Openings

First Look: The Mercury in Ponce City Market

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  January 26, 2016
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From the midcentury American steakhouse vibe to the promise of solid cocktails to its location in Ponce City Market, there are many reasons The Mercury sat prominently in our rundown of 2016's most hotly anticipated Atlanta restaurants. Thankfully, the wait wasn't too long — the restaurant is now up and running. It opened doors for dinner two weeks ago — lunch service launches this week — making now the perfect time to take a first look at this new hot spot.

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    The restaurant, designed by Atlanta-based Square Feet Studio, is located on the second floor of Ponce City Market. With seating for 200, the space is split into a main dining room, bar and lounge — plus a drink rail outside the main restaurant that overlooks the building's central food hall.

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    The restaurant's prime beef comes from the Georgia-based Revere Meat. Prime rib's a signature item, and is available in three sizes ($29, $39, $49). You can also find a prime rib sandwich dressed with horseradish on the lunch and bar menus.

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    The Mercury will serve a seasonal pasta entree, like this burrata-filled ravioli ($25) with wild mushrooms and asparagus "confetti."

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    Dishes like grouper amandine ($29) — served with brown butter, almonds, haricots verts and twice-baked potato — resurrect classic preparations.

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    The Mercury's dinnertime-only wedge salad ($13) goes for broke with pungent Roquefort cheese, crispy shallots and bacon lardons; it's also accompanied by oven-dried tomatoes.

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    The tartare ($13) is made with Wagyu beef bistro filet, a cut also known as shoulder tender or teres major. The decadent meat is then mixed with shallots, Dijon mustard, chives and lemon, topped with a sunny-side egg.

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    Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia and executive chef Mike Blydenstein — who also run Decatur gastropub The Pinewood and recently launched cocktail mixer company Proof Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrups — are the restaurant's partners. Goglia, the beverage director, was a 2014 Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree.

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    The Mercury's bar menu will offer a limited selection of snacks, appetizers, sandwiches and burgers.