The Mermaid Inn - Chelsea

4.8
47 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Valued guests,
Your health & that of our employees remains our top priority. We are actively following all guidelines as they becomes available from the CDC. All sanitation guidelines are being followed w/ heightened focus & awareness. We’ve always prided ourselves on the cleanliness of our restaurants which all have A ratings from the Dept. of Health. Still, we are increasing vigilance & taking the following extra precautions; We are hiring an extra person whose sole focus is to constantly clean during the night w/ antiviral cleaning agents. We have added more hand sanitizing stations. We are checking in w/ staff upon arrival to ensure they are able to work & asking those who don’t feel well to stay at home.
Please know we are taking every precaution to prepare your food as safely as is humanly possible! We have re-doubled our sanitizing procedures & are taking safety very seriously.
As New Yorkers, we’ll pull together & emerge as a stronger community.
-The Mermaid Inn team

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Join us for Happy Hour and our full menu from 4:30pm-6:30pm or 7pm until the New Year for our 4 course Prixe Fixe menu! ($85 per person)

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Join us for an all night HAPPY HOUR in the heart of Chelsea!

What 47 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, oysters were great and very fresh. Would not go for the simply grilled salmon again, as it’s $27 vs the salmon entree for $29. Same piece of fish

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ganeshagirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good. A bit loud, but cheery and festive. Great lace to go in my neighborhood. Good quality, a tad expensive, but look forward to happy hour with friends in the future

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viplyndah
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fabulous service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Photographs are awesome. Food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back

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Randy
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was super. We had the lobster escargot style appetizers, 18 oysters to share for three of us. Then I had the Branzino, it was amazing. The server Dave was very nice and friendly and explained his suggestions. The complimentary pudding for dessert was perfect. I’ll definitely come back since it is the only great restaurant in west Chelsea where we live other than casual spots which are good to great but not amazing like Mermaid Inn was this time of the last two times I’ve been since they opened. Danny: Thank you for opening up here (again)

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jcp1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful new addition to Chelsea. Pretty place, great food - staff is extremely professional and just lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. The food was all great. Excellent ambiance.

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carolh
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service! And they even brought dessert for my birthday! Thoughtful.

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vipDavidwillgetmad
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional as was the food. Looking forward to returning.

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vipLarryW
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jen, our server is THE BEST!!

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Mariano
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot. Loved it. Service exceptional. Just tough to get in.

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vipSharonB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good the one hard part was talking above the blasting music and everyone talking over the music

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vipMikeT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mermaid Inn is excellent. The food is amazing and the service is flawless. The prices are reasonable. I highly recommend.

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Linda
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood is fresh and perfectly prepared. The happy hour oysters and wine are definitely a New York bargain. The staff is friendly, attentive, and well-trained. ("May I clear?"--as opposed to "Can I get rid of that for you? or "Are you guys still workin' on that?") I am a repeat customer, and I always invite my friends.

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Jake
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best one in the city. Incredibly comfortable, perfect ambiance, and impeccable service. It is an absolute must and one of our favorite go to spots at the bar.

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vipNancye453
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great addition to the neighborhood! AsChelsea residents, my husband and I have loved, then mourned, the several wonderful restaurants that have occupied this space. We were thrilled to try The Mermaid Inn and find everything about it up to our tough standards. The food was incredible - fresh, tasty, beautifully presented. The service was A+, and the little chocolate puddings on the house were a lovely touch. The room is nice, not totally different, but lighting good and noise manageable. We could not be more thrilled to welcome this wonderful restaurant to west Chelsea and will certainly be regulars.

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madmax
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent…I have eaten at the other Mermaid Inn locations…this one is just as good! Welcome to Chelsea…

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Randy
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Mermaid Inn. The server Jen was awesome, the appetizers were yummy, the dinners were delicious. We are so happy to have a great restaurant in our neighborhood. We were big fans of The Red Cat and The Harrison and The Mermaid Inn is an excellent extension and update to bring back to West Chelsea. Bravo Danny and your team! Randy & Larry are your regulars (again)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The happy hour is a great deal! Includes food and drinks into the deal and they gave us a complimentary mini chocolate pudding

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David
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In general, we found the food better at the Upper Westside branch on Amsterdam Avenue.
My wife ordered the Lobster Roll in both locations. At the Upper Westside location, the lobster roll was larger with more lobster.
I had the branzino, whole fish, in both locations, and they were comparable in taste.
My daughter ordered the Fish Tacos and enjoyed them.
The complimentary chocolate pudding tasted better at the downtowan 10th avenue location. The ambience is low-key and comfortable.
We paid our bill in cash, and were shortchanged 10 dollars. We reported this to the mananger who graciously apologized for the error and promptly returned the correct change after speaking with the barman who, I believe, made the change.

