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Mermaid Inn

96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
+1 212-674-5870
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (15 reviews)
“lobster roll” (28 reviews)
Closes in 29 min
17:00 - 22:30All hours
Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
96 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003-8317
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Lovely restaurant, professional staff and delicious food. We were there on a Monday, happy hour all evening, reduced priced drinks and $1 oysters! There is a garden patio in the rear.

Thank Mlyf65
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Wonderful sea food restaurant on the West Side of Manhattan, great ambience, wonderful staff and delicious food. Can’t wait to visit New York again to go back!

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Great find, we booked online but arrived early and the restaurant were able to find us a table, there is a daily selection of local oysters available which were superb if on the small side. The lobster roll as a main comes with a heap...More

Thank danieldW7168ZD
Reviewed 30 March 2017 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...More

Thank Mark S
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...More

Thank Sophonthemove
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank polrun
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,...More

Thank Pucci D
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

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

Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank Michelle S
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...More

Thank barbaraGeneva
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2016

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.

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
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, 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: +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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