Mercer Kitchen
Mercer Kitchen

Mercer Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themercerkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 2129665454
  • 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
    Sun 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, French American
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Prince and Mercer Street
  • Public Transit: B,D,F,M to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Spring St; or N,R to Prince Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available after 5 pm and on holidays and weekends. Parking garage is located on Mercer St. between Houston and Prince.
A word from 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.
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Mercer Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
509 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (206)hot spot (205)good for groups (158)special occasion (157)neighborhood gem (150)romantic (131)great for lunch (127)vibrant bar scene (111)great for brunch (109)late-night find (71)notable wine list (45)kid-friendly (20)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (10)Show More
  • Birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    3 of us celebrated a birthday. All of us enjoyed the carpaccio, then devoured our entrees. Lots of fun. Only flub was when we asked for coffee. We ordered 2, they only brought 1. When we asked for refills, they cleared the cups. Not sure if it was a noise or second language issue. But I will be back cause Mercer Kitchen is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mercer kitchen amont my favorites
    marinella
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Very refine cuisine ! Portions are great with a nice presentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, great atmosphere
    lbovVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was unbelievably good (definitely try the salmon sushi and the crab/snow pea/avocado starter, as well as the truffle pizza) and the service was impeccable. The waitress recommended us her favorite dishes and we were extremely impressed with her suggestions. Could not have been happier! Will keep coming back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not a breakfast place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We waited over 45 minutes for our breakfast ( basic eggs) and when it finally arrived one of the orders was wrong... Fancy pants place but the breakfast turned it to be a disappointment. I've had way better food and service for a fraction of the cost. Might come back but for dinner, not breakfast.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Worst service ever! They did everything wrong; forgot us waiting at the bar for 35 min (we hade made reservations), gave us the entrees before the apertizers, forgot that we ordered wine, the artichoke was dry and old, and when the check came there was more things on there then we ordered. It was a complete mess and they were rude on top of everything. I'm sorry to say that this was the worst dining experience ever and I dine out every week. There are so many great restaurants in NY, this is not one of them.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dining experience
    jcmeatloverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Got seated half an hour after our reservation, bar was packed, didn't bother getting a drink because didn't expect to have to wait. Once seated, we received a complimentary truffle pizza (delicious) before drinks order was taken. Everyone appreciated the gesture and efficiency. Gave us a dessert on the house as well! Our server was amazing, attentive and pleasant, knowledgeable and polite. Everything else we had was delicious, including lamb chop, skate, sea bass and salmon. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Except for the Waiter
    csm8259
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food, drinks, and ambience were all exceptional. However, when we asked to waiter to come back to take our order because we weren't ready, he stated that there was a big party coming and that he would need to take our order in two minutes. The entire meal, my birthday celebration, was rushed due to the "large party" that we never saw arrive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    NYCgirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This isn't my first time to Mercer Kitchen, and this experience was just as great. The staff is super attentive- always refilling water, giving us more bread, checking in, etc. I ordered the Fish & Chips, and they were pretty tasty. The "chips" were not salted enough though, but the fish was very crisp. We had the warm chocolate cake for dessert and it was fantastic! Molten chocolate oozed out from the middle, and it tasted great with the vanilla ice cream. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been coming here for years now. A great spot for dinner or lunch that is cosy and always offers yummy food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sleek yet homey
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the atmosphere has nice modern, sexy vibe, yet also welcoming and un-intimidating. the food is simple and well executed. I enjoyed my dinner there and can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Style over substance. Yawn.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a bore. Sadly did not get a chance to assess the food because it was the usual boring scenario of speedy table turn-around. We were early so had a drink at the bar where we were promptly collected (they waited while we settled out bar tab) on the strike of the hour. Rubbish table. Our unfinished plates were taken away without question (bread and a whole portion of fries) and the check was delivered immediately after we had declined desert. Consequently, the food was not memorable and I'm pretty sure my crispy salmon sushi appetizer was missing a sauce.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Expriance
    Elilco
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was very happy with the service and food. it was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a shame
    Hard2please
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Tangine black bass was carrot heavy and black bass challenged. Tangine more form than function. Pork chop was well flavored, but the chop itself was grizzly and chewy. Great expectations dashed. What a shame Jean Georges.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We loved mercer kitchen. The drinks at the bar were great, the food was outstanding, and we loved the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mercer Kitchen rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great space in SoHo, superbly designed in what is essentially a basement location that doesn't feel at all cramped. Delightfully friendly bar staff with a phenomenal Hendrick's gin cocktail using muddled mint and cucumber, lemon juice and simple syrup. Soup, pastas, veal were perfect. Incredible butterscotch pudding dessert with the richest caramel flavors. We'll go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Food4love
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Amazing food and excellent service! Our waiter Desmond was exceptional and made the entire dining experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for apps and cocktails
    laslas
