I love all Jean Gorges restaurants, so I I knew I would love Mercer Kitchen before I even set foot inside. Located right in the heart of SoHo, Mercer Kitchen is delicious, nobread friendly, and its ambiance is perfect for all occasions. I went to Mercer Kitchen for brunch this past weekend and immediately noticed and appreciated how extensive their menu was. Unlike other brunch menus that have your typical gluten-filled options (pancakes, waffles, etc) and just a few nobread approved egg options, Mercer Kitchen serves a full lunch menu at brunch, complete with salads and meat and fish entrees!…
I HIGHLY recommend the egg white omelette with herbs and either of the organic omelettes. The omelettes are filling and served with greens and some of the most delicious home fries I have ever had. The roasted squash appetizer and steamed shrimp and avocado salad are two of my favorite nobread approved starter dishes, and anything from the raw bar is gluten free and a perfect appetizer, too! Similar to ABC Kitchen, the pizzas at Mercer Kitchen look incredible but there are no gluten free pizza crust alternatives. Also, I noticed french fries on just about every table; these fries looked amazing but they are subject to cross contamination, so if you are sensitive I would avoid the fries. The slow baked organic salmon and roast chicken, which are served on the lunch, brunch, AND dinner menus are perfect nobread options if you are in the mood for something more filling. At dinner, Mercer’s already extensive menu becomes even larger, and the steamed skate (nosushirice), steamed sea bass (nocouscous), and roasted lobster are calling my name.
Although there are plenty of gluten free options on the menu, I found that the staff’s knowledge of gluten and food sensitivities could be improved. The first person I spoke with at the restaurant was completely unaware if gluten free pasta or bread was served at the restaurant, and the second person I asked replied that I should check because he thinks so, but it depends on the day. So, essentially, the answer to my question “Do you serve gluten free pasta or bread?” was “maybe?”
Spacious, a huge menu with a wide range of nobread options, and a conscious effort to serve organic foods whenever possible; Mercer Kitchen is perfect for a date, dinner with parents, or a catch up with friends.