Ariel's Restaurant on Land
Could not help but to feel like a pearl in this lovely quaint neighborhood shell. I have been to the other locations but this is my favorite location. Greeted at the door with a bright smile, seated on time, our waitress was full of smiles and knowledgeable about the entire menu as well as the wine list.
We started with a raw bar of clams, oyster and shrimp cocktail and then moved on to the "almost famous" which should be famous lobster roll.
A decadent dining experience in which I am looking to repeat again soon.
ps Also loved the music, it was fun age appropriate and didn't drown out our conversation.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
Oysters, oysters, and more oysters. Raw and fried equally delicious. Ordered the Monday special consisting of a fried seafood medley..oysters, clams, calamari, shrimp etc. delicious! Artic char and fish tacos were great, as were the side of old bay French fries. Service was very attentive throughout the meal. Notice level a little high but tolerable when the food is that good!!
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oysters are Great! But Wait ...
There's more! My wife and I made a Res for 8p on Friday night and the bar was SRO but we were promptly seated. Our server was great. We enjoyed a half-dozen East Coast oysters. The menu is divided up between small plates and entrees so I went with one of each. My wife had the crab cake which was one of, if not the best, she ever had. Which is saying quite a bit since we have enjoyed Shaw's Crab Cakes for many years. The crab cake was complimented by a wonderful lemony-sauce.
I enjoyed the seared calimari and fried oyster po-Boy. Both were superb. The seared calimari came with feta and greens. The po-boy had a nice little spicy kick.
Nice selection of local craft beers and good wines by the glass
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
no faults here
mermaid is fast becoming my fave place to frequent in the city. not just because of the rotating, amazingly well-shucked swath of oysters that are ever-present either - there are delectable fried oysters, insanely creamy and succulent lobster rolls, crispy fried clam sliders, and so much more. i literally always find something new to try, and i love that! (i always order a side of old bay fries though. obviously.)
the staff are quick on their feet, knowledgeable and pleasant (without being intrusive), the ambience has you feeling like you're in the middle of some special event that few know about, and the location just can't be beat.
yep. if you haven't gone here yet - go!
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favourite places in the city. Always great food and atmosphere. Definitely try their oysters and crab bake on Tuesday nights.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great any night spot
I love Mermaid Oyster Bar. I've been going to the one on the UWS and the one downtown for a couple years now. It's great for a date, night out with a girlfriend or dinner with my parents. I think the downtown restaurant can be a little noisy sometimes, but that's the only complaint. The food and oysters are always fresh and delicious.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome happy hour
I loved gobbling down those oysters. For only 1-1.75 each, the oysters were very delicious! Service was good too, wasn't too pushy and furtively stepped aside when she was about to ask how we were and I was feeding my boyfriend. ;P It was quite subtle. The chocolate pudding at the end is awesome, and you get a cute little paper fish :D
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great happy hour
Happy hour wine and oyster specials to make you cheer. Great find and great clean place
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great place for seafood lovers. Happy hour $1 oysters?! They got it right. Amazing crabcake, calamari salad. Can't wait to go back. The only negative thing it gets crowded very fast and every day, gets super loud.
Other than that fantastic place!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good seafood, lively atmosphere
It was worth enduring the very high noise level to dine on succulent oysters on the half shell and really good lobster rolls with tasty fries. Although we were surprised to learn there was no dessert menu, the complimentary " chocolate pudding" (very rich, very chocolatey and delicious) was a satisfying compensation. A definite place to do a repeat visit.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent spot for seafood
Had dinner here and it was fantastic. Happy hour oysters for $1.00 were delicious and a great bargain. Also loved the mini clam bake and lobster fritters. I will definitely return
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
So many oysters, so little time...
Fantastic selection of oysters, I wish we had time to go back again and again until we've tried them all. Stephanie was friendly, helpful and kept us very happy. Thanks for a lovely evening!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding a food & service
Great neighborhood, excellent food even for non oyster lovers !
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved the place
I chose this restaurant as a surprise dinner for my husband on his 31st birthday. He's loves oysters and after some research, this place looked like a great spot.
And it didn't disappoint us at all. The atmosphere was very cool, very "Hampton-like", the service was amazing and super polite and the food was a 10 out of 10. I strongly recommend the "Mermaid cove" oysters. Really good and not fishy at all.
