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
502 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (222)hot spot (200)good for groups (159)neighborhood gem (144)special occasion (136)great for lunch (118)romantic (115)vibrant bar scene (104)great for brunch (98)late-night find (64)notable wine list (42)kid-friendly (20)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (8)Show More
  • The food was memorable, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/7/2008
    The food was memorable, but the service was surprisingly disappointed. Part of the order was forgotten, and the worst part was it took almost 20 minutes to find our waitress to tell her. It also felt as if evertime she approached our table she was attempting to rush us along. This place provides a great ambiance to compliment tasty food, but the service really hurt the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thought it would be better,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    thought it would be better, considering it is Vongerichten's child. service was odd. they seated several groups right next to each other when the restaurant was empty, so it seemed very loud and crowded. Food was mixed - each dish had something nice about it and something odd and jarring. Seems like they bought too many sweet peas at the market - every dish had a disgusting puree. Meat was undercooked. Service was not very friendly. would not choose it for a special occasion. it certainly wasn't worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful. Would have liked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2008
    Wonderful. Would have liked a selection (as opposed to only one) of fish entree options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So dark I couldn't read the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    So dark I couldn't read the menu. Food average, not at all exceptional or memorable. Waitress wasn't familiar with the cocktail menu, made lots of guesses when I asked about the various mojitos. I’m not going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, with a subtlety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2008
    Excellent food, with a subtlety rarely found. Daring combinations enjoyable in a perfect frame (quiet, smooth and not pretentious at all). Very reasonable prices and adorable service. Only one little shortcoming though: the (glass) wine list doesn't really compete with the quality of the meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I spend a very nice eventing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    I spend a very nice eventing with my childen there and will come again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could not understand the hostess,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    Could not understand the hostess, she was mumbling something which turned out to be "pay your bar tab and we will seat you" which when went to follow her quickly relized once the bartender kind of shouted to us to pay up. I could not understand why they could not trasfer our check to our table especially since we were seated right across from the bar and we also saw other guests trasfering their checks. Food was good and came out quick and our server was good as well. The Kumquat Mojito's were by far the best part of the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the few places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    This is one of the few places that is always on my list things to do while in NYC---always a treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the perfect Soho venue
    rdblaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2008
    This is the perfect Soho venue - great location, very well-decorated and attractive environment. Excellent food with something for gourmets and plenty for basic food lovers. Vibrant without being hectic...appealing to all age groups. Works for a private dinner for two and a large group of young and older adults. No complaints whatsoever. Good wine list and very good food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant but it did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2008
    Nice restaurant but it did not stand out from the crowd of similar restaurants in its price range.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would not return. The service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    I would not return. The service was the worst I have experienced in years, definitely in the bottom 5% of ALL restaurants, to say nothing of supposedly top-flight restaurants. The food was OK but uninspired. This is definitely a lost child of the Vongerichten family.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been here before - maybe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2008
    Have been here before - maybe 6 months ago and really loved the brunch. This time however, EVERYTHING was unremarkable. Will not be going back here for brunch when there are far better places with delicious food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mercer kithchen is a staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    Mercer kithchen is a staple when travelling to NYC. Try the pea soup it is amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was AMAZING, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2008
    The food was AMAZING, but our waitress was very distracted and not very attentive - and we were there on a week night. We also had to wait a little little while for our reservation, which wouldn't have been a big a deal, but there was absolutely no place to stand by the bar. Everywhere we moved a server would knock into us. Literally, knock. An "excuse me" would have been nice, but that was never heard...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for lunch but nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    Good for lunch but nothing out of the ordinary...I wasn't impressed as a foodie at all. The shrimp cocktail left a lot to be desired, such as the shrimp they serve at Lure Fish Bar....the codfish cake was filled with bones...didn't need a toothpick...haha! No reason to return for a 2nd meal there.I was far from thrilled at Vong as well...so many better restaurants in this great city!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! I had the carpaccio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    Delicious! I had the carpaccio of sea bass and the scallops - fantastic food! This restaurant has been open a while and is still superb. I've been a few times through the years, and it has never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    This was our second time at Mercer Kitchen. The first was for dinner in the winter; we shared a large seafood platter that was great. This visit was for brunch before a Broadway matinee. Our table was ready, the staff was attentive, the food was good. The lamb sandwich that one of us ordered came out on toasted white bread (looked everything like store bought Wonder); pretty sure it was described otherwise on the menu. The roasted beet salad got high praise from the beet lovers in the group and was very nicely presented. We got in and out with time to spare and had a nice brunch/lunch that will be a do-over. The bread though...not up to expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is coasting on
    RHTP
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    This place is coasting on its name and location. It seems that it is being run by 14-year-olds. We had a reservation but had to wait for our table. Bread was brought but olice oil was not poured until we asked for butter. Our waitress did not remember what wine we ordered and had to return to ask. When we finished our first glasses, she and our bottle were nowhere to be seen - we had to flag her down to get a second glass of our own wine! Food was good, though portions were miniscule. For these prices the whole experience has to be extraordinary and this was far from it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot. Ok everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    Great spot. Ok everything else. Food was truly good, but by no means transcendent. Waiters seemed to desperately want to clean our table prior to being finished. That said, the ambience on a rainy summer night was romantic as hell.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • incredibly rude young staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    incredibly rude young staff with lots of attitude have been there before not the same
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I dine out regularly and try
    CJWNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    I dine out regularly and try to check out some of NYC's best restaurants. I have been to Mercer Kitchen once before (dinner last time and lunch this time) and it was clearly one of the best dining experiences I have had in NYC. Two of us had the price fix lunch special (a great deal) and one person ordered a la carte. The food was beyond outstanding--the tuna tartare was seasoned so well and the Haddock combined with a beefsteak tomato, Russian dressing and onion rings...exquisite. I will certainly be back and encourage my friends and colleagues as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the location, and the
    JHen
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    I love the location, and the basement area still has a great feel to it due to plenty of street lighting coming in. The menu was great, the service pretty prompt (if a little too rushed) and the meals nice. My only gripe was the lack of elbow room, but this is SoHo so I fully understand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Putting 3 people on a table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    Putting 3 people on a table that hardly fits one person was a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The hostess couldn't give
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    The hostess couldn't give me directions when I was a block away, and completely misidentified the building to me. The food was a terrible disappointment: OK crunchy squid, but the overly "spicy aioli" killed my taste buds. Scallops were great, but pea ravioli had no flavor. I won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My fiance & I really loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    My fiance & I really loved our evening. It was, however, the bus boy & manager who made our evening. I realize how strange this may sound, but perhaps highlighted by our sub-par waiter, the bus-boy was charismatic & did a great job - yet w/out being intrusive. We commented to the manager what a great job he was doing (doubting people in those rolls receive little, if any, recognition). The manager, in turn, ended up taking our order for dessert. We asked him for a recommendation saying we were trying to decide on 1-of-2 desserts. He recommended one, but brought us both - 1 on the house. Not a necessary gesture, but one that left a lasting impact. We loved the service, the food, & the venue. We'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our party of four was prompty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Our party of four was prompty seated when we arrived and attended by a knowledgeable waitstaff. The food is wonderful and creative interpretation of French, Japanese and American. I understand that there is an open kitchen to allow diners to view creations in progress. Stemware is standard. I would have preferred a bordeaux glass to enjoy my Cotes de Rhone. to Hopefully, I can take advantage of open kitchen seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have enjoyed the Mercer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    We have enjoyed the Mercer Kitchen many times. This was one of our least favorite experiences. The service was just okay. First, we enjoyed champagne and appetizers at the bar. The bartender took away our appetizers before we had finished--he was not paying attention. Then, our server seemed like we were inconveniencing her. She disappeared half way through the evening. We sat without drinks and dirty plates for some time. We will go back, but I thought it may be helpful for the Mercer to know about our experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this place is great but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    this place is great but it is noisy and the lights are too dim (only few candles). we cannot appreciate the food presentation as we cannot see what we have in our plates ! that's bad because the food is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was disappointed with my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    I was disappointed with my experience considering I had 8:30 reservation, arrived a couple of minutes early and was made to stand at bar till 9PM. It was not very busy and maitre d'seemed very casual about the long delay. I had to ask again about 8:55 before he seemed to remember to seat us. Food was OK but not great for Jean George
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I know his empire now spans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    I know his empire now spans far and wide, but I was still expecting a lot more from a resto with JG's name attached. I went for brunch and found Mercer Kitchen to be little more than a place for European tourists to rest their feet while shopping. Focus is placed on volume, and the food and service fell by the wayside. My wasabi tuna pizza was underseasoned and just okay, and the ham on my friend's benedict looked like it came out of a lunchables box. Overall, a restaurant that's resting on its laurels. Not worth a repeat visit.
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  • Definitely not in keeping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Definitely not in keeping with its reputation. Food was good, but service was poor and facility was very cramped, even by Manhattan standards.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The overall experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    The overall experience was disappointing. Considering the reputation, I expected better service. We waited over 15 min before anyone even offered us water after sitting down. The server made no effort to initiate conversation. He never introduced himself. He did not ask for our feedback about the food or whether our needs had been met. We do not plan on dining here again and will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • After several wonderful experiences
    BigJoeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    After several wonderful experiences, our Mother's Day dinner fell entirely flat. Other than the cheeseburger, the other entrees were mediocre and one (the strip steak) had to be sent back and replaced (steak seemed stewed, chewy and flavorless). The desserts were attractive but lacking in real taste. This looks to be our last dinner at Mercer, I'm not inclined to spend that money for average/poor food across the board.
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  • The service was spotty, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The service was spotty, but for us it was above average. It took a little longer than necessary before someone came to take our order, however I give compliments to the hostess who noticed us looking a little annoyed and immediately got someone other than our area waitress to help out. One thing that I found to be somewhat annoying was that I had ordered a drink, and the person I was with ordered a water...They brought out the large one instead of the small one without thinking that he would only need a small one. Tables are placed a little too close together, but understandable for the crowd they demand on weekends for brunch. Food was pretty good. Overall it was more than okay but I wouldn't go there regularly for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never have had a bad dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Never have had a bad dinner there, it is the Gem of resturants in SOHO. Bartender makes a dirty martini like no other.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good- the decor
    VinyardboundVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Food was very good- the decor was somewhat cold and sterile though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are french and have really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We are french and have really appreciated our "experience", but the bread was not as good as it should had been ! We come once ayear in NY, and will choose again your restaurant. The tables near the kitchen seem being a must !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was extremely sweaty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Our server was extremely sweaty and made eating somewhat unappealing. We did enjoy the ambience and cocktails and would return for those, but not the bland food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Far too quick to remove dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Far too quick to remove dishes - felt we were being rushed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was too rushed and
    Natou
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Service was too rushed and overbrearing. Brought us check even before we requested it. Food was good but nothing extraoridinary.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate