A few weeks back, I was craving seafood, so met my friend Jess at Mermaid Inn, on 88th and Amsterdam. We didn’t intend to go for the
crab boil, but it just so happened this special was going on. For $26, we were able to get a bucket of steamed Maryland blue crabs, jalapeño corn bread, red bliss potatoes and grilled corn on the cob. This special lasts every Tuesday at both the UWS and East Village (2nd Ave between 5th and 6th) location through August 26.
The website advertises that this crab boil is perfect to eat with your hands and they weren’t kidding. Crabs were literally dumped on the table, and you had your mallet and fork to pull out the crab meet. The crabs were well seasoned, and the corn bread was delicious. I received two small pieces of corn and a few potatoes, which were covered in the same crab seasoning.
I enjoyed the crabs, but it was really messy. I felt like the juices were leaking through the paper table cloth that the staff laid out for the boil, and Mermaid Inn is a nice restaurant, so felt a little out of place – I should have been out on a picnic table somewhere. Crab was flying everywhere, and since the tables are a little close, I kept worrying about hitting my neighbor.
If you’d like to go try this special out and don’t mind getting dirty (bibs are provided), I’d recommend buying one order of the crab boil and sharing it, while your guest gets an entree. In hindsight, we wished we split some crabs and a lobster roll, just to make the experience a little less messy. After our 4th crab, we were getting a little sick of all the work we were putting into it.
I’d love to try a few more entrees at Mermaid Inn before I properly give a review – but if you are the crab boil type of person, make a reservation for tomorrow night!