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The Mermaid Inn
Posted by JB on 01/16/2008
Friendly service, casual atmosphere, and seasonal preparations of fresh seafood. Great for a few glasses of wine and oysters at the bar or a seafood smorgasboard of your own making. Solid wine list. Try the mussels & monkfish for dinner. After waiting years for something like this on the UWS, what's another 30mins spent waiting for a table?
Posted by Great Addition to UWS! on 01/14/2008
Love this place! UWS was in dire need of a good restaurant! Please bring back the monkfish - it was one of the best on the menu!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2008
Great, mid-priced restaurant on the UWS. My only complaint is that they removed the monk fish from the menu which was one of the best and most unique dishes offered. Pudding at end leaves something to be desired, but is a nice concept. Great music, and noise level is not bad contrary to other feedback. Let's support Mermaid and hope there will be more great additions to the 'hood.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2008
live a block away and was excited to have what appeared to be a nice restaurant nearby. My entire experience was poor. We waited for a table for over an hour while others who had arrived after us were seated first. After asking the hostess on multiple occasions we decided to leave, magically our table was ready. I think this place is trying to save money on dishes, no plates for the bread and there is some kind of spaghetti salad where they simply place your salad on top of the spaghetti, what was that? Give me a salad on the side instead. As others have said, it is loud as hell, and if you are unfortunate enough to get a table in the middle row, you have the pleasure of dining next to the butts of everyone waiting at the bar for a table. The cocktail sauce tastes like ketchup and three of our twelve oysters were gritty. Oh, and thanks for the complimentary pudding at the end of the meal. They should have said here is a thick layer of skin with some pudding underneath it. I could have looked past the shortcoming of the food, but the prices here are way too expensive for what you get in return.
Posted by uwsfoodie on 01/05/2008
I don't get all the talk about being noisy. If you put a bunch of people in a room, it will be noisy. Don't penalize the restaurant for being busy. I think it's a great vibe, good food and freindly service. To me, restaurants that are quiet are boring. Why do you people go to restaurants? You say the food is good and isn't that what it's all about? The Upper West Side is need of restaurant and the fact the this one is busy is testament to that. Don't drive it away.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 12/13/2007
Several of the reviews I've written for menupages.com start out with variations on the phrase "when it is good," but Mermaid Inn takes the cake, I think. Let's get the very bad out of the way first: like many NYC restaurants, this one is almost unbearably noisy, and the tables are way too close together. Overall "service" is spotty too, to the extent that I had to call three times to get a reservation, each time being put on hold for at least 5 minutes, only to be disconnected. And one of the three dishes I tried was fairly odd: the calamari came in a tempura-crispy coating, but the meat itself was oddly flabby. Now for the good news: the service, once we were seated, was excellent: our waiter was cheerful and informative, and managed to maneuver his way through the crowded room like a ballet dancer. Food came out quickly, but we were allowed to linger as long as we wanted. And both of my other dishes were very good. The grilled oyster with sausage appetizer was well-seasoned (although $11 for three smallish mollusks seemed a little pricey). My Provencal fish soup was one of the best I've tasted outside of France, and came with a nice dollop of rouille (although I could have done without the very large toasted baguette slice that kept slipping into the soup). All in all, worth a visit, but bring your earplugs.
Posted by aellin on 12/13/2007
Kudos to the chef -- the charred monkfish was really tasty. I'd love to go back to this restaurant for it. But I won't. The noise level is so deafening, you can't hear yourself think. I went on a weekday, around 8PM. It may be fine for 20-somethings meeting for drinks, but it's not fun for people thinking they would have a civilized meal in attractive surroundeings. Why bother with the charming, pseudo-New England decor if the crowding and noise level are at the level of Meatpacking district lounge? Was any thought give to sound-proofing? Or perhaps they just want customers to eat and leave fast. Better plan: Don't go at all.