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A Look Around the Two Day-Old Mermaid Oyster Bar

[Krieger, 11/10/09]

@williamtigrett was right. The Mermaid Inn crew's overhaul of the former Smith's space, Mermaid Oyster Bar, is a pretty impressive restaurant "exorcism/reboot." (What it looked like formerly.) And according to some early word from the Twitter, the Yelp, and the tipline, she's already winning people over in some other crucial departments (food, oyster) and letting some down in others (service, cocktails).

While Oyster Bar is similar to its sister restaurants in the EVill and UWS, this is the most casual spot of the group and has the heaviest focus on, ahem, the oysters—there are 16 varieties. With less of an eye towards New England then the others, the menu includes tacos, shrimp and crab pasta, fried calamari, and grilled swordfish. See the full menu below and check back for the early word.

Oysters and Raw Bar

Beausoleil small, firm, delicate salinity. n.b., canada 2.45
Blue Point firm chewy, mild salinity, sweet finish. great south bay, long island, ny 1.75
Island Creek med, zesty salinity, firm. duxburry, ma 2.45
Mermaid Strait med, mild, smooth text, cuc finish. pei, canada 2.25
Mystic medium, chewy, oceanic. connecticut 2.30
Olde Salts bold sea salt, clean finish. chincoteague bay, virginia 2.25
Wellfleet well balanced crispy brine, firm. wellfleet, cape cod, massachusetts 2.50
Wild Fire Island mild, dense, plump, chewy & creamy. long island, new york 2.15
Barron Point med, mild salt, plump, sweet. puget sound, wa 2.70
Fanny Bay salinic sweet, plump & melony aftertaste. bc, vancouver, canada 2.25
Hama Hama briny sweet, firm, mild finish. hood canal, wa 2.45
Hog Island plump, sweet slightly smoky, deep cup. tomales bay, california 2.70
Hood Canal firm-lettucy, mild salinity, medium to large. hood canal, wa 2.20
Kumamoto melony sweet, plump, creamy. yaquina bay, oregon 2.75
Nootka Sound med, bright saline, melony finish. puget sound, washington 2.50
Shibumi petit, deep cup, sweet¿smoky, lettucy, slight brine. washington state 2.50

Littleneck Clams by the ½ dozen 6.00
Cherrystone Clams by the ½ dozen 6.00
Shrimp Cocktail 3 pieces per order 8.00
Snapper Ceviche 8.00
Salmon Carpaccio 9.00

Tacos
$6 per Taco. Soft Corn Tortillas
Fish
Shrimp
Chorizo

Classics
Fried Calamari red sauce 11.00
Fried Clamstrips tartar sauce, lemon 10.00
Roasted Mussels shallots, garlic, escarole, harissa, aioli 9.00
Lobster Sandwich griddled bun, old bay fries 26.00
Grilled Tuna Sandwich pimenton mayo, egg, arugula 16.00
Lobster Bisque Gruyere aioli, crouton 8.00
Rock Shrimp & Crab Pasta tagliatelle fra diavalo 17.00
Chopped Iceberg Wedge bacon, blue cheese, scallion, russian 9.00

Simply Grilled Fish
Albacore Tuna Steak 16.00
Scottish Salmon 16.00
Swordfish 16.00
Whole Roasted Idaho Trout 18.00

Sides
Coleslaw 4.00
Sauteed Spinach garlic 7.00
Skillet Corn Cakes onions & smoked salmon 7.00
Old Bay French Fries
· Mermaid Oyster Bar [Official Site]

Mermaid Oyster Bar

79 MacDougal St., New York, NY

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