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Three of us went for dinner. Ordered three apps, the salmon on crispy rice (amazing), the kale salad (good), the shrimp (eh, overcooked). Our entrees were very disappointing. The tagine had no flavor, veal was overly vinegary, but the salmon again was a hit. Dessert was very good but the waiter forgot that we had ordered espresso as well. Wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch
    GinDCVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Enjoyed the brunch very much. Crowded as always, but kitchen kept up with the frenzy... Waitstaff not so much. A bit clueless with overlapping efforts but waiter, assistant manager, and busperson.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pretty nice place
    ruthchris
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Mercer Kitchen was pretty nice and relaxing. Our waitress was this statuesque model who came and checked on us often. Food was ok. Ambience was nice. It was nice when and quiet when we were there at 12. When we left at 2pm on a Sunday, the place was packed and a lot noisier.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Brunch
    EatNYC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I made a noon reservation on a Saturday as I heard this place can get busy. My friend and I were seated immediately and there were plenty of tables open around us. By the end of our meal the place was a vibrant scene and had great energy going. The brunch menu has a lot of options for both breakfast and lunch style entrees. Sometimes brunch places are mainly breakfast items with a few lunch items here and there but that wasn't the case at MK. I recommended the tuna spring rolls and truffle fontina pizza. With drinks included the bill can be a bit pricey for brunch but that is to be expected at a trendy Soho spot. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service & Food
    perfectbites
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My NYC favorite! Cozy, romantic atmosphere, but also lots of energy. Food is to die for - oysters, fish, pizza, burger, desserts - all delicious! The service is outstanding. The staff goes out of their way to provide a memorable experience. Excellent wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last day of restaurant week
    NewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed the last day of New York restaurant week at Mercer Kitchen. The skate and salmon were excellent. THe presentation is interesting. I was disappointed in the service. The waiter spent most of the evening chatting at the server station while bus staff waited on us. I expected the server to return to the table between the order and check.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Could be better but still great
    Marville
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went here for the restaurant week lunch. First of all the service was great. The food had great flavor but was not executed wonderfully. My appetizer was tasty and interesting ( Never would've thought to combine corn and arugula on pizza) but it was a bit on the salty side. I had a burger and fries for my entree. The burger was a little under cooked for my liking (I was not asked how I'd like my burger done.) I usually like a strong medium, this was verging around medium rare. I was fine eating around the less done middle as my app filled me up and I still needed to save room for dessert which was a delicious molten chocolate cake. No complaints there. Overall I'd go back and try food from the regular menu before judging completely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    FoodieFan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Mercer's Kitchen is a go to for us each time we visit NYC and our latest visit was no exception. The food was fantastic (in my opinion the best burger in NYC) and the service efficient and pleasant. Consistently good and well worth the 'go to every time we visit' status.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place to forget
    PaDyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    So much for a new hot spot in the village! Everything was really average except for the nose level! I check energetic for lack of better option - but clearly if you like to have a conversation with the persons you are dining with, just forget about this cave!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect
    rileyaves
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The best meal I've ever had was the Black Truffle Fontina cheese pizza here. The whole place was just a really awesome perfect environment that made the whole experience unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slightly disappointed
    whale
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    In general, my family like this place and we alway have good time in dinner time. This time we tried for brunch for restaurant week. The burger is not very tasteable. We ordered 3 burgers set and we didn't finished at all. My family is quite disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Menu to DIE for
    Alyssa1023
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I dined her with my girlfriend and we enjoyed the restaurant week menu, we started with the mesclun salad and the beet salad both great an good portion size. I had the burger for my entree and my friend had the chicken both were excellent. Dessert here was the best I have had yet!! Chocolate Cake and a blueberry white cake- how decadent!!! The Mercer Kitchen has restaurant week down to a science, a delicious one at that! Will absolutely be back before RW is over :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely perfect every time
    Hard2please
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I am shocked at the bad reviews for this restaurant. We went to dinner on Sunday, August 10th and starting from the lady greeting us the moment we came in to the lovely hostess downstairs, to our beautiful server, it was nothing but charming and lovely service. The food was delicious and served promptly. I have also been here for lunch and there's nothing bad I can say. Always a home run. Perfect for a nice business lunch or a romantic dinner or drinks late in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perla
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    just not impressed with the food. it was no big deal for the price they charge.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hostess
    NYguest
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The manager (black lady) was extremely arrogant and pedant. She offered us a table where there was water on the floor, wet area, what could cause an accident to us or to the staff and was inconvenient with the hostess who told us to proceed to lower level as we had a reservation. Then, when we get there she was very impolite telling one of us to hera what she was ordering us to go. We will never come back there! Is it an Italian restaurant? supposed to be? Weak menu for the purpose. :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great atmosphere and bar but from hostess to check service was awful. We arrived 20 minutes early - multiple tables empty. At our reservation time we inquired and they said they were clearing our table. They sat us at the table that was empty when we arrived! It never got better and the food wasn't memorable
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  • HOT AS HELL, NO AC IN AUGUST, UGGH!
