Call Flounder and Sebastian! After closing in October, Mermaid Inn has secured a new space at 335 Columbus Avenue at 76th Street. The team expects to move into the 6,500-square-foot site – previously home to a Chase bank branch – sometime this year.
Mermaid Inn’s maiden voyage lasted 15 years at 570 Amsterdam Avenue, between 87th and 88th streets. Co-owners, Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith mutually agreed to end their lease early as their landlord had unclear plans for the building’s future and they feared being surrounded by scaffolding.
Looking ahead to their Columbus Avenue local, Abrams told the New York Post, “The lease took longer than we expected, but we got a really good deal.” Adams said talks for the empty space began in June 2023 with the landlord, Olshan Properties, but wouldn’t disclose the terms of the agreement.
Famous for its oyster specials and lobster rolls, Mermaid Inn was a long-time hit with Upper West Siders. Their original UWS location scored 4.6 stars (out of 5) on Google Reviews and 4 stars on Yelp. “If you’re craving some good quality seafood after a long day of work, the Mermaid Inn in the UWS is the place to go!” said one reviewer. “We ordered a ton of appetizers – the mini fish tacos were my favorite, a crunchy wonton-like taco shell filled with yummy fish and avocado! The $1.50 oysters were also a great deal! Same with the $9 cocktails! All in all, the happy hour (4:30 – 6:30) was such a great value for all the food we got.”
Currently, Adams and Smith operate a Mermaid Inn in Chelsea and a Mermaid Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village. In December 2022, a second Mermaid Inn Oyster Bar opened in Midtown.
While an official opening date hasn’t been set, follow Mermaid Inn’s Instagram for news and updates across all their locations.
Please bring back Mermaid Bird! That was some of the best fried chicken on the UWS and the simple menu was full of comfort food. Never had a bad meal from that place and I was so sad to see it go.