The Mermaid NYC

Mermaid Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant · Greenwich Village
79 Macdougal St (btwn Bleecker & W Houston St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:30 PM
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Mermaid Oyster Bar is a casuallly sophisticated urban fish shack located in Greenwich Village.


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    Ethan C.
    "One of the best place in the city for $1 oyster happy hour!!"(13 Tips)
    Jess S.
    "$1 oysters, lobster roll sliders & fish tacos = perfect happy hour"(29 Tips)
    Emily W.
    "Start with some west coast oysters and tuna crudo."(8 Tips)
    Alexandra G.
    "Excellent oysters, lobster roll and fish tacos are to die for."(23 Tips)

From Mermaid Oyster Bar


Join us for the Happiest of Happy Hours everyday from 5-7pm! Enjoy oysters for $1, specialty cocktails for $7 & our tasty snack menu! Swim by, get happy!

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  • The Mermaid NYC

    Join us for the Happiest of Happy Hours everyday from 5-7pm!Enjoy oysters for $1, specialty cocktails for $7 & our tasty snack menu!Swim by, get happy!

    The Mermaid NYC · May 14, 2014
  • Shermans Travel

    The daily selection of up to 16 kinds of fresh oysters goes for around $2.50 each – though there’s a “happy hour and a half” each day from 5:30 to 7pm when East Coast oysters go for just $1 a pop.

    Shermans Travel · August 15, 2012
  • Janett F.

    Got the baby grand platter, loved the barcat west coast oysters, not the kusshi & crudo yelowtail is delish! got a free side for checking in, seared asparagus needs flavor.. but i love the mermaid inn

    Janett Florindo · August 22, 2014
  • Bin Y.

    $1 oysters, littleneck clams for happy hour, usually ones with a crisp finish. FYI the happy hour is all night on Mondays. They also have tender steak (get it rare) and my fav lobster roll.

    Bin Yang · January 5
  • Michael K.

    Can't go wrong with anything here, but three must-haves: happy hour oysters ($1!), the yellowfin tuna crudo (flavor bomb), and the lobster & corn fritters (yowza).

    Michael Kauffman · January 10
  • Colin G.

    One of my favorite places to get oysters. They always have about 12 different types and they mix it up pretty regularly (usually half East cost and half West coast). Dirty cheap during happy hour.

    Colin Gibbs · November 11, 2012
  • Sudeshna M.

    One and a half hours of Happy. Their Long Island $1 Oysters are hugely popularly. Also loved the clam chowder. Reasonable portions for the price paid & attentive + polite servers. I am a happy camper!

    Sudeshna Mukherjee · March 17, 2014
  • The Corcoran Group

    As the name would indicate, we love to come here for amazing oysters (especially when they're only $1 during happy hour). Zach Braff is a part owner here, so never know when he may stop by!

    The Corcoran Group · August 19, 2013
  • Alana

    Hands down favorite oyster place in the city. Daily $1 happy hour is usually the Barcat which I recommend you pair with the fried calamari, old bay fries, and happy hour white wine.

    Alana · August 28, 2015
  • Gothamist

    From 5-7pm Tuesday through Thursday, 4-7pm Friday to Saturday and all night Monday, this bar serves thick and spicy $7 Mermaid Marys doused with Old Bay that pair perfectly with $1 Oysters. Read more

    Gothamist · January 20, 2015
  • DoubleDeuce

    Everyone comes here for the Happy Hour. You'll likely have a significant wait if you come anytime after 5:30. But you'll love it here, that's almost guaranteed (by me, anyways!).

    DoubleDeuce · April 18, 2015
  • Joy C.

    Great daily happy hour & Yelp/Foursquare deals, plus lovely touches such as complimentary multigrain crackers, pudding desserts, and a flappy "fortune fish." Affordable and nautically charming.

    Joy Chen · October 13, 2014
  • Helen

    Do NOT get the Hot&Dirty cocktail on the happy hour menu. It is basically cheap vodka with splashes if hot sauce. House wine is good though. Oysters are fresh, service is friendly.

