This is long overdue, but I guess this is when you say “better late than never”… I’ve had a crazy couple weeks, which includes madness at work and moving my entire life from Queens to Brooklyn. Stella has been extremely patient with my lack of posting.
Two weeks ago, Stella and I went to The Mermaid Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village, NYC, and they did not disappoint.
When you first walk in, you notice a cleanliness. Everything is white and silver. There’s organization and thought put into how the ambiance is set. Though the walls are white, there’s a warmth that comes with this restaurant. Stella and I were seated immediately (honestly, we were shocked. Happy hour in this part of town at a place with such deals and delicious food can be difficult to get immediate seating) and started reading over the happy hour appetizer menu. We look up and nod in agreement that we wanted EVERYTHING.
First came the east coast oysters ($1 each during happy hour). Perfectly shucked. Perfectly paired with a lemon and cocktail sauce. We sucked down 10 each with smiles on our faces.
Within minutes, our other food arrived. Fried clam sliders ($6.50), mini mermaid fish tacos ($3.00), shrimp & avocado sliders ($7.50), and fried calamari ($7.50); I wasn’t kidding when I said we wanted it all.
We continued with the calamari. We both found that there was too much breading, but we both prefer foods that aren’t heavy on breading in general. I commented to Stella that my brother would love Mermaid’s calamari based on the way it was cooked and their delicious marinara.
Then we were off to the tacos and sliders. The food was delicious. Our notable favorite was the shrimp and avocado slider. We could’ve eaten eight of them had we not ordered the other food and knowing we had planned to order another round of oysters.
I know what you’re thinking: these girls can throw down. You’re damn right we can. Why do you think we grab a meal at least once a week together?
The other round of oysters were perfect, even though we were ridiculously full. This time, we were able to fully appreciate them. I can admit; we were so excited during the first round of oysters that we may not have appreciated them as much as we should’ve.
Then, something amazing happened. A little chocolate mousse cup was placed in front of each of us. It was whispering sweet nothings in our ears and we couldn’t resist but enjoy every last bite. I love when restaurants provide a free dessert. It was nice and small, and honestly, I think it’s a classy thing to do. For the record, the mousse was perfect.
When the check came, we were impressed with the overall cost considering all the different food we tried and the simple fact that we were stuffed to the brim.
Overall, we would give The Mermaid Oyster Bar 4 out of 5 stars. The food was delicious, the ambiance was great, and I didn’t even mention how friendly out waitress was. If you’re in Greenwich or downtown Manhattan, I highly recommend stopping over and getting some fresh oysters and delicious sliders. They also have a full menu and other locations!
Finally, Stella and I only found it fitting to play with Snapchat filters while walking off our meal afterwards. Here’s a taste: