The Mermaid Inn - East Village

96 2nd Ave

The Mermaid Inn marks the third collaboration between restaurateurs Jimmy Bradley and partner Danny Abrams. And the duo once again delivered a restaurant with style, sincere hospitality, and a menu marked by their signature cuisine, which is both bol... more

The Mermaid Inn marks the third collaboration between restaurateurs Jimmy Bradley and partner Danny Abrams. And the duo once again delivered a restaurant with style, sincere hospitality, and a menu marked by their signature cuisine, which is both bold and seasonally-inspired. Abrams set the warm, familiar tone of The Mermaid Inn with design elements that combine New England charm and East Village attitude. With its carefully chosen antique harbor maps and nautical charts of Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Newport combined with a collection of prints gathered from seaports and fishing villages, The Mermaid Inn evokes the feeling of a classic fish house. At the back of the space, large windows and glass doors frame a small open-air garden where, during spring and summer, additional tables are added for al fresco dining. The restaurant's black-and-white color scheme, porcelain hanging lamps, and the soft glow of lanterns complete the feeling that guests have been transported to an intimate coastal setting. Underlying the Mermaid's success is the talented kitchen team, led by executive chef Jose Luis Martinez, delivering simply conceived seafood dishes that draw from the w... more

The Mermaid Inn marks the third collaboration between restaurateurs Jimmy Bradley and partner Danny Abrams. And the duo once again delivered a restaurant with style, sincere hospitality, and a menu marked by their signature cuisine, which is both bold and seasonally-inspired.

Abrams set the warm, familiar tone of The Mermaid Inn with design elements that combine New England charm and East Village attitude. With its carefully chosen antique harbor maps and nautical charts of Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Newport combined with a collection of prints gathered from seaports and fishing villages, The Mermaid Inn evokes the feeling of a classic fish house. At the back of the space, large windows and glass doors frame a small open-air garden where, during spring and summer, additional tables are added for al fresco dining. The restaurant's black-and-white color scheme, porcelain hanging lamps, and the soft glow of lanterns complete the feeling that guests have been transported to an intimate coastal setting.

Underlying the Mermaid's success is the talented kitchen team, led by executive chef Jose Luis Martinez, delivering simply conceived seafood dishes that draw from the waters of the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Main courses feature dishes like Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Grilled Whole Fish, and a Lobster Sandwich. Dessert is a single, complimentary send-off that varies nightly and includes favorites like chocolate pudding, fresh watermelon slices, or fresh berries with zabaglione.

To match the fresh, casual character of The Mermaid Inn's culinary ambitions, Abrams presents patrons with a straightforward wine selection, offering a full spectrum of bottles priced at only $15 above wholesale cost. The innovative wine list changes frequently to offer a range of pairings with The Mermaid Inn's seasonal dishes. In addition, the Mermaid's 10-seat bar is the ideal place to enjoy a bowl of chowder or a dozen oysters with a well-chosen list of beers and wines by the glass. Dining at the Mermaid's bar is a rare pleasure that showcases the Mermaid's versatile appeal--as a destination for dining and socializing. The raw bar is stocked with fresh shellfish, including an international market selection of fresh oysters served alongside Chilled Barbecued Shrimp, and Rhode Island Littleneck Clams.


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East Village Description

The Mermaid Inn - East Village is located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Long before the musical "Rent" brought in legions of pierced, tattooed teenagers from every corner of America (and drove up the rents), the East Village was an eclectic mix of elderly Ukranians and Poles, Dominican and Puerto Rican families, and assorted artists, wanna-be bohemians, punks, their followers, lovers and friends. (Did we leave anyone out?) Largely gone are the heroin dealers, all night parties, punk music extravaganzas and infamous Bagel Tree of the 1980s and early 1990s, but the real landmarks remain, including the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Tompkins Square Park, and Cooper Union. The Public offers some of New York’s finest Off-Broadway Theater as well as Joe’s Pub, with a diverse variety of live shows. Beautiful Tompkins Square Park offers something for everyone, including dog runs, basketball courts, a weekly market, outdoor music events, and occasionally local characters chatting late into the night to infrequent riots. To be fair, few other parks in America have played such an important role in radical or anarchist history.

Many long-time residents complain of the neighborhood’s recent gentrification, and skyrocketing rents forced even legendary punk club CBGB's to exit the neighborhood, replaced by a John Varvatos boutique. And while there are truly many new restaurants and boutiques dotting Avenues A, B and C, lots of the famous watering holes, dives, and other unclassifiably scrappy bars remain. Some of our favorites include Mars on lower First Avenue, Zum Schneider on Avenue C, 2A on the corner of Second Street and Avenue A, and Lit Lounge, with its adjoining Fuse Gallery. Make sure to check out the Polish butcher stores on First Avenue and the nearby Italian pastry shops, walk along the Ukranian strip of Second Avenue, try one of the Japanese restaurants on East Ninth Street, and also walk along St. Marks Place, one of New York’s most eclectic streets.

East 4th Street's Theater Row boasts cultural buildings which house eight theaters and twelve dance companies as well as a couple of community development groups. Among its members are New York Theater Workshop, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., WOW Cafe Theatre, Millennium Film Workshop, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Teatro Circulo, Downtown Art, Alpha Omega Dance Co., Choices Theater, Teatro IATI, Cooper Square Committee and Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association.

The Nuyorican Poets Café is still going strong on East Third Street between Avenues B and C. Since 1973 its mission has been to create a multi-cultural venue that provides a stage for artists traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream media and culture. Poetry slams, theater performances, open jam sessions for hip-hop, poetry and jazz, as well as unique screenplay readings all take place on a weekly basis in this intimate cultural setting.

For film buffs, we would be remiss not to mention the Anthology Film Archives on East 2nd Street, a local theater best known for consistently showing the finest in avant-garde and experimental cinema. We also recommend the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, home away from home for those who enjoy great acoustics and the company of die hard independent film fans.

The East Village is also home to the trendy Cooper Square Hotel as well as the charming Gem Hotel, making it a great neighborhood to enjoy your stay in New York.

Info

96 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-5870
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

Seafood

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

DINNER
Mon-Sat: 5:30pm-12:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Nearby Subway

  • to Second Ave
  • to Bleecker or Astor Place

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