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Posted by anonymous on 12/15/2011
Came here midweek for a catch-up dinner with an old friend. I really enjoyed the atmosphere which is pretty modern but in a way that's very cozy and inviting. The patatas bravas and the skirt steak were great, but other items were just ok. I would go back but, rely more in the recommendations of the waitstaff.
Posted by BoweryBum on 01/27/2011
nice Spanish winebar in the East Village. great atmosphere, and food
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2010
Went here on a Sunday night and we were seated right away. The place is really nice... exposed brick walls, very rustic feeling. We had been to Barcelona in early 2010 and have been searching for authentic tapas, and finally found them here. We had five dishes... the shrimp were excellent... big and with the heads still on. The tomato bread came out next... this was interesting... was totally soaked in oil, yet still crispy. Next out came the bombas, which were basically big potato croquettes filled with a mixed chicken, pork, and beef mix, with a spice sauce on top. Those were good... like I said, interesting. The brussell sprouts came next... excellent flavor combination of the sprouts, raisins, chorizo, and almonds. Really recommend this for your vegetable fix. Lastly, was the dish we came for: the fideus negro. We loved this dish in barcelona, and at Mercat the flavors were spot on, down to the aoli on top. Really fantastic. For dessert we had the churros, which, like in barcelona, were good, but a bit on the bland side. Authentic in that respect. Total for the two of us before tip for 4 sangrias, 5 dishes, and a dessert was $112. Helpful hint though... we booked through village vines and got 30% off the total bill. Would absolutely recommend going here, or in my case, will be coming back.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2010
Fine - small plates is the big idea here. But does it have to be so very pretentious? We wandered by here and stopped for an early dinner. Service was decent although we required a short tempered lesson in proper ordering given the menu. We adjusted our table by 4 or 5 inches so my son did not keep banging his head on the corner of the bar. Although we were the only people there, the manager quickly rushed over to make us move it back. When we asked to change tables, he rolled his eyes and then agreed. Food is good but for these small plates (and they are small), quite overpriced. Nothing is 'amazing' to taste - nothing. After leaving with a $200 bill (excluding wine), 2 of us went out for pizza.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/18/2009
We went to Mercat at 5:45 pm on a Saturday since we had a 7:30 show to catch nearby. At that hour, it wasn't crowded or too noisy. We ate just tapas and it was quite good. Some of the portions are on the small side, others fine. Some of the dishes were a bit salty for my taste, but overall the food was quite good. The bill does run up as it cost slightly over $100 for two (including tax and tip) with only one glass of wine, several tapas, two desserts and two coffees.
Posted by Foodie on 12/11/2008
I read the below comment and went there for brunch on Sunday and they weren't open. Maybe they open later than they said they would. So beware of that. I did go back for dinner though and was happy with the food and service. Food was creative and tasty and decent price. Wait staff was pleasant and atmosphere nice. I would definiely go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/27/2008
Me and my wife just happened to call one Sunday and it turns out they are open for Brunch on Sat and Sundays now. We were really blown away by the food considering it was basically breakfast food. My spanish omelette was perfect. We shared a homeade catalan sausage w/ foi gras that was out of this world. The Waffles were more like a zeppole but delicious and the prices you couldn't beat. Only complaint was service was a little slow but the servers made up for it with their friendly manner. Also it was only their thrid week on brunch so I think t hey are still ironing things out. We enoyed the atmosphere as well. There is a bar in front of the kitchen so all the cooking is in full view and the rest of the place definitely has a catalan/spanish feel. Haven't tried dinner there but after the brunch we are planning to check out dinner service soon.