About Mercer Kitchen
New York, NY 10012
Located at the Mercer Hotel, Mercer Kitchen brings a chic, sophisticated vibe to the heart of SoHo. When Mercer Kitchen opened in 1998, it immediately became a destination for New Yorkers, celebrities, and tourists. Situated in the basement of a historic building constructed in the 1800s, the… restaurant was designed by Christian Liaigre as a combination of industrial and classic modernism. Chef Jean-Georges’ American menu features market-driven, seasonal ingredients prepared in a simple yet elegant style, with favorites like the Tuna Spring Roll, Steamed Shrimp Salad, wood-fired pizzas, and classic Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake. There is an open kitchen, where guests can sit back and watch the show.
American, Organic, French American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 7:00am-11:30am & Sunday 7:00am-11:00am
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm
Late Lunch: Mon-Fri 3:30-5:30pm
Brunch: Sat, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-12:00am
Fri, Sat 5:30pm-1:00am
Corner of Prince and Mercer Street
$30 and under
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Street parking available after 5 pm and on holidays and weekends. Parking garage is located on Mercer St. between Houston and Prince.
B,D,F,M to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Spring St; or N,R to Prince Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Jean-Georges brings a chic vibe to Soho at Mercer Kitchen, with a bright, airy café upstairs and a spacious restaurant on the lower level. The ambiance of the restaurant is timelessly stylish, and sexy, with exposed brick walls. The American Provencal menu features fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Mercer Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
I will never return to Mercer Kitchen and do not recommend it, which is unfortunate because I have been to other Jean George restaurants, where the food and service were impeccable. Mercer was simply a hot mess!
I had reservations here on Saturday for a birthday dinner and wasn't seated until an hour later. Once we were finally seated, the management tried to smooth things over by giving us complimentary appetizers. This gesture was appreciated and I was hoping the rest of the experience would have improved, but it just continued to go downhill. We waited for over 30 minutes for someone to take our drink orders. When we received our meals two of my friends ordered the skate and the cod fish, but they were both given the sea bass. They informed the wait staff of this error and the wait staff seemed confused, so we informed the manager. The manager told us that they ran out of both the cod and skate fish so they replaced the dishes with the sea bass! First off, we should have been informed that the dishes we ordered were not available. Secondly, we should have been giving the opportunity to select another dish. Instead, the staff at a Mercer Kitchen tried to sneak my friends dishes they did not order! What an insult!! My friends ended up ordering the burger which seemed to be one of the better entrees. Other dishes were not executed well - the salmon was too salty, the lamb was dry and somehow Mercer Kitchen ran out of dough for pizza so my friends who ordered this had to wait even longer!
The service at Mercer was incompetent atbest. The managers were nonchalant about the disastrous service, which leads me to believe that this service is the norm for them.
Our food was over the top delicious. We did have to wait about 25 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. Our entrees also took almost an hour to come out, but were definitely tasty when they arrived. Also, it's really, really loud so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone trying to have a quiet, intimate dinner. It's more of a high energy party scene with delicious food and drinks type of place.
The lighting is super lovely and the space has a romantic modern vibe.Unfortunately, the 2 of us were seated at a communal table, between two loud groups. Not ideal for our date. The sea bass carpaccio starter was delicious, as was my main fish entree, but my date's lamb chop entree was overcooked & so tiny (2 small chops), even I would have wanted to order 2 more. Dessert was delightful. Overall, I'd say come for a glass a wine and dessert, not necessarily to get full.
My friend and I had a great time at The Mercer. Everything was well organized. We got seated fairly quickly. Our food and drinks were absolutely delicious and so filling. I feel like there is a wide variety of food. The service was fantastic. All the waiters were so kind and always checked in to see how we were doing. I would most definitely recommend The Mercer and will absolutely come back again. One of my favorite restaurants by far.
I love Mercer Kitchen and have been many times, but honestly it was terrible on Valentines's Day -- very disappointing. The service was awful, the waiter was full-on rude. In addition, the food was just off, cold and not nearly up to par with how it normally tastes.
Disappointed by the incredibly poor service. I was really not expecting that from a Jean-Georges restaurant.
Although the food was lovely, I would not go back.
In a city jam packed with amazing restaurants there's no reason to be underwhelmed with any aspect of your dinning experience.
While the food was excellent, our server tonight was less than stellar. Perhaps one of the worst services I've had. We received water fairly promptly, and our server initially presented us with food and drink menus, but then he vanished for nearly 15 minutes. We closed our menus and both looked around for him, but did not see him. We then ordered drinks, and it took several more minutes for him to return and take the rest of the meal order. The food was good, but there was no check-in during the meal to verify this. So while I recommend the restaurant itself, get a different server, and hopefully you will enjoy a better experience.
Service was slow. They didn't have enough chairs at our table to cover the reservation and tried to give us a barstool to sit on at a table!! We had to ask 3 different people to give us a chair. Very disappointed. The waitress did not know the menu and gave the wrong descriptions for the food.
Good meal but not good service. We were there for about 3 hours and it took 40 minutes to just get a drink. Waiter also had a major attitude. Sent back undercooked food and it took about 35 minutes to get it back, when inquiring he said "well you sent it back".
We were there for restaurant week, so we were ordering from the special pre-fixe menu. Everything was excellent, but it was the appetizers that stood out the most, and the deserts were awesome. The main course would have been a hit in any other context, but just wasn't as good as the other two courses. Service at the bar was mixed - they seemed to be changing shifts, and forgot about us. That said, they mix a great martini. The service at the dinner table was great.
The waffle was average. It was a bit disappointing to be told they couldn't get strawberries. Their explanation was that strawberries were not in season. We eat strawberries all year long everywhere in NYC and Long Island. I guess they are using the wrong vendor
Great first courses (steamed shrimp + pear salad) Dismal mains: the 55$ ribeye overcooked (ordered medium rare arrived almost well done) the fish overcooked also. They should be careful about the quality of the food - Jean-Georges you should show up and taste and control the quality once in a while.
Our reservation was for 7:30 and we weren't seated until 8:30. Once we sat, it took 10 minutes for the waiter to bring our menus and water. He actually brought us lunch menus instead of dinner.
The water was spilt all over the table and we had to ask them to come help clean up what they spilt.
What saved the meal was the food. Very delicious.
The service was terrible!! We had to practically beg waiters to come and get our order! Plus not once did the waiter come to the table on their own to ask for our order, serve water, pick up our plates or even ask how the food was. Really its a shame because the food is delicious but the service is TERRIBLE!! Jean-georges should come and dine in his own place and fire the person in charge of service, because this is shameful.
Mercer Kitchen is geared towards an under-40 crowd. A bit loud. Food is good, but not great for a Jean-Georges restaurant. My main course of lamb chops was over cooked, so I felt they were partially cooked and then finished off before served. I think that for a younger crowd, it is a great "hang-out" when food is not a priority. In the future, I will continue to go to other Jean-Georges restaurants, but will skip this one.
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