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Mermaid Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Village
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96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317 (5th and 6th Streets)
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:30
Sat 16:00 - 22:30
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Vienna, Austria
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a place that offered great food, of course, at a reasonable price to celebrate a good friend's birthday . Our original choice cancelled our dinner reservation for 7 because of a broken pipe. (Who can make this stuff up?) A friend recommended The Mermaid Inn and amazingly they were able to accommodate our party on short... More 

Thank Mark S
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We came here based on a recommendation as my husband is a big fish/seafood fan. We really liked the menu and making a choice was easy. Both our starters and mains were delicious, good portions and well presented. We were sat outside and tables were quite close together. The service was good and very efficient.

Thank Sophonthemove
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Food was tasty, presented beautifully. The pacific oysters were our favs! Enjoyed everything from fish tacos to the hangar steak! The fish special was cooked to perfection. Mini-dessert pudding was yummy ! Staff was amazing; they anticipated our needs! Will be going back! They held our quaint table, even tho we were late! That Jersey traffic!

Thank polrun
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

went to the Mermaid Inn East Village with two friends and enjoyed the experience - the staff are friendly and attentive, the food is nice, the place is cozy - all in all recommended. their menu is mainly fish-based but has meat and veggie options, so all good. We had a selection of the small dishes - the mac &... More 

Thank Pucci D
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for dining with us in the East Village! We're happy to hear that you had a wonderful time and appreciate the recommendation. More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 December 2016

We have frequented the Mermaid in the UWS on numerous occasions and loved it. Decided on this trip to experience the east side version. First and foremost, staff was incredible. Amazingly attentive and responsive. Secondly, food was FANTASTIC. We are huge seafood fans and did not leave disappointed. My only beef. Due to the proximity of our tables, which is... More 

Thank Michelle S
Cislago, Italy
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99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

I researched seafood restaurants in NY, looking for new places for our trip. Lobster roll was on my agenda, and this place got great ratings. The dining room at the back is nice, we had a table for four. My cocktail was so spicy I ordered a second with no spice. The lobster roll came surrounded in a sea of... More 

Thank barbaraGeneva
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Hi Barbara, Thank you for dining with us! I'm sorry to hear that the lobster roll did not live up to expectations -- we're always trying to make our food and experience the best that they can be, so feedback is always appreciated. More 

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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

$1 oysters!!! What more do I have to say? The food is great. And after the meal you get a little complimentary chocolate pudding! I just wish they'd put the shrimp cocktail bloody mary back on the menu.

Thank Marielle S
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, Marielle! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

My daughter introduced me to this restaurant and my husband love the place. It was last year in June for his birthday and since then we have been here 5 times. The $1 oyster is excellent as is the lobster roll and the mini fish tacos. We love to come here and just drink wine, eat oyster, talk and relax.

Thank 603maritzap
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us! We love hearing that the Mermaid has become a regular spot for you and your husband and appreciate the lovely review. See you soon! More 

Belmar, New Jersey
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a great seafood place in the East Village, convenient to downtown and midtown. Another plus is that on-the-street parking is fairly easy to find. Oysters are varied and fresh. Yellow fin tuna was great and the New England clam chowder was absolutely superb. If you're not too full, order the Gouda mac-n-cheese. Service is friendly and efficient.

Thank Dave S
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Hi Dave, Thanks for dining with us! We're happy to hear that you had a wonderful meal (good call on ordering all the Mermaid classics!) and hope to see you again soon. More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

I made my first extended visit to New York over Thanksgiving We wanted to go out for seafood one night. My daughter had heard good things about the Mermaid Inn restaurant on the East side. It advertises as reminiscent of New England which appealed to us. This place is busy so reservations are suggested. The dining area is dark and... More 

Thank annoncapecod
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this review

Hi Ann, Thank you for choosing the Mermaid during your trip to New York City! We appreciate your detailed review -- it's important to us that customers don't feel rushed while they're here and we definitely will use your feedback to make improvements. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
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: 12126745870
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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