Mercer Kitchen

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I’ve been to a couple of Jean-Georges’ restaurants, and they were excellent. So, I was prepared to be dazzled again at Mercer Kitchen in SoHo, also a part of my Michelin Challenge.

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The restaurant is downstairs in a dimly lit basement, serving American fare. There are two types of seating, conventional tables, and then banquettes with small circular tables. We were sat at the later, and, I wasn’t a big fan of the seating, especially since there were three of us, a table really meant for two, so, we had to play a bit of Tetris to fit all our plates. 

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You’re served bread to start, everybody loves a snack. For my entree, I ordered the Steamed Skate (with Tarragon, Sesame Seed, Asparagus and Sushi Rice). This was a really great dish. The fish is super delicate and generously portioned. It’s almost bathing in a savory broth, in the best way possible. The asparagus was perfectly cooked, not too crisp, not too tender, Goldilocks style. And the sushi rice was a perfect compliment, substantial and sticky, and really great when soaking up the flavors of the broth and fish.

The Shorts:
Name: Mercer Kitchen
Location: 99 Prince Street, NYC
Michelin Stars: One Star
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I would, the food was delicious, but I’ll request on OpenTable, “no banquette seating, please”. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, it has a sleek and cavernous aesthetic with a pretty good playlist. 

Taste Of Gramercy Neighborhood

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This past Saturday, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates hosted the second annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, bringing out some of Gramercy’s best merchants. It’s a ticketed event, allowing you an allotment of tastings from the vendors, depending on the quantity of tastings purchased. 

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I got to be a part of this year’s event, feeding the people my Squish Marshmallows. It was a really successful event, and I had a blast being a part of it and getting to talk to all of the tasters. (Special shout goes to Farm2Me who sponsored the table for me to be there!)

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While I didn’t get to attend the food festival as a consumer, I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed tastings from all the vendors who participated (in no particular order): A Spice Lane, Bedford Cheese Shop, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Friend of a Farmer, Big Daddy’s, City Crab, Duke’s, Dos Caminos, Ichabod’s, Paul and Jimmy’s, The Stand, Barbouina, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, La Follia, FOCO, Aloha Fine Wines and Spirits, WTRMLN WTR, Ainsworth Park, EXKi, Almayass

The Shorts:
Name: Taste Of Gramercy Neighborhood
Location: Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, hopefully I’ll be back next year as a vendor, but, if not, I’ll get to be a taster. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, there was an accessible number of vendors to choose from, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed. But, they’re all serving different items, so, you can get a good variety.