The Mercer Kitchen

Restaurants, American creative Soho
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The Mercer Kitchen


 (The Mercer Kitchen)
The Mercer Kitchen


Until it closed in 2007, 66 was widely considered the black sheep in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten camp. Now, we have the Mercer Kitchen. The circus begins with the snobbish, condescending reservationist and continues on in the subterranean dining room. Though the environs are appropriately sleek (patrons can watch the silhouettes of pedestrians cross over the glass-stippled sidewalk above), the yawn-inducing victuals don’t deserve the JGV seal of approval. Scallops served as a limp pedestal for squares of pancetta, rendered to a flavorless, fat-less crisp; a bright, spicy chili-lime mayo is wasted on chewy rings of calamari. If you must go, you’d do well to lower the bar. More conservative dishes, like a strip steak—salty, but satisfying, with a heap of ginger-infused shiitake mushrooms—are more respectable, if not quite befitting of the restaurant’s pedigree.


Venue name: The Mercer Kitchen
Address: The Mercer, 99 Prince St
New York
Cross street: at Mercer St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 7am–1am; Sun 7am–midnight
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Prince St
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Mercer Kitchen is an incredible hideaway tucked beneath Prince Street. From some seats in the restaurant you can actually see pedestrians walking overhead. The ambience/lighting is creative and attractive without being dim (ie. menus could be read without the aid of external light - yay!) And the food was DELICIOUS. We went for lunch, were promptly seated, not so promptly greeted, and despite being sat next to the server station we felt surprisingly unattended/overlooked. We initially sat with our menus closed for upwards of 10min, and the same when we were done with our dishes - they remained in front of us for quite some time. But overall, the service really can't put a damper on the beautiful environment and delicious meal.