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96 Second Ave., nr. E. 5th St. (East Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-674-5870 | www.themermaidnyc.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 5:30pm-11:00pm; Fri.-Sat.: 5:00pm-11:30pm; Sun.: 5:00pm-10:00pm
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 9-14; USD 23-26
FAMOUS PLATES"Nearly Famous" surf and turf; fried Brussels sprouts
DRINKS AND WINEWell-selected wine list; beer; cocktails
# OF SEATS75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYAstor Pl. (6); 2nd Ave. (F); Bleecker St. (6); Broadway-Lafayette (B, D, F, M); 8th St.-NYU (N, R)
A fish house favorite of Village locals and oyster obsessers, the charming, polished Mermaid goes for an unabashedly maritime New England theme (complete with a collection of hanging nautical maps, charts, and photographs in its front room). As for the short, single-page menu, seafood classics dominate (think fried scallops, grilled whole fish, and a drool-worthy lobster sandwich), making this an easy choice for a seaside dinner (without the sea). In warmer weather, the garden in back draws schmoozers taking full advantage of the well-selected and modestly priced wine list.
Friends out for a fun yet classy dinner, couples seeking a relaxing, intimate date, and a handful of after-hours business types.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Stylishly casual; try a sophisticated top, slacks, and comfortable flats.
GO HERE WITH
Groups - for the USD 1 East Coast oysters at Happy Hour; significant other or date - for the romantic coziness
WHY WE LIKE IT
Its pure New England charm is a bright spot in the surrounding industrial cityscape. We also like how the menu is short and sweet, the wines delectable, and the prices more affordable than we’d expect.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
There aren’t many tables, so you might find yourself starting out at the bar.
GOOD TO KNOW
If the East Village or Greenwich Village locations is a bit of a trek, an Upper West Side location has recently opened for business.
Upper West Side (New York); Mermaid Oyster Bar, Greenwich Village (New York)
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