River Cafe

(718) 522-5200 | View Website

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions   11201

40.703663 -73.994805

Open Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm; 5:30pm-11pm

Sun 11:30am-3pm; 5:30pm-11pm

 
Traditional American, $$$$, Brunch  more

More Tags: Local Favorite, Notable Wine List, Online Reservations, Private Rooms, Prix Fixe Menu, Romantic Dining, View Dining, Waterfront Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Categories: Catering, Restaurants, Cafes

Neighborhoods: Vinegar Hill

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Menu
Smoked Salmon, Wagyu Steak Tartare, Smoked Rainbow Trout, Butter Leaf Salad, Seafood Trio, Beau Soleil Oysters, Sea Scallop, Foie Gras Two Ways, Crab & Coconut Bisque, Petrossian Caviar... more

Reviews for River Cafe

Recommends

Too often derided for its preposterously beautiful view and identity as a romantic nirvana, the fact is that The River Cafe has always been and remains one of the very greatest New York restaurants.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not recommended – I walked in with my bf 9PM today (1/13/2012) and the front girl looked up and down us and said this is not place for us. I wore a jean cause it was casual friday for our company. I think she just figured that we can't afford food from there. But I'm sure I make more money than she. She were pretty nasty and it was the first time I got race discrimination in public. (FYI I'm an Asian.) So embarassed. If you are an Asian or if you think they 'MIGHT' discriminate against the race I highly recommend not to go there. They totally ruined our friday date.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

expensive-- BUT THE VIEW IS INCOMPARABLE! – I knew it was very expensive- but if you live in NY you have to have this experience at least once. Go for breakfast - it won't break the bank. It is remarkably romantic and the view.. nothing like it. I fully expected Billy Joel to show up playing "New York State of MInd" .

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

absolutely great – Expensive, but the view and the food were amazing! Very romantic!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

A classic – Expensive, yes. Full of tourists, yes. A great experience, yes. It's an institution. It's romantic as all get out. The food isn't great but it's not bad, either. It's a special occasion joint and there you sit, under the Brooklyn Bridge with a breathtaking view of lower Manhattan. There's no other place like it in the world. It reeks of pretension because its pretentious. If you can't enjoy that don't go. If you're going to be grumpy because it's expensive and full of tourists, don't go. You want a glass of wine and a hanger steak there are plenty of swell places in Cobble Hill that won't cost you half (or Pete's Downtown, for that matter, just across the street.)

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Needs more than just a view! – Been here twice, went back hoping my 1st experience (a bad one) was just a fluke. It was not. The most unhappy and arrogant staff I have ever encountered. Besides the view, which is amazing, everything else about this restaurant reeks of pretension. One can't help be be reminded that getting your $$ is their top priority. Even the Maitre d' made it clear (in poor English) that a nice tip was expected for a good table! Certainly this place will follow other such tourist traps as Tavern On The Green and ultimately fail.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Romantic Date Spot – I took my girlfriend here for our one year anniversary and safe to say, sparks flew. The food was great, the view was amazing, and the service was charming. The Pre-fix is a good option, especially if you like variety. My only caution, check your bank account balance before you go!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Great View! – I like.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A Beautiful Experience – My husband first took me here on our 20th anniversary and we have made it a tradition ever since. I love the atmosphere, service, the menu. Never disappointed. It's wonderful to have a place with a grown up atmosphere. It makes all the difference in the world.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Never ever – Jacket to suit to what? Snuffy

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Romantic – The service was very good.

Right by the water at night. This place is great.

In a restaurant like this we feel it is the little things such as remembering the order and who ordered which dish which makes the meal so seemless and all was without question here.

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