and being ignored for hours) and the prices belied the quality of the meal we received. We had to seat ourselves and obtain our own menus. The only time the server voluntarily came to our table was to pick up the check. I had the peekytoe crab cakes, which were incredibly dry. The dipping sauces were completely unimaginative. The server indicated that the chocolate cake was the "best" dessert on the menu. If that's the case, the others aren't even worth offering. Simply awful!
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 jblong on 10/27/2004
Wonderful food. Scene is a bit over the top.
By pokopillow on 1/31/2005
I had order a steak and was too salty for me.
By reviewer_212 on 6/3/2005
I took some friends visiting New York who were impressed by this stylish establishment. The mood lighting, basement-feel and furnishnigs make it quite a trendy place. We particulary liked the bar area which served delicious cocktails and the wine we had was very good. The waiters were attentive but not overly friendly, which is often a good combination. I would counsel against ordering the chicken which came with potato and green beens. It was rather bland and I did not think it was value for money. I will return to this tendy place again but will make sure I try something else on the menu!
By redhead27 on 8/15/2005
The food was just ok, nothing spectacular and way over priced. there are so many lesser priced restaurants in NYC with better food That's for sure....
By mymag on 10/26/2008
a couple of days ago, i had the pork chops and grits, which were good, but the accompanying cabbage was awful, it was amazing that someone let that dish out of the kitchen. it seems like the quality has slipped, but it's still decent. i wish it were better.