The Mermaid NYC

The Mermaid Inn

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
268 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • happy hour
  • lobster
  • good for dates
  • old bay fries
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  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterJune 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 Jun 20
  • 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!
  • 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 29
  • Eric T.
    Eric TashJuly 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SunApril 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Michele P.
    Michele PiccaroJanuary 10
    One of the best happy hours in the city (all night on Mondays, 5-7pm weekly, 4-7pm on weekends) with deals like $7 cockatils, $6 wine, $5 draft beer, $3.50 fried oysters, $3 fish tacos
  • Adam T.
    Adam TSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 12, 2016
    happy hour $1 oysters! great atmosphere and yummy $8 cocktails as well. seafood for days. complimentary chocolate pudding at the end makes it perfect.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Angela D.
    Angela DawnJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangJanuary 7
    Can't go wrong with the $1 oyster happy hour but all the other food here is great too. Make reservations or come on Sunday.
  • Silas M.
    Silas MorriseySeptember 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.
  • 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.
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriJanuary 20
    Order the linguine with clams. It's amazing. The oysters are also very fresh. I loved their complimentary chocolate dessert at the end. Such amazing time there.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 31, 2012
    Warm up your mallet hand, it's crab season! Grab a bucket of crabs, corn, potatoes and corn bread on Tuesday nights at Mermaid Inn.
  • 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”.
  • 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?
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJune 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmFebruary 16, 2013
    Dollar oysters until 7pm every night. Lobster knuckle 'escargot.' Brussels sprouts. Everything here makes me a happy panda.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LeeOctober 4, 2016
    Monday's have happy hour specials all day! This includes $1 oysters. Make a reservation on open table before you go.
  • 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.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    $1 oyster happy-hour-and-a-half is pretty persuasive. Beyond the happy-hour attractions, The Mermaid Inn proposes all sorts of enchantments Read more
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerJanuary 12, 2015
    Linguini and clams + oysters are the move. Happy hour all day Monday!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The free dessert at the Mermaid Inn is an idea whose time has come. To justify their faith in you, invest in the darkly seared scallops served with napa cabbage. Read more
  • Caitlin C.
    From 5-7pm for $8 you can get a cocktail normally priced at $13. Beers and wines are priced at $5 and $7 respectively.
  • alexander l.
    alexander lombardoJune 4, 2013
    Sit at the bar (see a pattern forming?) near the oyster shucker and become friends. Don't order that 3rd martini (you've been warned)
  • leiti h.
    leiti hsuAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vinho Verde 2010, Vera, Portugal - white wine by the bottle - has just the right amount of fruit and effervescence.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Jasmine B.
    Jasmine BenunJune 17, 2014
    Bronzino and the red snapper were very good. You get chocolate mouse and some fish psychic toy at the end. Cute concept.
  • Baturalp T.
    Baturalp TorunMay 29, 2016
    Decent oyster options all year round. They have a nice little garden in the back! Try to get a table in there.
  • Katrina K.
    Katrina KildareJune 26, 2016
    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.
  • Minka Monica L.
    Minka Monica Li1 week ago
    Happy hour oysters - you get what you pay for. $1 oysters are a good deal but slightly yellowish. Staff kept getting our orders wrong but were nice people.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsAugust 19, 2015
    Nice little spot with dollar oyster happy hour and a pretty good lobster roll. Old Bay Bloody Mary was strong as hell!
  • derkins s.
    derkins sJune 15, 2012
    Happy Hour & a Half: 5:30-7pm, every day - $1 East Coast/$1.75 West Coast oysters, plus discounts on drinks and appetizers.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJuly 14, 2015
    Great spot for Sunday for $1 oysters & wine during happy hour. Sit outside, enjoy the sun and people watch.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 7, 2013
    The fish taco is awesome! The shrimp corn dog is a nice treat, boiled shrimp coated in hush puppy batter :)
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MartzAugust 13, 2016
    I'll let you in on a secret: the back patio is the best outdoor seating! The Raw Bar is awesome!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityOctober 26, 2010
    New-England style seafood in the East Village? Too good to pass up. You simply must try the lobster sandwich—made even more irresistible with a toasted brioche bun
  • Samantha J.
    Come on a Monday for oysters and beers. The ambiance is unbeatable.
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJuly 7, 2011
    The happy hour appetizers are money. Get half dozen oysters-one of each. If you want to be super social media-ish then check in for a free side.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinMarch 20, 2016
    Happy hr mini clam the free choc pudding they serve at the end!
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TrentOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The appetizers are really good. The asparagus is outstanding. Muscels, Oysters, Lump Crab Cocktail, Lobster Knuckles, White Fish. Skip the pasta and stick to the seafood.
  • Anastasiia B.
    Anastasiia BilousApril 30, 2015
    Amazing Happy Hour option - 1$ oysters from 4 to 7pm
  • Elle F.
    Elle F.October 12, 2016
    Nightly Happy Hour Selection, 5-7PM. Specials Include $1 Oysters and Clams, Fish Tacos, Seafood Small Plates.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.September 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 East Coast oysters, $1.75 west coast oysters and $1 littleneck clams| 5:30-7pm Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm Fri-Sun.
