The Mermaid NYC

The Mermaid Inn

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
253 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • happy hour
  • lobster
  • good for dates
  • old bay fries
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  • ZenFoodster Eats
    ZenFoodster EatsJune 12, 2014
    HH M-F 5-7pm & Sat-Sun 5-7pm: $1 E coast oyster+littleneck clams, $3-7 apps, $7 cocktails, $6 wines, $5 beer. My fave are Gone w/ Gin (substituting vodka), oysters, fish tacos, & shrimp corn dogs.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 21, 2010
    You will feel as though you stepped into a New England town, these cozy digs offer great and affordable seafood. The oyster selection is top notch, and you can’t beat their lobster roll!
  • Chase M.
    Chase McCannMay 12, 2013
    The food is amazing! Make happy hour and always order a shrimp corn dog. The hostess will never remember you and always looks like she wants to be somewhere else. Everyone else is super nice!
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SunApril 2, 2015
    Happy hour is excellent. Fresh and delicious clams and oysters for $1. Cocktails are delicious, and the rest of the food menu is also splendid. Clam chowder is a must.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TashJuly 21, 2014
    Great Happy Hour! Can't beat $3 fish tacos & they have very tasty bloody Mary's.  If you stay for dinner and are in a group, highly recommend sharing the lobster sandwich! Plenty of food to go around!
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer VaradiSeptember 8, 2014
    I love it here. Fresh fish and a great atmosphere. Plus, you can celebrate Lobsterpalooza on Sundays: $24 for a pound and a quarter lobster, grilled corn on the cob, red potatoes and cole slaw. Yum!
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    One of the best oyster happy hours in Manhattan, which extends to other food items (like fish tacos) and cocktails, so A++. Every visit ends with chocolate pudding and the fortune telling fish game.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie Y.August 24, 2015
    Happy hour all day Monday! $1 oysters. Drinks aren't bad. The waitress we had was definitely attentive. Shrimp and avocado sliders are amazing. This might just be my new To go place for hh seafood
  • Alex N.
    happy hour $1 oysters! great atmosphere and yummy $8 cocktails as well. seafood for days. complimentary chocolate pudding at the end makes it perfect.
  • Fati H.
    Fati HussainJune 23, 2015
    Great happy hour specials, Monday night it's an all night happy hour. The happy hour isn't just for the bar. They serve chocolate pudding when you request the check
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 1, 2014
    Happy hour is the best! From 4-7 everyday, $1 oysters and reduced price drinks. There are other good snacks on special too, like fish tacos and sliders. Great service and fun vibe.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TSeptember 24, 2014
    A favorite date night spot. Lobster roll on brioche, with its light, clean dressing and Old Bay fries is superb. Specials are always worth considering. The patio out back is intimate and cute.
  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiMay 20, 2012
    Glorious. Take a date to the courtyard in back. Eat w friends out front. Dollar EC oysters for happy hour fresh as can be. Excellent fish tacos. Lobster rolls on brioche. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistFebruary 19, 2015
    During the Happy Hour here typically expensive cocktails like aperol spritzes and Mermaid Marys are knocked down to $7, with wine and draft beers clocking in at $6 and $5, respectively. Read more
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloMay 26, 2014
    I had the $1 oysters, old bay fries, fish taco, and the calamari and have to say I wasn't impressed. It's def a great happy hour deal, but I don't know if I would come back and try the regular menu.
  • Angela D.
    Angela DawnJanuary 31
    Our favorite! Very safe for gluten-free; just ask your server. Great drinks, good food, awesome happy hour specials. Chocolate pudding and fortune telling fish at the end of the meal.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsNovember 14, 2012
    "At the East Village mainstay, the Baby Grand Platter ($29) serves six oysters, six clams, tuna crudo; The Grand Platter ($65) has a dozen oysters, six clams, tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail, and a..." Read more
    ThePurplePassport.comFebruary 12, 2012
    Its pure New England charm is a bright spot in the surrounding industrial cityscape. We also like how short and sweet the menu is, the wines delectable, & the prices more affordable than we’d expect. Read more
  • Sean M.
    Sean MoriaritySeptember 29, 2015
    Everything is good: the food, the service, the interior, and the candlelit restrooms. Stick to ordering cocktails from the menu though… ye have been warned 🎺💀🍸🐟
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 21, 2015
    Solid happy hour, tighter squeeze in the front half of the place, a bit of sidewalk seating but great outdoor seating in the very back. And a Fish Fortune Teller always completes the occasion.
  • David H.
    David HuJuly 5, 2014
    They give you a fish after your meal. Place fish in palm of the hand and its movements will indicate various personality traits about yourself. Too real fish, too real.
