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“Delicious Food, Skip the Sangria”
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Mercat
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Bowery and Lafayette
Transit: 6 Train to Bleecker Street and F,B,D & V Trains to Broadway/Lafayette
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Excellent food. Coca D'Anec is duck paired with pears and hazelnuts for a lovely contrast. The grilled cod, or Bacalla, with pea puree was perfectly cooked and delicious. And of course no small plate outing would be complete without the Papas Bravas--crispy fried potatoes and garlic. Enough said.

The Sangria was AWFUL. Yuck. And there aren't many choices on tap. Stick to a nice bottle of Spanish wine to complement your dinner.

We went with friends and were busy chatting, sipping, and sharing, so the service seemed fine. I would go here again.

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Thank lrmetermaid
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Ok - so it's not all about mood lighting, but it can't hurt ;o)
The restaurant is nice and cozy and the staff is uber nice. One negative thing though, you can't really ask for a cocktail that is off the menu. I think the bartender is either new or not too good at what he does because a simple sidecar threw him for a loop.
Other than the stunted cocktail menu I would say everything else was pretty good.
We ordered a bunch of apps: cheese plate, shrimp croquets, Fried Cauliflour (so simple and amazing!), white anchovies (awesome!)
...and some larger dishes: Bomba Rice with seafood (ok), Coca bread with duck (i'm not a duck lover and i enjoyed this), Grilled steak (well seasoned) Arugula salad and Brussel sprouts (which i could not stop eating!)
All in all a great meal, fun times and for the many hours that we were there the wasn't anyone pushing us to finish quick and turn over the table (although it was a tuesday night so take that with a grain of salt).

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Thank shellyse
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Have been a fan of Mercat for a number of years. We've been at Mercat each time we've visited NY. The last couple of times we've noticed a decline in the quality of the food and the service. However we continued going. We visited last week and this will be our last time. The service was terrible. We only found out about specials by overhearing another waiter telling another table. It was almost like the waitstaff did not want to be there. The quality of the food is not what it used to be. The pan amb tomaquet (a Catalan staple) tasted like a cold toast with tomato sauce on it. This place used to be fabulous.

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Thank chachi07
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We passed by this restaurant and decided to check it out. It looked small and quaint so we stopped in. The bar is great and the food is fabulous. Its actually alot larger than it looks from the outside. The service was great too! We ate so many great things and practically tried all of the appetizers. Great place!

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Thank michygal05
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

Having been in Barcelona just about a year ago, the food at Mercat was just as we remembered. The meat and cheese selections were delicious and the entire staff was fantastic. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and the staff was very attentive without being pushy. We'll definitely be back!

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Thank je06943
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