Pin It If you have lived in NYC for any period of time, enjoy good food and have friends who also like food, Mermaid Inn will undoubtedly come up in conversation. This ‘oldie but goodie,’ with two locations (UWS and East Village), known for its fun atmosphere and reasonably priced seafood fare, is a standby for many.
Unfortunately, my first experience didn’t match those of my fellow foodies. Not in the mood for (and not impressed with) the entrée selection, we ordered several appetizers – an array of seafood delights - or so we thought. The PEI mussels were so disappointing (more than half a dozen were served closed shut) the waiter kindly removed them from my bill. The scallop ceviche was so acidic, I felt like I was biting into a soggy lemon.
While I did not try the Inn’s lobster roll, recommended by many, what I did try was not impressive and not the quality or caliber of the food I’ve come to expect in Manhattan.
If you want good seafood try Aquagrill (the raw bar is amazing and entrees showcase seafood at its finest).
96 Second Ave (between Fifth and Sixth)