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About River Cafe
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine.
Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days of the year
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Old Fulton St.
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations.
If you plan to bring a car to The River Café, please call us to find out if parking is available for the date of your visit.
A or C train to High Street
2 or 3 train to Clark Street
F train to York Street
Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
Private Party Facilities:
The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
Inquiries about special events or corporate dinners (30 to 100 guests) are handled by Luke Vossen, the Director of Private Events, who will assist in planning every detail. For additional information contact email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
River Cafe Ratings and Reviews
An amazing venue for our first night in New York! It is going to be hard to beat the venue or the view. The staff are superb and the food delicious and attractive with only the best ingredients. The turn around is very fast, but you have 100% whilst you are there. Best to book a cab if you have a soecific time you would like to leave as it was a bit tricky locating a metres one.
Laura and I so enjoy dining at The River Cafe. It's a pleasure to dine at a restaurant with a spectacular of the lower Manhattan skyline, great service, wonderful and delicious food presentations in an environment where your fellow patrons are nicely dressed. We highly recommend The River Cafe.
Amazing view and very classy restaurant. However, Waiters are too much in a rush.We were served a complimentary 'palate pleaser', 10 mins later our champagne as aperitifs arrived. We did not finish the aperitif and the starter arrived. We asked to wait 5 minutes for the main course, as a result, they kept the fish on the stove and it arrived over cooked. We did not feel like complaining because the staff do not put guests comfortable. When going for dinner in a fancy restaurant, we expected to relax and enjoy the moment and the view. We were served and ate in 55mins, with a bill of 500usd. The service is not genuine and very rigid. Staff should relax a bit and take themselves less seriously to make the experience enjoyable!
The River Cafe has always offered a unique dining experience. Understated elegance, beautifully prepared food and flawless service have been hallmarks of this restaurant.
We recently enjoyed breakfast and found the menu to be imaginative. The River Cafe is not to be missed when in New York, not only for the culinary experience but also for the magnificent views of Manhattan.
A dream come true,under THE Bridge,a perfect evening on the East River, four minutts from Wall Street to DUMBO ! Classic food and outstanding service. We enjoyed every minute in this lovely garden with vue to the Manhattan Skyline. Value for money, AND the bill was everthing included,opposite to the test of New York restaurants !
We celebrated my wife’s birthday last night and were treated to a truly memorable experience. From the moment we entered the drive into the beautiful garden and flower adorned entrance, we were taken in to a magical oasis. We were warmly greeted and quickly escorted to our table in the lovely appointed dining room and of course the spectacular view of downtown. Edmund and his team were very attentive, knowledgeable and made us feel so welcome. Chef Steelman’s cuisine was spectacular, beautifully presented, perfectly presented and just delicious! Can’t wait to return for another fine meal.
We went to the restaurant for dinner and was presented for a fixed 3 or 6 dish dinner for a fixed price of 125 to 155! When we got the bill 18% gratitude was included. As a customer I like to decide the gratitude myself. For the price we paid we expected better food!!
Everything about the dining at The River Cafe is a special event. And everyone has always been especially welcoming to all of our guests. The fragrant flower filled entrance, the spectacular view, the presentation of fine cuisine and wine and the hospitality of the staff makes this is an experience to remember.
My girlfriend and I came here for our anniversary and we can't stop raving about it! The food and service were exceptional. When either of us looked like we were getting up to use the restroom, someone came over to assist us in moving the table. Also, every staff member knew it was our anniversary and gave us well wishes. We went at 6:30 and stayed till 9:30 so we got to enjoy the wonderful sunset on the water. We got the Brooklyn Bridge as one of our desserts and it was beautiful. As we were getting the check we asked if we could have the page inside the menu that said the date to remember the occasion and two minutes later a manager came over with the full menu that he had just printed for us in an envelope. The complimentary valet parking allowed us to walk around the scenic DUMBO area after, care-free. We will definitely be back!
Wonderful romantic spot: great for special occasions and family get-togethers. My husband and I celebrated my graduation from Law School and it was unforgettable. The views of the FiDi are spectacular, the service is outstanding and the food is five starts. Very special spot for a special occasion.
The River Cafe offers an amazing view of Manhattan across the water--make sure you come after dusk to really enjoy the lit skyline. Our party tried all three fish entrees--sea bass, halibut and branzino--all were excellent, especially the branzino prepared with chorizo (not overpowering) and a succulent crust. Excellent wine list available largely featuring French varietals, though an adequate sampling of domestic wines was available.
Took my wife here to celebrate her birthday following a recommendation from a friend. I managed to get a booking a week before the day, but only at 10pm. I wanted a late evening booking so we could enjoy the view, but the downside to this was that it felt like the waiters were in a rush to take our order/ clear up the tables (to the point where we had to tell them to either wait on a couple of occasions, as we hadn't actually finished our dish) - so we felt a bit rushed, and weren't fully able to savour the moment (the booking was on a Monday at 10pm). Maybe that experience was just us. Aside from that, the quality of food was amazing, the view of lower manhattan - spectacular. We would definitely recommend this for a date/ special occasion. They even personalised a menu for my wife with a message - which was a wonderful surprise. It is a bit on the pricier side - minimum bill would be approx $125 per person (excluding drinks).
We celebrated our anniversary at The River Cafe and highly recommend it. The service and food (my wife's and my main course selections were sea bass and branzino) were outstanding as were the appetizers and desserts. That plus the beauty of the restaurant and the East River view made for a most memorable celebration.
The River Cafe sits under the Brooklyn Bridge right on the water with great views of Manhattan and the new World Tower. The menu isn't huge but the offerings are varied giving a great set of options. During the week they are only open for breakfast and dinner but have a lunch on the weekends as well as Sunday brunch. Dinner and lunch are fixed price appetizer and entree. We had breakfast and both choices were delicious. My omelette was perfectly cooked and my fiance had the avacado toast with poached eggs, also delicious. Highly recommend the food as well as is the restaurant itself.
Experience started a tad off foot as we had reservation for 9pm and seated until 9:30; in their deffense we requested table near the window. However, after that it was all uphill. Service is good from the waiters but impeccable from the captain. The sommelier suggested great wine pairing per plate and as my eife is pregnant he was great pointing out they do half pouring by the glass.
Afterwards we had an unconventional request and they were very kind in accomodating it.
Food was really good. We had softshell crab and king shrimp as starters, both amazing. Main was the duck breast and lamb and also both cook perfectly.
The seevice is the highlight of this place; they know they're for special ocassion and know how to make it happen
The River Cafe was an amazing experience. We were four friends from Norway celebrating a 40th birthday. We were seated next to the window and had a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. The service, atmosphere and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Gorgeous location and restaurant. A bit pricey, but great for special occasions and if someone else is paying. Had a lovely time celebrating my sons birthday. Food was wonderful and the atmosphere is very romantic. Go at night when all the outside lights are on.
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