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MERMAID INN or AQUAGRILL??

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Lulu40 Apr 10, 2008 04:05 AM

Cheers all, tossing up between Mermaid Inn & Aquagrill for seafood. What do you think?

Thanks in advance.

  1. financialdistrictresident Apr 16, 2008 05:24 PM

    Another for Aquagrill. We went to Aquagrill earlier this month. Walked in without a reservation on a Friday night. Delicious. Wondered why we don't go more often. Shhh, they aren't on opentable.com. I am not a Mermaid Inn Fan and they are not in the same league as Aquagrill. BlueWater Grill is larger, more crowded and noisier, not my kind of scene. Haven't been there in awhile, seafood was pretty good.

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      Lulu40 Apr 14, 2008 01:42 AM

      Thank you all! Aquagrill it is. Ok seafood choice is decided and so is our special occassion rest (EMP) - that's 8 out of 10 days. We now need to research and decide on Pub grub, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Sandwich/Salad, burgers, brunch, afternoon tea and one good 'people watch' spot. Half the fun is in the planning. As always, your input is appreciated.

      Cheers.

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        rrems Apr 14, 2008 05:18 AM

        For Vietnamese, I love O Mai.

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          biondanonima Apr 16, 2008 06:03 PM

          For Thai, hop on the 7 train to Woodside - 61st street and go to Sripraphai. There is no better thai food anywhere in NYC!

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          gvaz28 Apr 11, 2008 02:23 PM

          I think Aquagrill is better than Blue Water. Although, I love blue water, and if you do go there the Chilean Sea Bass is amazing.

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            Lulu40 Apr 11, 2008 03:19 AM

            Thanks. Yes we had pretty much decided on Aquagrill however Blue Water Grill has now also been thrown into the equation. So, Aquagrill or Blue Water Grill?

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              rrems Apr 11, 2008 05:16 AM

              Blue Water has a beautiful atmosphere, but in recent years I feel the food has lost the zing it used to have, and would lean toward Aquagrill for greater consistency, but it would not be a terrible choice if the menu appeals to you more. Watch out, though. The staff is trained to try to upsell on wine and to push other extras. Don't fall for it.

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                harrison Apr 11, 2008 05:42 AM

                Aquagrill is far superior to Blue Water Grill

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                  Lucia Apr 11, 2008 10:54 AM

                  Aquagrill--much better food.

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                  Lucia Apr 10, 2008 12:10 PM

                  Aquagrill

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                    jb44 Apr 10, 2008 08:39 AM

                    it depends if you want raw oysters et all
                    mermaid has tasty entrees
                    aquagrill has tasty fresh oysters

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                      rrems Apr 10, 2008 09:08 AM

                      IMO Mermaid has bland entrees.

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                        jdf Apr 10, 2008 12:59 PM

                        Aquagrill is far superior with oysters and entrees, in my opinion. Also, though more expensive, still reasonable and a nicer environement.

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                        digsnola Apr 10, 2008 08:37 AM

                        I love both.....but Aquagrill is Tier 1, while Mermaid Inn is Tier 2.

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                          harrison Apr 10, 2008 06:28 AM

                          Aquagrill is definitely better, but also more expensive if that matters.

                          I've only been to Holy Basil among your Thai choices. It's nothing special.

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                            rrems Apr 10, 2008 06:12 AM

                            Aquagrill is far superior to Mermaid.

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                              Lulu40 Apr 10, 2008 06:21 AM

                              Thanks rrems Aquagrill it is.

                              For Thai we are trying to decide between Holy Basil, Sticky Rice, Thailand Cafe & Tara Thai. Input appreciated.

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