The Mermaid Inn is one of my favorite places in the city. I usually go for their oysters, but everything they have there is ‘on point’! (seriously). There are three locations: Upper West side, East Village, and Greenwich Village . Both locations have indoor and outdoor seating, with a lovely ambiance.
Barcat, Malpeque, and Point Lookout
My favorite oysters are Bluepoints, but they don’t always have them available. I usually go for the Barcat (Chesapeake bay, VA) and Malpeque (p.e.i Canada) oysters.
I love their Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese side… which really could be a meal but of course I’d eat the whole thing and not feel guilty about it because it’s labeled ‘side’. Duh.
Along with chocolate pudding you get a thin little plastic fish that predicts your mood (like a little fishy mood ring.) Be sure to take the fish out of the package, because I’ve had more than one friend just put whole thing in their palm and say, “Wait, it’s not working. I don’t get it.” Aside from that, isn’t it cute?
Oh almost forgot to mention HAPPY HOUR 5pm – 7p, where ‘chef’s choice oyster’ is $1, littleneck clams $1, along with other appetizers. Happy hour cocktails $8, Wine $7 (by glass), Draft Beer $5.
Be sure to check it out!