The Mercer

★★★☆☆
  • 147 Mercer St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: At Prince St, SoHo

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  • 212-966-6060

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We tried the Restaurant Week lunch menu.

The dressing for the shrimp salad appetizer was too sour after eating the whole salad. The other appetizer we had was the black truffle and fontina cheese pizza, it was a generous size and was very

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★★★★★

We tried the Restaurant Week lunch menu.

The dressing for the shrimp salad appetizer was too sour after eating the whole salad. The other appetizer we had was the black truffle and fontina cheese pizza, it was a generous size and was very

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It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at referer.us/8/GoodHotelDeals They usually have some pretty good deals on there!

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★★★★★

It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at referer.us/8/GoodHotelDeals They usually have some pretty good deals on there!

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Came here for the first time and fell in love with the downstairs - just a very cool spot to drink and eat. It wasn't too loud and you weren't sitting on top of the tables next to you. It was Restaurant Week. I ordered from that menu but my date did not. I was shocked when my wasabi tuna pizza came - it was huge! I couldn't believe given that it was a special menu. It was very tasty. Strangely, my salmon appetizer was very small. Overall though, the service was unbelievable - attentive yet not overbearing. I don't know about the other reviewers, but everyone was nice, we were seating promptly with a reservation, the ambiance was great and the food was fresh and delish. Definitely want to go back.

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★★★★☆

Came here for the first time and fell in love with the downstairs - just a very cool spot to drink and eat. It wasn't too loud and you weren't sitting on top of the tables next to you. It was Restaurant Week. I ordered from that menu but my date did not. I was shocked when my wasabi tuna pizza came - it was huge! I couldn't believe given that it was a special menu. It was very tasty. Strangely, my salmon appetizer was very small. Overall though, the service was unbelievable - attentive yet not overbearing. I don't know about the other reviewers, but everyone was nice, we were seating promptly with a reservation, the ambiance was great and the food was fresh and delish. Definitely want to go back.

Pros: Ambiance, food, service

Cons: Interesting portions

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I don't know why the staff at this place are allowed to get away with their unhelpful and miserably slack attitude. My sister wants me to post this particular review. She's visiting from London, we went in this afternoon for iced cappuccinos and a cookie plate to revive jetlagged little boys on a hot afternoon. Everything had to be asked for several times, the cookies followed half an hour after the coffees - which our waiter seemed to not understand were wanted at the same time....no one was one bit pleasant. No one asked my sister if she was OK when she fell down at the top of their stupidly wrong-treaded stair - she shoulda sued 'em. Pah!! That's it for me - I don't care how nice their coffee is!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't know why the staff at this place are allowed to get away with their unhelpful and miserably slack attitude. My sister wants me to post this particular review. She's visiting from London, we went in this afternoon for iced cappuccinos and a cookie plate to revive jetlagged little boys on a hot afternoon. Everything had to be asked for several times, the cookies followed half an hour after the coffees - which our waiter seemed to not understand were wanted at the same time....no one was one bit pleasant. No one asked my sister if she was OK when she fell down at the top of their stupidly wrong-treaded stair - she shoulda sued 'em. Pah!! That's it for me - I don't care how nice their coffee is!!

Pros: see above

Cons: see above

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The previous posts regarding poor management and reservation policy are not isolated events. Our party of four arrived promptly at 8:30pm for our reservation and were asked to wait at the bar for a drink. Not unusual in New York. We were patient and accommodating to the staff, but when we asked the MD why there was such a long wait, he revealed that hotel guests have priority. Our party was bumped from our reservation 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 were stalwart to our complaints and reluctant to make us more comfortable. No free drinks or appetizers, and not even an apology! Instead, their last effort as we walked out the door was to offer us a table upstairs to continue waiting for our imaginary reservation. After 1 hour of stalling, it dawned on us that the large MK marque out front didn't stand for Mercer Kitchen, but rather Mood Killer.

SoHo was a NoGo.

My recommendation: Go to Lucky Strike and drown your sorrows in a pomegranate martini.

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★☆☆☆☆

The previous posts regarding poor management and reservation policy are not isolated events. Our party of four arrived promptly at 8:30pm for our reservation and were asked to wait at the bar for a drink. Not unusual in New York. We were patient and accommodating to the staff, but when we asked the MD why there was such a long wait, he revealed that hotel guests have priority. Our party was bumped from our reservation 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 were stalwart to our complaints and reluctant to make us more comfortable. No free drinks or appetizers, and not even an apology! Instead, their last effort as we walked out the door was to offer us a table upstairs to continue waiting for our imaginary reservation. After 1 hour of stalling, it dawned on us that the large MK marque out front didn't stand for Mercer Kitchen, but rather Mood Killer.

SoHo was a NoGo.

My recommendation: Go to Lucky Strike and drown your sorrows in a pomegranate martini.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Service!

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When friends wanted to go here I was concerned as I took a quick peep at the reviews. Our experience was not consistent with the recent comments. I'd say give it a go.... I don't think you will be disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

When friends wanted to go here I was concerned as I took a quick peep at the reviews. Our experience was not consistent with the recent comments. I'd say give it a go.... I don't think you will be disappointed.

Pros: Attentive service, good food

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They claimed to serve sea bass, and they insisted when asked , that they served us snapper. The manager was hostile and aggressive. They have no quality, no shame!

