Elm Street Oyster House

11 W Elm St. Greenwich, CT 06830 • (203) 629-5795 • elmstreetoysterhouse.com

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One can only eat at Terra so many times before one craves a change of pace on Greenwich Ave., but considering how bad Bistro Versailles is, I don’t blame people for being fearful of the penalty for straying. Well, fortunately Elm Street (sounds like Freddy Krueger opened a restaurant) delivers a worthy departure. Not that the Oyster House is a runaway success, but it has its moments.

The first moment being the oysters. It was here that the wife and I first tried Kusshi oysters and if you’ve never tried them, you are in for a treat. And I use that word purposefully, because these mollusks are so sweet you’d swear they were candy. Sort of like the clementines of the oyster world.

In terms of entrees, however, things weren’t quite as sweet. The fish was fresh and cooked well, so no problems there, but they tried so hard with their preparations to make the dishes inventive that you could taste the shortcomings in every bite. Whereas if they had kept things clean and simple, I think they would’ve fared much better.

On the décor and service front, the place is cute and the service, while not particularly “cute,” was friendly and attentive. So all in all a worthy stop during or after a shopping spree, but just steer clear of the seemingly inventive preps.

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The Mermaid Inn

568 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024(212) 799-7400 themermaidnyc.com

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Hi. My name is Ferocious Foodie. And I too am a Mermaid lover. In fact, I don’t think I’ve loved a mermaid this much since Ariel, The Little Mermaid. From the first bite (well, technically “sip”) to the last, everything was great.

The wife and I both started with cocktails. I partook a pair of Pink Dahlias, which sounds more fru fru than it is. It’s actually a spicy margarita with grapefruit. Tart, refreshing, spicy and perfecty. Can’t recall what the wife had because I’m a typical, self-absorbed male, but I know she liked it because I asked… So I’m not a total schmuck.

Everything else we shared, to a symphony of simultaneous foodgasms. The octopus was tender with a nice contrasting char for texture. And it was dressed with wonderful flavors that netted out a touch sweet, but in a good way.

The oysters were fresh an delicious. We did the Kusshi, which, if you’ve never had them are so sweet you’d think they were candy. And the Mermaid Cove, which were delightfully creamy. Great combo for those who don’t dig on the brine.

For entrees we split the lobster “sandwich” and the fish tacos and the reason “sandwich” is in quotes is because it’s a lobster roll. Not sure why they don’t call it that. I’m assuming there’s no copyright infringement since about 1000 other places call it that, but whatever. Maybe that’s not how they roll… oof. Even I cringed on that one. But cast your cringes aside, because the roll/sandwich thingy is up there with the Ultimates. Quite handily better than Luke’s down the street and as good as Pearl Oyster Bar. Yes, I said it. Just not quite as big as Pearl’s though, making it a bit pricier per ounce. But like Fancy Feast, it’s worth it. And truth be told, Mermaid’s fries are better.

The fish tacos were mighty fine as well, adorned with pickled jalapenos and a side of handy fresh made salsa. Together they made for sloppy, fishy bliss.

And finally, for dessert, there is no menu. They simply bring you an espresso cup filled with chocolate pudding and call it a night. No charge. Just as a thank you. Well, Mermaid, thank YOU for a wonderful meal. My only regret is having not tried you sooner.

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