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The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themermaidnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 674-5870
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30am; 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Mermaid Inn’s completely private dining rooms are perfect to celebrate any special location. We welcome parties of all sizes, for any occasion, in The Mermaid Inn’s and The Mermaid Oyster Bar’s private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Danny Abrams (888) 486-6855
  • Special Events & Promotions: We regularly hold cocktail and hors d'oeuvres parties as well as private sit-down dinners in the back room or entire restaurant for any occassion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and 6th Streets
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Astor Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Lot at 3rd Ave. & Bowery
A word from The Mermaid Inn
New York’s favorite fish house serves up classic seafood specialties in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Danny Abrams’ flagship Mermaid Inn, dubbed an inexpensive version of Le Bernardin by New York Magazine -- features a cozy, secluded garden in back, sidewalk café in the front and a dining room that’s always buzzing. The cuisine and the décor are sure to bring back your favorite memories of New England. Belly up to the bar and wash down some ice cold oysters with expertly crafted cocktails, or drop by between 5:30 – 7:00pm for Happy Hour & a Half - dollar oysters, drink specials, and a snack menu in the entire restaurant. And if you love wine, The Mermaid’s well selected wine list means you’ll find some gems and some splurges that won’t break the bank. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "lovely place, delicious lobster roll sandwich and crab cake, seasonal offerings. great back room with outdoor view that make you feel like you're in New England. Service was outstanding, attentive, friendly."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Take advantage of the happy hour, it's awesome! Honestly, this is the spot to go for oysters and seafood in general. I've been three times now, and have always had a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for quality seafood."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My wedge salad was served in a hot bowl, not a chilled one. My fish special was Pollock in a curry sauce with veg. I love curry and spicy but this was so over powering you couldn't even taste the fish. Very good service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Once upon a time, they had the best lobster roll in the world and they went and messed with it and now it is sadly not as good."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent waitress who gave me and my girlfriend a small anniversart cake!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I've been to both locations and loved the food equally in both places. We've had great little meals at their happy hour and taken friends from out of town for a nice, low-key, but tasty dinner. Totally recommend for anything."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We really loved eating at the mermaid inn, except that our reservation was at 9pm and while we were finishing dinner, a waiter came to our table and insistently asked if we were finished because they had to close."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It was my 50th birthday celebration and the staff were very welcoming as soon as we walked through the door, all through the evening the attention and service was perfect and to make the night perfect the food was excellent"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Waiters seem to want to turn over tables quickly, making you feel rushed when ordering"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food is delicious, reasonably priced and served with style and friendliness. It could be a little quieter, but that doesn't detract much."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I love the happy hour special at Mermaid inn. $1 Oysters, fish tacos, shrimp sliders, and one of the best clam chowders I've ever had makes this place a definite hot spot!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It's all about the raw bar and the happy hour here. Dinner was OK. It didn't blow me away nor did I hate it. Some of the fried foods we had were a touch greasy but had good flavor. I was disappointed to the that the only dessert they have/offer is a small pudding cup."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Love coming here for the $1 oyster happy hour and drink specials. Friendly and fast service, great oysters and fish tacos, and drinks. Can't wait to make it back here to any of their locations."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Still my favorite after all these years. Almost don't want to advertise how great it is."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "HI - i'm sure you've had the experience. You order your food and the appetizers come and they are SOOOO GOOOOOD! that somehow your entree can not top it. That's what happened the other night. Really nice people there- we were running a little late and I let them know and they were very easy about it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "we have been coming to The Mermad Inn in the East Village for years and it is one of favvor places! food is always great and never gets old - they change their specials and are always creative! Hands down the best oyster selection in NY!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful meal and service despite the Valentines Day rush. Loved the fact there was no prix fixe menu for the occasion and did not feel we had to vacate the table quickly. We would definately return again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my first time I went to The Mermaid Inn and I want to go back ASAP. The food was incredible, our server was outstanding, and the overall experience was awesome. AND it wasn't expensive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the experience. Crab cake was flavorful and delicious. My fish tacos were tasty and filling. All of the details were top-notch, complemented by attentive service."