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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HC
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were there for Happy Hour and there are a number of interesting items available. Afterwards we ordered from the regular menu and had a delicious special fish and the mac & cheese with lobster (very good).

VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch experience! Very attentive service!

G
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Like their expanded space a lot and of course the food is always very good.

E
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seared calamari appetizer was one of the best dishes I've eaten in years. It had just the right amount of lemon flavor, and the feta cheese added just the right amount of saltiness. On the down side, my husband ordered cod prepared "simply" and it was tasty, but there wasn't much to it. I thought it looked like a child sized portion -- about 2 inches by 2 inches. And it was served on a large plate, which just made it look that much smaller. It would have looked properly proportioned on a plate that you would put down under a teacup. Luckily for my husband, he ordered Brussels sprouts as a side dish, and this was a very generous serving so he didn't leave the restaurant still hungry.

OT
New England
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour is amazing!
I'll definitely come back for mini lobster rolls, mini fish tacos, mini clam chowders, calamari and $1.25 oysters. "Pink Flamingo" is refreshing and delicious too. Crab cakes, Salmon and Old Bay fries were also all nicely seasoned and executed.
Even though there isn't a dessert menu, chocolate pudding was served regardless, it was the perfect end to a satisfying meal.
The services was great, we were in and out in an hour with 3 courses.
Thank you for everything!

FW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was fun and great value - the raw bar is fabulous. Mixed drinks on the sweet side wish I'd gone with wine!

D
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great seafood and ambiance. The happy hour has to be the best in the city. Fresh osyters and firm calamari. Fried osyters are so good. Great for dates, groups or just hanging at the bar. We will be back!

KH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Always one of our favorites. Everything is usually consistent, although sometime the service can be spotty, as it was during our last visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied. Happy hour oystersare the best!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome happy hour and they give you a complimentary chocolate mousse after dinner!

PC
Mexico City
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The server probably had a bad night. He pressured us into placing the entire order at once, and sent out ALL our at the same time. We had to literally carry plates in our hands, until manager came and relieved us of some dishes.
Too bad that because of him the rest of the team suffered in tip.

e
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The crabcake was delicious, as was the kale salad. My boyfriend didn't love his seared tuna, but he thought it was pretty good. The ambiance is lovely - makes you feel like you're out of the city and in Maine or something. Great service!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I eat at Mermaid quite often. Although I will not go back again for a long time. I specifically request a table in the front each time I reserve. They have this request in their system yet time after time they attempt to seat me in the back. Instead of asking if I would prefer to wait for a table in the front they simply head to the back.
I find the front of house rude and inefficient. I understand it is a popular spot but they will eventually lose customers unless they improve the service.

MF
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a dear friend’s birthday. Since he is a foodie, I always try to bring him to a place where he will be saying yum at every bite. We decided to have pretty much everything from the Happy Hour menu. Every course brought a Wow from him! He is ready to come back very soon. I’m happy.

SH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent and consistently delicious choice for oysters, happy hour and fresh seafood.

MO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food & excellent wine.

n
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the dinner-food,service,ambiance all very nice-
Started with oysters-east coast very nice-cod was delicious as a main course-‘my companion had the strip steak-funny thing for seafood place,but shes had it before and liked it a lot.
Loved the complimentary chocolate potdelcreme—excellent, as was my wine-
Will be back to this very nice neighborhood restaurant-

HS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening all around! The 5-7 cocktail hour of wines, cocktails and small bites is especially wonderful. So good every taste and sip

b
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Great service. We will definitely go back.

p
France
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely and delicious.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was terrible by the end of our meal. We arrived at 5:15 and left about 6 p.m. and
the it was difficult to have a conversation.

W
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The decor is very nice, lively atmosphere, too noisy at times. Food was good, but portions quite small. No bread on table, just crackers. They did serve a tiny chocolate pudding on the house in tiny cups at the end. The fish tacos were very good, but not served with a side. The cod was tasty but small portion. It’s a good neighborhood place.

DW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal taking advantage of Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials from 5-7pm everday. The cod entree is a favorite.

JK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server and excellent food prep. Noise was moderate. The TINY print and darkened room just continues the trend of making us take out our cellphones to read the menu. Hopefully you guys break the trend. Even the youngsters in the room can't read the menu.

We will be back flashlights in hand

GB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mermaid Inn. It’s simply the best restaurant on the UWS. Always good.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great seafood, delicious raw bar items, attentive and courteous service. Decor is less appealing.

TG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There is nothing you can say bad about Mermaid inn. It’s the best in the neighbor.

MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is great and ambiance terrific. But for dinner, place is way too loud. I wish they would get some soft surfaces in there to muffle the noise a bit. Noise is not so deafening for brunch.

ON
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and great food and wine

AC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Please note that -- although you wrote me to say we were 'no shows' -- we DID actually eat there and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were in a rush to go to a play; the staff understood that and served us quickly. we were sorry not to be able to linger.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in NYC. This was my first time coming for brunch and I was really impressed - I had the farmer's market and I thought everything was super flavorful and fresh. The strawberry butter is to die for and our waitress was kind enough to give us two (lol). Will definitely put in my regular brunch rotation.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and services. Can be noisy

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday afternoon brunch did not disappoint! The food was very good, as was the service. Will definitely return!

PG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hAppy hour

JR
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Mermaid in was terrific! Great service, lobster roll, fish tacos, sides of Brussel Sprouts & roasted beets were outstanding!

n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

favorite place. love that I can get them to blacken fish tacos and still give me one fried~

R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent the food well prepared and delicious atmosphere was quiet enough for conversation. Had a good meal at a reasonable price.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best lobster rolls in NYC!

u
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great, the food was excellent. My sister in law said she would think about the French Toast for days. My 8 year old ordered off the menu and our server didn't even blink , smile and she got what she wanted.

We love this venue and go once or twice a week. I LOVE the oysters , the cod, calamari , I could go on and on lol :) top notch

AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in NYC!

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