The Mermaid Inn Uptown

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The East Village's favorite fish shack is now an Upper West Side favorite as well, thanks to a second location at 570 Amsterdam Ave. near 88th St.

Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the lobster roll with Old Bay fries, seared skate wing, Mermaid fish tacos and the Happiest of Happy Hours.

he uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot.

Danny Abrams, who has owned and operated some of the city's most beloved restaurants (including The Red Cat and The Harrison), is the principle owner, and Michael Cressotti is their corporate executive chef.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every plate was delicious. Great waiter. Attentive service. Love how the menu choices were different from my last visit 4 months ago.

i
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here twice in one week, the location was perfect, can't beat the $1.25 oysters or the happy hour drinks menu!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The reservation was honored, mini lobster roll was excellent!!

h
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food and service
Consistent

i
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place for happy hour! $1.25 oysters!

u
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a 7:30 reservation, but were sat after 8 pm. The maitre’d made a remark like “we are sorry for the wait but we will take care of you.” It implies something might be coming our way due to the long wait, but nothing did. Which would have been fine had he not said anything.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always.

JN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had great food, drinks and service.

ZC
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service great, as always

SN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the entire world!

AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic in every way! Superb food and service. A wonderful evening had by all.

AG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely east coast decor, great food (especially the seafood) and good service

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly fresh oysters, and amazing seafood dishes. Our go-to for a fabulous seafood heavy dinner on the UWS.

DF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is simple yet elegant. All of the entrees are flawless, but the highlights of the evening were the crispy Brussels sprouts with Pecans and the cocktail "dark and stormy"

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edie and I had a wonderful time.. The staff was attentive and always serving. This is our “go to” place for dining.

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was not unusual to walk into this particular restaurant on a Friday evening to find it full of a mix of families, coworkers, and couples on dates—indeed, that’s the reason so many people love the Mermaid Inn. It’s always an excellent meal in a cozy setting with fantastic, friendly, well-informed staff. I made the reservation a week and a half ago because I was interested in the seared duck breast special. But that is not to say their seafood isn’t delicious; it is. I have never had a meal that I didn’t rave about from Mermaid, and while I expected a portion of a duck breast that was well-prepared and plated, I can honestly say that I couldn’t have been happier when an entire duck breast showed up perfectly seared and seasoned. The root vegetables and frisée salad were wonderful accompaniments, and the complimentary chocolate mousse is always a delightful finish. Many thanks, and kudos for another job well done!

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour menu items and signature cocktails. Ennoy tasting in small plates or indulge in great entrée.

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my elderly parents there. Little bit noisy because it was packed with happy hour customers. I love small portions and choices of the menu. Raw oysters and clams are all 1.25 they were delicious! It will be our regular place for sure

SP
Dublin
23 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and such flawless service. Every time.

q
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is great. The food is fresh and service is 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

F
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual excellent in every way

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

took my girlfriend here for her birthday..we got there at 6:30 to take advantage of the best happy hour around...got the lobster roll, 2 dozen oysters, and fried oysters to start...i had the chorizo crusted cod and she had the lobster knuckles..a few martinis and beers and it was a perfect meal and date

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, attentive, kind & funny server, and so intimate & cozy! I can't wait to go back!

AH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The table for 5 was very cramped. A booth with a chair at the end doesn’t really work

c
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was very accommodating and professional. The food was good. I liked my kale caesar salad and linguine w clams. The dining room was full and quite loud.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Offered a happy hour special even at the dining table. Wonderful service. Highly recommend.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mermaid Inn is a fabulous restaurant with excellent value, superb food preparation, and lovely service.

DK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great neighborhood place with solid seafood offerings and a nice bar.

M
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a go to restaurant for us and it never disappoints. Really good food and excellent service. On this occasion they were particularly nice . They seated us early before our entire party had arrived and did not pressure us to order quickly or leave. They were not crowded but the courtesy was still very much appreciated.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll delicious plus the brioche bun and old bay fries. Husband had the chorizo crusted cod which was fresh and delicately prepared. Service was attentive. Very pleasant dining experience. We sat in back room which offered a quieter atmosphere.
Drinks had a bit too much ice. It was a birthday dinner so as a surprise two cups of choc pudding with whipped cream were delivered complete with candle. Nice perk! We’ll be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was awful, and I had the “famous lobster roll.”

JP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I am in town I always stop here one evening for my fix of $1.25 oysters. The service was, as always perfect. Oysters were fresh.
I will be back again on my next trip....

LB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was sub par. I asked for cod simply grilled with a drop of oil. It was saturated with oil. Ditto with airloom carrots and sautéed kale. They took back cod - I waited at least 20 min- and brought replacement which still was oily. All very expensive. I didn’t enjoy any part of the meal and will not be returning.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Solid brunch experience. Service was quick and accurate - very important when eating with children!

S
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went there twice in one week when visiting friends. It’s probably the best deal around if u go there during happy hour, the oysters are fresh and crisp, so are calamaretti and shrimp/avocado sliders. Great and superdiversified crowd, all ages and looks. Attentive waiters, friendly, owners/managers really take care. Highly recommended.

LB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy was our waitress and she was lovely. The staff was very prompt to refill our waters and make sure our tables are clean. We really enjoyed the oysters and the suggestions that everyone made. The ambience was lovely and overall we give it five stars! We will be back!

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food and atmosphere...
maybe a little too loud but otherwise a wonderful experience

TB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal as always.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Always good...so much so, they ran out of the Challah French toast! Most disappointing. Next time!

GS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been before but will DEFINITELY go back. Food was exceptional and you can't beat oysters for $1.25 - and they were terrific, as were both the salmon and the roasted cod. Service was great too.

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