Food - Drink
The NYC Restaurant Ina Garten Recommends For Elegant French Food
By Jessie Molloy
With over 26,000 restaurants in New York City, finding a place to satisfy your craving for French food shouldn't be too difficult. However, if you're looking for something extra special, fans of “The Barefoot Contessa,” Ina Garten, will be happy to learn there is one restaurant in the city she has repeatedly given her enthusiastic seal of approval.
Garten posted about La Mercerie twice on Instagram within the span of a month in 2018, singing the praises of chef Marie-Aude Rose's smoked salmon and blinis lunch dish, calling it "like going to Paris without the airfare." During a recent interview for the Today show, she also cited La Mercerie as "one of my favorite restaurants in New York City."
Opened by Parisian-born Rose in 2017 inside Soho furniture gallery Roman and Williams Guild, La Mercerie describes its menu as "a thoughtful reimagining of French cuisine." On the menu, you will find dishes inspired by the chef’s experiences growing up cooking with her grandparents in collaboration with her classical culinary training.