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I very rarely pan restaurants online, but I'm making an exception here. We had out of town relatives visiting and wanted to pick a special restaurant for a memorable meal for our group of 9. This meal was certainly memorable, but not in a good way. Although the food and service were both good, it was an awful experience. To put it simply, IT WAS HOT AS HELL. Despite our repeated requests to increase the air conditioning, it remained HOT in the corner in which we were seated. We were all fanning ourselves and drinking huge amounts of ice water. We had hoped to catch up and linger over a nice dinner. Instead, we ate quickly and went elsewhere for dessert. I felt embarrassed that I'd chosen Mercer Kitchen after this debacle. Unacceptable.
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  • NEXT LEVEL
    jabakan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A+ creative and eclectic food. Great location and $360 for dinner for 4 with a bottle of pinot "wine by the glass" but a true example of a great Calif pinot. Always ask to taste samples of the wine by the glass to see what you like before your order.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Systems down
    Casualfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here at 10:30 Sat for breakfast ordered pancakes. The systems went down so it took 55mins for pancakes to be cooked! A waiter came to say the food would be up shortly and that the systems were down. 2nd waiter came by 10mins later to say it was on the grill. I inquired why the systems have anything to do with the food he said the kitchen wasn't getting the orders. Shouldn't the server had told the kitchen crew? Apparently he was new& not sure what to do. It took 55mins & the restaurant was not that busy. I am pregnant and was starving. At minimum they shld have given me a muffin or bread, but that didnt happen. Hospitality could have been better.Great spot & food is good but make sure the systems are up before you go!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viba
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You always receive a great meal here and the service is great. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the skate?
    AMFNYC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always enjoy Mercer but they seemed to be off their game on the skate at lunch last week. The service and everything else that we ordered was fine.
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  • Great dinner
    Alyssa1023
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We live in the soho neighborhood and we absolutely love the mercer kitchen for Sunday dinner. The carpaccio was excellent as always and the butterscotch pudding is our absolute favorite! Jean-George still has it after all these years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Restaurant week switcheroo
    Primadonna
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went here after checking out the restaurant week menu but at the restaurant found they switched the Hake seen online with Salmon, which none of us liked. Ended up ordering from the regular dinner menu, but the food was excellent. The Hake was beautiful in its lovely wreath of baby greens and peas and so perfectly cooked. Other than the crazy loud noise level (we were fairly close to the bar) no complaints at all. Our server was just attentive enough and the blueberry cornbread dessert was heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foiled by Restaurant Week
    rnorth
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I was worried due to Restaurant Week the place might be in mass-production mode. I called; they assured me I could order off the regular menu and that my experience would not be different due to Restaurant Week. Out of 9 total dishes (apps/entrees) we ordered, three were absolutely spectacular in typical Jean-Georges style. Phenomenal. Two were good/decent. Four, unfortunately, came out at room temperature, were either VERY tough, VERY overcooked (i.e. both) or just generally bad. I am a huge Jean-Georges fan and have had nearly perfect experiences at many of his other restaurants. This was the first disappointment. Waiter was also unattentive and did not know the wine list at all (som did, but really...wait staff needs to have a clue)
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    • Noise LevelModerate