The Mermaid Inn
MacDougal Street happens to be home to one of New York’s best oyster bars, Mermaid Oyster Bar. It’s more date night than the Mermaid Inn crew’s older, divier East Village and Upper West Side outposts. Many, like Time Out New York, claim the New England seafood joint is the best out of the bunch. Highlights, of course, include the sublime sea (get it?) options of oysters, but the menu doesn’t stop there—entrees including the Roasted Maine Sea Scallops and Fire Roasted Striped Bass are to die for. The crabcakes and lobster bisque—also perfect. And did we forget to mention happy hour? The Chef’s pick oysters will cost you $1.25. A mini New England clam chowder? Three bucks. Oh, and you had us at $9 lobster roll. The cocktails aren’t too shabby either. Tip: Come on a Monday, but prepare for a crowd at this MacDougal favorite because Happy Hour goes until closing time. No matter the weather this spot will make you feel like you are right on the beach. Stop in and enjoy freshly shucked oysters and their “Nearly Famous” Lobster roll.