The Mermaid Inn Uptown

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
The East Village's favorite fish shack is now an Upper West Side favorite as well, thanks to a second location at 570 Amsterdam Ave. near 88th St.

Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the lobster roll with Old Bay fries, seared skate wing, Mermaid fish tacos and the Happiest of Happy Hours.

he uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot.

Danny Abrams, who has owned and operated some of the city's most beloved restaurants (including The Red Cat and The Harrison), is the principle owner, and Michael Cressotti is their corporate executive chef.
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and cocktail excellent! Great, get to know you place! Will be back.

BD
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience!!!! From the food to the care and attention of the entire Team this is a resturant that's not to be missed!!!! They have a great Happy Hour and make a reservation so you don't have to wait to long to experience this gem!

VH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was delicious, but service was slow

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Love their Happy Hour for Oysters and the "Hot and Dirty" cocktail!

WT
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I recently had a less-than-great experience at Mermaid Inn but was persuaded to give it another try. This time, it did not disappoint. The food was great, and the service was great (the Front desk even charged my phone for me). It’s a great choice and will chalk up the single disappointing experience as a one-off.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely lovely!!! A true jewel out of the tourist route!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very accommodating for our event! Love the happy hour!

K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place!

NY
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My new favorite UWS restaurant.
Perfect mix of interesting yet approachable and super yummy food that is well priced - happy hour from 5-7 is the real steal. All in a buzzy but low key setting

V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best on the UWS. Fresh fish, great service.

UW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The staff is amazing here. Thank you for treating us so well. The menu for winter will be wonderful!

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had a reservation. We had to wait.
The server was not warm or really excited to be there.
They do not have non-dairy milk. These days shouldn't that be a must? Soy, Almond, etc....
The manager did check in on us and was very friendly.

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabuolus place with great food and service away from hectic midtown!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We LOVE happy hour ❤️

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

I would recommend because the food is always great and the service is very good but the screaming children in the back room is unacceptable. If your kids can’t behave, leave. My son is 14 yrs old and he has never been disruptive in a restaurant. Why? Because he was taught that screaming or getting up from your chair during your meal is not allowed. Period

DE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food, good service. Very noisy to the point it was unpleasant

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our anniversary and the manager sent us champagne and lovely dessert! Charming restaurant, delicious food and attentive staff.

AS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time at uptown location; we tend to gravitate to the East Village location.

Table ready on our arrival. Host and server cordial. Service and ambiance very good. Convivial ambience.

Dishes well prepared from good ingredients and well presented. Prices in the typical NY range. Unfussy wine offerings, prices quite acceptable.

Well recommended. We shall return without a second thought.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy the nicely prepared food and relaxed atmosphere.

Y
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious lobster rolls. Very noisy but service is great. Little tiny rolls for apps.

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had yellowtail ceviche and it was fantastic, if a little bit small, on the brunch menu.

e
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really enjoyed a family birthday dinner - all great - food, service, etc. Only down side was that 5 of us were seated at what was rally a 4 person table - so somewhat cramped! Otherwise would have given it an "excellent"

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

“Good”
We were seated in the back dining room and it was indeed TOO noisy!!!
But the ambience was ok and service ok. Nothing awesome... but good.
The food? Also good.
Delicious oysters.

AR
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely Saturday brunch sitting outside at the Mermaid. Food was great -- interesting and flavorful -- and the service was terrific.

AR
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was exceptional from the food to the service. The only negative was the noise level - LOUD!

SL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Bar staff overwhelmed so slow service. We got there in the end.
Food very good, decent value.

NY
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Way too loud. I really like this restaurant but tough to hear anyone!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good food, as usual. Only one bar tender on duty for a very full house. Extremely noisy.

M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

As usual the food and service were really good. It is so nice to have a reliable friendly high quality seafood restaurant. One tiny quibble: my fried oysters were not as hot as they usually are. And I wish that the crab cakes were offered as a main course. I can’t quite bring myself to order two appetizers. And they are excellent!

LG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was great. Waiter was helpful and resourceful.

The issue was the noise level ... TOO LOUD.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always inventive new dishes along with old standbys. Delicious food, courteous and friendly servers. The front desk a bit intimidating but otherwise a perfect experience.

JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious!

g
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, a friendly welcome, excellent service and delicious food. My first choice when dining out on the UWS.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible experience. It was my friends 60th birthday. It was supposed to be a special evening. But it was not because of my experience .
They set us down at a very undesirable cramped table in the corner. Acoustics were terrible in the restaurant . Took a long time for the waiter to come over and take our drink order .
Then I felt this dripping on my head. It was from the AC unit above. They were not apologetic whatsoever. Then they sat us outside. Waiter did not come over for a half hour. So it took literally 45 minutes to get a glass of wine . Server was very unfriendly. Service was terrible/ slow. I had to ask for a candle on our table like the other tables .
Food was just OK. My ahi tuna was a small portion and overpriced .

V
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a solid cocktail and fresh perfectly prepared seafood. The happy hour food menu is a deal, too!

q
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nothing beats their happy hour! You aren't limited to the bar and they even take reservations.

FL
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food. The happy hour price and selection of food and drinks were wonderful. The fish tacos are amazing! The service was wonderful and attentive even though we were made dinner out of happy hour. If you love butter and lobster, the buttered lobster roll is for you. We would recommend to others, as it was recommended to us. My dinner partner and I have been talking about the experience for three days.

LT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

My first problematic experience here. I wanted the lobster bake without mussels. The last time I had it, the mussels were spoiled. Toxic, actually. So I asked to not have it with the mussels. They could not accomodate this request. Which seemed odd. Just don't put mussels on the plate? So, we had a drink, some oysters and left for another restaurant in the 'hood with a more welcoming environment. I eat here no less than twice a month so this was an anomaly. Usually great service and food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as always

w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always Mermaid is great. The service , food was excellent. It was worth the wait to sit outside as one of our group had hearing issues. Thank you to Mermaid’s staff for making that happen. Even the other guests were charming as a couple confessed to staying late just to eavesdrop on a fun conversation we were having. All was good!

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