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Where to Eat in NYC: The Mercer Kitchen

 

The Heirloom tomato salad at The Mercer Kitchen

I’ve never had a bad meal at The Mercer Kitchen, and after yesterday’s lunch, I realized I needed to write a post about the SoHo restaurant which is one of my NUC faves. Located underneath the Mercer Hotel, The Mercer Kitchen has chic minimalist interior design (designed by Christian Liaigre) and killer food that is good enough for foodies, but isn’t overly complicated.

Looking up at the Mercer Kitchen

Executive Chef slash owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten has an incredible menu filled with interesting riffs on seasonal cuisine. There were so many appetizers my husband and I wanted to try, we knew what we wanted to order that we never even glanced at the entrees section of the menu.

The shrimp cocktail from the Raw Bar

I started with the Sweet Pea Soup, which was incredibly fresh tasting and light and perfect for a summer lunch. For protein, I ordered the shrimp cocktail from the Raw Bar. My husband had a tomato-centric meal, starting with the Market Tomato Gazpacho and then following up with the Heirloom Tomato Salad with basil, Serrano chili and onions.

The Ginger Margarita hit the spot on a hot summer day

Keeping with the tomato theme, my husband had a Bloody Mary and I had a light and flavorful Ginger Margarita. The meal was satisfying yet light and HELLA DELICIOUS. It reminded me why I always enjoy coming back to the Mercer Kitchen.

Sweet Pea Soup with Vegetables and Croutons

Next time, I need to get back here for dinner… or at least get to entree section of the menu.

Reservations suggested. You can book through the Mercer Kitchen website or OpenTable.

The Mercer Kitchen

99 Prince St, New York

NY 10012, United States

(212) 966-5454

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Mondrian SoHo Review

Stallin the City Mondrian Soho

Bathroom of room 2409 at the Mondrian Soho NYC

When I visit New York, I prefer to stay downtown. I spent my NYU years living between Greenwich Village and Union Square and while I’ve stayed uptown before, the truth is I’m definitely a lot more comfortable downtown, even with my upscale taste. Fortunately there is no shortage of downtown Manhattan accomodations these days and I checked out three different options on my most recent trip to New York.

First up, The Mondrian SoHo.

After having such a great experience with the Morgan’s Hotel Group in Miami at their Shore Club property, I was really excited to check out their newest hotel in Manhattan, The Mondian SoHo.

The arbor like enterance to the Mondran SohoThe exterior Greenspace opposite check in. Felt out of a fairy taleRebecca exiting the Mondian Soho. Mobile photographyThe lovely European inspired garden at Mondrian SOHO. Felt like it was out of a fairy tale. (iPhoneography)

The lovely European inspired garden at Mondrian SOHO. Felt like it was out of a fairy tale. The decor was inspired by French director Jean Cocteau’s  1946 film La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

From time I arrived at the hotel to laying my eyes on room 2409, I was impressed by the design which embraced both European charm and modern whimsical touches like furry lamps in the lobby. I even got Rebecca to re-enact the Touch The Furry Wall scene from Get Him to the Greek.

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