Archive for December 19th, 2010

A friend told me about Bar Mercurio recently, and coincidentally JT came across it about the same time.


It’s a lovely little hole in the wall; if you eat with the silver-set you may get a table, but after 7, it’s reservations only – even sitting at the bar is hit and miss.

We’ve been several times and we almost always have the same waiter. The service is good, but could be better if they had more wait staff. They seem to ‘hide’ your bottle, which makes it difficult to serve yourself when the waiter is too busy to notice.

I almost always have the Caprece salad, which is one of the best in the city: oven roasted tomatoes on a bed of baby arugula and a giant dollop of fresh bufalo mozzarella drizzled with EVOO and balsamic. The sweetness of the tomatoes against the earthiness of the arugula and the creaminess of the cheese is phenomenal! My favorite, bar none.

We’ve also had their pizza a couple of times, which were excellent! Thin, crispy crust, fresh greens, prosciutto and hot, melted stringy cheese…YUM!

Bar Mercurio overall rating (in my opinion): decor 3.5/5, service 2.5/5, food 4/5, Value 3.5/5, Noise: 3/5 (1 being very noisy, and 5 being quiet). A note about the noise: it’s a lively place, but I’ve never had an issue about being heard (my voice blends into noise).

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