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Mercer Kitchen Review

KAR | Feb 26, 2006 11:00 PM

I expected a lot more from a Jean-Georges restaurant.

Arrived early with three companions for our 10PM reservation on a Friday night. We were not seated until after 11, by a hostess who became downright hostile when we inquired about whether we would be seated anytime soon. Not a great start to the meal.

The decor is exquisite, but the atmosphere...I understand the desire for a sexy setting, but it was so dark that it was hard to see (and I am a young woman with perfect vision), and the heat was up so high that we all felt faint.

The service was appallingly bad. We had to ask for the wine list, and flag the waiter down to finally order a bottle of wine 15 minutes later. Not once throughout the meal was my drink refreshed or my water refilled without my having to ask. However, I'm willing to overlook a lot of things in the name of delicious cuisine.

We started with Kumamoto (sp?) oysters, which were unbelievable. I'm new to the wonderful world of oysters, but my dining companions have decades of oyster lovin' experience, and they agreed these were the best they've had. We weren't so lucky with the rest of the meal. We shared salad, the pizza with goat cheese, prosciutto, and pear, and the salmon entree. The pizza had so many flavors that you ended up not being able to taste anything besides salt. The salmon was literally flavorless. We didn't fare much better with dessert. The chocolate molten cake was good, but bite sized, and the maple pecan tart was so hard and cold that we couldn't even chew it comfortably.

I literally left feeling ill from the heat and the bad food. Has anyone had a positive dining experience here? I haven't really seen any threads. It seems to me that this restaurant is surviving on trendiness alone.

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