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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
  • Phone: (212) 799-7400
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm,

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cressotti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Adam@tminyc.com (212) 242-8222

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 88th Street
  • Public Transit: We are located near the 1 train at 86th Street & Broadway, near the B,C,E trains at 86th & CPW, and near the M104, M11, & M7 bus lines.
  • 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 corporate executive chef. Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the Lobster Sandwich with Old Bay Fries, seared Skate wing, Mermaid fish tacos, or the Happiest of Happy Hours. On Sundays, join The Mermaid for Lobsterpalooza: $26 for a pound & a quarter lobster, red bliss potatoes & grilled corn on the cob. The uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot.
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Diner Reviews
  • "First time here for a crab boil and it was awesome! the whole experience and eating with your hands was fun! I love crab boils so this fulfilled my craving for crabs, corn and potatoes! Went on a double date and our friends really enjoyed themselves!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Made a reservation here for 4 people at 5:45 PM. Staff was extremely prompt and professional. Make sure to make a reservation here before coming! While I was waiting for the rest of my group to arrive and for my table to be set up, I overheard a few people saying, "OMG an hour and 15 minute wait!" I ordered a Kentucky Green and a Peach Basil drink (forgot the name), and they were both excellent. I prefer the Kentucky Green a little more because the Peach one was a little too sour for my taste. OYSTERS WERE GREAT!! Decent sized and cut very cleanly; so far, no sand :) Comes with a vinegar salsa (?), cocktail sauce, and lemons wrapped in a yellow mesh sleeve. Calamari was pretty good but next time, I'll empty my wallet only for the oysters."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It is highly overrated. The noise level is unbearable. Food is quite mediocre, as well as a service. The menu choices even for fish dishes are limited. There is no deserts."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Entrees good (liked the blackened catfish and hush puppies) and blue point oysters also good -- better than expected in fact. But fried oysters came cold. And boy this place is loud -- not for anyone with even slightly aging ears."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The ambience and food here is fairly consistent. Love the dessert treat and little fish they give you in the end."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday this week and we loved it! In fact, I'm about to book another reservation for this weekend because we can't get enough of their oysters!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My gf and I went for happy hour and some oysters. The $1 oysters were amazing and the drinks were great. We also ordered mini fish tacos (which are quite mini) and the gouda mac and cheese which is amazing. I would recommend for happy hour between 5-7 pm."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were seated to a great table even we though we arrived 15 minutes late to our reservation - what outstanding service! The food is delicious and their happy hour deals make it easy to try out different things. The soft shell crab on a bed of heirloom tomatoes was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The octopus was on an interesting bed of greens, the catfish was outstanding and the tuna tartare was a refreshing mix of lime and avocado. The main dining room was incredibly loud and the back dining room had seemed significantly better - but it was hard to have a conversation. Also if you like them on Facebook you can get a coupon code for 20% off on Mondays!!!! And one last thing! They have an app for oysters called oysterpedia....brilliant idea!!! Two forks up in my book!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It's always a great experience at Mermaid Inn (uptown). Fabulous service, great happy hour deals and fresh seafood. It's a true neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our second visit to this restaurant. Good atmosphere, tasty ice cold oysters and nice seafood entrees."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "......but like MANY restaurants in NYC, the music is too loud!!!!! People like to talk to the person across the table from them!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great low key place with outdoor seating... and great food. The staff is on there toes to take care of you."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Attentive service and fantastic food. Had oysters, a side salad and the skate (which was meticulously presented without being fussy). If you're into dirty martinis you'll love the "hot and dirty" cocktail - couldn't resist having two."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "When we arrived early the hostess said that you were seating on time (in 30 minutes). There was no room at the bar for a cocktail so we left the restaurant and went next door. That was a bit of a turn off. We could not enjoy your Happy Hour cocktails!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and I were seated within a few minutes our 630 reservation. After ordering, we had to wait 50 mins for our appetizers (half dozen oysters, tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail). I was only told after asking twice that "sorry, the kitchen is really backed up right now". The manager and waitress did apologize and bought a round of cocktails only after I asked for the third time for a status update on our appetizers. Overall, still disappointed that we waited 50 mins for appetizers --- which none of the were cooked appetizers!!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was my third visit to this location and for 2 of the 3 visitis I had the server named Ben and he is simply incredible so friendly and knowledgable! The food is always so fresh!I brought a friend with me for dinner as we were going to an event at The Beacon and it made for a perfect evening!! Thank you -"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent selection and preparation...cold apps...oysters...and some not so typical dishes like Skate. Very nice outdoor section as well. Come hungry!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Happy hour oysters and great fish main courses. Atmosphere is vibrant however you can still hear yourself talk. Very popular - requires a reservation. Ask for the front room - it is brighter! Great bar seating as well."