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Mermaid Inn

96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
+1 212-674-5870
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish tacos” (16 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went here after a show for a happy hour. This is such a cute place with great atmosphere - definitely like a New England oyster bar but in the middle of the city. We loved the happy hour oysters and other happy hour small...More

Thank efelicit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for drinks and happy hour here. Excellent happy hour deal where oysters are only $1 each. Not the biggest oysters I have had but for $1 each, along with cheap and cheerful wine, what's not to like?

Thank Wongster88
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Happy hour is the way to go! $1 oysters! We had the clam chowdah. Bomb. Be aware, super mini but so good probably because it had bacon in it. Calamari was good but tasted too much like popcorn because it was super fried. I wanted...More

Thank xnguyen03
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Went into this charming restaurant at the end of the summer for the first time...but probably not the last. Fresh oysters can be had at the bar along with other dishes and the main menu, while not extensive, has a good selection of mostly fish...More

Thank tracycloherty
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Just great. Service extremely professional. Food wonderfully flavored and fresh. Oysters to die for. I would say perfect. And chocolate pudding for desert wow. Reasonably priced and great atmosphere.

Thank Crestgang
Reviewed 12 August 2017

I've been to two of their locations and they are consistently pleasing. $1 oysters @ at the bar 5-7. This particular location is quaint and the bar is filled by 5:05PM so get there early. Great oyster selection and so fresh (east & west coast)...More

Thank Diamondz007
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I am extremely biased towards restaurants that have great selections of oysters, so this place already had my attention. Oysters were fresh and wonderful. They were was followed by the mussels which were well done too. The backyard was worth the wait as it was...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We visited on the all night Monday Happy Hour primarily because of the $1 oysters. After 40 medium size briny oysters we still had room for 10 of the small clams. Wow! I wanted more, but there is more to Mermaid than just raw oysters...More

Thank FredOH69
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We made sure to be at the Mermaid Inn a few minutes before they opened at 5PM to get a table outside for happy hour. We enjoyed oysters, calamari, and wine. Really fresh seafood is a casual atmosphere. Who could ask for more? [The person...More

Thank booptraveler
Reviewed 30 June 2017

First of all, Mermaid Inn is on the *east* side of Manhattan, not the west side as mentioned in a previous review. One of our downtown kids lives nearby and I went along for an early dinner on a recent Thursday. The tables out front...More

Thank JaxAmerican
East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village,
which offers plenty of unique small businesses
catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college
students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the
old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still
experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned
shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of
the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
    (5th and 6th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Astor Place
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-674-5870
The Mermaid Inn is a spot-on rendition of a casual New England fish shack, complete with style, warm hospitality and classic seafood fare.
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