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★☆☆☆☆

They claimed to serve sea bass, and they insisted when asked , that they served us snapper. The manager was hostile and aggressive. They have no quality, no shame!

Cons: Misrepresent their merchandise

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If you are interested in food in the least please do not go here. The food really is not good at all. Take your money and head to Savoy down the street for an amazing meal and great service.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you are interested in food in the least please do not go here. The food really is not good at all. Take your money and head to Savoy down the street for an amazing meal and great service.

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Worst experience ever. Uninformed, rude staff.

Made reservations for a time that the dining room wasn't even open, and allowed us to make a reservations with a high chair, when they don't have any.

Biggest beef is the incredibly rude staff.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst experience ever. Uninformed, rude staff.

Made reservations for a time that the dining room wasn't even open, and allowed us to make a reservations with a high chair, when they don't have any.

Biggest beef is the incredibly rude staff.

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MK is one of the restaurants that decided to use Restaurant Week to strut their stuff. Lunch - 4 adults and 2 strollers (use the Mercer door for the strollers or wheelchairs), well accommodated. Raw Tuna Pizza - wonderful unique and worked perfectly. Figs and prosciutto with mozzarella- simple and perfectly matched, the mini cheeseburger was the best burger I ever had in my life, and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes delicious comfort food. Lovely to see the chickens roasting on the rotisserie. I will say the french fries were just average, and the chocolate dessert also pretty commonplace,the strawberry rhubarb was nice but needed some of the chocolate from the chocolate dessert (like a little souffle with a warm chocolate center) to be better. I do wonder if I would have loved it as much if I was paying full price. Lunch took 2 hours, perhaps due to the cakes? I tried one of their home made sodas, it tasted nice but it was just syrup and seltzer.
I arrived early and they were charming about giving me a place to wait, and they had made arrangements for the strollers I had mentioned in my reservation. This put me at ease.

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★★★★☆

MK is one of the restaurants that decided to use Restaurant Week to strut their stuff. Lunch - 4 adults and 2 strollers (use the Mercer door for the strollers or wheelchairs), well accommodated. Raw Tuna Pizza - wonderful unique and worked perfectly. Figs and prosciutto with mozzarella- simple and perfectly matched, the mini cheeseburger was the best burger I ever had in my life, and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes delicious comfort food. Lovely to see the chickens roasting on the rotisserie. I will say the french fries were just average, and the chocolate dessert also pretty commonplace,the strawberry rhubarb was nice but needed some of the chocolate from the chocolate dessert (like a little souffle with a warm chocolate center) to be better. I do wonder if I would have loved it as much if I was paying full price. Lunch took 2 hours, perhaps due to the cakes? I tried one of their home made sodas, it tasted nice but it was just syrup and seltzer.
I arrived early and they were charming about giving me a place to wait, and they had made arrangements for the strollers I had mentioned in my reservation. This put me at ease.

Pros: What they do well at, rocks

Cons: Some things just average and still high priced

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I went their last night and the food was so bad i thought i was going to get sick right then and there. meat, fish, vegetables covered in thick gooey sauces. hey... buy good quality produce and you do not have to cover it in sauce!!!! JG is over. Tired of hearing praise for someone who thinks gooey sauce is cooking...i may sound mean but i am tired of paying big bucks for bad food from famous names. Place was so dark i couldn't even find my mouth. The wait staff are too young and inexperienced... do not know the difference between pinot noir and pinot blanc. Location was good once but NYU has invaded. Everyone get out of my city and go back to where you came from!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went their last night and the food was so bad i thought i was going to get sick right then and there. meat, fish, vegetables covered in thick gooey sauces. hey... buy good quality produce and you do not have to cover it in sauce!!!! JG is over. Tired of hearing praise for someone who thinks gooey sauce is cooking...i may sound mean but i am tired of paying big bucks for bad food from famous names. Place was so dark i couldn't even find my mouth. The wait staff are too young and inexperienced... do not know the difference between pinot noir and pinot blanc. Location was good once but NYU has invaded. Everyone get out of my city and go back to where you came from!!!!!!

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I am generally a big fan of anything JGV comes up with, and Mercer Kitchen was for some reason one of the only one of his restaurants that we hadn't yet tried, so we made reservations last minute without taking the time to read much about it first.

The atmosphere was lively without being too much of a scene (read: Spice Market). In spite of the reviews I've since read below, the duck was delicious (moist and, as usual, subtly flavored) and my skate was fantastic. The molten chocolate cake dessert was as good as the legend would require (not "dry" at all...), so I'd say the only real disappointment was our crispy squid appetizer which arrived as a greasy, standard lumpy mush.

It must be difficult to make a decision about Mercer Kitchen based on the reviews below- and every restaurant has its off days, particularly during restaurant week- but we had an excellent meal, lively but not too loud atmosphere- even as early as our geriatric 6:30 reservation- and attentive service on a busy Saturday night. My suggestion: give it a chance, will not disappoint.

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★★★★☆

I am generally a big fan of anything JGV comes up with, and Mercer Kitchen was for some reason one of the only one of his restaurants that we hadn't yet tried, so we made reservations last minute without taking the time to read much about it first.

The atmosphere was lively without being too much of a scene (read: Spice Market). In spite of the reviews I've since read below, the duck was delicious (moist and, as usual, subtly flavored) and my skate was fantastic. The molten chocolate cake dessert was as good as the legend would require (not "dry" at all...), so I'd say the only real disappointment was our crispy squid appetizer which arrived as a greasy, standard lumpy mush.

