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Posted by ksw on 12/31/2012
River Park's $28 3-course lunch is a great deal. There are lots of choices and the food was great -excellent fried chicken and wonderful apple tart. The server was great. Looking forward to a return visit in wamer weather when we can sit outside.
Posted by Sandy on 08/06/2011
I went with a friend at 6:00pm on a Friday in the summer. There were about 8 ppl eating between the indoor and outdoor space. The host asked if we had reservations, which we didn't. Again, 6pm on a Friday in the summer. We were told they could not seat us outdoors since that is "reserved on a first-come-first-served basis" HUH??? There were two tables taken of the dozen or so there. We were told we could eat indoors, which we didn't want to do. The host then very rudely said "Well then I can't help you." And let two good-looking well-dressed women walk out! Bad move on every level. Mr Colicchio is a superb chef but needs to hire professional people who know how to treat customers. The current staff does not. We clearly have no desire to ever go back and will spread the word to our network of media professionals to stay clear of this place.
Posted by Dryben on 07/30/2011
Wow. What more can you say. This is Colicchio's shining star. I have done the Craft restaurants many times, and they are good, but this place is great, mostly due to the Chef. Food was excellent. In my opinion, currently the best in the city. Keep in mind the place is a little out of the way, but worth the trip. For pasta we tried the squid ink chitarra and mascarpone ravioli, if these do not give you a foodie head-rush from the flavor explosions, I don't know what will. Simply two of the best pasta dishes I have had. We also tried the flatiron steak, which was really good, it is steak so you either cook it right or you do not, and for this cut is was great. However it was the brisket cake that they served with this, that was the highlight, again flavor explosion head-rush. For dessert we had the beignets, these were good, but should have additional dipping sauces. We also had the black forest sundae which was very good. Will definitely be back.
Posted by Hotplate on 07/05/2011
Went to brunch and was extremely disappointed with choices. Most entree choices included some type of meat. Not much to choose from if you prefer an entree without meat. Brunch choices are extremely limited, particularly for a brunch menu. The size of the"entrees" are more like appetizers. Even though it was brunch and most restaurants would offer a bread basket, nothing is put on the table. One would have to order quite a few things to feel full. I would recommend that they add more varied choices to the brunch menu. The setting is very nice and the service was good.
Posted by Me on 07/03/2011
The first time I ate here (for dinner) it was totally enchanting. Delicious food, beautiful view, excellent service. The second time everything was a bit off. Music too loud, air conditioning too high (freezing), menu too pretentious, salty, and heavy, and somehow the atmosphere wasn't as relaxing. Place has a lot of promise. Give it time.
Posted by me on 06/09/2011
The first time I went here the food was excellent. The second time it was unbelievably salty. My food quality score is an average of those two meals. The setting on the East River is unbeatable though and is the primary reason to come to this restaurant.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 05/26/2011
I had an appointment on First Avenue the other night, and afterwards found myself near 29th Street. I had followed all of Tom Colicchio's other restaurants in town, so I decided to stop in for an early dinner at Riverpark, and I am certainly glad I did. Despite dining alone, I was warmly greeted by the front staff and was quickly escorted to an outdoor table at my request. It was a small, lovely patio overlooking the East River just outside the main dining room. The staff and servers were most friendly and very accommodating. I liked the idea that you could "mix and match" your food order from both the bar menu and the main dining menu, so I did. The food was very good, and it was a great way to end the day. I often dine solo, and not all restaurants are receptive to this fact, but not Riverpark, nor any of Tom Colicchio's restaurants. They all have a warm, casual yet sophisiciated air about them that makes me keep coming back. Go East, and you will find it worth the trip.