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
489 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (208)hot spot (198)special occasion (153)good for groups (149)neighborhood gem (145)romantic (128)great for lunch (123)vibrant bar scene (108)great for brunch (106)late-night find (66)notable wine list (45)kid-friendly (20)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (8)Show More
  • As I said in my last review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    As I said in my last review of this place, the Shrimp Salad is off the chizz-ain! It is the best shrimp dish in New York. Steamed, not overcooked and rubbery, instead soft and so so tasty, plus the truffled dressing and even priced beautifully. Jean George at his best. The lamb ($29) is a bit overpriced, although it is very good. It is barely accompanied. The mac and cheese is very nice, but the steamed vegetables (as in most restaurants) is sadly lacking greens. Two solitary, half-white stalks of asparagus barely compensates for a plate full of non-green veggies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just disapointed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Just disapointed with the orange juice which supposed to be natural as the waitre told us and it was like artificial. The rest of the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The steak was very good, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    The steak was very good, as were the fries. The rest of our food was uninspired and mediocre at best, overpriced and under-sized (and under-heated!). The service was over-attentive; several waiters hovered far too close and intrusively, such that we were never able to relax. Did we really need our water glasses refilled the moment we had taken a sip? "Poor value and pretentious" probably best sums this place up. It was an expensive mistake and a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid - elegant yet staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Solid - elegant yet staff is unpretentious and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mercer doesn't miss. Year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Mercer doesn't miss. Year in and year out, it hits the mark. Very nice to have a reliably delicious spot in the neighborhood. Service, food, ambiance are immaculate every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food - a little tired -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    Ok food - a little tired - attractive crowd - good service ,d friendly waiters
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great server...long wait....a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Great server...long wait....a warm night in April....maybe that's why is was so hot in the restaurant...they need to work on the air....it was cool by the check in stand..so maybe they didn't realize how hot it was.... The food was not as good as I thought it would be...maybe an off night...but I thought it would be better...Iam lucky enough to eat out about 4 x a week at great places all over he world and I know that this place should have been better....so I just think it was an off night....and I will give it another try on my next visit....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived on time for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We arrived on time for our reservation, and ended up sitting at the crowded, noisy bar. Luckly the bartender was responsive when I asked him about alternative restaurants in the area (his name was Bashir, he was great and if not for him I would have rated service POOR) and he went to check on our table. He was told another 15 minutes. However, we would probably still be sitting there had my husband not gone to ask again after 20 more minutes, when miraculously a table opened up. The food while okay, was certainly not worth waiting 40 minutes for. Very disappointing, as I have followed JGV's career for some time and was hoping that while visiting NYC we could experience what the hype is all about for ourselves.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We arrived for our 9PM reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We arrived for our 9PM reservation at 8:55 on Sat. April 12 and we were told to wait at the bar and that they would bring us to our table closer to 9.Because many other patrons were in the same position of having to wait for their tables,there was nowhere to stand but in the middle of the room hovering over other diners and having to dodge the waiters who were trying to serve the tables. We waited for 35 minutes before we were offered the worst table in the house next to the coat check. After refusing, we were asked to wait another 10 minutes until another table freed up which was right next to the waiter's station. While the waiter provided good service, Mercer clearly needs to work on managing its reservations better and not overbooking.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MY EXPERIENCE WAS VERY DISAPPOINTIN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    MY EXPERIENCE WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING. WE ATE DOWNSTAIRS AND IT WAS RATHER DARK AND SOOOOO VERY NOISY THAT WE COULDN'T EVEN HEAR EACH OTHER SPEAK! I ORDERED THE PIZZA, AND IF WE HAD NOT BEEN WITH OTHER PEOPLE, I CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE SENT IT BACK. FOR THE PRICE CHARGED I HONESTLY THOUGHT THE SIZE AND PRESENTATION WAS DISGRACEFUL! OVERALL, I THOUGHT THE SIZE OF THE PORTIONS WERE NOT IN PROPORTION TO THE PRICES CHARGED! I WOULD DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The shrimp salad is the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    The shrimp salad is the best shrimp dish in New York City, hands down. The lamb is expensive as lamb always is, and while excellent, it is not as superior to lamb as the shrimp salad is to shrimp. Do not come here and miss that salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • We had a lovely evening. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    We had a lovely evening. The food and service were very good and we appreciated the seasonal ingredients used by the kitchen. One odd thing was that something in the ceiling was dripping onto the couple seated next to us. They had to move to another table. By the time we had finished dinner the table next to us had quite a bit of water on it and some was splashing onto the seat next to us where my coat was. My coat didn't get wet, but it was a bit odd, and it was the only thing that didn't really feel that it measured up to the rest of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Having eaten at Jean George
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Having eaten at Jean George a number of times, I expected much more from a restaurant with his name associated with it. Very disapointing from food to service to atmosphere. The best that can be said is that I checked it off the list of places that I need to go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my all time faves in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/7/2008
    One of my all time faves in NYC. Great neighborhood and great food. We love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was very exciting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Everything was very exciting. I'll definitery come again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived early and they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We arrived early and they wouldn't let us sit in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel while we waited--a big turnoff. Apparently this is only for hotel guests now. If not for that, I'd have given it an overall very memorable. Very patient waitstaff didn't rush us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always try to visit The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    I always try to visit The Mercer Kitchen when I am in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very impressed with my first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Very impressed with my first visit to Mercer Kitchen. Given I was unfamiliar with the restaurant, I waited at the upstairs bar before my table was ready - I wish the bartender or person at the door had told us that there was a bar downstairs. Otherwise, it was a great visist.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was an enjoyable lunch;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    It was an enjoyable lunch; I thought service could have been a little snappier. (I received my coffee AFTER I paid the bill--just a little forgetful). I went into the ladies room, and one of the employees was locked in the bathroom, talking on her cell phone. She was on her cell phone for at least 5 minutes because both lavs were in use when I went in, one person was ahead of me and the person came out, she went in, I still waited, she came out and then I went in and the worker was still locked in the other stall jabbering on the phone. I came out and SHE WAS STILL ON the phone. Should these conversations be carried on IN A STALL? at work? I think not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Mercer Kitchen was very good.
