Mercer Kitchen – Restaurant Review

>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

This week I was fortunate enough to eat at Mercer Kitchen. It's restaurant week in New York which is a real treat for New Yorkers. Chef's prepare a three course menu for both lunch and dinner for exceptionally reasonable prices ($24 for lunch and $35 for dinner) considering the caliber of restaurants participating.

I've eaten at Mercer kitchen before and had a wonderful experience so I was excited to go back again. Located on the corner of Mercer and Prince in the heart of Soho, Mercer does not disappoint in décor and ambiance. As you are lead down the stairs the restaurant opens up and is dimly lit with candles and you can see people walking of the street above.

Now the food. The menu was a great sampling of unique new American cuisine items. Here's an overview of the items tasted

  • Tuna pizza with wasabi cheese

  • Salmon with crispy brussle sprouts and truffle mashed potatoes

  • Almond cake with sour cream ice cream and caramelized apples

My tuna pizza was a very interesting appetizer. I appreciated the idea, but to be honest the wasabi cheese completely overpowered the tuna. Some bites would literally burn my entire sinus system with every bite. If there hadn't been a nice slaw salad on top I would not have been able to eat it at all.

The salmon was cooked perfectly and the crispy brussle sprouts added a nice contrast in texture and the mashed potatoes were delicious as well. I really enjoyed this dish, and would definitely order it again (maybe even try to make it on my own J)

Ah dessert. Those who know me best know that I have a big ole sweet tooth. I would eat sugar if I could. So when dessert time came around it was all I could to hold back and not eat everything in one bite. The cookie was chewy, the sour cream ice cream was an unexpected surprise of sweet and salty, and the caramelized apples provided a great balance of flavor.

Aside from the wasabi cheese overload, this was another great experience at Mercer Kitchen.

Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5454



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