It must be difficult to make a decision about Mercer Kitchen based on the reviews below- and every restaurant has its off days, particularly during restaurant week- but we had an excellent meal, lively but not too loud atmosphere- even as early as our geriatric 6:30 reservation- and attentive service on a busy Saturday night. My suggestion: give it a chance, will not disappoint.

Pros: Delicious food overall, comfortable yet lively atmosphere

Cons: Nothing comes to mind. Lighting?

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Had a 9:30P reservation for dinner and arrived at 9:25P, and was told it would be a few minutes for a table for two. We waited at the bar and around 9:45P I went to check in to see what was behind the delay in being seated and were told "it is restaurant week, we are very busy, but you are the next table to be seated." Another 25 more minutes passed and several other tables for 2 were seated. Clearly I was lied to about when I was going to be seated. We finally were seated at 10:10P with barely an apology for the wait. For a restaurant that has been open for as long as this one - thru many restaurant wks - they should have optimized their reservations systems by this point so people don't have to wait so long for a table...

Service during the meal was fine, but we both found the food to be average at best. The salmon main course was bland and the tuna/shrimp appetizers were fine but unremarkable. Chocolate cake was dry. Yes, it was a restaurant week menu but even more reason to get people excited about a restaurant so they come back one of the other 50wks of the year!

Having been to Mercer Kitchen before a few years ago, I was looking forward to rediscovering it...well, what I discovered was a restaurant whose time has clearly passed...

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★★☆☆☆

Had a 9:30P reservation for dinner and arrived at 9:25P, and was told it would be a few minutes for a table for two. We waited at the bar and around 9:45P I went to check in to see what was behind the delay in being seated and were told "it is restaurant week, we are very busy, but you are the next table to be seated." Another 25 more minutes passed and several other tables for 2 were seated. Clearly I was lied to about when I was going to be seated. We finally were seated at 10:10P with barely an apology for the wait. For a restaurant that has been open for as long as this one - thru many restaurant wks - they should have optimized their reservations systems by this point so people don't have to wait so long for a table...

Service during the meal was fine, but we both found the food to be average at best. The salmon main course was bland and the tuna/shrimp appetizers were fine but unremarkable. Chocolate cake was dry. Yes, it was a restaurant week menu but even more reason to get people excited about a restaurant so they come back one of the other 50wks of the year!

Having been to Mercer Kitchen before a few years ago, I was looking forward to rediscovering it...well, what I discovered was a restaurant whose time has clearly passed...

Pros: Space is still fresh after so many years

Cons: Rude hosts, long wait times for table with reservations, average food at best

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I went here last night for restaurant week and the food was fabulous! the atmosphere is great (trendy, dim lighting, very Soho feel). The steamed shrimp appetizer was one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. I will definitely go back to this place even though it is very expensive

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★★★★★

I went here last night for restaurant week and the food was fabulous! the atmosphere is great (trendy, dim lighting, very Soho feel). The steamed shrimp appetizer was one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. I will definitely go back to this place even though it is very expensive

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It was a tuesday night.... MY Birthday Night.... with my boyfriend. We had reservations in which we arrived late (my fault). Was not a problem. He ordered the duck and I had the skate (HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT).... it was soooo delicious.... I cant wait to go again.

Great if you have friends in town.. It's dark and kind of romantic (i guess that depends on who you are with) just a little loud......large large space!

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★★★★☆

It was a tuesday night.... MY Birthday Night.... with my boyfriend. We had reservations in which we arrived late (my fault). Was not a problem. He ordered the duck and I had the skate (HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT).... it was soooo delicious.... I cant wait to go again.

Great if you have friends in town.. It's dark and kind of romantic (i guess that depends on who you are with) just a little loud......large large space!

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Ended up here because Asia de Cuba messed up our reservations and am so glad that they did. We sat at the bar, and, while that was a chore because of the mega guido/B&T happy hour/cocktailing crowd, once it cleared out a bit and we did get seats, it was great. If anything, go for the mac & cheese. It's by far the best I've ever had on the East Coast. Oh! And sit downstairs if you want a livelier atmosphere. The upstairs is way too quiet for my taste, at least. And if you can, call ahead for a reservation. Going there cold is fine, but if you want a table you'll be waiting a long while.

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★★★★☆

Ended up here because Asia de Cuba messed up our reservations and am so glad that they did. We sat at the bar, and, while that was a chore because of the mega guido/B&T happy hour/cocktailing crowd, once it cleared out a bit and we did get seats, it was great. If anything, go for the mac & cheese. It's by far the best I've ever had on the East Coast. Oh! And sit downstairs if you want a livelier atmosphere. The upstairs is way too quiet for my taste, at least. And if you can, call ahead for a reservation. Going there cold is fine, but if you want a table you'll be waiting a long while.

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This place is great if you have guests from out of town who do not want a touristy place - but a cool place for dining. My food was great (oysters, nice and fresh). It is pricey, but worth the money. The interior is cool. Definitely will come back.

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★★★★★

This place is great if you have guests from out of town who do not want a touristy place - but a cool place for dining. My food was great (oysters, nice and fresh). It is pricey, but worth the money. The interior is cool. Definitely will come back.

