Mercer Kitchen

4.4
5079 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Food was delicious, service was great, nice vive

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The issue that most detracted from what might otherwise have been an outstanding experience was the 15 minute wait (no exaggeration) between courses. However, we do plan to dine there again, the next time that we are in NYC.

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C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Never again.

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GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience. Waiters need to pay more attention, two people at table were left without eating utensils.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I remember the food being outstanding last time I was there. For the price I was expecting a bit more. It was good but not fantastic.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very strange to have a $4,500 bottle of wine on the wine list and have no decanter at the restaurant. Could never recommend for a wine enthusiast.

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OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely driven towards the chic and a “scene” than a dining experience. Great date spot or a bite post meeting. Found myself surprised that the appetizer menu didn’t have a ton of sharing options.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is quite good but overpriced ( 23 dollars for eggs benedict, 15 dollars for a mimosa ).
You can find other spots with a similar menu and just as good but for less. You are definitely paying for the decor and for the restaurant being in a trendy neighborhood.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was sloppy, tableware and service weren’t cleared while being served main course... drinks ordered were forgotten, and drink I ordered was 86 and I was made aware by the waiter while finishing my lunch.. I was not happy at all with raw bar, $48.00 and mussels that were presented were not all fresh or fully opened... I’ve known JGV since when I worked at The Drake Hoteland he was at Lafayette, big surprise how lack luster the staff was..

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great experience but the playlist was terrible. I think they were playing the radio? Not very Jean-Georges.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but slow to serve. After notifying the manager, service improved and we were treated to a few wonderful additions on the house. Steak was fabulous as was the salmon sushi over fried rice balls.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best omelet I've ever had! It was delicious, and I would definitely return!

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Sharp plastic was found in my friends mashed potatoes.
Manager did try to do something about it but once you see that you can’t eat there anymore. Slap to the chef

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RY
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food! A little noisy in front of dining room, near kitchen less noisy! Great experience!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Come over 3x to remove the plates when we weren’t done.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was verynice - exept the desert we had was too heavy for our taste

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m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Outstanding really. Went for dinner with friends and we both loved it. Must try the salmon sashimi appetizer - will not disappoint.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Service was excellent, no complaints there. The decor downstairs is very tired, I hadn't been here in years and it felt like we were in someone's basement. Or a dark cafeteria. The place needs a makeover. The food was good but not excellent - which is what I expect from Jean George. Little things mean a lot- the wine glasses and were small, like something my grandma would use. The silverware and plates were water stained, they felt dirty. Honestly, we would have left before ordering if we weren't so hungry. And then you get the bill and you think " What have I done?" I looked at my wife and apologized - we felt ripped off.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall experience was good. I expected a little bit more if it’s about food. Maybe I’ll give it another chance.

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s been a while since visiting this Soho staple. Quality and presentation needs some refresh. Over fair meal by JG. Would have expected more.

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n
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I felt like an old fogey at Mercer Kitchen the other night, because all the diners looked to be young investment bankers and their stylist friends. Average age 28. Very chic. Loud. Entitled.

HOWEVER, food here is excellent, and reservation staff and wait staff is also superb. What's a 50 year old to do?

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VK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 4

Extremely rude and arrogant staff. They stood next to us and spoke loudly so we could hear "are they literally gonna stay here forever?". We were one of the last tables but the place was still going to be open for another hour. Overall very obnoxious male waiters, I would not go there again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I wasn’t expecting to be seated in a communal table with a bunch of college students talking loud and laughing even louder..

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Something for everyone on the menu. Ambiance was very fun and energetic. Great for date night or girls night out. Pricey drinks!

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The trifecta of NYC dining - cool ambience, delicious food and great drink menu Lots of nice seafood selections - however, menu has plenty of meat options as well. Definitely a great date night or cool place to meet up with friends. Only downside bring your Amex as pricing is definitely NYC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful establishment. Loved that they check in your belongings. Servers were very attentive. Drinks were great. I think the pricing is too much for the food though. The drinks were worth it but the food was eh.

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FK
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food ! Best sea bass carpaccio. Had also veal Milanese but... ok... salad too sweet with it. Maybe a mustard sauce salad 😜

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s
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great. Food delicious too.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I know this place has been around forever but maybe fhat’s not the selling point you might think it is? The food was just OK. The service was good but good service of mediocre food is a painful contrast.

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Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the fabulous Shrimp Salad

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Ce n est plus ce que c était !!!
J avais l habitude de venir dîner au Mercer Kitchen à chaque passage à NYC. J ai été très déçue: plats fades et minuscules, service très moyen, un plat oublié, le vin qui arrive après les plats, et... tes cher pour ce que c est. Dommage car le lieu est magnifique!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great event and a pleasure to stay there! Thanks for the great service and the nice birthday surprise 🎉

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EH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Portions are small. Food is nothing great. Service is kind of rude

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, delicious meal, and top notch service. See you again!

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

I've been going to Mercer Kitchen for years and love the food. The waitstaff is well trained and attentive but it seems that, especially of late, part of their training involves putting an inordinate amount of pressure on guests to finish their meal and make room for the next round of guests. We had an early reservation for two at 6:30pm on a Thursday and by 7:30 we were constantly interrupted by multiple waitstaff that were clearly being overattentive for the purpose of hurrying us up. Small, overpriced cocktails were being whisked away before one could finish. By 8:00pm the decibel level was incredibly high. Jean George's reputation keeps this place very busy but I know of other restaurants of this caliber that don't make you feel like you've stepped into a noisy culinary rush hour. A straightforward dinner for 2 without a lot of frills was $260 - too much for that kind of treatment but I guess they've got some heavy rent to pay.

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HB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Too loud
Food quality ok not as expected price value ratio low.

Best thing was the service staff! Thumbs up!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service! Food was disgusting! Our waiter never checked on us ONCE!!!!! I used to come her every month and now I will never come back again. Very disappointing....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! We love the food, ambiance and it is always reliably tasty!

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NZ
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercer Kitchen is my go to restaurant. I love the food. The service is great. The room is fun but not overbearing. The salmon sashimi is one of my favorite dishes! I could eat the warm shrimp salad everyday. Perfect.

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SG
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for a birthday brunch. Nice selection.. Everything was delicious including the Bloody Mary's! Table was off to the side and we could hear each other... a real bonus to find this in the city!

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