    Helen · October 24, 2014
  • kevin k.

    Happy Hour is a fantastic deal. The lobster roll at regular price was not a good deal - skimpy, although tasty (and a TON of delicious fries). Staff are great.

    kevin kiernan · May 26, 2015
  • Rosamaria P.

    Delicious oyster happy hour special. Try a dozen mix of east and west coast for $1-$1.75 each. Cocktail happy hour specials are impeccable. Great service as well.

    Rosamaria P. · November 3, 2013
  • Jenny U.

    Happy Hour Oysters! Loved the "Washburns", sweet, salty, crisp, light, yet full of flavor, my favorite oyster there. The Charred Octopus was also delicious 🐙👍🏻

    Jenny Ung · December 19, 2015
  • Gourmet Bachelor B.

    East Village locals-favorite seafood joint in Greenwich Village TGB Picks: $1 Oysters, $3 fish tacos, $5 beers, $6 wine or $7 cocktails Seafood, Couples, Warm

    Gourmet Bachelor Blog · December 6, 2013
  • Dana O.

    Eat at the beautiful bar if you can. Lobster roll is gorgeous. Opt for the side of asparagus. Skip the Mermaid Mary and get the Seaside Rendezvous to sip on beforehand.

    Dana OMalley · May 28, 2013
  • HipHostessNYC

    seafood lovers spot, fantastic oyster selection, Mustard Crusted Rainbow Trout, see photos here:

    HipHostessNYC · February 21, 2011
  • Jennifer .

    Check out the photos posted here re: oysters and the ppl who love them -- sure to make you smile. Bonus: caption the rando ones that were clearly not taken here.

    Jennifer 🍴 · January 5, 2014
  • Erica T.

    The most amazing amazing amazing happy hour specials! The lobster Mac n cheese and the calamari salad are incomparably delicious, and you can't beat $1 oysters!

    Erica Taylor · August 18, 2011
  • Laila F.

    Arrive early (5:30ish), grab seats at the bar and enjoy the $1 oyster special and a glass (or two) of prosecco. Perfect respite at the end of a hard day.

    Laila F. · February 9, 2010
  • Vanessa M.

    Happy hour and a half- 5:30-7PM everyday. Dollar oysters, apps and discounted drinks. If that doesn't convince you to stop in, then the Hot n' Dirty martini will

    Vanessa Misciagna · February 3, 2012
  • Christine S.

    The Tuesday lobster roll special is a must! Make sure your server brings you your complimentary beer! Use the Foursquare special for a free side 😚.

    Christine Shin · January 15, 2014
  • Melissa R.

    From 5:30-7 every day, enjoy $1 oysters in the entire restaurant as well as $7 cocktails, $6 glasses of wine, $5 beers and a kickin' snack menu.

    Melissa Rogers · August 5, 2012
  • Vicky S.

    Same fare and excellent HH like the EV location, but their Bloody Mary mix has celery salt in it, unlike the EV mix.

    Vicky Sun · April 2, 2015
  • Maria R.

    Seared calamari with frisée is by far the best salad I have had in ages. I could eat it for days. Absolutely amazing little seafood spot. 🐙🐟🐠🐡🐚🐬🐳

    Maria Riabtchenko · May 20, 2015
  • Melissa M.

    You can't beat their happy hour! It's the perfect place to bring a few friends and enjoy life, before wandering around Washington Square Park. It's impossible to not leave their feeling happier!

    Melissa Moser · August 26, 2015
  • Robert S.

    Chesapeake oysters & crab tostada was delicious. Happy hour Falanghina & bar seating made for a memorable early nibble. Tables open outside after 7.

    Robert S · May 4, 2015
  • Chris S.

    Such a shame. Customer service here has gone off the cliff...I'd say the hostess staff needs a change over...the blonde...really, I think she hurts puppies after work.