Pros: food, space

Cons: noisy

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the ambiance was cute, it looks like your run of the mill "trendy-ish" place... went here for my birthday, and not as festive as i would have liked.. my carpaccio appetizer was not that great, and my duck entree was a bit dry. my dessert was also just mediocre, overall, an ok place, but nothing to come back for.

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★★★☆☆

the ambiance was cute, it looks like your run of the mill "trendy-ish" place... went here for my birthday, and not as festive as i would have liked.. my carpaccio appetizer was not that great, and my duck entree was a bit dry. my dessert was also just mediocre, overall, an ok place, but nothing to come back for.

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Great place to go if your in a festive, party mood. Not romantic because it is very loud. The food and service is good but the portions are small. The salmon was very good. We felt like we had to yell across the table, but we still had a nice time.

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★★★☆☆

Great place to go if your in a festive, party mood. Not romantic because it is very loud. The food and service is good but the portions are small. The salmon was very good. We felt like we had to yell across the table, but we still had a nice time.

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Very chic and happening place. It was the perfect place for a 33rd birthday dinner, party of 10 on a Friday night -- loud enough to be fun, not too loud to talk, gorgeous space, chic not stuffy. Crowd was grown-up -- late 20s+. Food varied: my appetizer and desert were TO DIE FOR, my entree, just "meh". The service, however, was the worst I've ever had. We wouldn't see our waiter for gaps of 20 minutes. He insisted on keeping our wine bottle chilled elsewhere, so when we wanted refills we had to wait an eternity. Seriously the most deplorable service and I'm not usually one to complain about service! Hostesses were very, very nice. Ended up about $120 per person but definitely worth it in my opinion. Great place for a big night out.

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★★★★☆

Very chic and happening place. It was the perfect place for a 33rd birthday dinner, party of 10 on a Friday night -- loud enough to be fun, not too loud to talk, gorgeous space, chic not stuffy. Crowd was grown-up -- late 20s+. Food varied: my appetizer and desert were TO DIE FOR, my entree, just "meh". The service, however, was the worst I've ever had. We wouldn't see our waiter for gaps of 20 minutes. He insisted on keeping our wine bottle chilled elsewhere, so when we wanted refills we had to wait an eternity. Seriously the most deplorable service and I'm not usually one to complain about service! Hostesses were very, very nice. Ended up about $120 per person but definitely worth it in my opinion. Great place for a big night out.

Pros: Gorgeous, unique space, food

Cons: worst service

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I visited the Mercer Kitchen Labor Day weekend while visiting some friends in the city. This was their 3rd visit. The service was great and they were very accomidating in moving our reservations around for us to meet our needs. The food was excellent and every dish at the table of 6 was something I would order again. The pizza with pricuttio, pistacios, pears, and goat cheese was wonderful...and inexpensive. Plus over all the place and very hip & trendy!

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★★★★★

I visited the Mercer Kitchen Labor Day weekend while visiting some friends in the city. This was their 3rd visit. The service was great and they were very accomidating in moving our reservations around for us to meet our needs. The food was excellent and every dish at the table of 6 was something I would order again. The pizza with pricuttio, pistacios, pears, and goat cheese was wonderful...and inexpensive. Plus over all the place and very hip & trendy!

Pros: great food, great service!

Cons: none!

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Downstairs under/next to the Mercer Hotel is a gem of a place. Exotic food, interesting decor and hot waiters.

Had the snapper sashimi, tuna spring rolls and that chocolate cake. Simply wonderful. Their morning mocha and chocolate crecents were yummy too. Friendly staff. I had no problems here. Been here 3 tines in the past year. Will be back again.

The Times ripped apart this place recently in their review...couldn't disagree more. Applebees? Boston Market? I don't think so! People make it a trendy/celebrity hangout...the food...makes it worth it.

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★★★★★

Downstairs under/next to the Mercer Hotel is a gem of a place. Exotic food, interesting decor and hot waiters.

Had the snapper sashimi, tuna spring rolls and that chocolate cake. Simply wonderful. Their morning mocha and chocolate crecents were yummy too. Friendly staff. I had no problems here. Been here 3 tines in the past year. Will be back again.

The Times ripped apart this place recently in their review...couldn't disagree more. Applebees? Boston Market? I don't think so! People make it a trendy/celebrity hangout...the food...makes it worth it.

Pros: The food, the service the atmosphere

Cons: The leaky roof. The tiny menu....need more of this genius here

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I have been to Mercer Kitchen for lunch and it was terrific, but when I dined with my friends a few days ago, our dinner tasted like something I could have picked up from Boston Market. Maybe it was the choices the chefs had put on the Restaurant Week Menu, but much of our food was just so-so. Two of my friends ordered the featured salmon dish and they had to have their meals sent back twice because they were undercooked. That night the restaurant was riding on its trendiness and not the quality of its food. I may go back, but not anytime soon.

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★★★☆☆

I have been to Mercer Kitchen for lunch and it was terrific, but when I dined with my friends a few days ago, our dinner tasted like something I could have picked up from Boston Market. Maybe it was the choices the chefs had put on the Restaurant Week Menu, but much of our food was just so-so. Two of my friends ordered the featured salmon dish and they had to have their meals sent back twice because they were undercooked. That night the restaurant was riding on its trendiness and not the quality of its food. I may go back, but not anytime soon.

