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Merkato 55

55 Gansevoort St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Greenwich St.
212-255-8555

Avg. Rating

5
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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41% would go back.

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Doors were closed!

By hassourip on 7/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

My friends and I had brunch reservations for a birthday this past Saturday for 12:00 pm. When we showed up at 12, the doors were locked. We waited for 45 minutes and no one showed up. We called and no one answered. We went somewhere else and returned at 3:00 pm. Doors were still locked. Coincidentally the bar tender was also behind the door at 3:00 pm showing up for his shift and he said that he couldn't get into work - that there were rumors that they're going out of business. TERRIBLE - DO NOT GO!!

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131 out of 253 people found this review helpful.

The Worst NYC Brunch of My Adult Life

By 12272009 on 6/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Not only was the waitstaff inexcusably obnoxious, the food was lukewarm and flavorless. On top of it all, the DJ played crappy club music from the late 80s/early 90s so loudly that my ears were ringing an hour after we fled the place. This place simply should not exist; and it most certainly should not have a velvet rope!

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137 out of 266 people found this review helpful.

Why would anyone go here?

By RickMurphy on 6/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Starting out our morning before heading to the Belmont Stakes we wanted a good place to pre-game. When we arrived the place was empty. A friend that was meeting us was having a beer at one of the empty outdoor tables, he was quickly told that he couldn't sit there. We went inside to take a look at the drink menu and decide if we should stay. The bartender was rude, condescending, and without a drink menu. One of us asked what he suggested for something refreshing to start things off with, without a word he proceeded to make a terrible vodca/grapefruit, when my friend asked what was in it the bartender actually said "don't worry about it" and waved him off. This combination of 1 part well vodka, one part grapefruit, and 3 parts douchiness cost 13 bucks. With so many other options in that location there was no way we were going to stick around. We took maybe 20 steps, walked in to Pastis, ordered some great drinks from their drink menu for the same price as Merkato and conversed with the friendly bartenders. Merkato, never again - Pastis, I will see you again soon!

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123 out of 247 people found this review helpful.

Why would anyone go here?

By RickMurphy on 6/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Starting out our morning before heading to the Belmont Stakes we wanted a good place to pre-game. When we arrived the place was empty. A friend that was meeting us was having a beer at one of the empty outdoor tables, he was quickly told that he couldn't sit there. We went inside to take a look at the drink menu and decide if we should stay. The bartender was rude, condescending, and without a drink menu. One of us asked what he suggested for something refreshing to start things off with, without a word he proceeded to make a terrible vodca/grapefruit, when my friend asked what was in it the bartender actually said "don't worry about it" and waved him off. This combination of 1 part well vodka, one part grapefruit, and 3 parts douchiness cost 13 bucks. With so many other options in that location there was no way we were going to stick around. We took maybe 20 steps, walked in to Pastis, ordered some great drinks from their drink menu for the same price as Merkato and conversed with the friendly bartenders. Merkato, never again - Pastis, I will see you again soon!

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124 out of 262 people found this review helpful.

Terrible

By tanzaniangirl on 4/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

The service - terrible and the food was not worth the $. Seriously, it was a waste, they wouldn't even answer their phone.

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114 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

something has gone horribly wrong here...

By daniellegreisen on 2/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

was excited to return to merkato 55 with my husband last night (yes, valentines day) after a terrific dining experience in summer 2008 with my girl friends. having eaten outside, i was excited to dine indoors to experience the gorgeous decor. "gorgeous decor" has turned into metal folding chairs with black sacks thrown over them and ripped leather banquettes. neither our waiter nor bartender knew what the agbekor was, even though it is still listed on the online beverage menu? the food menu was slashed in half from the summer and is smaller still from the current online menu. pita sides were forgotten at our table and others... plates were incorrectly served to other tables, let to sit and eventually brought to ours. etc, etc. all in all, it was an amateur, comedic night of errors. a $180 for 2, night of errors. not surprised the place was half empty or that reservations were available! despite my delicious snapper slivers and coconut shrimp, will NOT be back.

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111 out of 235 people found this review helpful.

Disgustingly pretentious!

By azizazone on 2/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Disgustingly pretentious place with servers and managers whose rudeness is off the chart. If not the poor service, ripped dirty tablecloths and chair covers are sure to make your experience miserable. And don't forget the $29 average price of an entree. Oh, and the best part is that before you get your menus handed to you a strange man with an earpiece comes over to inform you that you need to clear the table in less than 2 hours because another party has a reservation after you, and they will be paying money (as if you don't). And that's if you get a menu to begin with. Our party of seven got only four menus and were instructed to share. Not something you would expect at a place that claims to "exude warmth and comfort." The only thing this place exudes is empty impudence!

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117 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

Like Dining in a Coffin

By TOgirl767 on 1/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Possibly the worst dining experience I have ever had in New York. First of all, the restaurant was freezing. Half the patrons were sitting at the dinner tables in their jackets, and the staff refused to acknowledge that there was a severe heating problem. The food was good but not great and hard to enjoy because of the temperature. The service was awful - they seemed like disgruntled staff who hated their jobs - totally uninterested in the patrons.

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114 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

Simply AWFUL!

By ostoner on 11/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Overly rude staff. Bad food. Plenty of great places nearby. Don't waste your time or money.

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130 out of 247 people found this review helpful.

TOTAL FAILURE: rip-off prices with empty plates and bad service

By olga0131 on 10/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

What a disaster! We dine in the city all the time and I've never left a bad review for a restaurant. Such a rip-off! Prices are ridiculous and you can barely find any food on the plate. We paid $32 for lamb chops and got 3 tiny bones with 2 ounces of meat. Seabass was even worse - small piece of tail for $33 which was less than half-inch thick (tilapia in the supermarket looks much better!) Not to mention, nothing comes with a side dish! You have to BUY your own sides. They don't even offer a bread basket for the table- we paid $20 for 4 tiny pieces of pita! Service sucks BIG TIME- we bought a pitcher of sangria and, after partially pouring our 4 glasses, the waitress REMOVED IT FROM THE TABLE WITH SANGRIA STILL IN IT! They were kept trying to remove our plates while were were still eating. When the waiter reached for remaining pieces of pita, I had to tell him to "relax"! We did not even consider dessert. BOTTOM LINE - HORRIBLE!

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