After a quarter century, the end is reportedly nigh for this trendy downtown eatery. 

The illustrious chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Manhattan restaurant Mercer Kitchen will mark its last service before the end of this year.

Eater first reported news of the impending closure. 

A hot spot for celebrities and tourists alike, Mercer Kitchen has called its 99 Prince St. location within the Mercer Hotel home since 1998. Now, after more than two decades serving up salmon entrees and spinach pizza from the Christian Liaigre-designed basement location, it’s throwing in the towel. 

“It’s been 25 years,” said Vongerichten, Eater reported. “A great run.”

“Mercer Kitchen was one of the first restaurants in New York City to have a communal table, which remains popular to this day,” the eatery’s website claims, adding “There is an open kitchen, where guests can sit back and watch the show.”

Multiple sources told the publication that restaurateur Scott Sartiano, co-founder of the clubs 1 Oak and Zero Bond, will now take over the space. 

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A person stands outside the Mercer Kitchen in May, 2020.
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People sit at tables on the sidewalk outside the Mercer Kitchen in June, 2020.
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Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten during his dinner as part of the Bank of America Dinner Series presented by The Wall Street Journal at Perry Street Restaurant on October 12, 2017.
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The Kitchen’s Maine Lobster Thermidor and a side of French fries.
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Vongerichten attends the Dinner with Jean-Georges Vongerichten as part of a Food Network festival in 2021.
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The Mercer Kitchen’s burger.
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Vongerichten bastes game birds in the open-air kitchen at the Mercer Kitchen.
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The Mercer Kitchen’s crispy salmon sushi dish.

Representatives for Vongerichten and Sartiano didn’t immediately return The Post’s request for comment. 

The New York Times previously confirmed this May that Sartiano would be “helping to reboot” the Mercer Hotel, of which he is the creative director. In addition to the impending end of its longtime restaurant, the hotel has also recently been caught up with an ownership battle in which the majority owners sued and removed former owner André Balazs after he was accused of sexual misconduct

Meanwhile, in Vongerichten’s world, other recent changes have involved South Street Seaport operator the Howard Hughes Corporation buying a 25% stake in the chef’s 40-eatery empire. Down there, he’s behind something new at the Fulton Fish Market site: The Tin Building — a 55,000-square-foot destination with a dozen restaurants, a food market and three bars that will open this month.

(Vongerichten’s management team will, however, still “retain control of all day-to-day decision-making,” Hughes noted following the purchase this month, The Post previously reported.)

Vongerichten, meanwhile, is also known for running the buzzy Jean-Georges, which overlooks Central Park.


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