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The Mermaid Inn East Village, New York, NY

The Mermaid Inn East Village

4.7
4.7
1706 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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We are beyond excited to be back in the original Mermaid location, right in the East Village! We welcome you back and hope to have many more years in the place that started it all. Join us for Happy Hour Wed-Sun 4:30pm-6:30pm and for dinner Wed/Thurs 4:30pm-10pm, Fri/Sat 4:30pm-10:30pm and Sunday 4:30pm-9:30pm.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 201-7418

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Cressotti

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    5th and 6th Streets

  • Parking details

    Lot at 3rd Ave. & Bowery

  • Public transit

    6 train to Astor Place

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,706 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. E

    Eagle2413

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The Mermaid Inn is closed (not only at this location, but apparently all NYC locations). I was surprised and disappointed that Open Table would offer and confirm a reservation at a restaurant that is not in operation. It now will be difficult for me to trust Open Table for a reservation at a restaurant that I do not know is actually open by recent personal experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    east village location was closed for the season, but we we’re still able to make an online reservation. wasn’t updated on here or google maps.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  4. P

    Pandora

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal here - the staff were truly so helpful and friendly. Food was 10/10.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and our server was incredible!!!
  6. a

    aura

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy the original has reopened. We have been going to Mermaid at Mcdougal and love it. Now we can go to 2nd Ave. The oysters are always fresh and delicious as are the clams. Always have at least 1dozen of each. Guy the manager, handsome bubbly and very attentive. Camilo the shucker, excellent!!! Ozzie our server was also attentive. Will be back soon
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters in town! Absolutely love this location and restaurant ❤️
  8. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as we remembered it! The service was excellent. Attentive, friendly.
  9. NF

    NeighborhoodFoodie

    London

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great grilled blackened shrimp with corn and avocado. Delicious linguine with classic and salmon.
  10. DL

    DrLee

    New York Area

    190 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything is solidly Very Good at the Mermaid Inn. Service was notably prompt and efficient.
  11. F

    Foodie2022

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was a regular customer before the pandemic and so excited the East village location just reopened. This was my first time back, but also the first time I didn’t like the food. Completely bland, ate a little bit because I was hungry and left the rest. I will go back and hoping this was just a fluke occurrence because they just got up and running and the restaurant was packed. Also it was so loud my friend and I could barely hear each other. Just disappointed.
  12. BG

    BruceG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I am Foodie that loved Mermaid 🧜‍♀️ before it’s close for pandemic. The restaurant comes roaring back. Hope to eat there again soon.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was cold outside
  14. AN

    AndyNYC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were so happy to see this place reopen, and it met or exceeded our expectations in every way. The food was fantastic, and the back garden (where we sat) is a wonderful hidden oasis in the city. We look forward to returning!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy you guys are open again!!!
  16. R

    Roflo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so very happy you are back and the amazing happy hour lives on!! Please do not change a thing and keep doing what you are doing ❤️
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thrilled Mermaid Inn EV reopened! This locations is perfect from ambiance and decor to the curated cocktail and wine list to obviously the freshest oysters and simple yet satisfying menu. Welcome back!!!
  18. m

    mjh8136

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great to be back. I know things are getting up to speed but the service was very unpolished, rushed, sort of weird—plates came too fast and then were cleared aggressively before we finished our meals. It was not crowded or busy so I’m not sure why they were trying to turn the table in 45 minutes
  19. LA

    LauraA

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We are so thrilled to have mermaid back in the neighborhood!!! The food continues to be excellent, service, vibe, etc. the only thing that has me SHOOK - is the change to the lobster roll bun! We miss the springy, fresh roll. The new one is a bit too dry and the bread to lobster ratio is not as perfect as the OG. But aside from that we are so so happy for mermaid’s return and thrilled for it to be our local again!
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    Holly

