Walked over to Mercat last night. We didn't have a reservation but a few tables opened up shortly after we started a nice bottle of rioja at the bar. The bar had plenty of room, the chef's table near the open kitchen had some availability as well. Tables are pretty close in the main dining room but loud wasn't an issue last night. We didn't check out the tapas room downstairs. Definitely would not want to come here on a weekend, when the scene factor might kick in more. Service was attentive. Pacing between a few courses was slow (better then all tapas arriving at once). Now for the food.
We nibbled on some young Spanish olives as we reviewed the menu.
*Padrones (blistered shishito peppers) - delicious, we asked for some bread to accompany them
*Croquetas (chicken and mushroom) - crispy and warm. Good.
Cuina De Mercat:
*Anec (peking duck, poached pear, chocolate and cinnamon) - this was amazing. This is the best duck I've had since the duck at The Modern Dining Room.
*Navalles (razor clams) - they were out of octopus so our server suggested the razor clams. Very nice. Cooked perfectly.
*Spring vegetables wrapped in eggplant with manchego & cranberry reduction. The manchego & cranberry sauce was so good.
*Churros & chocolate sauce - delicious, didn't think I would ever find churros like this in NYC. These rivaled ones I had in San Diego.
wingman, thanks for the recommendation.