Pros: Very chic and wait staff a little too attentive, almost hoovering

Cons: The price for the way the food tastes makes you want to run

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The food at Mercer Kitchen is great, flavorful and nicely portioned. I had the slow baked salmon with corn pudding and it was delicious. I went there with three of my girlfriends and sampled their entrees as well and all were excellent, especially the mashed potatoes that came with my friend's roast chicken. Our server was very sweet - when my friend couldn't decide whether to substitute her side for mashed potatoes, she encouraged her to try it and told her that if she didn't like it, she could bring out mashed potatoes with no additional charge. She was visibly disappointed when we passed on dessert though. The atmosphere is very trendy, as would be expected and it is LOUD. In general, however, I would definitely go back for the food.

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★★★★☆

The food at Mercer Kitchen is great, flavorful and nicely portioned. I had the slow baked salmon with corn pudding and it was delicious. I went there with three of my girlfriends and sampled their entrees as well and all were excellent, especially the mashed potatoes that came with my friend's roast chicken. Our server was very sweet - when my friend couldn't decide whether to substitute her side for mashed potatoes, she encouraged her to try it and told her that if she didn't like it, she could bring out mashed potatoes with no additional charge. She was visibly disappointed when we passed on dessert though. The atmosphere is very trendy, as would be expected and it is LOUD. In general, however, I would definitely go back for the food.

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i dine at mercer kitchen a lot with my girlfriends...maybe sometimes there's a wait but obviously you go here for the scene as well as the food. theres clearly a reason why so many people are waiting for a table. besides, whats so bad about waiting at their bar? its a scene in itself and the cocktails are wonderful. every single time i'm there i'm sitting next to a celebrity. i read the last review and couldn't disagree more...i've ordered a cheese plate there, too- the kitchen makes it for you even though it's not on the menu! try the black truffle pizza and the vodka lemonade...yum!

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★★★★☆

i dine at mercer kitchen a lot with my girlfriends...maybe sometimes there's a wait but obviously you go here for the scene as well as the food. theres clearly a reason why so many people are waiting for a table. besides, whats so bad about waiting at their bar? its a scene in itself and the cocktails are wonderful. every single time i'm there i'm sitting next to a celebrity. i read the last review and couldn't disagree more...i've ordered a cheese plate there, too- the kitchen makes it for you even though it's not on the menu! try the black truffle pizza and the vodka lemonade...yum!

Pros: celebrity spotting, people watching, amazing brunch

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First of all, we had to wait for over half an hour for the wine list (our waiter informed us that it ws being updated). Why the management waited until the dinner service had begun to update the wine list is beyond me, but this is just the beginning of the many problems. The waiter, of course had no knowledge of the yet to be produced wine list and no wine steward or manager bothered to come by the table to check in. We then had the cold seafood platter. The shellfish had been sitting open for a quit a while before service and the lump crab meat was full of shell. For the price that is charged for this platter it could as least be freshly prepared and have crab claw meat instead of backfin full of shell. On to our mains...The steak had a great deal of gristle and the hamburger was served on a burnt bun, the fries were fine. When we asked for a cheese plate, the kitchen produced a selection of cheap, flavorless garbage. When the manager stopped by to see how we had enjoyed our evening, he cut me off rudely before I could even reply. All in all, this was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had and it is astonishing to me that in a city with so many great restaurants this one has managed to stay open.......

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all, we had to wait for over half an hour for the wine list (our waiter informed us that it ws being updated). Why the management waited until the dinner service had begun to update the wine list is beyond me, but this is just the beginning of the many problems. The waiter, of course had no knowledge of the yet to be produced wine list and no wine steward or manager bothered to come by the table to check in. We then had the cold seafood platter. The shellfish had been sitting open for a quit a while before service and the lump crab meat was full of shell. For the price that is charged for this platter it could as least be freshly prepared and have crab claw meat instead of backfin full of shell. On to our mains...The steak had a great deal of gristle and the hamburger was served on a burnt bun, the fries were fine. When we asked for a cheese plate, the kitchen produced a selection of cheap, flavorless garbage. When the manager stopped by to see how we had enjoyed our evening, he cut me off rudely before I could even reply. All in all, this was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had and it is astonishing to me that in a city with so many great restaurants this one has managed to stay open.......

Pros: located in soho

Cons: everything from service to the food

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I celebrated my 24th Birthday here with 25 of my closest friends. A definite "must eat". Try the chocolate cake- Ill make the trip to Soho just to order that.

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★★★★★

I celebrated my 24th Birthday here with 25 of my closest friends. A definite "must eat". Try the chocolate cake- Ill make the trip to Soho just to order that.

Pros: Location, People, Service

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A funky venue with plenty of pizzaz. I went here not knowing what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at the vibe this place has. After a couple of drinks upstairs before our meal, we slipped downstairs to a nice corner table that offered plenty of privacy in this 'loud' place. The food was of a relatively high standard, except the oysters seemed a little off. I definitely recommend this place, but Australians who like to throw phones at hotel staff are apparently not welcome anymore.

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★★★★☆

A funky venue with plenty of pizzaz. I went here not knowing what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at the vibe this place has. After a couple of drinks upstairs before our meal, we slipped downstairs to a nice corner table that offered plenty of privacy in this 'loud' place. The food was of a relatively high standard, except the oysters seemed a little off. I definitely recommend this place, but Australians who like to throw phones at hotel staff are apparently not welcome anymore.