  • Danelle G.
    Danelle GarciaApril 1, 2012
    Amazing happy hour deal! Dollar oysters and cheap tacos/sliders! Delicious! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Giulia M.
    Giulia MercuriApril 5, 2016
    Great happy hour - oysters, shrimp & avocado slider, shrimp corn dog, mermaid mary, chocolate pudding
  • Lara L.
    Lara LittlefieldJanuary 2, 2013
    Great rolls, best oysters in NYC (variety, freshness), fish always cooked to perfection.
  • Janice K.
    Happy hour is all night on Mondays! Great back dining room and they have a real patio
  • Linnea C.
    Linnea CovingtonMarch 13, 2012
    Skip the lobster macaroni and cheese and stick to oysters, glorious oysters! The fish entrees are good too.
  • Reeves
    ReevesNovember 21, 2014
    The rosé wine here is impeccable as well as the service. I recommend the lobster sandwhich
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChouMarch 20, 2016
    Great, high-quality restaurant. Happy hour from 5-7pm every day. $1 oysters.
  • Rebecca M.
    Can't beat their happy hour! $1 oysters, $6 beers, $7 wines, and $8 cocktails
  • ben m.
    ben mSeptember 7, 2014
    Come for the oysters. Stay to watch the drunk Asian kid who thinks he is Tupac get kicked out for constantly yelling homophobic remarks. Weird afternoon.
  • MrsCorkster
    MrsCorksterMarch 4, 2015
    Happy hour deals are unbeatable. Wash down your $12 dozen oysters with an $8 aperol spritz.
  • Alvin P.
    Alvin PNovember 16, 2011
    Try the Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese, but everything else is equally delicious. Bloody Mary's are great here too!
  • Cat C.
    Cat ChengMay 8, 2013
    Save some room. Got an free expresso-size free chocolate pudding at the end of the meal.
  • Malcolm R.
    Malcolm RingMarch 19, 2015
    $1 oysters, $7 cocktails, $6 wines, cheap apps, 5-7PM weekdays, all night Monday.
  • Holiday
    HolidayApril 21, 2015
    East coast happy hour oyster. Happy hour extended on Sunday 4 to 7 and 5 to 7 on other days. Happy slurping!!
  • Kathy T.
    Kathy TranJune 19, 2016
    $1 oysters, fried calamari during HH can't go wrong. The shrimp and avocado slider and fish taco were good but extremely small not a heavy meal. Red headed hostess was rude.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    With three restaurants located around the city, Mermaid makes it easy to get your oyster fix for cheap.
  • Edward G.
    Edward GarouNovember 21, 2014
    Good seafood and a relaxed environment. Their pot de creme is delightful!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungAugust 21, 2011
    Lobster sliders + Old Bay fries + Lobster mac 'n cheese. Take advantage of the happy hour from 5-7pm.
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongMarch 6, 2012
    They griddle their lobster rolls buns and put old bay seasoning on their fries - the best accessorizing of a lobster roll I've seen.
  • Geoff
    GeoffApril 16, 2011
    Delicious lobster mac n cheese--great check-in deal! Beautiful ambiance, especially outdoor garden. Skip the cab franc.
  • Stef S.
    Stef SoksFebruary 9, 2013
    Order the Brussel sprouts, you will thank me. Best tuna tartare I've ever had.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FJuly 25, 2016
    Sunday was Lobsterpalooza. 1 1/2 lb lobster and sides for $28!
  • Salvatore R.
    Salvatore RandazzoFebruary 4, 2012
    Lobster roll and fries. Love this place! Check in on 4sq and get a free side! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jessie
    JessieJanuary 4, 2013
    Hands down the best oysters anywhere. Ask for gold fish when at the bar!
  • Alexandra O.
    Alexandra OstrowAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go straight to the back and check out the patio seating.... Oysters, rose, lobster - an absolutely perfect evening!
  • Jessie
    JessieJanuary 4, 2013
    Best oysters. Cozy vibe. A favorite each time I'm in the city.
  • Eduardo S.
    Eduardo SantanaAugust 9, 2014
    Best Happy Hour Value in the East Village.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 4, 2012
    Try the beloved lobster roll--it packs a punch. A delicious contender in our 2012 Lobster Roll Rumble: Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    Best lobster roll variation ever. Chef Lawrence Edelman does wonders with skate too. -Seth Caro, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Terry C.
    Terry ChenMay 12, 2015
    Best happy hour deals - $1 oysters and other seafood apps
  • Jen T.
    Jen TomSeptember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The old bay fries are always good and so are their oysters...service esp at the EV bar with Thomas is amazing...
  • Rebekah H.
    Rebekah HavrillaSeptember 4, 2012
    Definitely go during happy hour and gorge yourself on east coast oysters.
  • Ana Flavia C.
    Ana Flavia CoelhoMay 16, 2016
    Os pratinhos pequenos são muito bons! Escolhi uma mini clam showder And três signature small dishes. O local é gostoso, despretensioso e cheio de gente bonita. Amei!
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