279 Water St, New York, NY | Directions 1003840.708726 -74.000877
Sun-Mon 11:45 am-10 pm, Tues-Thurs 11:45 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11:45 am-midnight
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Financial District, Financial District (Wall Street)
Who would have thought that the oldest restaurant in NYC and once-brothel would be the home to the best soft shell crab and one-of-a-kind martini? Off a dark cobble street at the bottom of Manhattan, this darling gem is simply perfect perfect perfect.
attentive staff, not rushed at all, nice out of the way cafe – seated promptly, the waitress was more than helpful extremely pleasent, never felt rushed or hurried, food was pretty good wine prices were resonable. If your in the area and can find it its a great place to go. I cant stand fish, but the scallops were delicious.
Fantastic! – Every year one member of the family gets to pick a place to go for x-mas eve dinner. This year it was my turn! There is a lot of presure because we always meet in NYC, there are many places to go but not all of them are good enough for such big deal with my family. I am happy to say the Bridge Cafe was better then any other place in New York and it will, I think, be where we go every x-mas eve! Food - Great! Lamb chops and rib eye were fantastic! We do not drink that much, but they had some very nice wines by the glass. Service, they knew how to make us feel at home, and the night seemed as important to the staff as it was to my family. Nothing snooty here.
Thank you so much Bridge Cafe and Happy New Year!
Decent value for downtown restaurant week – The restaurant was a lot smaller than we thought it'd be but it was quaint. The waitresses were really attentive to our needs - always refilling our glasses and making sure everything was ok. The food was average. I had the calamari appetizer, Rigatoni as an entree and Green Apple Sorbet for desert. I'd have to say that the sorbet was a refreshing surprise. For $20 in good company, it was worth it.
A hidden jewel beneath the Brooklyn Bridge – Off the South St Seaport tourist path lies Bridge Cafe, one of the finest restaurants in Manhattan. Seated promptly, attentive service, excellent food (no, you can't make this at home), wine list with reasonable prices, charming old NY decor, great place to take a date. Very impressive, they have hooked me as a regular. A hidden jewel in the financial district.
This historic seaport landmark offers a relaxed setting and satisfying international fare. – The Scene
With its yellow slat walls, nautical art and well-worn oak bar, this onetime fishermen's lair is now a snug little neighbor to both South Street Seaport and the glass sequoias of nearby Wall Street. The creaky restaurant dates from 1790 and lies just under the massive shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Not surprisingly, seafood is a strong point. Start with fresh mussels in a peppery tomato broth or the crisp and buttery soft-shell crabs, which are a house specialty. The lean-but-flavorful buffalo steak and burgers also put on a good showing. A dessert worth missing the ferry for is a dense fudge-like cake that could anchor a dinghy.
Good Eats at the Foot of the Brooklyn Bridge – Civilized without being pretentious. Most diners there had guide books with them. It seems they know something New Yorkers don't. A very nice dining experience all around.
Good for the romantics – We went there based on other's recommendations. The place was not easy to find at night if you haven't been there before. But it is a very cute little restaurant with limited seating so reservations are suggested. Staff was friendly and the food was very good. I ordered their famous buffalo steak which originally would come with homemade potatoe gnocchi but I chose the sauteed spinach with garlic instead, which turned out to be exceptional. It was an excellent sidedish and the spinach was fresh and not overdone. The garlic flavor was just right and it complimented the spinach perfectly. The sidedish enhanced the flavor of the buffalo steak tremendously. The sauce that went with the whole dish brought everything together with the right amount of seasoning and served as the base for the flavors of the other ingredients to build on. It was truly mouthwatering.
Great place for a quiet romantic dinner – I went there on a date with my husband and had a wonderful time. The food was great, it even had vegetarain options. The service was also great as was the atmosphere, small not crowded, not snooty, great backfround music and soft lighting.
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