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I went to the Mercer Kitchen for a friend's birthday and there were 6 of us ladies. The atmosphere is nice, tables are spacious, and it's not as crowded as other NYC restaurants. The service was a bit slow, my friend had to send her food back twice, and overall the food wasn't bad. However for the price I paid to have dinner there, you would have thought I ate a horse. In the end I had, one shrimp, one oyster, two bread rolls (those are free mind you), a personal pan pizza, and two glasses of wine, and all for $87.00!!! Now ok $87 is not that much I agree but for that? Never going back. I know NYC is expensive but this is ridiculous!

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★★★☆☆

I went to the Mercer Kitchen for a friend's birthday and there were 6 of us ladies. The atmosphere is nice, tables are spacious, and it's not as crowded as other NYC restaurants. The service was a bit slow, my friend had to send her food back twice, and overall the food wasn't bad. However for the price I paid to have dinner there, you would have thought I ate a horse. In the end I had, one shrimp, one oyster, two bread rolls (those are free mind you), a personal pan pizza, and two glasses of wine, and all for $87.00!!! Now ok $87 is not that much I agree but for that? Never going back. I know NYC is expensive but this is ridiculous!

Pros: spacious, not loud

Cons: PRICEY!!!!!, food is average

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I had the most enjoyable evening here! the scene was very quiet and intimate. its no wonder celebs like it as it is downstairs and away from prying eyes. there are romantic booths you can sit at and cuddle with your date. i don't know if i would recommend for a large group though as it was very low key chic. the food was to die for!! i fully recommend the cod carpacio starter. my boyfriend was still talking about the steak the next day. our waitress was new but an absolute sweetheart. this was a nice vacation from the typical LA pretensiousness i usually deal with.

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★★★★★

I had the most enjoyable evening here! the scene was very quiet and intimate. its no wonder celebs like it as it is downstairs and away from prying eyes. there are romantic booths you can sit at and cuddle with your date. i don't know if i would recommend for a large group though as it was very low key chic. the food was to die for!! i fully recommend the cod carpacio starter. my boyfriend was still talking about the steak the next day. our waitress was new but an absolute sweetheart. this was a nice vacation from the typical LA pretensiousness i usually deal with.

Pros: food, setting, location

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I had lunch at Mercer Kitchen with a friend and really loved it. The restaurant is beautiful and very chic, underground with great wood and brick detail; light filters in from skylights overhead. Everyone from the reservationist to the servers were warm and friendly, even with the busy crowd of diners. The food was delicious - my friend and I tried the sashimi and horseradish pizza (yum!) the slow roasted salmon and the chicken. Desserts were outstanding. Good wine list too, and the wines by the glass were all fresh and tasty. I will definetly go back soon, maybe next time for drinks at the cool bar that runs along the space.

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★★★★★

I had lunch at Mercer Kitchen with a friend and really loved it. The restaurant is beautiful and very chic, underground with great wood and brick detail; light filters in from skylights overhead. Everyone from the reservationist to the servers were warm and friendly, even with the busy crowd of diners. The food was delicious - my friend and I tried the sashimi and horseradish pizza (yum!) the slow roasted salmon and the chicken. Desserts were outstanding. Good wine list too, and the wines by the glass were all fresh and tasty. I will definetly go back soon, maybe next time for drinks at the cool bar that runs along the space.

Pros: great food, good wines, beautiful space

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Mercer Kitchen was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've ever had in NY.

When I went, the wait staff was all male (save for the model hostess) which is just some silly "trying to be cool" trend if you ask me. They were stand-offish and not overly helpful. The one person that was polite was the coat check guy.

The menu was nothing spectacular nor was the dining room. Dark, downstairs. Been there, done that.

NYC is full of wonderful places to eat so please, spare yourself the time and money and eat somewhere else. If you like trendy places but actually expect to have innovative food and great service then I suggest Nobu or Gotham.

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★☆☆☆☆

Mercer Kitchen was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've ever had in NY.

When I went, the wait staff was all male (save for the model hostess) which is just some silly "trying to be cool" trend if you ask me. They were stand-offish and not overly helpful. The one person that was polite was the coat check guy.

The menu was nothing spectacular nor was the dining room. Dark, downstairs. Been there, done that.

NYC is full of wonderful places to eat so please, spare yourself the time and money and eat somewhere else. If you like trendy places but actually expect to have innovative food and great service then I suggest Nobu or Gotham.

Cons: , Bad service

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We had been to the Kitchen years ago and had good memories of it. Took our friends there the other night and seriously had the worst meal of my life. We had reservations for 9 but didn't get seated until after 10. Were asked to hang at the bar which was ok but crowded and you have to stand over people eating. They then stuffed us into one of those tables that should have been for four but we were 6. When food finally came it was all undercooked. Pizzas were something my son might make at kindergarden, my Salmon was still cool in the middle with not one accompanying side dish, our friends steak was like "shoe leather". The scene is reasonably cool but unworth more than a drink.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had been to the Kitchen years ago and had good memories of it. Took our friends there the other night and seriously had the worst meal of my life. We had reservations for 9 but didn't get seated until after 10. Were asked to hang at the bar which was ok but crowded and you have to stand over people eating. They then stuffed us into one of those tables that should have been for four but we were 6. When food finally came it was all undercooked. Pizzas were something my son might make at kindergarden, my Salmon was still cool in the middle with not one accompanying side dish, our friends steak was like "shoe leather". The scene is reasonably cool but unworth more than a drink.

