After an unfortunate bout of food poisoning [this gastrointesinal upset actually turned out to be the precursor to a shingles attack – ew!] on Friday and Saturday, I bounced back enough to have dinner at the Mermaid Inn on Sunday (though sadly, I couldn’t indulge myself near enough for my liking). It was ace. We had:
Shrimp cocktail: four gigantic, firm, salty monsters, served with classic horseradish-heavy red sauce.
Chilled tomato soup: amazing depth of flavor, boosted by a very spicy creme fraiche. Garnished with chopped yellow tomato (frankly overwhelmed by the heat of the soup) and sliced grilled shrimp (thankfully not).
Lump crabmeat cocktail – Sweet, classic, and lovely.
Cod croquettes: Served in little logs like grade-school fish fingers, these were cute as well as very, very tasty. A perfectly crisp crumb crust without; comfortingly smooth filling within.
Pan-roasted chicken with sweet potato salad: I didn’t try this, but it got a good review. A huge portion, so the leftovers are going to be my dinner tomorrow [OMG, it was so tasty!].
Crispy calamari salad with avocado: I only tried a bite, but it was pretty flawlessly done – greaseless, crispy breaded squid with a bit of bite, though far from rubbery.
Skate with creamy cucubmer, green lentils, and pickled onions: as with the calamari, i just had a taste. Still – holy shit. This was an amazing piece of fish – moist, flavorful in that delightful nutty skate-y way, and done to the minute. I think you have to sell your soul to the devil to cook fish that well.
Mermaid Inn, 96 Second Avenue, New York, NY