I found myself feeling really disappointed on my latest trip to NYC when my favorite restaurant, ABC Kitchen, was all booked up. I looked up other restaurants by Chef Jean Georges in hopes of finding something that would at least be a close second. Enter The Mercer Kitchen, a lovely restaurant located in the basement of a historical building in Soho. The food was so delicious it was hard for me to stop eating the appetizers to make room for my main course. The ricotta with fig jam and the truffle and mushroom pizzette were my faves. I was so excited to find a place that rivals the food and the ambiance of ABC Kitchen. Of course it had to be the common chef denominator. Thank you Jean-Georges!