Spring has been playing peek-a-boo with us for a few weeks, but it seems like we can finally put the parkas away. With single-layer weather comes the perfect opportunity to indulge in refreshing seafood, and our friends at Yelp NYC have found four Manhattan restaurants perfect for the occasion.
While there are a few Mermaid Inn locations at this point, the Second Avenue outpost happens to be our favorite. Those in the know are aware of Mermaid Inn’s stellar daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and all night on Mondays with $1 oysters and exclusive pricing on beer, wine, and cocktails. If you love bivalves, put this on your short list and get there early. 96 Second Ave., 212-674-5870
From the same people that brought you Los Tacos No.1 comes Los Mariscos, an ode to Baja-style fish tacos from the Mexican peninsula. If you’ve spent any time whatsoever in Southern California, where fish tacos are king, you’re going to feel as though you’ve strutted out of the subway and straight into a taqueria just north of the US/Mexico border. Don’t leave without trying a fish taco—but their shrimp taco and variety of ceviche are notable items as well. Chelsea Market, 409 W. 15th St., 212-920-4986
We all have a friend who hates the taste of seafood, or chooses not to indulge because of religious doctrine. For those occasions when you really want a lobster roll, but your dining companion doesn’t, we’ve found your perfect compromise—Burger & Lobster. As the name suggests, they serve just two main entrees: burgers and lobsters. The latter comes steamed, grilled, or dolloped atop a split butter top roll, so no matter your preference, they’ve got you covered. 39 W. 19th St., 646-833-7532
Ocean-to-table isn’t a phrase like its ubiquitous cousin farm-to-table, but perhaps that’s the best way to describe Upstate. They specialize in ordering daily from the local fish markets to provide restaurant-goers with fresh, simple seafood. If you saunter through their kitchen, you won’t find a single freezer on the premises. Because of that, menu items may fluctuate wildly day-to-day due to market demands and availability. Despite an unpredictable bill of fare, one thing is guaranteed—they’re going to present you with something delicious. Pair any of their seafood items with beer that comes mostly from breweries located within New York state for a fully holistic dining experience. 95 First Ave., 917-408-3395
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Photography via yelp.com user Celina L. on yelp.com/The Mermaid Inn; via Yelp.com user Lori L. on yelp.com/Burger and Lobster; via yelp.com user Lori L. on yelp.com/Los Mariscos; via yelp.com user Vincent T. on yelp.com/Upstate New York