Monday, November 12, 2012

The Mercer Kitchen

The Mercer Kitchen, situated in the Mercer Hotel in the heart of SoHo, is a modern and chic take on one of Jean George's favorite places, the kitchen.
The Mercer Kitchen opened in 1998 and has been attracting crowds of sophisticated New Yorkers ever since. The space truly is a new take on the classic kitchen setting with a mix of industrial and modern design centered around the communal tables. Jean George is highly regarded in the restaurant world, and the Mercer Kitchen is no exception. 
I frequented the location this past weekend and was highly impressed by not only the food, but also the atmosphere and service. We indulged in a 3 course meal with a few bottles of wine. For starters I had the kale salad. Moving onto the entree I picked the chicken, and finished with a molten chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was delicious. George crafts his American menu at the Mercer Kitchen based on seasonal offerings and what is available at local markets.
I have found in my New York dining experiences that many trendy restaurants here are all about the atmosphere and scene instead of having good food as well. This is not the case here. The food was outstanding and it was coupled with a relaxing, chic environment at the same time. All in the heart of SoHo....what more could one want?


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