Mercer Hotel versus the Smyth: Restaurants
The Mercer: The trendy Mercer Kitchen is helmed by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The Smyth: Plein Sud restaurant, headed by Parisian restaurateur Frederick Lesort, serves South of France-inspired cuisine.
Oyster's take: The Smyth delivers a comparable experience across the board. Mercer is trendy, sure, but you'll pay a lot for a little cachet.