Pros: Cool space

Cons: , Food

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the food was so-so, that is the food i ate from other peoples plates since they forgot my dinner. the waiters had a really hard time remembering to bring drinks, and when they did they were not what was ordered. the ambience was ok, and the lounge upstairs was nice. the best part of the meal was the psychic readings from the ladies outside.

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★★☆☆☆

the food was so-so, that is the food i ate from other peoples plates since they forgot my dinner. the waiters had a really hard time remembering to bring drinks, and when they did they were not what was ordered. the ambience was ok, and the lounge upstairs was nice. the best part of the meal was the psychic readings from the ladies outside.

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Mercer kitchen has some steller options on their menu and some really terrible ones. Stay away from the chicken. Their menu is based on ordinary american cuisine tweaked with special sauces or made in a slightly different way. It's a hip, younger place to be. Read: Good, relaxed Friday or Saturday night dinners. Ambience is great, Food is above average. I would recommend but I'm not in love with it.

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★★★★☆

Mercer kitchen has some steller options on their menu and some really terrible ones. Stay away from the chicken. Their menu is based on ordinary american cuisine tweaked with special sauces or made in a slightly different way. It's a hip, younger place to be. Read: Good, relaxed Friday or Saturday night dinners. Ambience is great, Food is above average. I would recommend but I'm not in love with it.

Pros: Good Location, Good ambience, Good crowd

Cons: , Average service

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What can you say about a place where the waitress brings out the wrong entree, then verbally assaults your 80 year old grandmother and gives her lip about sending it back (which she did politely, by the way). The service was pretty poor all around, the food was well below average relative to the cost, and outside there is a crazy bum who harasses every customer who leaves the place.

The ambiance was pretty cool, but not worth the hassle. Probably my worst dining experience in new york, and I'm a former waiter so I know what I'm talking about.

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★☆☆☆☆

What can you say about a place where the waitress brings out the wrong entree, then verbally assaults your 80 year old grandmother and gives her lip about sending it back (which she did politely, by the way). The service was pretty poor all around, the food was well below average relative to the cost, and outside there is a crazy bum who harasses every customer who leaves the place.

The ambiance was pretty cool, but not worth the hassle. Probably my worst dining experience in new york, and I'm a former waiter so I know what I'm talking about.

Pros: Swanky

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Though the celery root soup was super yummy - everything else was an overpriced letdown- the plates come out looking like it's the depression era...and they actually amidst a fairly attractive tabletop served kethup in a ceramic ramekin on a plate with a doily. HoJo or SoHo...u be the judge.

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★★★☆☆

Though the celery root soup was super yummy - everything else was an overpriced letdown- the plates come out looking like it's the depression era...and they actually amidst a fairly attractive tabletop served kethup in a ceramic ramekin on a plate with a doily. HoJo or SoHo...u be the judge.

Pros: sexy scene

Cons: , DOILY, DOILY

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Nice to look at. Felt very rushed. Don't plan on getting full - portions are small and prices are high.

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★★★☆☆

Nice to look at. Felt very rushed. Don't plan on getting full - portions are small and prices are high.

Pros: clean, attentive, free coat check

Cons: , rushed, no where to wait

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ehhhh.... the food was good the staff was snobby not a fun mix! but great atmosphere

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★★★☆☆

ehhhh.... the food was good the staff was snobby not a fun mix! but great atmosphere

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I had a great experience at Mercer. My food was excellent and my server was polished and attentive. Good wine list. Decent cocktails. The atmosphere is fun -- dark, pulsing, basement room; a place where you feel like you can relax. I would return with out-of-town guests. My one complaint: Even though we arrived at our reservation time, the host asked us to wait at the bar -- then forgot to seat us (I had to ask). She was apologetic and embarrassed (we were then seated right away).

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★★★★☆

I had a great experience at Mercer. My food was excellent and my server was polished and attentive. Good wine list. Decent cocktails. The atmosphere is fun -- dark, pulsing, basement room; a place where you feel like you can relax. I would return with out-of-town guests. My one complaint: Even though we arrived at our reservation time, the host asked us to wait at the bar -- then forgot to seat us (I had to ask). She was apologetic and embarrassed (we were then seated right away).

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service

Cons: None

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More a scene than anything else. The room is still interesting. Too bad, it used to have better food. The service remains, however, as attitude-laced as ever. But I still go...

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★★★★☆

More a scene than anything else. The room is still interesting. Too bad, it used to have better food. The service remains, however, as attitude-laced as ever. But I still go...

Pros: Room, Food (Sometimes)

Cons: Attitude, Food (sometimes)

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This is one of the few NYC restaurants that I visit every time I come to the city from Calif. Please note that I never go without a reservation, no matter what day or time. For starters, I always get the butternut squash soup. They bring it to you in what could best be described as a water kettle. It is to die for! I've tried most of the entrees. Although they may not be "out of this world," they are very good and expected.

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★★★★★

This is one of the few NYC restaurants that I visit every time I come to the city from Calif. Please note that I never go without a reservation, no matter what day or time. For starters, I always get the butternut squash soup. They bring it to you in what could best be described as a water kettle. It is to die for! I've tried most of the entrees. Although they may not be "out of this world," they are very good and expected.

Pros: Atmosphere/Decor, Great bar, Good food

Cons: Occasionally crowded

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I enjoyed the dark basement like feel to the dining room, however, it was a little chilly. Aside from the over seasoned skate dish, everything was delicious! The yellowtail carpaccio and tuna spring roll were great! And the desserts were to die for. There was interesting summer dessert, a rubarb-crisp with basil ice cream.... loved it. Wish they sold basil ice cream at the market. And of course, the molten chocolate cake thing was a little piece of heaven.

