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99 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Mercer St.
Food great/ overpriced wines
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)...
Merci Beaucoup, Jean-Georges for the Mercer Burger and Fried Tuna Spring roll
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.
OK Atmosphere, Average Food
By lilydog on 6/7/2010
I agree with the other reviewers, the food was just average and the atmosphere was fun, but would not be great for good conversation or a romantic evening. The downstairs has no windows, and the bar looks cool, and the glassed-in staircase gives everyone in the place something to look at, but still, its a basement. Not that special. The food and drink: the steamed shrimp salad was ok, with too much dressing; not outstanding like another reviewer said. The duck breast and confit was again OK, but not outstanding like you would expect from this place's prices. The cheeseburger was good, but for a nice place I would rather have a brioche than a supermarket bun that is too small for the patty. French fries were nice and crispy but plain. Mint cucumber martini was very good, if a little sweet. Nothing on the dessert menu was inspiring so we didn't have anything. The service was fine. A little slow and a little informal, but nice and willing to help.
Casual Urban Swank
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.
Beautiful setting, disappointing food
By alexine on 4/10/2010
I went to Mercer Kitchen with a friend and was positively surprised when we entered the restaurant. It is a beautiful setting, very trendy and yet very warm. Unfortunately, the food didn't live up too the exceptations. The food was, overall, not so good. I had the squid first, my friend the tomatosoup, and you would think that it's not that hard to do that right, and yet it just wasn't that good. Then we had the salmon, and the roast chicken, and the salmon was okay, the chicken was okay, but the mashed potatoes were really salty, the vegetables were hard, it just wasn't good enought. The staff was friendly, but not that friendly, and overall, it was disappointing. There are worse restaurants out there, definitely, but this surely isn't one of the best either.
True New York Dining
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.
Poor Management + Reservations
By jasonmarquis on 11/21/2009
Our party arrived promptly at 8:30 with a reservation and was asked to wait at the bar. We were patient for 45 minutes, but when we asked the MD why there was such a long wait, he revealed that hotel guests have priority. We were bumped twice in the span of 30 minutes as the guests of the hotel, all but flashing their black Amex cards, casually strolled in to take our place. When we pointed out that we were disappointed with the service, our hosts wouldn't hear our complaints and were reluctant to make us comfortable. Not even an apology! Walking out the door after 1 hour of waiting, it dawned on us that the large MK marquee out front didn't stand for Mercer Kitchen, but rather Mood Killer. My recommendation: Go to Lucky Strike and drown your sorrows in a pomegranate martini.
Poor Management of Reservation Books
By MC24 on 7/31/2009
We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance for this restaurant. We arrived promptly for our 8:30 reservation and were told it would be a 15 minute wait and that the prior table was finishing up. We grabbed a few seats at the bar and ordered cocktails, as we are accustomed to waiting 10-15 minutes at any New York restaurant to be seated. After the 15 minutes went by, we politely asked the manager how much longer it would be and he said it would be seated in 15 minutes. Another 15 minutes went by and we went and talked to the host for a status update. He said that the prior table just got dessert and that it would be 15 minutes longer. I then asked the manager why he didn't tell us, when we first came in, that they were running very behind and I received an extremely rude response. After 45 minutes, we left and went to Double Crown, where the food was very eclectic & delicious and the service & management were great. I will never go back to Mercer Kitchen, especially with clients.
Good food, but small portions, mediocre service
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.
Great lunch spot. Fantastic burger
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.
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