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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: Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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: Adam Conrad (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
  • "Overall disappointing crab boil. The crabs were already too soft (overcooked?). Will go back, but not for the crabs."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great first date! Myself and my date reconnected after ten years we're both from Maryland so I was trying to find a nice seafood spot in the East Village and The Mermaid Inn not only fit the bill price wise due to "The Happiest Happy Hour" offerings but the food was amazing, served quickly, the server was attentive, and the ambiance was superb. My only issue would be that the drinks were pretty weak. It's happy hour and I'm on a date get me at least tipsy! Bartender's don't need to be shy during happy hour."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great little spot on the LES. Food is solid, not expensive. Great for a double date or with friends."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Perfect for 2 friends & 1 mature <10. We appreciated their strong happy hour drinks, plump $1 oysters, fab shrimp avocado sliders, perfectly breaded calamari & crispy (& cute!) mini fish tacos. Glad we ordered this all at the beginning, since the waiter was missing for ~15 minutes, even after we asked a bus person's help to find her. She came by at 7:01p when HH had just ended. No more sliders for us, but decent Jonah crab cake (yes, singular...there's only one per order) & grilled octopus that was cooked too soft for our taste. We 3 sat & chatted for 2 hours sans interruption, which for a busy NY restaurant, we greatly appreciated. Lovely time overall. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. If you enjoy seafood you should check this place out, very fresh and extremely tasty. If you have someone with you who isn't into seafood they have great salads and their steak will have you licking the plate after you're done."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Always enjoy coming with friends whatever the season. The happy hour oysters are very good. Fish tacos are hidden gems. Missed the crab boil this year; schedule mixup."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I have had great meals at the Upper West Side and Macdougal Street locations, but this was disappointing. So incredibly loud, and the food was mediocre."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Good service, nice people, easy menu to work with, and just a good experience. I made the reservation, showed up 20 mins early, and they gave me a table, no problems. If you like oysters, clams, or chilled seafood in general, this place is perfect. Easy menu to work with. They don't have a million options, but the options they provide are fantastic. Ordered the small seafood platter, half dozen oysters, half dozen clams, a tuna dish, and added shrimp cocktails. Perfect amount for my girlfriend and I for an appetizer. My girlfriend had the lobster sandwich, it was fantastic and I ordered the snapper which was delicious. Fantastic place, I recommend this place to all seafood lovers. Oh, and they give a free dessert! =D"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I am a fan of all locations of the Mermaid Inn but this is the original that started it all and it's as wonderful as the day it opened. The Mermaid Inn personifies hospitality - from the host desk, to the waitstaff to the management customers are treated right start to finish. The food is fresh and innovative and comforting all at the same time. Happy hour - dollar oysters and drink specials - yes please - one of the best deals in town. I keep coming back - the best endoresment of all."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great for Monday HH. $1 oysters and $3 fish tacos. Solid drinks too."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The happy hour special was ok. $7.00 for cocktail drinks is moderate as there are places that still offer $5.00 happy hour drinks with a bigger list. The $1.00 happy hour oyster was nothing to rave about as it was only 1 oyster choice. The calamari was also part of happy hour, but the price was moderate at best. It was $7.00 for a small basket of calamari. The normal oyster selection was also tiny as they only offer 7 oysters to try from; 5 east cost and 2 west coast. The staff seemed not to know their oysters and had a hard time differentiating them from one another. The best part of the night was the service itself and the free dessert that was available after dinner. Who could resist chocolate pudding?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Dinner at the Mermaid Inn was fantastic - wonderful cocktails to start the night followed by amazing raw bar food. This then is complimented by exceptional starter and main dishes. We will be definitely coming back here to work through the menu, trying all their delicious dishes. In addition to the food, the ambience is romantic and whimsical, but not so much its only reserved for lovers. It made the perfect ladies night out, while I would feel equally comfortably taking the out of town parents. I can't come back soon enough. It may be a bit loud sometimes and service can be overwhelmed as it is a popular joint, but we paced the evening slowly so it worked out."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We'd been coming here for a long time. Over the last 2 years, we've come less often, mainly because the menu changed and it wasn't very appealing. But our latest visit was great, new menu, everything was delicious. We'll be revisiting this restaurant on a regular basis."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and accommodating the service at the Mermaid Inn was. The hostess seated us early so that we could have a table outside even though our party was not complete. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and made great recommendations. Menu highlights include: delicious cocktails, lobster knuckles prepared escargot style, oysters, and the red snapper - this is a must try - delicious fresh flavors with a hint of chili. To sum it up, great food and atmosphere without the pretentious attitude that it could have because it's just that good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Consistently a splendid dining experience. Fish is the freshest, service friendly. Try the tuna crudo!