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The River Cafe

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  • American (New)
  • 1 Water St, Brooklyn NY11201 40.703139 -73.995087
  • (At Old Fulton St)
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  • (718) 522-5200
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User Ratings (Based on 39 reviews)

Food 4.2 Value 3.7
Service 4.3 Atmosphere 4.7

Other Restaurant Info

(718) 522-5200
(718) 875-0037
Jackets Required For Gentlemen After 5pm Visa, MC, AmEx, DiscCarte Blanche, JCB
Daily: 5:30pm-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Live Music, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Romantic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Waterfront, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by CS on 06/14/2012

    A Pleasure every Time

    Most of the times we come to New York we have dinner at this restaurant. After managing to sit at the window we get exactly what we are coming for: A dinner we can not have in Berlin but only in NYC with a view on Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. The food is delicious. The place is always a satisfying New York experience to us.

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by Ruth N. on 10/15/2011

    Very special in every way

    Before 9/11 the River Cafe & Top of the World were considered the best restaurants from which to see New York. The River Cafe remains as a singularity, filled with exquisite flowers & nestled near the waterline of the East River. Some time ago I took friends there to dinner. They live on a high floor of a building on East End Avenue with outstanding river views. They were captivated by the proximity to the water. The ships that look like toys from their windows were huge and seeing them cut through the water against the outgoing tide was a real thrill, especially with the Brooklyn Bridge and its swags of light looped above them. Moreover, the restaurant is not just a pretty face. The food and the wine list are really excellent and the service impeccable. My only problem is that for vegetarians this is not a hospitable place, especially given the prix fixe cost, but, then, most haute cuisine restaurants in New York are similarly ill-suited to the humane crowd. When I go to The River Cafe, I tell myself that I have to be prepared to give up my ethical objections to eating meat for a brief moment in time. In cosmic terms, it is well worth it.

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by Sk on 04/21/2011

    The rich tourists

    A place for rich tourists! If you have a couple of extra hundred bucks to spend, i reccomend it cause of the view. The food wasn't all that good. We were sorrounded by richsters and goldiggers, so it isn't the most classy place.

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by Caren E on 04/02/2011

    The most memorable dinner in New York

    We, two couples, celebrated two of our 60th birthdays at The River Cafe last night. The view, food, service, ambiance, were unsurpassed. None of us would have changed a thing. We will remember the experience and will be talking about it forever.

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by Mike and Tracey on 12/03/2010

    Very Romantic

    My wife and I Love this place! Excellent food and ambience. Just bring your wallet!

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by Helen on 08/15/2010

    a bit over rated

    My friends ordered the duck dish recommended by the server and I ordered the sea bass. I was happy with my entree but my friends found the duck to be undercooked and gamey and left most of it on the plate. The food seem to be a hit or miss. The view was great but I would think twice about following the server's recommendations... The view was enjoyable but is it worth the hefty price??

  • The River Cafe

    Posted by HHB on 06/20/2010

    Tavern on the Green, Brooklyn

    I have to agree with the anonymous reviewer below. I went for brunch with a friend, just to check it out, and while the setting and view were spectacular, the food was only so-so, and very expensive for what it was. Truly, it felt like I stepped through a time warp into the 80's. The food was the same, the staff was uptight and took themselves very seriously, and the place was loaded with tourists. It was a prix-fixe for $55, appetizer & main course. I had the Smoked Rainbow Trout, my friend had the salad. The salad was nice, but nothing special (how can you screw up salad, really?). The trout was hot (I'd the impression it would be cold) and again, very nice, but nothing to get too excited about. For main courses, I had the Maine Lobster Omelette, she had the Scottish Salmon. She seemed to like her salmon, but I only got about half way through the omelette - it was very salty, with very little lobster in it, mostly gooey cheese. The best part of the meal were the desserts; she had the goat cheese cheesecake and I had the Chocolate Toffee Sticky Pudding. She seemed to like the cheesecake, and I can definitely say the pudding was fantastic. Service was fine, a bit of attitude, but nothing too obnoxious. All in all, except for the view, there are so many places with better food that cost less. Go there. As I said in my title, this really strikes me as the Brooklyn equivalent of Tavern on the Green, where everyone goes for the setting and no one goes for the food, even though it's horribly expensive, and no local will be caught dead in here.

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