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2008
    Mercer Kitchen was very good. We enjoyed everything about the restaurant - ambiance, food, service. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the entire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Food selection was good and portions were just right for brunch. Coffee was great! Waiter very helpful in offering a substitute to one in my party. Not rushed by staff even tho they were very busy. I'll be BACK!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will not go back to mercer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    We will not go back to mercer where we stayed from time to time over the last years. Food was boring and service was suboptimal. Best times are over.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very impressed with Mercer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Very impressed with Mercer Kitchen, the food was excellent, the right amount and the right price. I will defenitely come back to Mercer Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was wonderful! Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Brunch was wonderful! Perfect for a girls day out, providing the fuel for an afternoon of shopping. The food was delicious, particularly the Eggs Benedict that served in a perfect portion. Not too big and not too small. The Lemon Meringue Tart was absolutely perfect, we were so glad that we decided to share it at the last minute!! Amazingly tart and wonderful lemon flavor!! As a pastry chef working in the city, I can honestly say it was one of the best I ever tasted. Thanks for all the hard work, I'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall we had a good dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Overall we had a good dining experience. We arrived on time but were made to wait about 20 minutes for our table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I expected more out of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    I expected more out of the food, since it's a Jean-Georges restaurant, and I expected better service, since it's a well-established hotel. For a $40 lunch I expected more. I was waited on by about 4-6 different people; I have no idea what happened to the first two waiters who were serving my friend and me. I was underwhelmed and disappointed. I contemplated going to Lure Fish Bar across the street and stuck with Mercer Kitchen, but in hindsight wish I had made the change.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the food was dissapointin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    I thought the food was dissapointing. I ordered a cheeseburger, something that is hard to mess up. It was very salty, not that great.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we were unlucky to find a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    we were unlucky to find a "busy night" (wednesday !!) as we were told and waitied 30 min despite the reservation. The quality price rate was absurd, dishes are nouvelle cuisine but not worth their prices at all, poor wine list. I would surely and definitively not recomment it at all.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food; service was
    AnnoyedVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Loved the food; service was great too. A little loud, but that's the type of place it is...Would definitely recommend and go back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    The food was delicious and our server was great. We had a 10 year old child with us at dinner and the staff was very nice and accomodating to her. Overall, our best dining experience during our 4 day stay in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service a bit too quick between
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    service a bit too quick between courses - food quality outstanding
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  • The food was absolutely wonderful..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The food was absolutely wonderful....especially the Hamachi sashimi and the roast chicken....they were just divine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great buzz, good food with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    great buzz, good food with excellent service. Quite hard to see your food in the dark but a great dinner anyway
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a very pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    I had a very pleasant experience at Mercer Kitchen. The staff was very attentive, the food was very good, and although I'm not usually a fan of trendy restaurants, I did really enjoy the atmosphere at Mercer Kitchen. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was pretty good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    The food was pretty good, but it was so loud with annoying club music that I had to take a couple of tylenol midway through the meal. And our waiter kept apologizing alot - for forgetting our wine, not refilling our water glasses, etc. When we ordered dessert a new person came out professing to be a chef, but had no idea what to recommend (or even what some of the items were) on the dessert menu. So he had to go get our 'actual' waiter, who again apologized. Fortunately the food was good enough that the night wasn't a total disaster.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2008
    The food was excellent. Great ambiance, and they were ready for us when we arrived. We started with the squid which was battered lightly and tasted fresh. The mustard dipping sauce on the side was great. We also had the beet and goat cheese salad which was flavored with a deliciously light dressing. The entrees we chose were roasted chicken and salmon. They were kind enough to even remove the chicken from the bone so that I wouldn't have to do this at the table. We are typically a one drink couple, but after ordering a mohito, decided to go for one more. Out only complaint is that it took a while for the waiter to greet out table. After ordering a cocktail, it took a while for him to come back.That first greeting is always so important.
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    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Affordable, great food, and
    ShackletonVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2008
    Affordable, great food, and one of my favorite late night spots.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, atmosphere, interior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/24/2008
    Food, atmosphere, interior everything is greattttttt!!!!!!!
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    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great and convenient location.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2007
    Great and convenient location. The main dining hall is in the basement with bar seating and open kitchen. Some tables can be too close for comfort. The noise is on the high side but tolerable. Food is better than average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic