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Merkato 55

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

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

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41% would go back.

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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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109 out of 206 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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114 out of 246 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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113 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

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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121 out of 234 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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122 out of 226 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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124 out of 235 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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130 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

Unfortunate Deathwatch is likely

By eetowt on 5/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Thought we'd give it a try to see if the "Deathwatch" is valid. This place is a monster restaurant with no one capable in charge. We waited forever................. for our table at at very weird feeling bar for MePa area. The cocktails are overpriced juice drinks - typical of a hyped up place. When we finally got a table, our server spilled almost everything. The food tasted like warmed up leftovers with some "African" spices and took forever. The meatballs had a weird chew to them. The fish was overcooked and soggy. The hummus was ordinary with regular pita. We skipped on dessert. This place is like a New York style Rainforest Cafe experience. Maybe a gift shop could help??? I wouldn't recommend it for a serious dining spot, but then I was never a big fan of Marcus Samuelson's "Scandinavian" place either.

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35 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

Very Poor Service

By monkeyboy1978 on 7/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to Merkato 55 despite some of the reviews. However, the reviews were correct. The service was absolutely HORRIBLE! Our waiter showed up several minutes after we took our seats. However it took 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Our meal came fairly quickly, and the food was good. After we finished, we waited to order dessert. Our waiter NEVER reappeared. Finally, we flagged down the other waiter in our section who was ignoring us to get our receipt. We then had to ask him to find our waiter so we could complain about his poor service. A terrible experience.

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30 out of 62 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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