Don't all girls turning 12 ask to go to the Mercer Kitchen for their birthday dinner?
5 1/2 years ago we moved back to the city from the suburbs ( the best decision ever for us) and we lived at the Mercer Hotel for 6 weeks before moving into a rental which we then lived in for 3 years. We have a lot of great memories. We were starting a new life as a family, we were living in a hotel, the kids were starting a new school, we were eating out every meal and everything was in change.
One particular night, the city had literally been shut down due to a huge hurricane. It was freaky. We had Kozmo deliver entertainment first thing in the morning. I miss Kozmo. Anyway, we ended up eating at the Mercer Kitchen that night - and actually many others - the place was empty. We were literally the only people in the restaurant. It was so much fun. We were in the kitchen, we had a blast with the staff, it was a very memorable night. I happen to love the kitchen there. It is open and airy and very well designed.
Tonight we had pretty much the same type of experience. The place was pretty empty. I am not sure why because the food is still really good. The portions are much much larger than I remember. I had the arugula, Parmesan, mushroom salad which is light, simple and good. The kids had the tuna rolls which are raw with a crispy wrap served with a spicy edaname paste. A real winner that continues to stay on the menu. We also had a few shrimp cocktails where you just can't go wrong. Emily, her bday, ordered her favorite, the roasted chicken. They roast chicken on a hot flame, rotisserie style, against a wall of fire. It is very juicy and good. She also split a pizza with Jessica. The pizza's are good, especially the raw tuna wasabi pizza. It sounds weird but it is amazing. Josh had the lamb chops with lentils and Fred and I each had the Peking duck with a stir fry. The portions were a bit too large but otherwise, everything was good.
We celebrated Em's bday with dessert. Josh made sure the waiter brought a candle. It was very cute. Em and Jess had a warm apple tart which was cut up apples sauteed and shaped into a small cylinder and praline ice cream on the side. Josh went with the cookie plate which is always good.