The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.7
2557 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The East Village's favorite fish shack is now an Upper West Side favorite as well, thanks to a second location at 570 Amsterdam Ave. near 88th St.

Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the lobster roll with Old Bay fries, seared skate wing, Mermaid fish tacos and the Happiest of Happy Hours.

he uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot.

Danny Abrams, who has owned and operated some of the city's most beloved restaurants (including The Red Cat and The Harrison), is the principle owner, and Michael Cressotti is their corporate executive chef.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 799-7400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Cressotti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W 88th Street
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Parking details
There is free street parking after 7pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Parking Garages are also in the neighborhood. Garsch Garage (24hrs)181 West 87th (Columbus/Amsterdam)Quik Park207 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)Central Kenny Garage (24hrs)214 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)Icon- 212.874.9899 (24hrs)205-209 West 89th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at The Mermaid Inn! Between 5pm and 6:45pm, the Happy Hour and a la carte menu will be available. We will be featuring a $75pp pre-fixe menu after 7pm - which will feature 5 courses. The a la carte version of the pre-fixe menu will be offered at the bar from 7pm to close.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2557 People Are Saying
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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seated on time for an 830 reservation. Restaurant was busy and stayed that way the entire time we were there. Service was attentive, friendly and professional. Overall food was good. Shared lobster knuckles and seared calamari salad. Both of which were really good, actually thought the salad was outstanding. For dinner my wife got the tuna I had the salmon. She likes her tuna very rare and ordered it that way it was a little too ‘done ‘ for her taste and a little bland. The salmon was prepared nicely and the accompaniment was good. Shared a bottle of wine... the complimentary chocolate pudding cups were a nice touch after dinner. All in all an enjoyable evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening.

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EA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters oysters oysters! Fish tacos! Fresh fish entrees! Who cares if you can't hear.
I love this place.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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OT
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food efficiently served. Fun atmosphere. Attentive service.

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A
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delightful dinner, and though the place is generally a bit noisy, I asked for s quiet corner, and delightfully the staff found one for us.

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MD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Mermaid Inn never disappoints and I guess that's why it's always busy (and noisy). Great happy hour specials and drinks. Regular menu of course is always good. One of the best restaurants on the UWS.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliable and fun. Last time we went for their routine Sunday night special, whole steamed lobster with clambake sides--potato and corn--and a leisurely catch-up with old friends from far away. Friendly service kept our orders straight and unhurried. A favorite place for oysters happy hour with outside seating in summer.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always good. A bit dark for my taste in the back room.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved this restaurant, Delicious food, great service!!

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a last minute addition to our original party of 4 and while we were promptly accommodated the hostess was a bit ungracious about finding us a new table. Otherwise, the experience was fair to good.

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the neighborhood and wanted to try a new place for brunch. My sister was here for a visit and said the eggs Benedict spoiled her for any others. I agree! Will be back again...And again !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Back room can be loud at times otherwise great experience as always

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure, love this as one of the great nyc neighborhood restaurants

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HM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always superb and fun. Great knowledge of wines and entrees. Noise level is really high so. It for an intimate dinner but it is fun.

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h
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed - amazing hospitality and great food. Consistently great.

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MU
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a meeting with old friends, I thought of The Mermaid Inn, and we were very happy with everything. We got there before 7:00 so we could take advantage of the Happy Hour specials...I especially love the tiny clam chowder appetizer. My friends had salmon and I had cod; all were delicious. Of course the little chocolate puddings at the end were a hit. Glad we went, and plan to try the extension next door, Sirenetta, for pizza.

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KD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everyone is extremely friendly at The Mermaid Inn. The noise in the back room is a problem
Food consistently very good

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always very consistent

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Tables a little small I prefer dinner and not brunch

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AL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very reliable UWS place for a seafood dinner. The clam chowder was tasty, although it wasn't quite as thick as the last time that I had it, which was the best clam chowder I had anywhere in NYC or Boston. I asked for the seared tuna medium rare and it was served just right. We went the night after Thanksgiving -- no cooking!

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RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd time there. Oysters wonderful, all dishes delicious, portions good, lighting and decor good. all good. Husband thought tables and chairs too small, but I didn’t think so. And we were seated next to a noisy table, but hey. We had a great evening and will def come back again when we are back in town.

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant with astonishingly good food for the price. Will go again.

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour oysters

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been here several times and everyone is always warm and friendly. Delicious clams and oysters at happy hour. Also enjoyed the shrimp slider, but the fish taco was just ok.

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NH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mermaid Inn has become our go-to spot for celebrating my oyster-loving boyfriend's birthday. They offer a great happy hour deal on oysters from 5pm-7pm, so we like to make our reservation for 6/6:30pm to enjoy the HH oysters and appetizers before dinner. It's a bustling restaurant and always full, so making a reservation is a MUST if you don't want to wait awhile. Classy and warm, the noise level stays at a reasonable level despite the packed house. It's lovely to be able to people watch, but still be able to hear each other at the same time. The food is delicious, always, and the service is top-notch. I highly recommend the mini fish tacos as an appetizer (be sure to order several as one is not enough!). The lobster roll is fantastic and the salmon is delicious. The one thing I wouldn't recommend ordering is the cornmeal crusted catfish- nothing against the chef, it's just catfish itself is a bland fish no matter how it's prepared! To top it all off, a tiny chocolate pudding cup is presented after every meal. And, if it's your birthday, they even put a single candle in the cup!

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R
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This neighborhood gem is charming, amiable and best of all a fine food dining experience for those favoring seafood. The menu is accomodating, and the ambiance has a very positive vibe.

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I
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and delicious. Spend my birthday here and had a great time and enjoyed delicious oysters

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C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Happy hour fried oyster - not to be missed. Only served 5-7pm. Burnt beets are also outstanding . Interesting smiley ketchup with the fries. $1 oysters were from VA last night.

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IC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The servers this time did not give us any peace, constantly wanting our orders beginning soon after we arrived and kept interrupting our cocktails, as if there was a rush to get us out. The tables are tiny and close together. Though the food and cost are wonderful, it has become a stressful experience that will keep us from returning, regrettably.

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PG
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in upper west side! Accommodated us with 5 kids without hestitation. Great experience with great food and cocktails.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night dinner with my wife meant to enjoy seafood. Oysters delicious, Tuna perfect!

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JF
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about this place is fine, but what really stands out is the quality of the cooking. Yummmm!

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M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, and the food very good. We did not know about their Happy Hour specials, came in close to the end and were pleasantly surprised.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s first time at NYC. Very soecial occasion for Mom and Daughter. Recommended by a local friend.

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DG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, solid neighborhood restaurant. Been many times and it’s always a good experience. They also have inexpensive corkage for anyone who wants to bring a bottle. My only complaint was we had a four person table along a wall and that made things a little crowded for me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The lobster roll was really bad.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. The energy was high. The food was very good. We were able to share dishes. The drinks kept coming. It was a little too noisy to have meaningful conversation, but that's not what we were there for.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top five meal of my life. Absolutely outstanding food!

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