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food, ambiance, and friendly service. Lots f fun."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food and service was great - however noise level was extremely loud"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "much too noisy. Made it very hard to have a conversation."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the happy hour oysters and grilled calamari salad"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Perfect date spot in east village for the freshest seafood in manhattan. Great selection and happy hour deals. Will be going back again "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went with friends for their happy hour ($1 oysters & clams). The staff was nice and friendly. Oysters/clams were fresh & drinks were nice and cold :) We ordered other items of the snack menu but I wasn't really impressed (lobster knuckles, shrimp corn dogs and a side of mac and cheese). I will definitely go back for more oysters though..."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn has an amazing happy hour, but you can tell that the staff is "over it". I would recommend the shrimp corn dogs and if you order any glass of wine it is a healthy pour. The oysters are perfect as well."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great all-day Monday happy hour. Less noisy in back patio!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed a happy hour menu, including oysters, fish and drinks at attractive prices. The restaurant has a rear garden which is very comfortable and enjoyable. We shall return for happy hour in the future."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food delicious. Music too load. Hard to have decent conversation without yelling. Wait staff was efficient, but not friendly. Maybe due to constant exposure to load music. Atmosphere - eat and run."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very good food. Fresh sea food.Nice ambiance.Will be back,this time for the happy hour."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Though the food was very good, my guest and I felt rushed througout dinner. The wait staff twice asked us if we were done with our food when we were clearly still eating. Dinner would have been much more enjoyable if we didn't feel as if they wanted us out so quickly. this establishment has a very good reputation, so I was both suprised and disappointed."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My husband, father- and mother-in-law had 6:30PM reservations on a Friday evening. I arrived about 15 minutes late, but they seated the rest of the party right when they got there. That was nice, since some restaurants require the entire party to be there first. The restaurant packed for their happy hour specials (5-7PM EST), which offers $6/$7 drink specials, $1 raw oyster and clams, and a nice selection of reduced priced appetizers, so the noise level was a bit higher during this time. But as the evening wore on, the noise level started to lower. They have the BEST lobster rolls in the city, hands down! It's $28 but worth every penny. They serve a generous portion on a nicely toasted brioche hot dog bun and old bay seasoned fries. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "we loved everything off the happy hour and regular menu we sampled except the calamari which were rock hard (maybe reused the oil too many times) and needs improvement excellent fresh sea food otherwise and bonus kids menu made things really easy service was exceptional Can't beleive we've lived here for 8 years and only discovered MI now!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Reliably good food and festive atmosphere in a neighborhood full of meh and sub-meh restaurants...no wonder it is still around. The garden is great if you can get in, but even indoors feels like a little New England vacay, with high-quality seafood and a varied menu. If you don't feel like a slab o' fish, make a meal of appetizers and you'll be more than satisfied. Recommend: fish tacos, shrimp sliders, and oysters, oysters, oysters."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Food was great. Got a free side for checking in on foursquare. Complimentary pudding desert was a nice add. The service was too rushed for a saturday night. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We came for lobsterpalooza and weren't disappointed - it was great! The cast-iron shrimp, octopus and pan-seared chicken were also delicious. But the best part was definitely the waitstaff and service. Our friends bags were taken to a back room for storage and brought out after dinner, check-in was friendly and prompt, and everyone on the way out said goodbye. And, I didn't even mention the complimentary chocolate mousse for dessert - a nice touch at the end of the meal. Thanks Mermaid Inn - we will be back for sure. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Very cute restaurant with pretty garden. Good seafood - great happy hour. A bit noisy, but fun."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I've been to Mermaid Inn a couple of times for happy hour oysters. It was great every single time! Large, delicious and fresh oysters. The last time I went however, oysters were almost nonexistent - the smallest! They shouldn't serve oysters that size."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The Mermaid Inn lives up to it's stellar reputation. I chose this restaurant as a belated birthday dinner for my husband and myself. We brought our 14 year old son, and a dear 'foodie' friend. Our reservation was at 6:15 and we were warmly greeted by the two hosts so refreshing in a city where often the "help" act as if you do not exist or that they're doing you a favor. We were brought to our wonderful table near the back garden. Laura was our waitress a real gem! I had six fresh delicious oysters (for $6!) to start off with because there is an amazing Happy Hour menu, and everything we ordered was OUTSTANDING!!! This restaurant is my new favorite...I have told everyone about our amazing dining experience. Kudos to the Mermaid Inn!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We loved everything at The Mermaid Inn. The waitress advised us to order drinks and entrees from the Happy Hour menu (we had managed to overlook it somehow). The food and service were excellent and I can not wait to return on my next trip to New York."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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