The Mermaid Inn

Restaurants , Seafood East Village
  • 2 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
Address: 96 Second Ave
New York
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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Christa Sully

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.