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Date night at La Mercerie

La Mercerie is a new restaurant in South Soho on the corner of Mercer Street and Howard Street. It’s the brain child of Marie-Rose Aude; her husband, Daniel Rose, has several great restaurants under his belt, including Spring (in Paris) and Le Coucou (a few blocks away).

We left the house in a bit of a rush as the kids were still awake and wouldn’t let us leave! I wore an IRO jacket over a satin camisole, waxed jeans, Isabel Marant boots and a cute little Chanel bag I just bought myself.

We walked into a huge space (formerly a Chase Bank) and immediately felt transported to a different world. The imposing space is home to a high-end furniture store (think $700 fur pillows and $30,000 sculptural chairs) as well as a flower shop (Flowers by Emily Thornton); the restaurant/cafe takes up a small area towards the entrance. It does not feel like a restaurant; velvet banquettes and a gorgeous open kitchen make you feel as though you’re in the home of your (very tasteful) friend.

We sat down at a table that faced the kitchen, and dove into the menu. They have amazing cocktails with some obscure liqueurs, which my husband loved, but I simply had a glass of champagne. We ordered the egg mayonnaise, the tarama salata, the smoked salmon with blinis, and the charcuterie board. That was a plentiful array of appetizers for two people, and we enjoyed every dish.

For our main course we ordered the chicken, which came pounded thin and cooked to a perfect crisp. It was flavored with ginger nougatine, which was sweet and savory and more delicious than words can say. Served over haricots verts, it truly was the perfect meal!

For dessert we had the apple tart normande, which I thought was a bit disappointing. We should’ve ordered the chocolate profiteroles, which the waiter recommended. Next time!

We took some time to meander through the furniture store after finishing dinner, and loved their carefully curated selection. We even made our way downstairs. We found a private dining room that was lined with beautiful murals of cherry blossoms. It truly would be a gorgeous setting for a private party.

Altogether La Mercerie was a great experience. We look forward to coming back!

La Mercerie Cafe at the Guild, 53 Howard Street, 212-852-9097

 

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