The Mermaid Inn Uptown

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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.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress was giving us strange looks

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RS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYC used to have so many excellent seafood restaurants. The Mermaid Inn came to life after that era had passed, and we are fortunate that it arrived. The oysters are excellent. The dishes are very well prepared. I count TMI as a place I regularly eat at.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was good, as it typically is, but the wait staff really seemed to want to flip tables so we were rushed through our meal and they kept coming over in way that suggested we needed to get up so they could seat someone else.

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TC
Munich
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! The Mermaid Inn was a delight, full of fun people, great food, attentive interested servers. The kind of place you decide to come back to the minute you walk in the door.

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b
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

love the Mermaid Inn. food great lot of value love happy hour and dollar clams oysters nice servers. excellent and good vibe

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HC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, and service. Love the happy hour drinks. Pricy though.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our home away from home --- always great food and service. Travis makes it all work perfectly.

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DF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love going to The Mermaid Inn! My boyfriend and I enjoy the happy hour food and cocktails. The fish taco's and calamari are really good, the buttered lobster roll and the avocado shrimp slider are delicious! The service is overall pretty good. The free chocolate pudding for dessert is always the cherry on top of our visit to The Mermaid Inn. It truly is a hotspot so make sure to get your OpenTable reservation at least a few days ahead.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters and happy hour yummies alongside delicious cocktails has become our birthday tradition!

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I went for brunch and had the Greek yogurt pancakes. Loved them. Service was quick, brunch was affordable. Our table was ready as soon as we got there. Would definitely go again.

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JF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cod was terrific. Service wonderful. A bit loud but overall nice meal!

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy this place. Fish is so fresh and perfectly prepared! Everyone in my party had a different dish and all enjoyed them. Cod, Tuna, Fish Tacos abd Lobster Roll all very good. I highly recommend Mermaid Inn

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k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Happy Hour food and drinks. Very accommodating for families. Friendly staff and good food.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Have been to the East Village location many times. First time at the UWS one. Loved it as well. I'll be back!

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HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely waiter. Delicious, and inexpensive oysters (happy hour), not too noisy...

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NB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waiter, wish I could compliment him by name. Sea bass special was just that, special. Also - the complimentary chocolate pudding is a great differentiator. Keep it up!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation due to occupancy concerns, but wanted to sit at the bar. The host was more than happy to accommodate our request. After getting seated at the bar, the bartenders were attentive, kind, and more than competent at their trade.

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour oysters were perfect. Fresh, fresh, fresh!!

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For some reason I thought your Sunday lobster special was 11/4 pounds our lobsters were 1 pound. But I like Mermaid but may rethink when ordering and not lobster.

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WT
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Sat night and the restaurant closed down at 11... we felt rushed... no service at the bar. It’s NYC. Not Idaho!

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JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve come here several times and really love the food and service the wait staff is very accommodating and helpful. Perfect spot for great seafood and meeting friends for a lively atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent, as is the service. This time out we decided to have several appetizers rather than full entrees. That was a great decision. We sampled and filled up on eclectic and delicious dishes. Each and every one was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

10/10 would bang

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this spot but, there was a very odd and strong, foul odor as I entered this last visit. We almost canceled but opted to stay and moved to the back wheee everything was relAtively fine. Just uninviting for a seafood place.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at this location continue to impress us, keeping us coming back over and over again. We always enjoy the oysters, the entrees, and the atmosphere.

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KD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for Birthday celebration -candles on the chocolate mousse a fun thing - friendly staff - great seafood - pleasing atmosphere and vibe!

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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My only wish is that there was a chicken choice on the brunch menu. Food was freshly prepared and appetizingly presented. Staff made eye contact, were attentive and pleasant. I was a little jealous that the kids got a coloring book and crayons...why not the "grown ups"? 😁

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to the Mermaid Inn on several occasions. We met friends for dinner. I had the pumpkin salad, with dried cherries and it was a great balance of pumpkin sweetness and dried cherries that were tart. Next I had the cioppino, which is a fish stew, with mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops. It was a tomato based broth. Both the broth and the fish was delicious. There was a crusty bread served the the stew to get every drop of the broth.

Mermaid Inn does not serve desserts but ends the meal with a cup of chocolate mousse. I highly recommend Mermaid Inn for getting together with friends, a date, or a special occasion.

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k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great happy hour. Really accommodating for families with kids.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very friendly professional waiting staff, all made if a very enjoyable evening dinner with friends

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LP
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great place for fresh seafood. The service was outstanding!

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SP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always amazing. The service is flawless. The happy hour appetizer, clam chowder and the tuna sliders are delicious. The lobster roll is definitely the best lobster roll in nyc. The brioche roll is is heavenly and goes perfectly with the mounds of sweet tender lobster meat The cocktails are creative and delicious and the bartender makes fantastic martinis.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mermaid Inn is easily one of my favorite restaurants on the Upper West Side. It's an excellent spot for families, friends, or even dates. The ambiance is cozy, the happy hour prices are fantastic, and best of all, the food and drinks are delicious.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weather was getting bad but the Inn was cozy and warm.
All was delish but we especially love those brussel sprouts with candied pecans.

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L
Birmingham
52 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love The Mermaid Inn. Great neighborhood restaurant with good food at affordable prices.
But, I was disappointed with the service in this last visit. Food was good, but slow in coming out of the kitchen. The coffee poured from a stainless thermos was not hot. when mentioned, waiter did not offer to get hot coffee. This visit does not change my overall review, but i hope they fix the coffee temp.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was decent - “ok” I would say . Not too special or refined but I liked my salad and my drink ; my garlic knots I thought would have been tastier - unless I’m just desiring the actual escargot ; my husband found his salad kind of blah and lacking ; ambiance was casual and a little loud ; I think the table next to us was enjoying their oysters quite a bit tho . I would come back tho to try other dishes .

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CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour food and drinks!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Food, Great ambience. Very friendly and helpful staff! We were there on a Friday evening. I highly recommended making reservations. When we arrived our table was ready and waiting right on time. A great dining experience!

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YS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and venue and great happy hour deals!

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