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★★★★☆

I enjoyed the dark basement like feel to the dining room, however, it was a little chilly. Aside from the over seasoned skate dish, everything was delicious! The yellowtail carpaccio and tuna spring roll were great! And the desserts were to die for. There was interesting summer dessert, a rubarb-crisp with basil ice cream.... loved it. Wish they sold basil ice cream at the market. And of course, the molten chocolate cake thing was a little piece of heaven.

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Although my waiter had about as much personality as a dead fish, I loved the great solid food and would definately go back. The roasted beet salad and the black truffle pizza were amazing. The romantic setting is a great place for a first date ;)

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★★★★☆

Although my waiter had about as much personality as a dead fish, I loved the great solid food and would definately go back. The roasted beet salad and the black truffle pizza were amazing. The romantic setting is a great place for a first date ;)

Pros: ambiance, people watching

Cons: waitstaff

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Upon arriving 15min early for our researvation we were seated at the bar and had a drink. An hour later we finally asked the manager why we could not sit at the table that had been open the whole time we had been there. We were told that it was a table for 4 and that since we were 3 maybe we should have invited another person and then we could sit there. Another 15min passed and we were seated at the table for 4. Horrible Service, and the staff has such attitude! The price is not worth it at all.

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★★☆☆☆

Upon arriving 15min early for our researvation we were seated at the bar and had a drink. An hour later we finally asked the manager why we could not sit at the table that had been open the whole time we had been there. We were told that it was a table for 4 and that since we were 3 maybe we should have invited another person and then we could sit there. Another 15min passed and we were seated at the table for 4. Horrible Service, and the staff has such attitude! The price is not worth it at all.

Cons: Service, food, expensive

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Our friends recommended the place. We had a good time. I found the menu simple and not very expensive by NY standards. Food and Service was good. I would go back there again.

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★★★★☆

Our friends recommended the place. We had a good time. I found the menu simple and not very expensive by NY standards. Food and Service was good. I would go back there again.

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Not good, not bad... just plain jane, run of the mill. but at the price and the hype, you expect sooo much more! Service is just OK and the food is a bit less...
Save the $$ and try something else, especially for a special night out.

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★★★☆☆

Not good, not bad... just plain jane, run of the mill. but at the price and the hype, you expect sooo much more! Service is just OK and the food is a bit less...
Save the $$ and try something else, especially for a special night out.

Pros: trendy, romantic

Cons: pricey, food is not so good, service is just OK

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Been to the Mercer a few times and honestly, the food is good despite its trendy vibe.

I absolutely agree with other posts that you get very little food for the price but the food is good. Remember you are also paying for the name.

I love the decor but would not recommend sitting in the communal tables unless its a very big group, much more fun getting a table and people watch while you chomp on your $20 palm sized truffle pizza.

Not the scene it used to be so if its a scene you want go somewhere else.

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★★★☆☆

Been to the Mercer a few times and honestly, the food is good despite its trendy vibe.

I absolutely agree with other posts that you get very little food for the price but the food is good. Remember you are also paying for the name.

I love the decor but would not recommend sitting in the communal tables unless its a very big group, much more fun getting a table and people watch while you chomp on your $20 palm sized truffle pizza.

Not the scene it used to be so if its a scene you want go somewhere else.

Pros: food, decor

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I was there 1-22-2002. The restaurant was a little loud. The service was attentive. (I've noticed other comments to the contrary) I liked the fact that there was room to move around your tables, atypical for a NYC restaurant.

The food was tasty, although as said below the portions were small, so it might not be the best value for the $$. I had the steak which was good (for a steak covered in sauce) but it was a very small size. I would have called it a petit strip.

I was with a business group, so I never saw the bill. This place forces bottled water on you, I doubt it was free. Anyone know if they charge for this? If so, they didn't present it that way, and that's always something that stinks of getting taken advantage of. Like being forced to pay for bread.

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★★★★☆

I was there 1-22-2002. The restaurant was a little loud. The service was attentive. (I've noticed other comments to the contrary) I liked the fact that there was room to move around your tables, atypical for a NYC restaurant.

The food was tasty, although as said below the portions were small, so it might not be the best value for the $$. I had the steak which was good (for a steak covered in sauce) but it was a very small size. I would have called it a petit strip.

I was with a business group, so I never saw the bill. This place forces bottled water on you, I doubt it was free. Anyone know if they charge for this? If so, they didn't present it that way, and that's always something that stinks of getting taken advantage of. Like being forced to pay for bread.

Pros: nice architecture, Open Kitchen (Downsta

Cons: small portions

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Mercer Kitchen is nothing out of the ordinary. It's a great space with amazing light. However, the food is only so-so. The crowd was pretty mixed. So, it's not that trendy anymore. Although, if you have nowhere to eat on a Thursday night I'd give it a shot.

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★★★★☆

Mercer Kitchen is nothing out of the ordinary. It's a great space with amazing light. However, the food is only so-so. The crowd was pretty mixed. So, it's not that trendy anymore. Although, if you have nowhere to eat on a Thursday night I'd give it a shot.

Pros: Good Lighting, Nice Decor

Cons: Average Food, Noise Level

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