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went here for my brother's birthday, but we also choose here because we heard about the Pot of Crab Summer Special. We ordered a couple buckets and ate it family-style. It was really fun, and of course, the food is awesome, too!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had a great experience on Saturday evening, made the tail end of Happy Hour so got to take advantage of tasting some additional items. Clams on half shell were the freshest we had ever tasted. There was as soft shell crab appetizer dipped in corn meal and served over watermelon and jalapeno.....to die for!!! Love the fact that there is no dessert and they automatically give you a pot de crème at the end of the meal. Can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tables VERY close together. If you have more than four people it would be hard to hear each other. Generous happy hour -- drinks limited but includes some food and you don't have to be at the bar."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "my wife and I go here for special occasions- birthdays and anniversaries. we were about ten minutes late for our reservation on a rainy night but were still greeted with smiles and acknowledgement of the birthday mentioned in the reservation. seated right away. probably the most attentive service from host, server, bus boy of any restaurant in new york city. waiter was pro-active in allowing us to get our first orders in during their happy hour. you really get good portions for your money. lobster roll is delicious and a good size, and you get a pile of Old Bay fries with it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "WE really enjoyed our happy hour time with nice, briny oysters at a reasonable price! we added a few other great appetizers like tuna tartare. The house white wine is very tasty."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is one of the best deals in town for happy hour. Great food and cocktails!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "A great place if you like fish. The cocktail hour oyster special was a real gem."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Excellent seafood well prepared in cramped, noisy surroundings. Disappointed in lack of choice for dessert."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Got the Grand Platter to share with two friends (oysters, clams, 1/2 lobster, tuna ceviche) - amazing and a seafood lovers' dream. With a side of their french fries (seasoned with Old Bay) was a great touch. Also enjoyed the cocktails. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Leave the job behind,the stress behind,put on your "shore" or beach resuarant wear, and relax. Money problems., happy hour EVERY night at all tables til 7pm will fix that, and if not the problem, delicious entrees and appetizers. Staff perfectedly chosen to complete and enhance the vibe. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food is always fine here. Crowded and vibrant on a Monday night - good for any restaurant. The noise level, however, was debilitating. Not much to do about human voices, but there was music playing. When I asked the waitress if the music could be turned off, she apologized and said that the music had to stay. The music, in the midst of all the chatter, could not really be heard or appreciated. It just added to the noise factor. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn is such a great addition to the area. There's simply no place like it on the UWS. The food is always outstanding, the service is always excellent, the atmosphere is always vibrant (even if the crowd is a bit older). Love the Happy Hour - especially the mini clam chowder and dollar oysters! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The service was excellent. Best to sit in the back room if you prefer it a bit quieter. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It's great to have a fresh lobster you can dive into at a NYC restaurant. Sundays book up quick and they can run out of lobster, so book early. The oyster selection is fantastic as well. Great service!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Mermaid Inn never disappoints. The food is great and cocktails are delicious and very reasonable. The huevos rancheros and the cast iron fritatta at brunch are both delicious. Even though the place is a hot spot, the service is so friendly. My favorite is the back room which has a cozy feel. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We eat at Mermaid every week and the dining experience is always fantastic. I especially enjoy the tuna crudo. The food quality is consistently excellent, the service is outstanding. The wait staff is always very attentive and friendly. The food always arrives very hot. The only negative is that the noise level can be very, very high in the back room when large groups are seated adjacent. The wine choices are good but not distinguished. This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We popped in for early breakfast - good menu, and smart service. We had a 10 AM reservation for some time and were sat back in the back room which was very nice, clean, and charming, but it was such a nice day , we had hoped our reservation would warrant outside seating. hey ho...we'll go back. The rear room was more than fine - just felt dark on a sunny Saturday morning."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Came here for my wife's birthday. Called to say we were running late and the hostess was very accommodating. They have outdoor seating which if you can get a table do so. Happy hour from 5-7, which includes dollar oysters, and numerous drinks (beer and wines) available. The food was great and fresh. And the wait staff was friendly and attentive. Will be coming back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our waiter was outstanding! Wish I had his name so I could book in his section on my return. The oysters were the draw but the fish tacos where the big hit. I will be back and I hope I can find my favorite waiter. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had so many good small plates at Happy Hour, it was our dinner. Clams on the half shell for $1 each was the lure. The tiny cups of clam chowder were great, as were the fish tacos, and sliders. Wine was excellent, and the calamari, which we didn't have, was a large portion."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a friend for great seafood and it lived up to everything that was said. Reservation was ready when we arrived a couple minutes early, the service was friendly and efficient and the food was delivered quickly and was delicious. I would return again and again if I lived in NYC. Not cheap, not expensive but you will leave feeling like you had a special meal at a great price. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014