Monday, August 9, 2010

Mermaid Oyster Bar

I went to Mermaid Oyster Bar, an outpost of Mermaid Inn last Friday. It's located on a cute street in Greenwich Village, quite close to my old apartment in Soho. A front bar area has great specials including $1 oysters everyday. Unfortunately it only seats about 6 people at any given time. The dining room is relatively spacious although it seems quite small and narrow when you first walk in. $20 lobster roll, fries and a drink on Mondays and a spicy lobster pasta and a drink on weekdays before 7 were some of the enticing specials that lured me in (also had a Blackboard Eats discount!) The menu has a raw bar section, standard seafood entrees and a nice selection of beers, wines and cocktails. My friends and I, of course, ordered way too much food. Luckily we had a lot of Sancerre to wash it down with.

Delicious oysters. I don't care if somebody says I'm not supposed to eat them in months not ending in -er. Wikipedia says it's perfectly fine to eat them. My stomach agrees.

Whale fries, gouda hush puppies (!!!) and sauteed spinach, which was to make ourselves feel better by eating some vegetables. You really can't go wrong with hush puppies. Anything named after cute furry creatures has to be good.

Lobstaaa roll with Old Bay fries. This was one of the better lobster rolls I've had on the East Coast. Perfectly seasoned, moist and the buttery brioche bun was delicious.

Spicy lobster pasta. Such a huge bowl of pasta. Who can really eat all of this?? It was pretty good, but didn't really stand out to me.

The best part of the Mermaid restaurants is the free chocolate pot de creme they give out even before asking if you want dessert! Then with the check comes little toy fish palm fortunes. It makes no sense but is still completely enjoyable to play with every time. I can't wait to go back!

Restaurants mentioned:
Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

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