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn never has an off night. Never. Its one flaw is that reservations are slightly hard to come by, but that's only a reflection on how coveted a spot there is. You must have the lobster roll. I don't care if you're allergic - bring an Epi Pen - it's worth it. The ambiance is perfect for a date night and the servers are lovely. Don't forget to check in on FourSquare to get a free side."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We ordered the calamari appetizer thinking we were ordering fried calamari. Turns out the items on the left side of the menu - where we saw the fried calamari - are only available during happy hour (which is a little confusing). So when the calamari came it was not fried but grilled and over some greens mixed with a few random things. We explained the confusion/mix up. The waiter said we should keep it and try it but she would take it off our bill. It was one of the most delicious ways I have EVER had calamari. I will def be back for that dish alone. Great service great food. I don't get down to the east village much but I will return for another meal there for sure."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Our party never received our meals!. Apparently a health inspector arrived and the manager closed the kitchen. They lied and said the health inspector closed it. We had a show at 8, the kitchen did to reopen during the period we were there. So we had bread and chocolate pudding which was okay."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I am used to going to UWS location mostly. They are little bit more snobby. I was not a big fan of their hostess and the waiters. However, this location is all about friendliness and service. I was greeted and seatedly promptly. We had about 3 different servers and wait staff which helped a lot with quick service. I love their happy hour and we did order 2 dozen oysters, shrimp avocado sliders and fish tacos. It was just the right amount of food for the 3 of us and enjoyed our time there greatly. I think I will make this more of my place to hangout then UWS location. Great job everyone and looking forward to coming back soon."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Came here with a friend and we LOVED all the delicious oysters! Such a great variety and the server was very knowledgable about everything on the menu. Also split the calamari salad, which was fresh and original. Definitely will be back soon!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great oysters, seafood and drink menu. Happy hour is awesome, highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Fantastic food!! It was a very special supper and totally set the mood before I proposed to my girl friend!! We 100% will go back when we return to NYC!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Happy hour oyster special n delicious food.... Calamari salad n kale, loved shrimp corndog"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "$1 east coast oysters everyday from 5-7... Great happy hour bites. Can't go wrong. All of their food is delicious and we love it here."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Great food, lovely server, great happy hour special!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The avocado and shrimp sliders are amazing, loved the mini chowder, the perfect size portion. Fresh and fabulous oysters."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Very good, fresh seafood in a pretty setting in the East Village. The back patio offers outdoor dining in season. There aren't a lot of choices on the menu, and no desserts are offered, other than a complementary chocolate pudding."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Took my girl friend for dinner and she enjoyed it from start to finish. Excellent services. Food was really good. Will go again"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Atmosphere was amazing, service was excellent, food could have been better, the butternut soup which was a huge appeal for me to go there wasn't the greatest. It was too sweet and made me question if the chefs have ever tasted it. I eat that kind of aoup all the time. By far my favorite but this was a dissapointment."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Very good food and very relaxing atmosphere. The service was very attentive and considerate. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We got there early and had no trouble getting seated right away. The food was amazing and service awesome. Can't wait to go back next time we are in the city."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "I took my wife to dinner for her birthday and we had a really wonderful time. We had truly great service including a lovely waitress. We ordered oysters to start which were really wonderful, but before they came we had a complementary appetizer that included smoked salmon that was delicious. My wife ordered the fish tacos which she loved, however she felt they needed some seasoning (salt & pepper) would have made them even better. I had the blackened catfish that was excellent. They also noted it was my wife's birthday and brought us a complementary desert with a candle for her. Very nice touch. We are looking forward to returning for a happy hour sometime soon."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Such a nice evening: good wine, waiter, and ambience. I was looking for a nice place that wasn't too stuffy or loud and I got both ! The fish was scrumptious!! I will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Great food, decent prices. Pleasant atmosphere. Definitely recommend to friends and look forward to dining there again soon."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Sooooo yummy! Great fresh fish tacos, oysters Rockefeller were sublime. Lobster rolls and lobster "escargot " also divine. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "It was a wonderful laid back environment to catch up with a friend over solid, delicious food. Everything tasted great and was presented beautifully as well. Service could have been more attentive, but it was a relaxed pace of dining, and we never felt rushed. Enjoyed octopus, lobster knuckle escargot, baked oysters, skate, and hushpuppies. All very delicious."
    Dined on 10/18/2013