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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%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favorite meal in NYC.Really unique drinks and a beer from R.I. I'd never tried.Started with the best raw oysters we had in NY,So good we got a second order.I had the clam chowder which was as good or better than any from Nova Scotia...More

Thank chris n
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

There’s a line for happy hour for a reason. At $1.25 per oyster it’s a steal. I have 18 today. The mini chowder was good. The shrimp and avocado sliders are a bit pricey but still worth it. The fish tacos are fine but not...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 16 March 2018

It's a small restaurant, so I recommend making a reservation. We didn't go for happy hour, which I've heard they have a great deal, but just went for dinner. We had the scallops appetizer, which were excellent, and the fish tacos for entrees. The fish...More

Thank Alexis G
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Great place for a nice meal before theater on the east side. Delicious appetizers and entrees. Happy hour between 5 and 7 with many dishes to choose from. Octopus appetizer chard with microgreens delicious. Fish tacos were excellent, and the Fish and Chips featured skate

Thank Shelly A
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Monday Happy Hour Special: Oysters were so pitiful they couldn't be called oysters. They were so small, some were merely slivers, not oysters. The fish tacos were so pathetic there wasn;t one bite of fish in the taco. Just crunchy lard, no fish whatsoever. The...More

1  Thank nepenthean
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Had an early happy hour at this place. $1 oysters are pretty good. Happy hour wine not so much. Other happy hour dishes are ok - soup is decent, fish tacos tasted good, fried calamari not so much - little calamari a lot of bread....More

Thank Mbykova
Reviewed 19 November 2017 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 12 November 2017 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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