    Chris Sandeman · May 18, 2014
  • Natalie V.

    All night happy hour on Mondays! The food is delicious - fried oyster slider is a fav - and the pink flamingo cocktail is good too.

    Natalie Vegel · 3 days ago
  • Dina

    Monday - all night. Tues-Fri 5-7pm. Sat-Sun 4-7pm. $1 east coast oysters (usually blue points but chef's selection on Sun/Monday)

    Dina · April 24, 2014
  • Cole K.

    The oysters are fresh and delicious, but the rest of the menu is great too. Pickled jalapeño in the fish taco adds some tangy kick!

    Cole Kennedy · April 4, 2015
  • Paul

    Happy hour 1$ east coast oysters 5:30 to 7pm! Best quality 1$ oysters in NYC by far!!! Most in 1 session so far is 5 doz..

    Paul · October 2, 2012
  • Theory

    NY. This place is one of our favorites and not just for the amazing seafood. Must try: the lobster & truffle mac & cheese side dish.

    Theory · December 27, 2011
  • Gradwell S.

    Awesome eats on the cheap: 530-7pm, 6 east coast oysters ($6), a beer ($5), and lobster Mac (free) with pudding (on the house).

    Gradwell Sears · September 3, 2011
  • emma t.

    the happy hour and a half, with $1 oysters and $7 cocktails, is one of my favorite in new york. (try the oyster shooters!)

    emma tangoren · July 19, 2012
  • Joel S.

    Definitely try the seared calamari salad - smokey grill marks on the squid and mushrooms pair beautifully with the salad and feta.

    Joel Savitzky · November 17, 2013
  • Will S.

    $1 raw oysters during happy hour were amazing! They were shucked so well! I would pay more than $1 for them any day!

    Will Skiles · July 18, 2014
  • Andrew F.

    Happy Hour & A Half from 5-7pm for $1 East Coast oysters & $1.75 West Coast Oysters. They know what the shuck they're doing.

    Andrew Ferenci · July 8, 2012
  • Chelsea

    The happy hour here is incredible. Nothing better after a long day than a giant platter of fresh oysters & an affordable cocktail.

    Chelsea · September 12, 2014
  • Sophie C.

    Happy hours hectic but so worth it! Whole bill with cocktails and enough small bites to make a meal just $45 for two!

    Sophie Chou · July 5, 2013
  • Nicolette R.

    Great spot for a date. Not good for groups. They give you a fun fortune fish and complimentary chocolate mousse!

    Nicolette Romero · September 12, 2014
  • Bullfrog & Baum

    Whenever in the mood for oysters this place is perfect, especially during happy hour when they have their $1 oyster special!

    Bullfrog & Baum · January 24, 2011
  • Blake S.

    Pro tip: they have a great happy hour every day (even on the weekends). Oysters and sliders are delicious.

    Blake Shaw · August 10, 2014
  • Alexandra G.

    Excellent oysters, lobster roll and fish tacos are to die for. You get a free chocolate pudding at the end!!!

    Alexandra Grammenou · August 4, 2015
  • Stephen M.

    Lobster roll and lobster fra diavolo simple and tasty. Great space for summer evenings, and terrific, friendly service.

    Stephen Merrill · July 4, 2010
  • derkins s.

    Happy Hour & a Half: 5:30-7pm, every day - $1 East Coast/$1.75 West Coast oysters, plus discounts on drinks and appetizers.

    derkins s · June 15, 2012
  • Lindsay C.

    Lobster, shrimp, crab and oysters -- the raw is awesome! And don't miss the housemade Blood Mary.

    Lindsay C · 2 weeks ago
  • Amina M.

    great happy hour with snack specials. the tacos are fantastic, as are the sliders and lobster roll

    Amina McKenzie · June 24, 2015
  • Serious Eats

    The happy hour offers an option of $1 East Coast oysters and $1.75 West Coast oysters, along with $1 raw clams.

    Serious Eats · April 19, 2013

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