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Posted by Howard on 11/07/2007
With 213 years of history, the Bridge Cafe allows for you to enjoy a wonderful meal and imagine the past. Set in 'Old New York' where cobblestone streets find trading houses and the Seaport nearby, the Bridge Cafe somehow survived prohibition, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and post 9-11 issues. My wife and I had the pleasure of dining here last night and had a terrific meal. We both started with soup: a sweet creamy butternut squash with hint of spice and rustic bean and collard green; they were equally delicious. Our waitress was very sweet and confirmed our desires to try their famous buffalo steak. We enjoyed it alongside the homemade potato gnocchi and crisp garlic broccoli rabe. Our other entree, the pine-nuts and parmesan coated chicken was served with a marvelous buere blanc sauce over garlic mashed potatos and carmelized carrots. The Chocolate Indulgence is a flourless cake served with fresh whipped cream and vanilla gelato was a great way to end the meal. We plan on making the trip from the Upper East Side back down to Bridge Cafe again real soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2007
My husband and I love this place! The atmosphere is cozy and you don't have to shout to your tablemates even when the place is full-up. It's casual and homey with more than just a touch of class. The staff are pleasant and make you feel welcome and comfortable. I have a friend who has serious food allergies and they went out of their way to make sure she could eat everything on her plate, and they were so gracious about it. Even when I make special requests like cooking my eggs Benedict almost well-done, they do just as you ask, with no attitude like I've seen in other places. And the food, or should I say aaaaah, the food! Simply delicious. I have yet to be disappointed by a meal here. For brunch try the eggs Benedict, they are perfectly done and the Hollandaise sauce is creamy and buttery without tasting greasy. The applewood smoked bacon is a treat. For dinner try the buffalo steak and gnocchi. The steak is lean and tasty with no gamey aftertaste, and the gnocchi is to-die-for. They are a bit heavier than traditional gnocchi, but they are grilled and have a bit of cheese sprinkled on top. I could make a meal of them alone! Their soups are also good too. They often have a tomato-based soup and it's never sour like some often are. The corn fritter appetizer is spicy and tasty. Of course you must leave room for dessert. The selections change from time to time, but if they have the butterscotch pudding you must try it! The prices may seem high to some people, but you certainly get what you pay for here. If your budget is tight then find a way to plan for it. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Doofus on 05/07/2007
We went here one rainy evening a few weeks ago, but still had a gorgeous view of the city over the wind and rain-swept river. The best part however was the food! As someone who has dined in some of Manhattan's best restaurants, I have to say that Bridge Street Cafe is right on par with the best of Manhattan. I had scallops followed by a huge prime cut steak, and my date had pancetta-wrapped rabbit followed by veal. After 2 delicious chocolate-infused desserts and after-dinner wine, we availed ourselves of the restaurant's town car service back to Manhattan for $25, which is about the same our cab ride cost from Chelsea. Amazing evening!
Posted by Brittany on 12/14/2006
This is the place to be if you are missing home. They treat you like family, and the food warms your heart. This is the best meal I have had since living in New York, and I carry my Zagats guide with me at all times reviewing everywhere I go. From the hostess to the chef, you'll know them by name before you go, because you'll want to personally thank them all for giving you a fantastic dinner.
Posted by Stranger on 10/12/2006
Walked in by chance, I was very lucky to find here wonderful dishes (Steamed Mussels, Bridge Café Salad and the Pineapple Martini) and very friendly & professional personnel. A very nice and romantic historical location of this place near the Brooklyn Bridge is supplemented by its special warm and unforgettable atmosphere inside... A place I would certainly come back during my next trips to NYC...
Posted by Delighted on 05/31/2006
Celebrated a special occasion here and found everything to be beyond expectation. The food was wonderful, the setting was charming, and the service was top-notch. I couldn't have enjoyed the meal and the occasion any more. It was simply perfect.
Posted by Great Hideaway on 01/21/2006
Perhaps the best in Manhattan; the service, food, and anything else you can think of are exceptional!