“but great atmosphere”
“The molten chocolate cake dessert was as good as the legend would require (not "dry" at all...)”
“Good wine list.”
“Although my waiter had about as much personality as a dead fish, I loved the great solid food and would definately go back.”
“Creative, seasonally-inspired menu and prices lower than we expected.”
“The romantic setting is a great place for a first date ;)”
“my dessert was also just mediocre, overall, an ok place, but nothing to come back for.”
“Uninformed, rude staff.”
“do wonder if I would have loved it as much if I was paying full price.”
“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 food at this, the sexiest and least ambitious of Jean Georges Vongerichten's restaurants, is sometimes uneven, under-executed under its veneer of sophistication. But the sheer glamour of this underground lair, peopled with models and the bon vivants who pursue them, is pretty much what you imagined Manhattan restaurants to be like when a child. More movie set than restaurant, this is no place to pop into after shopping. It's date night (or pickup night) all the way.
Wasn't sure what to expect.
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 tasty.
The roasted chicken entree was a thick slice of breast and came out over done. The organic turkey burger was about the size of a slider, a bit underwhelming. It was the fries that filled me up.
The molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream wasn't bad. The pineapple upside down cake with basil ice cream was more interesting. The basil flavor was powerful and unexpected in an ice cream. However, the flavor was very strong and might not appeal to some.
We were seated downstairs and it felt like being in a cave. I think for lunch, sitting upstairs at street level might have been preferable. We would've been able to see our food better.
Great Htel BUT.... 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!
Me like. 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.
Crap service, nice iced cappuccino. 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!!
Poor Management + Reservations.
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.
Great night out with good food. 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.
Shameless cheaters. 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!
Not worth your time or money. 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.
Rudest Staff in NYC.
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.
Best Cheeseburger of my life.
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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