570 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Mermaid Inn is a welcomed addition to the average slate of restaurants on the Upper West Side. If you're a fish fan, you'll love this place. A lively fish-themed atmosphere greets you right when you walk in. In the summertime, the garage-style doors are opened up to the sidewalk cafe, creating a comfortable space with cross ventilation. In the winter, you'll feel warm and cozy with the hues of black and brown on the wall. The menu is anything but boring. There's always fresh fish selection and yummy sides like French Fries w/Old Bay or grilled asparagus w/parmesan. Look out for the seasonal specials too. Hailing from Maryland, I opted for the summer special Maryland Crab Boil, complete with 5 steamed crabs, corn bread and corn on the cob. While it was a bit strange to be cracking the crabs open on a table other than a picnic table covered with newspapers, the crabs were still perfectly cooked and seasoned. The staff is very attentive and you even get your own (free) cup of Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream for dessert. While there's always a lively scene, I wouldn't take my kids here, unless, of course, they're fish lovers.
02/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I'II have to put it out there: I drive to Maine just for lobster rolls. Yes, the state is quaint and the small towns are a refreshing change to the city but that's all moot as soon as I can have one of those beautiful crustaceous meat in a lobster roll bun. There is no other way to eat one . . . . until I had the Mermaid Inn lobster roll. Old Bay fries. Toasted and buttered brioche bun. Chunks of lobster so much so that it just squeezes out of the sides. I'll need a new excuse to head up to Maine now.
06/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Only recently discovered the original Mermaid Inn downtown and was hoping to return to it soon. The opportunity to eat out at the last minute presented itself this past Friday, worked on the upper west side that day and was running late so my wife trekked uptown to meet me and we decided to waste more time before heading out of the city for the day in all the Friday night traffic. So we walked into the Inn and were greeted with a friendly staff and told it would be 15 minutes for inside and up to an hour for outside. We chose inside and waited at the bar. It was more like 30 minutes but we enjoyed the respite and the great bartender. Food was outrageously good, service was efficient a little rushed as the restaurant was obviously slammed, but always friendly and helpful. We never felt rushed and always got the right amount of attention when we needed it. Will try to arrivet earlier next time, as I've a feeling there'll be a few more summery Friday night visits waiting for traffic to subside!
01/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Was really excited that a place like this was coming into my neighborhood as I really enjoy the one downtown. Nice, cute place...looks a lot like the one. Had the lobster roll and it was decent but not nearly as good as other known places in the city and at 25 bucks also quite pricey considering it has by far some of the worst fries I have ever tasted(easy on the seasoning guys!). Spent close to 200 bucks for 3 of us and I left hungry. Nice staff, good looking place but sorta hard to be local regular place at those prices.
12/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The first thing that struck us was the room itself. It wasn't too tightly packed. There is ample space between tables and we never felt as though we were intruding on someone else's dinner. It was quite romantic. The food was very well executed. We started with oysters which were fresh and served with a delicious mignonette; a rarity in the upperwest side. (One of us got a few too many shell pieces in his oysters but it didn't ruin his experience) We had the arctic char, monkfish, gnocchi, and cod fritter. All the dishes were well balanced and appropriately portioned. Although, one of us could have used ""more acid"" in most of his plates, but that may just be nit-picking. The wine list was small, and reasonably priced so we were able to choose a good wine appropriate to what we ordered. Overall, we had a great meal and will definitely be back.
11/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Finally--a nice, casual but classy neighborhood seafood place is just what the neighborhood needed. Sure there's Ocean Grill (too crowded), Docks (overpriced) and Neptune (too yuppy), but this is the place for everyone from grandmothers to dates. You can dress for a night out on the town or come in wearing a t-shirt and jeans, it doesn't matter. The seafood aoli was amazing, the raw oysters divine, the fish dishes are great. Interestingly enough, I thought the gnocchi was my favorite even though it was non-seafood. I hope it lasts for while, it's a shame how many great businesses have gone under in the area because of greedy landlords. It's been crowded since the day it opened to I would make a reservation, otherwise expect to wait 30-45 minutes.
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