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DavidS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We miss the Red Cat but still got some nice vibes from the old space.
NOT HAPPY with the table we were given, especially as this was (MY) Birthday celebration and we had a reservation.
Prices very reasonable.
Food was good.
We'll be back

JP
vipJohnP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here...The entire experience from walking through the door to walking out was FANTASTIC... the service was impeccable... super friendly servers and staff... the ambience is warm and inviting...the food is incredible... one of our party accidentally dropped part of his plate and in 5 minutes, a staff came back with a little replacement... blew our minds! Really great night!

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vipesskay
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent with the other locations. Great food and service!

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JoeK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. We were in a corner both so isolated.

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vipTomL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So happy they made it through the storm. Thanks for joining the neighborhood. You make it a perfect night.

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vipAlanP
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic happy hour! Excellent oysters and drinks. Service was great.

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vipFrankieD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been there 6 times already. I live around the corner and love the place!

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vipCynthiaM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was spotty, sometimes rushed, sometimes inattentive, disappointing. Server was very odd!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. We were longtime Red Cat fans, and this place has a very similar energy and feel. The food is excellent. We struggled to narrow down our choices but went with the Tuna Crudo (awesome) and the Calamari Salad (amazing) to start and the Lobster Roll (I couldn't resist and now think I have found my new favorite!) and the Cod (tasty!). We will be back many times. So glad they came back after Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night here. Service was top notch, Jen was great! No detail is missed at this restaurant. Happy hour food hits the spot. Welcome back!

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GinaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Chelsea location is very cozy, although as the night went on it got a great energy as diners enjoyed the delicious food. The Oysters were superb and their Happy Hour is amazing. We certainly will be back!

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andrewt
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise to finally see Mermaid Inn downtown in Chelsea.
Such pleasant space, fantastic and fresh from the sea fish and excellent drinks and service, Charley was the best!

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vipDiner1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chelsea location, is a step up, in the already great Mermaid dining experience.

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EdwardC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely go there again! Service and food was excellent atmosphere was delightful 🙏

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vipChristina
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience in this new location! Loved the new menu items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We had the squid salad, kale salad, yellowtail appetizer, oysters, skate, lobster roll, and linguini with clams. Service was excellent. It’s a little loud. It had a great vibe. Definitely coming back soon.

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Local
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We looked forward to the Mermaid opening in our neighborhood. We loved Red Cat that occupied the same space. And so we made a reservation right away. The food is ok, the wait staff hard working and friendly and the interior is much the same as it was. Confusion over wine choice was quickly rectified. Here's the problem: we were always made to feel at home at Red Cat, from the very beginning. Not so at Mermaid. We were hustled to leave in those unmistakable ways after only an hour. Danny Meyer has said that the restaurant business has to be emotional rather than transactional. Red Cat had that down. We hope Mermaid can reorient itself to make us feel at home in our community.

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vipRebeccaC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb seafood, we had the best wedge salad ever, New England clam chowder was delectable and creamy but small portion, the dozen oysters were sooooo good! The cod was perfectly cooked and the linguini and clams were the perfect blend of broth, lemon, herbs, and sizable portion! Reasonably priced wines by the bottle and complimentary scrumptious chocolate pudding for dessert! We shall return!!! Thanks Chuck who was so sweet!

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MartaG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service was great, food was delicious. Cod over butternut squash was nice and the branzino was cooked to perfection. The nice surprise was the chicken which was juicy and incredible.
Overall a wonderful experience.

FAQs

The Mermaid Inn - Chelsea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 905-5900.

The Mermaid Inn - Chelsea is rated 4.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.