The best oyster happy hour in New York City goes to the Mermaid Inn & Oyster Bar. There are three locations spread out over Manhattan (Upper West Side, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village), but the Greenwich location is the preferred (albeit smallest) choice. Happy Hour is normally 17:00 – 19:00 daily here, but Monday its All. Night. Long. $ 1 oysters, half prices cocktails, reasonable house wine and beer; Mermaid Oyster Bar is truly the happiest of happy hours.
The fun doesn’t stop at happy hour. Forget the complimentary “after dinner mint.” Mermaid gives cute little chocolate puddings and a fortune fish with the check. Unwrap, place on your hand and see where your love life stands. Or just do what I do, chuck the fish and eat the pudding in one spoon full. By this time, I’ve already had a few drinks anyway.
The Greenwich location is quite small so reservations are recommended or come in between 17:00 – 18:00. The after work crowd swarms after 18:00. In the summer, the front opens up as well as the back garden and creates more seating options.