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The Mermaid Inn Uptown
The Mermaid Inn Uptown

The Mermaid Inn Uptown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themermaidnyc.com
  • Email: alex@tminyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 799-7400
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am- 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cressotti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Dining Room at The Mermaid Inn can comfortably seat up to 70 guests for dinner and 90 for cocktail events. For smaller functions, our back room can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Spurlock (212) 242-8222
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Upper West Side location of The Mermaid Inn is a perfect backdrop for any gathering big or small. With a neighborhood feel and a commitment to hospitality, your guests will feel right at home. Our private back room is perfect for intimate gatherings where you and 42 of your friends can feast on authentic fish shack fare. Make a splash with your next event by hosting it at The Mermaid Inn. For more information, please contact Amanda Spurlock at (212) 242-8222 or amanda@tminyc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 88th Street
  • Public Transit: We are located on the 1,B,C and E lines at 86th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is free street parking available after 7pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Parking Garages are also available in the neighborhood. Garsch Garage-212.724.6927 (24hrs) 181 West 87th (Columbus/Amsterdam) Quik Park 207 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy) Central Kenny Garage- (24hrs) 214 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy) Icon- 212.874.9899 (24hrs) 205-209 West 89th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)
A word from The Mermaid Inn Uptown
The East Village's favorite fish shack is now the Upper West Side's favorite as well, with a second location at 568 Amsterdam Avenue, near 88th St. Danny Abrams, who has owned and operated some of the city's favorite restaurants, including The Red Cat and The Harrison, is the principle owner, and Michael Cressotti is their new corporate chef. Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the Lobster Sandwich with Old Bay Fries, seared Montauk Skate, Mermaid fish tacos, or Happy Hour & a Half. On Sundays, join The Mermaid for Lobsterpalooza: $24 for a lb & a quarter lobster, red bliss potatoes, grilled corn on the cob & cole slaw. The uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Love this place. Very good food and just great ambiance and service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Always one of our favorite spots. Love the happy hour specials, the chocolate pudding dessert and the friendly service."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food at the Mermaid Inn is always fresh and yummy. I have been there several times and never disappointed. The waitress this time was okay but very business like this time. I always got the guy from Carlifornia that works there that makes your dinning experience much pleasurable. Overall, this is a great place to go with your husband or with friends."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "and that's putting it mildly. we sat at a table in the back room. the ceiling started dripping on our table. the drip became a deluge. so much water we had to vacate our table and it was splashing on the people on either side of us. the manager was very nice... we paid for nothing. but this is the second time this happened. happened a few months ago in the front dining room. they assured us it was clear water... but if these kinds of leaks are happening in the dining room... what might be happening in the kitchen?! no thanks. definitely won't return to that location."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was a gem! the ambiance was wonderful, the food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. What a great place to take a special someone or a colleague. I would highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Mermaid Inn has always delivered when we go there for brunch and did not disappoint for dinner. Aside from the appetizer of the day, a deep fried risotto topped with tuna crudo, every min was delightful. From the Arctic Char to the Rack of Lamb, there was no disappointment to be had. We will definitely go back to Mermaid Inn, that was always the case, but now it'll be for more than just brunch!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "After much research, I chose The Mermaid Inn Uptown for daughter's 40-th bday celebration. The oysters (and hot and dirty Martinis) started our pleasure, followed by the best calamari and the mini clam chowders. Our waitress was so friendly, vivacious and helpful when we couldn't make up our minds as to what to eat or drink next! We were never rushed at any time during the meal. We were the first ones to arrive, but the doors were opened promptly at 5:00, and the restaurant quickly filled. Our server took time to light a birthday candle for the chocolate pudding, and we quickly figured out the "fishy" fortunes! This is such a fun place!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn is a special place in the city! Fresh seafood with an ambiance that makes you think you're in New England. Great cocktails that can't be beat if you make it during Happy Hour, which also includes $1 oysters! You also get free chocolate pudding at the end of your meal!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Ate here once on my sister-in-law's recommendations. Everything was pretty good, but it didn't leave a really strong impression. We'll go again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "There is a reason why this place is packed at 5.30 on a Tuesday. Its not only the 1$ happy hour oysters, its upper west side exceptional dining and just fun. My favorite place in the neighborhood"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Everything was delicious and served professionally. We love meeting friends here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn continues to be one of our favorite. Happy Hour is the best!! If you love oysters, this is the place to go. The huge $1 oyster platters just keep coming out of the kitchen and you just want to order more. Also very notable although separate from the happy hour menu, are the lobster knuckles escargot- absolutely delicious. Couple those with the Mermaid Bloody Mary and the awesome grilled Caesar Salad and you have the perfect early dinner. Speaking of early, get there before 6:00 or you'll be waiting a long time for a table or even a spot at the bar. The place is hopping by then."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "went back and forth about the rating of the service. both waiters were very nice. but as often is the case a waiter is all over the customer then as it gets busier the guest needs to get the waiters attention."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Girlfriend had some family in town and it proved to be a good brunch spot that kept everyone happy. Especially for those who are into oysters and seafood before noon!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Service is lovely. Food fine--not great but certainly good. Cramped quarters, That plus terrible acoustics means everyone is shouting--right into your ear since you're sitting essentially at the same table."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great place for fish, fabulous lobster rolls and the freshest crudo. And don't forget to eat your greens - the grilled romaine salad is the best."