The Mermaid Inn

Restaurants , Seafood East Village
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Both locations of Danny Abrams's urban fish shack are cozily nautical in theme, though the kids' menu ($6) offers just one aquatic choice: house-made tilapia fish fingers, served with a green salad or fries. Other options include grilled chicken breast, also served with fries or a salad, and melted-mozzarella quesadillas. Color-in activity place mats and crayons should appeal to little ones of all tastes.
Venue name: The Mermaid Inn
Contact:
Address: 96 Second Ave
New York
10003-83
Cross street: between 5th and 6th Sts
Opening hours: Mon 5:30–10pm; Tue–Thu 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11:30pm; Sun 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Melissa V

The freshest and most delicious seafood. Great atmosphere. Top notch everything.

Maria M
tastemaker

This might be one of my favorite new restaurants in NYC! The Mermaid Inn in the East Village is such a departure from the other places in the East Village. It's more upscale, classy, yet still affordable. They have happy hour every day (and all day/night Mondays!) where they offer $1/oysters, which are delicious, and discounted wine, beer, cocktails, and bar food. The cocktails we got - the hacienta and the rajah collins, were both delicious. And one of the nice things about happy hour is you're not limited to sitting at the bar with happy hour! You can sit at your dinner table (in or outside) and still get the deal, which is pretty unusual. When I showed up early, the staff was incredibly accommodating at getting us seats at the bar for happy hour before we sat down for dinner. When we did sat down, we went into the backroom which was so much more quaint and peaceful than the front area (though that area isn't bad if you want a louder environment). They also have a beautiful patio space. For dinner we got the blue crab tostada, the fish tacos, and the red snapper. Everything was tasty, fresh, and had a big portion. One of the nicest surprises of the meal was after dinner, when they serve free pudding (there's no dessert menu - so don't come craving any fancy desserts) and a free "fish fortune teller." Can't wait to try the Upper West Side location!

Christa Sully
tastemaker

If here's one place that's synonymous with happy hour, it's probably the Mermaid Inn. Everything is discounted in the magical time between 5-7pm, cocktails, wine, food, oysters!, so you might wonder what could go wrong?


To be fair, nothing did go wrong, but I was underwhelmed and slightly annoyed from start to finish. The hostess would not let me sit down at the empty restaurant until my entire party of 3 showed up, so I was left lingering at the small, crowded bar with an uninterested bartender. We ordered a few things from the happy hour and regular menu with nothing standing out except the kale salad. Yes, we ordered it; we, it was pretty good and big enough to share; no, this should not be the memorable dish from a seafood restaurant.


Would I come back? Sure, but only if suggested. Nothing was that bad, but nothing makes me want to go back either. I wouldn't be picking this place or recommending it when Upstate is a five minute walk. There are better happy hour spots literally doors down. Do yourself a favor, and go to those instead.