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great oysters.
  21. JE

    JuneauEats

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was so happy to see that the Mermaid Inn was back in the East Village. We tried a variety of things and everything was great. Wedge salad as a starter YUM, followed by blackened shrimp (an appetizer but I ate as my main)---really delicious. They should consider making an entree size available. My husband had simply grilled fish...fresh and yummy and of course we had to try to the hush puppies and the Old Bay rolls. A+ across the board! Our server was attentive and for those of you who remember the Mermaid Inn from before it closed..YES! They still give you the little cup of chocolate pudding. A treat! Be aware when you are making your reservation that the "cafe" is seating outside by the street. I thought that meant inside but thankfully there were indoor tables available.
  22. BK

    BadKitty

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience of dining there was perfect in absolutely every way.
  23. G

    Gloria

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made it in time to take advantage of the extensive happy hour menu and $1.25 oysters. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly from the calamari tuna tar tar to the mahi mahi. We'll definitely go back to take advantage of the happy hour menu.
  24. B

    Bonnie

    New York Area

    855 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    855 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cozy on a cold rainy night. Wonderful oysters from VA. Blackened mahi, crab cake, fries and of course the demitasse of chocolate pudding made for a near perfect dining.
  25. HK

    HeatherK

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot for some oysters and champagne! Def going to back back for happy hour-
  26. MP

    MarkP

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner date with Daughter.
  27. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour menu - great atmosphere
  28. h

    hines

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Was very excited to try this as I love seafood. Hush puppies to start which we’re very good. All other food was pretty bad. I got the salmon which had no flavor, and looked like it was just thrown on a plate. The service was not great either. Would not recommend, and will not go back.
  29. LH

    LorH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, service was great. We especially loved the happy hour options and the complimentary dessert - what a pleasant surprise! The only issue was it was very noisy on a Saturday evening!
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    Alfred

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was delicious, especially the calamari salad. The service amazing.
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    adriennep

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The raw seafood was delicious but the main dishes were barely edible and definitely not worth any money I recommend for good service good clams and good drinks
  32. SM

    ShainaM

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always, always, always the perfect spot. Great for a family dinner, great with friends, and great for pre-show drinks and snacks with a date. Extra "yaas" for Monday all-night Happy Hour.
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    notoriousdad

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything. Helped make a first date perfect.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always good choice! and also good value when you visit during the happy hour.
  35. m

    maria

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We sat in the 3 season porch which was cold. They had some space heaters that didn’t quite reach the middle. The scallops were great but the butternut squash drizzle was cold - I think they put it on the plate too early as a garnish. Service was amazing from the door staff all the way through. Trendy and funky I really liked it
  36. T

    Tiffany

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the consistency of the mermaid inn. Can’t beat their happy hour deals!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Oysters were very good and fresh!
  38. AC

    ACMod

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall I had a very nice time, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The food tasted good and came out pretty quick. If there was anything I would change it would be minor things about the food I ordered. I ordered the blackened Mahi mahi as an entree and an additional side of Mac and cheese. The mahi mahi was delicious but there wasnt much to the dish. It came with a small piece of cornbread, some pico and a creme sauce. I feel like the cornbread could have been bigger or another component could have been added to the dish like another veggie or potato. If I didn’t order the side of Mac and cheese I would definitely be hungry. And the Mac and cheese could use sharper cheese it was missing some flavor.
  39. SS

    SavannahS

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calamari salad is to DIE for!! Also love the shishitos, tuna crudo, and salmon tartar. So good. Fall in love with mermaid inn and oyster bar even more every time I go!
  40. WI

    WILLC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu options for happy hour. Lengthy bar can fit a number of people if you don't have a reservation but definitely recommend making one as it's busy!

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The Mermaid Inn East Village is rated 4.7 stars by 1706 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for The Mermaid Inn East Village

96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th and 6th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Lot at 3rd Ave. & Bowery

  • Public transit

    6 train to Astor Place

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Cressotti

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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