We were so happy that we even talked about going back before we finished our meals.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Happy Hour!
There are great specials on oysters, other seafood and drinks at happy hour!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for the all day happy
Went for the all day happy hour on Monday. Best deal in town. Go with 4 people and run through the whole happy hour menu. Several times.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
oyster happy hour $1
Have been coming here for their oysters happy hour for a while.... Wish they have improved their bloody mary recipe. I honestly would be drinking alot more once it was improved. It's very spicy but with lack of flavor... and it's disappointing since I love the place otherwise. One of the most seared calamari salads (with wild mushrooms, feta and frisee), tasty shrimp and avocado rolls. I could have sworn, however, that these used to be served on brioche. Why are they now served on a standard hamburger bun?? What happened to the pepper? The price went up as well to $7 (I am still talking about the happy hour menu).
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The happy hour is wonderful!!!
Not only are the oysters delicious and inexpensive, but the bar menu has a great price point with diverse and tasty options. The quality is on point.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't eat tuna unless it's responsibly sourced. This restaurant doesn't serve ANYTHING endangered or that hasn't been line caught. Top marks for a fabulous menu including an amazing tuna with jalapeños that is to die for! Oysters were amazing, service fabulous. My new favorite place!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
$1/1.50 E/W Coast Oyster Happy Hour
My girlfriends and I like to go here for the happy hour oysters... somehow we still always end up spending about $70pp despite going there for the deals. One friend was super late getting there but the reservations hostesses couldn't be more helpful in pushing the time back and helping us keep our requested booth for the total 3 of us, which was awesome. I recommend the oysters, fish tacos, the crudo and the old bay fries.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique, Fun, FANTASTIC STAFF
5 staff interacted with: helpful, funny, understanding, without attitude. gracious and warm. Not something found everywhere. fresh oyster selection great: 4 shared a platter of 16. We vouch for the Fish Tacos, BTW, you CAN order j1 rather than entree portion of 3. 3 of us super liked grilled calamari with frisee, mushroom + lightly dusted crumbled feta.. crab cake was excellent, nearly all crab sweetly flavor-full Each day a special... that evening Maryland Blue Crab boil. Lots of fun, lots of work to crack thru east coast crabs to get to morsels of crab meat. certainly fresh. Noisy in bar/ table area, especially with the music. Next time go to back room dining room which is more sedate since the bar is not there.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Hour here is the best. I would go everyday if I could because the happy hour menu is so great. $1 East Coast Oysters, $1.50 West Coast Oysters, fish tacos are great, Fried oysters (2 per order) are delicious! and calamari was really good too - but all that was about as much deep fry i could handle.
Service is wonderful too. We sat up front in the bar area and i love that they opened up the front windows and set up tables for outside seating. Great place. Will be back soon!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
absolutely loved and we caught
absolutely loved and we caught part of happy hour which is definitely worth it! definitely order, fish tacos, west coast oysters, mac and cheese (OMG). will definitely be back!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Mermaid Oyster Bar
I can't say enough good things about this place! Delicious every time. Excellent oyster selection. Wonderful happy hour cocktails and food. Try the Shrimp and Avocado Sliders, the crispy fish tacos and octopus.
Service is great too!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
never disappointed with their selection here....excellent happy hour!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a great place to eat with a few friends. The food is amazing, especially the Octopus small dish.
A must go for seafood lovers.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at the Mermaid Oyster bar, but certainly not my last! The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding! The large seafood platter was perfect for a group of 4 as an entree.
Can't wait to be back in town and eat here again!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Crab Boil!
Came here for the Tuesday night crab boil and it was Delicious! We were a group of 6, 4 of us ordered the crab boil. Tabletop was cleared and two buckets of crabs, potatoes and corn were strewn over the brown paper covered tables. Crabs were fresh and sweet with just the right amount of spice so that it didn't overwhelm the natural flavors of the crab. Excellent meal, will definitely come back again.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place. Food and staff are great. If you can deal with the ear-shattering noise level...
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, fresh oysters with
Great, fresh oysters with a wide variety of east coast and west coast selections. Very good service and a cool fun vibe.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a fabulous neighborhood plac
Always a fabulous neighborhood place to take visitors
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good restaurant, but...
Mermaid was very good. The greeters were very accommodating. Bar service was excellent but the food service was a little slow. The only drawback is that the noise level was off the charts. I mean loud. I would suggest going there rather early or later on in the evening. With that being said, we would definitely return.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to be there!!
Staff was lovely!! Wonderful service!! Great happy hour! Great food!! Loved being there!!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great oyster happy hour
We loved everything we had here and especially loved the happy hour specials! Good service and great ambiance.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
my fav reasonably priced raw bar/seafood joint in the city. Monday night - all night happy hour is great. Great service - water glass always filled. plates cleared promptly. 2nd visit was just as great as first visit
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well cared for by wait staff.
Well cared for by wait staff. Small tables in small space, no room at the bar, food was interesting and imaginative.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a special place with consistently excellent food. If you are like me and appreciate good service and a friendly attitude, there is no better place. This is always a great experience!
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
New England in the Village
A charming, modern seafood shack that's all about the food!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to celebrate my boyfriends 32nd birthday. The raw bar was fair on pricing, the cocktails were really good, and we decided to go for 4 small plates instead of ordering large plates. The only plate that I was not a fan of was the Kale. The calamari was amazing.
Service was great....the only thing that threw me off was when my waiter asked me to put my menu behind the ketchup when I was ready to order. Felt like I was a child...I wanted to order my drink first, and then consult with him on my order- which requires my menu in hand.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
OYSTER BAR IN NYC
MERMAID IS one of a kind, great variety of oysters and nice selection of snacks in sea food menu, best of all, we catched the happy hour in oysters selection with a fresh chardonay to complete this experience.
Great to eat oysters, charming atmosphere and great service too.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location, cute decor, amazing food and great service... happy hour a must!!!! everything is delicious, fresh and reasonably price... service was superb
definitely coming back and spreading the word!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
this place is always awesome.
this place is always awesome. the food and drinks are great. service is usually very good. have not had a bad experience here yet.
GREAT for happy hour!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice selection of appetizers
Nice selection of appetizers and entrees. Great oyster selection and nice service.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sea food in Greenwich
Vibrant little seafood restaurant not far from Washington Square. Out of the four of us only one of us was disappointed with their selection. Oysters both raw and fried were delightful as were the crab cakes and salmon dishes, however the lobster risotto was very disappointing. The lobster was chewy, the rice was lacking in seasoning and it was luke warm. Beer excellent and wine palatable. Would return again but avoiding the risotto. Waiting staff good but as English speaking UK tourists they still continued to speak at Usain Bolt speed, which some of us found difficult.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My table was a tough crowd to handle, but our server was outstanding—patient and helpful. One of my favorite restaurants in downtown NYC.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant for Entertaining
I found out about this restaurant by following a trail of good reviews, and boy did Mermaid live up to the reputation! My friends and I had a blast and enjoyed impeccable food. I was surprised by how heavy the food was, given the fact this is an "oyster bar" themed restaurant, but everyone in my party was able to find something that they loved (including one gluten free dairy free diner!).
Bravo to this great little find!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed the experience at Mermaid Inn immensely. I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner during happy hour. I've been to the East Village Mermaid Inn, but the oyster bar's menu looked slightly better! We had a reservation, and were seated immediately. We ordered rounds of happy hour oysters with a half chilled lobster, calamari and a lobster roll entree to split. The oysters were so delicious that we had to call an audible and get another round. It was a little tough getting the attention of our waitress at this point, because she was so busy, but we got her eventually. Otherwise the food was so fresh and of good quality, and we will be back again!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food, great service. I can't wait to go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband heard of the restaurant and wanted to try it and we had a great time celebrating his birthday.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy little spot with great food
I was looking for a good place to take my boyfriend and his parents for dinner before heading to the Comedy Cellar for a 10:30PM show. There's not too much in the way of "fine dining" in very close proximity to the show, but this little gem was so much more than expected. The ambiance was so charming and warm and the wait staff were super friendly. Our waiter in particular started the evening by making conversation when he greeted us as opposed to starting with the specials of the evening. I just felt like this intro was very fitting to overall vibe of this place. The food was amazing especially the seared octopus and tuna from the raw bar. They also end the meal with complimentary chocolate pudding which was dreamy. Will def go again!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM