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Aug 3, 2007 07:51 AM

mercat tonight --- recommendations?

having dinner here tonight for the first time, anything we must try? must avoid?

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  1. The roast green peppers with oil and salt that you eat like edamame.

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    1. re: Oliverstreet

      if only the attitude of the hostess was as decent as the food. we had sardines which were way overdressed and overspiced. decent grilled shrimp. weird artichokes, too difficult to eat and not worth the price. liked the hanger steak. but overall, we thought it wa just ok. live in the neighborhood and won't be racing back. had a 7 pm reservation, when i walked in t 5 to 7, hostess said hey would hold the table till 7:15 (after she had to hunt for our reservation, and apparently had given out table to others). husband came in at 7:02, we were promptly seated. and when we left around 8:30, plenty of tables open. beware of trendy places with attitude.

      1. re: susan robin

        I went last night, and I thought the service was great - kind of frantic, but helpful and warm. I think the hype's died down somewhat since your visit, although the place was packed by the time I left at 9.

        We had the peppers, the octopus, the cauliflower, the clams and a cheese plate. Everything was very good, but the clam broth really stood out. We kept ordering more bread to soak in it. And the dishes were a decent size for a tapas place - I thought the place was a good value overall.

        One of the cheeses was also worth the price of admission, and now I can't remember the name of it. Starts with M, four syllables, semi-soft goat with ash rind. Anyone?

        However. And this goes way beyond Mercat: please stop asking me whether I'm "familiar with" the menu and/or trying to explain it to me. It's a list of things to eat and drink, and how much they cost. It's not the Rosetta stone. I'll figure it out, and if I have a question, I'll ask it.

        1. re: small h

          I'll take Spanish goat cheeses for $500 Alex...What is Montenebro?

          1. re: guttergourmet

            Ding! Muchas gracias. Man, that's a fine cheese. Sort of a PG-13 Ouray.

            1. re: small h

              de nada- I'll have to try the Ouray.

              1. re: guttergourmet

                Except it's actually Hooligan, not Ouray, that I mean. I need someone to follow me around and remember the names of cheeses for me. It's from Cato Corner and you can get it at the Union Square Greenmarket, or sometimes from Saxelby in Essex Market.

                1. re: small h

                  Love Hooligan and everything at Cato Corner-try their Womanchego, Despearado and Bloomsbury too.

          2. re: small h

            I HATE that! I'm actually going to Mercat for the first time on Saturday, I sincerely hope they don't do that. Also if you say "No" they feel the need to launch into a lengthy explanation of "how it works." It's not rocket science, it's a restaurant menu!