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 8, 2014
    Panfried skate with brown butter on bed of sautéed Apple cubes, oyster mushrooms & Brussel sprouts $22! Side of Old Bay fries=happy.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    The Mermaid Inn has such an innovative sea food menu! Their traditional lobster sandwich gets better with each bite having so much lobster with just the right amount of fresh bread around it.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeMay 10, 2011
    great joint for low-carb options plus they hv outdoor seating in the back garden. some favorites: stellar bay & blue point oysters and the seared montauk skate.. nom nom nom
  • Jess S.
    Jess SSeptember 3, 2011
    In my top 10 places in manhattan. Just order 2 dozen download their oyster app & smile. Mussels & old bay fries are pretty damn good too. Great FS check in deals too!
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaMay 7, 2015
    The outdoor seating in the front is nice and all, but check out the patio in the back. Dreamy, secluded and you can actually converse at normal volumes!
  • Flavia J.
    Flavia JordanMay 6, 2013
    I always make sure to hit this spot for excellent $1 oysters during happy hour! It's lovely to sit outside and people watch in the east village
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemSeptember 28, 2014
    Happy hour is every day and includes dollar oysters, 3-7 dollar mini apps and drinks! Oysters were super fresh, and I loved the shrimp corn dogs. Food came out super fast and tasted amazing!!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmFebruary 16, 2013
    Dollar oysters until 7pm every night. Lobster knuckle 'escargot.' Brussels sprouts. Everything here makes me a happy panda.
  • Jerod E.
    Jerod EDecember 25, 2011
    Blackened catfish was an awesome dish. Get an old speckled hen and some oysters to start. Amazing on a cold winter night. Secret: crab cake pretty top.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJune 15, 2011
    Get 20% off on Mondays by using their social media coupons available on their Facebook page. Then, go splurge on that lobster roll and lobster truffle mac and cheese.
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TrentOctober 2, 2010
    The appetizers are really good. The asparagus is outstanding. Muscels, Oysters, Lump Crab Cocktail, Lobster Knuckles, White Fish. Skip the pasta and stick to the seafood.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 29, 2011
    It doesn’t have a dessert menu, but makes up for it with the luscious complimentary chocolate pudding that comes in a demitasse with a swirl of whipped cream, served with a little toy “fortune fish”.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroSeptember 27, 2014
    I love this restaurant! Sit outside and people watch in the summer. I recommend the pasta with shrimp. Great oyster happy hour too!
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusJanuary 17, 2012
    If you’re an oyster & happy hour fan, look no further than The Mermaid Inn. You’ll be greeted with $1 East Coast & $1.75 West Coast Oysters, $1 Clams, other delectable bites, and great drink specials Read more
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AlvarezAugust 22, 2014
    Obviously the 4-7pm happy hour. Staff is praise worthy for honoring/encouraging even a 6:59pm order! Can't miss the Campari spritz paired with $1 oysters.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityOctober 26, 2010
    New-England style seafood in the East Village? Too good to pass up. You simply must try the lobster sandwich—made even more irresistible with a toasted brioche bun
  • William M.
    William MullinFebruary 14, 2014
    Wonderful place. Get the fried oysters. Happy hour is a bargain. Total chill, great service too.
  • Suzi B.
    Suzi BenowitzApril 14, 2013
    Sat at the bar and had a quick, delightful experience! Oysters and trout were delicious! (Ask for a fortune fish at the end of the meal!)
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SlutskyFebruary 9, 2015
    Delicious oysters, awesome ambience, and great service. Great little spot. And gotta love the fortune telling fish at the end!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KellyMay 28, 2013
    Dinner was great! Except be wary that they just give you chocolate pudding at the end- maybe it'd be nice to have a selection? Like a fruit plate?
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 27, 2011
    Every Sunday night is Lobsterpalooza, where $24 gets you a pound and a quarter of lobster with grilled corn on the cob and red bliss potatoes.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    Quintessential New England restaurant in the middle of manhattan! Love going here for the food, decor, and east coast vibes.
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJuly 7, 2011
    The happy hour appetizers are money. Get half dozen oysters-one of each. If you want to be super social media-ish then check in for a free side.
  • Baturalp T.
    Decent oyster options all year round. They have a nice little garden in the back! Try to get a table in there.
  • Katrina K.
    Happy hour, oysters, wine & mermaids. Who could ask for anything more? Great little neighborhood spot in East Village-always a good time w/great food and wine.
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary Martz1 week ago
    I'll let you in on a secret: the back patio is the best outdoor seating! The Raw Bar is awesome!
  • Edward S.
    Edward SeborAugust 12, 2015
    Happy hour all day Monday. East coast oysters too small to compete with its peers (Upstate/Wayland). Good ambiance
  • Christina C.
    Happy hr mini clam the free choc pudding they serve at the end!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJuly 14, 2015
    Great spot for Sunday for $1 oysters & wine during happy hour. Sit outside, enjoy the sun and people watch.
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