“great food and a fun Spanish wine list, very trendy crowd, high prices - but the food is good, portions are generous for tapas, and the neighborhood is trendy and expensive anyway; this place is very very crowded - i was there on a Monday night and had to”
“It's a very cool space, there is an outstanding wine, cheese and ham selection and the bar up front looks great.”
“the secret of a good cuisine is in the quality of the ingredients.”
“Moreover, the menu is stale and some of the items they have added such as collared greens really made me wonder what is going on at this place.”
“nice music, beautiful place, very helpful people.”
“Its a really festive place with great food and we can't wait to go back for my birthday!”
“The service/food wasn't as great as I had remembered, but I figured it was forgivable being that I was pretty happy that day.”
“am bit cheap but I pay a lot for good meals.”
“Also, the service was slow and when we placed our order the waiter told us we would still be hungry.”
Fantastic food; fun atmosphere. I have only been here three times, but Mercat has already become one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I always sit at the bar and order a few small dishes. The wine list is excellent, the bartenders friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is delicious, managing to recreate traditional fare (I’m a very lucky girl: I got to live in Barcelona for several months so I’ve had plenty of experience with pà amb tomàquet, embotits, fideua negra and that wonderful spinach with raisins and pine nuts) but with a modern twist (a little lighter, a little more sophisticated). Good food always has a positive effect: the crowd has always been fun and friendly. Expensive but well worth it.
Romantic Tapas Spot. I came to Mercat thinking that it’s just another tapas spot but left the restaurant longing to return again. The atmosphere was dark and romantic yet vibrant and trendy. It had a rustic and warm feel to it with wine shelves overhead, exposed bricks, candlelight and big wooden communal tables with cleverly placed tall vases which separated seatings. The menu boasted a variety of small plates from the Catalan region in Spain, and was difficult to order without the help of the waiter’s recommendations since everything sounded so good! We finally went with a variety of dishes that were all excellent - from the tuna tartar to the jalapeno fish to the duck and brussel sprouts. My only complains were that the waiter took a long time to get our dishes and wine out in between, and the noise level was moderately high. But these are just nitpicks – I definitely had a positive experience overall and would highly recommend this as a nice unhurried date spot. Every tapas dish that I had there was delicious. The prices were reasonable and the wines amazing! I hear that the menu changes often so I’m definitely coming back to try more tapas!
I love Mercat. Always one of my favs. I have spent a few birthdays, anniversaries and great nights out here! I love the food, every time and it's always worth the money!
Do not go here!!!!!! Stole wedding gift from bride and groom!!!. I've been to Mercat once this past February on a date with my then fiance and loved the food, so we decided to choose this location for the reception dinner of our wedding. We wed this past august 8th and had a dinner of about 13 in their basement. The service/food wasn't as great as I had remembered, but I figured it was forgivable being that I was pretty happy that day. Maybe 20 minutes after we left, I realized that I had left a folder with my marraige license and tucked inside was also an envelope with our wedding gift of about $500 cash from our family. We immedietly returned to a folder without the cash inside. The whole restaurant crew, manager included claims to know nothing of it. I am in disbelief of the whole thing still. We never filed a police report that night only because my husband refused to end our weddding day calling the police. I recommend never to go to this place!
Amazing evening. This restuarant is worth it. I recently flew to New York from Miami on a business trip. This last tuesday I went in to Mercat for a business dinner and was blown away. The food was great, and the service was even better. Anyone who wants an evening of pure bliss should head to this tapas joint
good food & ambiance, extremely crowded. great food and a fun Spanish wine list, very trendy crowd, high prices - but the food is good, portions are generous for tapas, and the neighborhood is trendy and expensive anyway; this place is very very crowded - i was there on a Monday night and had to wait ages just for a seat at the bar, where i was bumped by everyone who passed by; service is great - very prompt and friendly
best spanish food in new york. I went to mercat this evening and I had a wonderful time. My girlfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary, and I was blown away. I guess right now they have two chefs from spain in the kitchen that are from really renowned restaurants in spain. Whatever they are doing is amazing. The veal cheeks are awesome and the lamb is the best I have had in a long while. My server was top notch and the wine suggestions were great. Any one who likes spanish food will be blown away.
Great service, Delicious food. Service was spectaculor. Even the manager took some personal time assisting me with finding a night club to visit afterwards. Ambience was very comfortable and cozy. Absolute best striped bass I've ever tasted anywhere. Portion size was exactly as wanted. Prices where a bit above par, but all the other factors helped make up for that. Would highly recommend.
Still Very Good!. I've eaten here a number of times since last summer. Just went back last Friday and although the food wasn't as good as it was a few months ago, it is still pretty phenomenal and very good. Also ate at Boqueria this weekend and Mercat is a lot better. The food has more flavor and is more exciting than Boqueria. I would still recommend Mercat!
Downhill since the summer. I live in the neighborghood and this used to be one of my favorite restaurants. While the service has always been poor, the quality of the food really began to deteriorate after the summer. Moreover, the menu is stale and some of the items they have added such as collared greens really made me wonder what is going on at this place. After several very disappointing meals here I no longer recommend this place. For good Spanish food check out Casa Mono, Degustation, Tia Pol, Boqueria or Pipa.
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