The Broadsheet Merchant’s River House

MRH Ad from NY Broadsheet January 19, 2011 The Battery Park Broadsheet posted an article about Merchant’s River House in January 19th, 2011 Issue, Page 3

It’s January—time to ring out the old and ring in the new, time for resolutions and fresh starts. That’s what Abraham Merchant of Merchants Hospitality has done with Steamers Landing, a Battery Park City, Hudson Riverfront restaurant. This past July, Merchants purchased Steamers Landing from Jan Fried and John Calder, founders and operators for 22 years. Merchant tweaked the menu, prices and décor but continued to operate the restaurant as it was originally conceived for through the end of 2010. But then the old Steamers Landing closed on January 2. The new Merchants River House opened for dinner on January 17, and began serving lunch January 18. The cuisine no longer focuses on seafood. Expect regional American cuisine with most appetizers under $8 and entrees in the $14 to $21 range. New menu items include burgers, sandwiches, Sicilian-style pizza, herb rotisserie chicken, flatiron steak, salads and pasta. Fish has not been banned as grilled North Atlantic Salmon and fish & chips make nightly appearances. Kid-friendly fare includes mac & cheese and chicken fingers. In the newly redecorated space, the venerable nautical touches are gone. Instead, patrons will see blue-checkered tablecloths, a copper-topped bar, new lighting, darker woods and fresh wallpaper. “Steamers Landing seemed more like a Nantucket bistro,” says Mr. Merchant. “We’re converting it to more of an American Bistro.” Merchants River House 375 South End Avenue 212 432-1451 —Marti Ann Cohen-Wolf