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Soho on the Seine

La Mercerie conveys you straight to France without the packing or the jet lag.
La Mercerie

VERY GOOD

La Mercerie

53 Howard St., at Mercer St.

212-852-9097

lamerceriecafe.com

THIS IS MY KIND of place, Dad,” said my eldest daughter, a person of precise and impeccable taste when it comes to a certain kind of updated, modestly refined French dining experience. I think it was breakfast time at Marie-Aude Rose’s new downtown café, La Mercerie, although it could have been lunch or dinner, because after our first visit together, the card-carrying Francophile in the Platt family kept agitating to return again and again. There were fat croissants on the table, which Rose and her staff bake fresh each

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