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We went to the Mermaid Inn to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our 11 year old was with us and so we wanted a place that had great food but was not fussy. The children's menu very good and "cheap". Arriving at 6, we were able to enjoy some of the "Happy Hour" specials. I had the fish tacos and a $6 glass of wine before enjoying the crab cake as my entree. Pretty tasty! Our waiter was fun and fast. A well timed meat that ended with a complimentary chocolate mousse. A lovely night out for and Upper West Side Family."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Visited Mermaid Inn Uptown on a cold weekday evening in March. Had oysters and wine during "Happiest Hour." The oysters were very fresh and tasty. Wine was passable,; I had the Brut Cava... next time I will try the Sancerre. We were so happy we made a dinner reservation for 8 pm and came back!! The entrees were fresh and delicious; one, a salmon special was excellent and the Frutti di Mar w/ pasta was truly yummy! The chocolate Pot de Creme on the house was an excellent way to end a wonderful dining experience!! The only drawback for me was the high noise level in the back room, not conducive for an intimate date-night."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Love everything about the restaurant but the noise level."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time here. The 1st time was with a group of women friends that rarely have a chance to be all together and so we look for a place with both good food and atmosphere. It was so good that our group came back a second time. This may become our "go to" place! This week my husband and I had friends in from out of the country . We needed a place with seafood as the main cuisine. I suggested the Mermaid Inn and again the food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Our friends, who are on holiday out on the town, said that this was the best food by far they've had in NYC! We loved the scallop appetizer so much we had to order a second one. We will come again!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "As the title of the review suggests, the seafood that we got was good. But the pancakes were bad! They were dry and too thick."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I have always liked this restaurant, but this time my friends and I had to yell to be heard. I asked the waiter if he could lower the music, and he did so, but said it could only be lowered to a certain point. The dining room was then somewhat quieter, as no one had to yell over he music, but we still had to talk at a loud volume. I'll give it another shot at some point and hope I don't have a similar experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Super nice staff,great choices for happy hour. And the lobster rolls are just as good as the ones in Maine!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn is where we treat ourselves. The restaurant is cosy & great for date night, but equally fun for parties. The oysters are why we come here, but all the fish dishes are really good too. Great atmosphere, service & food. Make sure you book first as they get very full."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Raw bar was great! Portuguese Octopus was fantastic! All our dinner enters were well prepared & delicious!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Good seafood. My entree was fresh - skate. The ceviche fluke was not fresh. They don't have much wild fish - it's mostly farmed - but they do buy sustainable seafood - they don't serve certain types of fish that gets over-farmed. Tables for 2 are very close together and it's loud. Service is friendly."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Amazing happy hour... we were in NYC for the night and decided to check out the $1 oyster deal. So glad we did! What a cute place, very romantic. We had 40 oysters and the calamari, as well as 5 drinks and the whole check was about $80. Not a bad deal for NYC at all! Definitely the most affordable part of our night - I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "From drinks, to apps, to entrees, Mermaid Inn does it great. Octopus app was very well executed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food and service have never let us down. Great atmosphere for a date or quiet dinner with a few friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our family dines at Mermaid every week. The food is always fresh and so very good. We love the raw bar especially during happy hour. The fish preparation is perfect and beautifully presented. The Tuna Crudo is so fresh and the catfish is a perennial favorite. The brunch is equally good with many traditional brunch choices as well as the expected Mermaid choices. The wait staff is the best we've experienced on the Upper West Side. The wait staff is so attentive and always anticipating what you may want. I appreciate the managers' attention to detail guaranteeing an excellent experience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I always have a great meal at the Mermaid Inn and I always recommend the happy hour as the food and prices are spot on"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Oysters are so good! And we could enjoy them good prices while happy hours! Moreover, this restaurant has good cost performance!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was great. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Love the happy hour deals--$1 oysters is a really nice treat, and there are good drink options ($5 beer, $6 wine, $7 cocktails). Food is all delicious and is prepared quickly. Friendly and attentive service. The pudding they provide at the end of the meal is a really nice cap to the meal. Only complaint is that the dining room is a little packed; I would appreciate if they took out a table or two so there's a bit more privacy and it's easier for people to walk around without bumping neighbors."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A fabulous place and find. We go once every few months are are never disappointed."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Love Mermaid Inn! Both locations - perfect for any kind of date - special, first or couples. Moderately priced accordingly and such a unique place to have in the city."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "wow, everything was spectacular. i don't drink, and they even had a tasty pear juice mocktail. catfish was terrific, as were the collards and the hush puppies. had a bite of my girlfriend's trout, and that was yummy as well. we will definitely be making a return visit soon!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great food and service as usual. One of the few places above 80th that I go for a wonderful dining experience. Decided to sit at the bar instead of taking our table. The bartender was very knowledgeable and she provided excellent service."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Mermaid Inn for "date night" and it was exceptional. Great food, excellent service and delicious lobster rolls. We loved it and will defintley be back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We took our out-of-town guests to Mermaid Inn for a special treat. The food was lovely - my husband thought the oysters were the freshest he's ever had, and that's saying a lot. My "mini clambake" appetizer was a delicious dinner along with a warm roquefort salad. The atmosphere is exceptionally quiet for NY so you could actually have a conversation. And our waitress was lovely. Go there!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014