The Mermaid Inn
Merits repeat visitsOur second visit to the Mermaid Inn did not disappoint. Their menu hasn't changed in over a year, and as we recalled so well what we had last time, we made great pains to choose something different, and we were still pleased. The skate, catfish, octopus, lobster, mini clam bake, and fish tacos therefore all come highly recommended! High-quality fresh ingredients are always used well here. No dessert menu, but cute chocolate cups are served free of charge to everyone after their meal. We still haven't tried the oysters, though, so we'll have to come back :)5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Great Night at the MermaidThis is one of my favorite places in the East Village and our latest visit didn't disappoint. We were a part of five and the setting was a bit cramped in the barroom near the front. (I do prefer to sit in the country room in the back.)
We started with a nice variety of East coast oysters. I enjoyed the Skate and my wife sampled the Branzino. Other members of our party enjoyed lobster salad and various other seafood treats. As always, the food was perfectly prepared and delicious. And the cocktails were brilliant. The service staff here are extremely helpful and well informed.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great!I have been here a few times now and I have to say its always a solid choice. They have great food, great service and lovely outdoor seating. it is just very well run and always a solid choice.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious but so loud it wasDelicious but so loud it was difficult to hear one another speak4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMmy first time and went tomy first time and went to the east village location...the food was excellent...don't miss this restaurant...casual but great fresh food!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe hostess was so nice andThe hostess was so nice and understanding when I made the reservation for the wrong time. The staff was helpful and polite, and the food was amazing. I am definitely going back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food & great service.Great food & great service. If they can accept larger party is better.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been here a few timesI have been here a few times now. The menu never disappoints. It's a cute place in the east village and the seating in the rear of the restaurant is great if you can get it. The catches are fresh and so far all of the dishes I have tried are excellent4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMClassicThe Mermaid Inn in the East Village has become a classic. A wonderful combination of good food and atmosphere, the Mermaid Inn is a place one is excited to take friends who've never been before.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful oysters and clamsWonderful oysters and clams at $1 each during happy hour. Skate was marvelous. After that I had room only for the 'mini clam bake' appetizer, which was fun - one lobster claw, a couple of clams, a couple of shrimp, a bit of corn on the cob, all imbued with old bay seasoning and nicely served in a miniature clam bake bucket. Our friends had trout, which they said was "ok". Complimentary chocolate pudding rounded of the meal nicely -- we were not offered dessert menus but didn't need dessert after all that food. Very convenient to the New York Theater Workshop.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for Lobsterpalooza onWent for Lobsterpalooza on Easter. Service was okay but everything else was great!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMNothing fishy here, just good foodGreat oyster selection. The whites on offer by the glass were a bit dull, but the beers were adventurous enough. The fish tacos were finger-lickin' good. And my branzino was perfectly prepared. Yes, I'd go back - and probably will.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMEnchanted by the MermaidGreat service and very good products. The selection of oysters is excellent.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWent to the mermaid inn withWent to the mermaid inn with family in town for a visit - absolutely terrific! Friendly and attentive service, delicious food (we had spaghetti with salad on top, fish tacos and skate - each one better than the next), and very reasonable wine list - go for the NY state Riesling! Thanks for a great night out.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThey have an excellent happyThey have an excellent happy hour with $1 oysters and a wide variety of appetizers available.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOysters are fresh and good!Oysters are fresh and good! But get those for happy hour since they are $1~$1.75 during HH.
Lobster escargot and mussels were standouts. Simply delicious. I still dream about the chunks of lobster doused in garlic butter.
Fish taco was good, but its small for the price.
Trout---only get it if you like bland, unseasoned fish
Lobster roll is good, but a bit too much bread.
The house rolls are buttery, hot, yummy! Def get them.
Calamari was good but nothing out of this world.
Complementary dessert and really at attentive wait staff!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my all-time favoriteOne of my all-time favorite NYC restaurants! I've been to all the locations and every time it's delicious. I've brought many guests here, most from out of town, and everyone is always impressed and satisfied.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent place that I'llExcellent place that I'll be happy to return to. Food as fresh and tasty as you can possibly imagine. Service was definitely 5*.
Can't wait to return and try another delicacy !3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI can't wait to go back forI can't wait to go back for more fish tacos! Wonderfully romantic and overall delicious food!2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM