An Early Look at Mermaid Oyster Bar in the West Village
Local bivalves: Peconic Bay and Blue Point oysters
Maybe the soundtrack gets there--fun stuff everyone likes such as Tom Petty and Young MC--but the place itself is city-like, polished and fairly pricey. General early impressions: The oysters are beautiful, the fries crisp, the service friendly and efficient, the lobster sandwich very overpriced (now that you can get a fat $13 lobster roll at Luke's Lobster...), the saltine-crusted oysters soggy. Free dessert--a tiny mug of excellent chocolate pudding--is a nice touch, as it is at the Mermaid Inns. For best results right now, sit at the bar, order a Hot and Dirty (a martini with olive brine and Tabasco) and a dozen Long Island oysters (Peconic Bay and Blue Point), which have the twin advantages of being local and the cheapest on the menu.
Well-seasoned lobster salad on a tender brioche bun, plus crisp fries--awfully tasty, but priced at $26. Aren't lobster prices at all-time lows right now?
79 Macdougal Street 212-260-0100
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