Mermaid Inn Oyster Bar was a last minute entrant to my NYC restaurant list and probably one of the best seafood bars I’ve ever been to. What was even more of a shock is that on Mondays, the day of our booking, oysters are a dollar and the bar menu runs all night.Knowing this I unashamedly devoured 12 oysters and then quickly ordered 10 more. I also got to try their prawn corndog, which is only available on Monday’s when it runs all night. I really enjoyed the fusion of American fairground food with seafood and the mustard/tartare sauce was exactly the right amount of kick. As an appetizer, because let’s face it the first two dishes were just a teaser, we had the lobster corn fritters with truffle honey. We couldn’t taste or find much lobster but the honey made the fritters unbelievably more-ish. As a main, I had the fish tacos with slaw, lime and green sauce. While Mister C and Mum had the lobster rolls with kale. We shared our dishes tapas style so I got to sample everything and I definitely think mine was better. Not only was it packed with flavour and spice, it was a lot different to the lobster roll you find on every menu in Manhattan. When we got our bill we each got a plastic fortune telling fish- mine rolled meaning I am fickle. I can’t decide if that’s true or not. (Dad joke) This is definitely a place you could visit with friends on $1.00 Monday’s but it’s also romantic enough for a cosy date. Just keep in mind that it’s pretty snug quarters so don’t arrive without a reservation or with a large group.
With our last week almost upon us I am not sure I can fit another visit in but Mermaid Inn will be top of my list when I return.