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About Mercer Kitchen
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.
New York, NY 10012
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
Dining room in basement. Was a nice, elegant atmosphere but very hot temperature. Took an hour between picking up the appetizer plates and delivering the main course. Lamb was cold and inedible. The server was lovely and very attentive to the problem. Mixed food results. Pea soup was nice, halibut was good, chicken was good, angel hair good... nothing was amazing, though.
Service left the most to be desired. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we were sat on time. However, we waited a half hour for our server to finally take our drink order. No initiative on the part of the server to offer any "for the table" items from the menu to get us started. I had to call him out on this and finally, he was more attentive. I had the Burrata salad which was good, but the arugula it was served on had tough, woody stems included. A few in our party had the rigatoni with meatballs and enjoyed it. I had the veal Milanese which was very good but served on spring peas which left the veal flat.
Drinks were good and strong but the pour on the wine by the glass....underwhelming...served in a diner size wine glass. The ambiance is great, lighting is great, but this joint is NOISY! Overall, too pricey for what you get. We've been to other Jean Georges Vongerichten restaurants and had our wedding reception at Perry Street, in fact, and they were amazing. Not sure I would go back to Mercer Kitchen.
This was my first time at Mercer Kitchen and it turned out to be a great experience. First if all, it's close to all the shopping (which is a big plus) but the actual location of the restaurant itself being in the basement of the Mercer Hotel, makes it quite a unique and fun atmosphere. When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly staff who immediately made us feel welcome, and then once we got to the table, our waiter Brandon took over, and nothing that we could have wanted or needed was unattended to. The menu itself offered a vast variety of items, from brunch and breakfast items to sandwiches, burgers and some standard typical (salmon, chicken and steak) main courses. We opted for a few appetizers and then moved on to burgers and sandwiches. Everything was delicious - especially the burger - which some in our party said was the best New York had to offer. The other standouts were the tuna roll and salmon sashimi on crunchy rice. All in all it was a fantastic experience thanks to Mercer Kitchen. I would highly recommend this place if you happen to be in area for lunch or dinner.
This place is highly overrated for food and service and I won't be back. The wait staff acted like we were doing them a favor by coming to the restaurant. We had an 5:30 pm pre-theatre reservation on Friday and when we arrived the place was empty, only three tables in use, and yet the hostess sat us at a small round table right next to the bar.
The table was so small that two place mats had to be overlapped to fit. I asked our waiter if we could be moved out of bar area to the back of the restaurant. He reluctantly went to ask the hostess. After five minutes, our waiter came back and took us to another table that was five feet away, still near the bar. I immediately asked again if we could be seated in the back of the restaurant.
Each time I asked to be moved the waiter acted put out and like it might be difficult to move. Our waiter at our new (3rd) table never welcomed or greeted us and just plopped down the menus and asked if we wanted a drink. He never told us anything about the menu selections or specials and acted bored. The food was average, my angel hair pasta with asparagus only had five 3/4" pieces of asparagus. All of this could have been smoothed over if any one of the three staff had acted concerned and courteous.
Good food, nice atmosphere, ARROGANT HOSTESS, slow service but meant very well. Cannot believe how some NYC restaurants still think its ok to make you feel unwanted and give you the idea that you are lucky that they will even consider having you!!!! Where does that come from?
The maitre d' was not warm or welcoming—she kept her eyes on the computer screen during my entire contact with her. She made no mention of my request for a corner table, but instead had her hostess take us directly to a table that felt shoved between two larger ones behind a massive brick column. Service was just okay—I noted in my reservation that this was a special occasion, but it was not made to feel that way. However, a dessert with a candle was sent at the end; and a sommelier/manager seemed to appear from out of nowhere when I made my wine selection (I kind of wish she were our server throughout the meal). I'll be back for the food and ambience though.
Service was awful. Waiter greeted us, then disappeared for a long while. Coffee came without cream. When presented, the coffee was cold. Cappuccino was ordered differently for two of us, but both were presented cool and bland and the same. One person at our table got cold food, but server could not be located to return. Table near us were seated after we were, got their food first, paid their bill and left before we got our entrees. Not going back. I had been there many times before. This is the first time so disappointed.
I didn't think the waiter was particularly knowledgable. When I asked for a recommendation for a medium to full bodied red wine, he recommended a Pinot Noir and made sure to mention it was on the light side. I suspect he is asked by the manager to push this wine. When I asked if there was a sommelier the first bottle she recommended was a $225 bottle of red. She didn't even ask for my price point and seemed surprised when I said that was more than I was planning on spending.
Overall, I would still recommend this restaurant due to the quality of the food and the ambiance.
The food was good, service was TERRIBLE. Our waiter was nonexistent, we waited 15 minutes for cocktails and coffee, we were constantly out of water. Our appetizer came out after 20 minutes then was on the table for less than 5 minutes when our meals arrived leaving us to scramble to finish our appetizer. We were crowded into a table that could barely fit 4, seated next to another table that that had packed in as well. I noted this to the hostess saying this looks a bit tight and she literally looked at me said nothing and walked away.
The restaurant wasn't crowded enough for this kind of service, it put a damper on the whole brunch.
Been here before and had a great experience. Came back again and you would have thought we were somewhere else. The service was horrible and seemed like we didn't even receive service. A manager came over at one point as could tell things were taking long no apology and no comment other than can I get you another drink. Our water glasses even sat empty
The kitchen/server timed our food incorrectly: the apps were delivered at the same time as our dinner. Also, there was a very creepy and intrusive Busser always hanging around our table, waiting for us to finish our meals to clear the table. He stood over me for about 2 minutes watching me eat. After catching his stare I asked him politely if he needed something. Weird! Overall, good food. I don't mind paying a lot for good food, but that with the intrusive busser and timing of the food, made for a less than stellar experience. And, it was my friend's 50th bday celebration.
Front of house staff weren't very friendly or welcoming and infact, forgot about us, leaving is sitting at the bar for ages, inspite of having a reservation. No apology. Service was average, coffee was the worst I've ever had and food was just ok. It was chaotic and noisy without a good vibe. Won't be back.
I came here for a birthday brunch with a party of 10. I have been here before for dinner and had a wonderful experience... this brunch was not like that.
First, we essentially had to beg for our drinks orders to be taken. When brought to the table they were incorrect. When we asked for our drinks to be corrected our waitress acted as though we were whining children.
Once we passed the drinks "hurdle" we moved on to fighting to get our orders taken. It took an HOUR for them to even take our order even though we continually requested a server to come over and then when our food came out it was TERRIBLE. The omelet looked like rubber and the Eggs Benedict was revolting. I have never been so dissatisfied by a dining experience in my life.
I will NEVER go back here.
I've loved this place for years, but the last couple of visits have been very unsatisfying, especially given the price tag on a meal at this restaurant. My biggest letdown was the service. It took 35 minutes to order an entree and 35 minutes to receive a drink AFTER it was ordered. The service was so terrible that we had to place our order with two different people. The food is good, but with a $100 price tag per person before our drinks, it was an overall disappointing experience. Too bad.
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