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Posted by Rob from Manhattan on 01/15/2012
My wife and I, and another couple ate here on Friday and overall had a good time. This definitely is not a foodie restaurant, as the best thing I had was my iceberg wedge. The lobster sandwich was a bit pricey and didn’t blow my friend or me away. The salmon special was okay, though I had one very salty bite of my wife’s. We sat in the rear dining room where the atmosphere was very lively, nicely candlelit, and had a very trendy feel to it. The area is a bit tight, as my wife was basically sitting in the girl’s lap at the table next to us, and my chair was getting bumped a lot. That doesn’t even cover the evening long game of four-way footsie we were all playing due to the tiny table. That said, it’s NYC, and we’re all accustomed to this, so no big deal. The highlight of the night was our server, who was really on the ball. We never had to ask for more of anything or chase him down, which was great given that the restaurant was jam-packed. He had a great attitude, and when the kitchen misfired my friend’s entrée, he made up for it with free dessert for the table. Overall, I wouldn’t come back here solely for the food, but I would definitely like to try the daily $1 oyster happy hour. The bar area looked nice, and as I mentioned, the place is lively and trendy.
Posted by anonymous on 05/31/2011
People's dishes come out at different times, so your food grows cold while you wait for the rest of your party to be served. We were a party of 5, and 3 of us got entrees, while 2 were delayed at least ten minutes and only emerged after we complained. Same problem happened with our appetizers.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2011
Seriously mermaid inn $26 for a lobster sandwich that looks like a slider. I'll just go somewhere else instead.
Posted by ariel on 03/24/2011
My boyfriend and I have eaten here several times now, each time the food was delicious, and the service was always top notch. A little pricey compared to many restaurants in the area, but worth the extra $$$ for good seafood and service. Definitely worth a visit!
Posted by lawyer on 03/19/2011
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we were very pleased. Fish and seafood were great, and we were able to get fair-priced drinks at happy hour with our meal. It's a little crowded by the bar, but it's a good crowd and not too stuffy. And they give you a nice surprise with dessert at the end of the meal! Fantastic service, I would highly recommend.
Posted by Anon. on 02/15/2011
My wife and I dropped in for dinner the other night. We didn't have a reservation but were hoping to grab a seat at the bar. The place was already packed despite it not even being 7pm. Nonetheless, we were able to order a drink while we waited and within 10mins we had seats. We had a round of $1 oysters to get things started - the bartender was kind enough to warn us that it was almost 7pm (when the special ends) so we didn't miss out - and when the oysters arrived we quickly realised why this place was so busy. The oysters were nothing short of fresh, salty goodness! We had some shishito peppers to tie us over while we looked at the menu and then ordered the Grand Platter to share - more oysters! - and while it wasn't huge it was plenty for us. Again, the seafood was as fresh and tasty as anywhere in the city. On top of the great food, I have to give a big shout out to our bartender Tom who was outstanding. Attentive but not in your face, well informed about both the food & drinks and clearly has a passion for his craft. Thanks, we'll definitely be back!
Posted by local10012 on 08/05/2010
I've been coming to the Mermaid Inn since they opened years ago, and it pleases me to say it's still as good as it was back then. So many places tend to slip, but this place still dishes out delicious food in a vibrant setting. There is always a great selection of oysters, and I lucked out this week and enjoyed the special they were having,:my personal favorite seafood, Steamers! The lobster sammy is legit - i offered a bite to my date and he ended up eating the entire half =(. he got the skate, which i tried, and it was cooked perfectly. Both cocktails and their good wine list never disappoint. Service is always on point and friendly as well. Great place for a date, dinner with parents, or meeting friends to catch up. But make a reservation - it always tends to be busy - which is a good sign!