Bridge Cafe
Bridge Cafe
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Bridge Cafe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://bridgecafenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122273344
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:45am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Joseph A. Kunst
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the Bridge Cafe for further assistance 212 227-3344
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the Bridge Cafe for further assistance.
  • Private Party Contact: Executive Chef Joseph Kunst 2122273344

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dover Street
  • Public Transit: Most subways stop or near Bridge Cafe. Please call the Bridge Cafe for further assistance.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and Public parking surround the Bridge Cafe.
A word from Bridge Cafe
Bridge Cafe serves upscale and creative hearty American cuisine with Global influences. Our focus is on deliciously prepared organic and sustainable products in what is the oldest continuously serving bar in New York City since 1794. We welcome you to an "old world" Manhattan setting with no New York pretense. Enjoy our famous buffalo steak with Lingonberry sauce and house made potato gnocchi. Petite lamb chops with chimichurri and sweet potato flan, or soft shell crabs, when in season, with scallion beurre blanc and spicy sofrito potatoes. Our signature soft shell BLT for lunch gets raves! From our full bar we host over 85 Single Malts and more than 25 Bourbons. If upscale comfort food, great whiskies and warm, professional service in your home away from home is what your seeking, then reserve now!
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Bridge Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • A New York Gem
    EvaS
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    The Bridge Cafe is one of our go-to restaurants, especially when we're entertaining out-of-town friends. It's a real New York gem, and a truly historical feel. Of course, the food is also outstanding! After dinner, a short walk across the street allows for magnificent nighttime views of 3 bridges - amazing!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My most favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    My most favorite restaurant ever. I want heaven to be like the Bridge Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall I had a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Overall I had a great experience at Bridge Cafe. We had a good table, pretty intimate setting, and the food was great. The only drawback I would say is that they keep the lights very low, and it was kind of difficult to read the menu and see my food when it was brought to the table. It wasn't extremely dark, but just not light enough. I would recommend going there though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Very Good Food
    DeeDeeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    The food is always good at the restaurant. They seated us promptly. Service is very good. We enjoy this restaurant because it is consistently very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time as Good as the First
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    This is our second trip to the "Bridge" and it was just as good as our first time. The ambiance is amazing for the fact that the restaurant is located in such an historic building. The food is prepared well with an excellent presentation. Forget those touristy restaurants at the Seaport and go to the Bridge Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our reservation was for Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Our reservation was for Sunday night. When it was time to order we found out they were out of our first choice, Diver Scallops, and our second choice Buffalo steak. Busy place but I think they should have adequate supplies for all days.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food was very good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    While the food was very good, the service was awful. My party waited a half an hour for someone to come over to the table. Someone did finally come over after we asked for help a second time. When the waitress came over to the table, she stood waiting, without saying a single word. There was not an ounce of recognition or apology. While she did get better as the night went on, the behavior in the beginning of the night from the staff here put a damper on the entire night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden gem located right
    DoneAndDoneVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    A hidden gem located right under by the Brooklyn Bridge on Water Street. An excellent selection of scotch and other spirits. Bridge Cafe's menu and food selection is 5 star quality, especially the desserts! he service and food quality remain consistently high. I highly recommend this venue!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, well cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    The food was good, well cooked and priced well. They did not have several items on the menu. It was very very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you want a quiet, romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    If you want a quiet, romantic dinner while eating great food, this would be it. Very limited wine menu is a minus (not to mention most of what they had on the menu were out of stock as well) Recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very good, menu slightly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    Food was very good, menu slightly limited.. good wine list, did not order any however.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tucked away under the Brooklyn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Tucked away under the Brooklyn Bridge a block or two from the river; charming old building, very simple neighborhood ambiance, but the food largely was very good - the Corn and Red Onion Fritters were a bit of a disappointment, but the Steak Frites was very tender and flavorful, and the vegetable strata imaginative and quite plentiful. Good meal away from the tourism of the seaport which is only a few blocks away. Don't be put off by the construction and lack of additional development at that end of Water St.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Bridge was quite a surprise-
    Deweese
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The Bridge was quite a surprise- walked in and thought we were in a dive bar- it's kind of hidden on a non-decript street that felt like a back alley. Sat at the bar as we were early and seriously wondered if the food would be any good- we were in for quite a surprise! Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. The bartender recommended the Buffalo steak but when we sat down, we went with the filet with fingerling potatoes on the side. I also started with an excellent salad and fried calamari. The steaks that arrived had to be 2 inches thick, cooked to perfection. We both agreed- the best steak we'd had in years! They could have rivaled any big name steak house- tender and delicious! No joke, with a bottle of good red wine, this was nirvana!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Room, Good Food
    BklndfVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    This is a really sweet and unassuming place--casual and homey, but well done--tucked into a corner alongside the Brooklyn Bridge. The service was great (nearly over attentive, but fine), and the food was quite good. My friends had the duck and the chicken, both of which were excellent. I had the trout, which was good, although the accompanying farro-chickpea mix was somewhat underdone. The wine-by-the-glass meny is small, but the glasses we had were quite good. I'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bridge Cafe has been one of
    LivesNearby
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Bridge Cafe has been one of our favorite restaurants for over twenty years. It's a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but is notable for its consistent, creative kitchen. Sometimes the restaurant appears a bit understaffed, and more than once the kitchen is out of menu staples. But we keep going back because the food is great, the scene intimate, the wine specials varied and delicious, and the desserts - sinful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food with multiple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Delicious food with multiple options for vegetarians. Friendly and accommodating staff. Great drinks and cozy ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ancient historic spot, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Ancient historic spot, great atmosphere and service. The food was a bit overdone in terms of too many additions to the plate and the trout was overcooked and dry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Place was a bit loud and service
    Brian
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    Place was a bit loud and service was okay but the food was amazing. Worth taking a trip back just for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had never been here before.
    SethRobinsVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    We had never been here before. We just picked it at random from Open Table and were extremely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little disappointed this
    eatsout2VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    A little disappointed this time. The soft shell crab was delicious. The hanger steak just okay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected surprise
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Expected a tourist trap...got a great eating experience. A wonderful surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We found this place almost
    crsnycVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    We found this place almost by accident, looking for somewhere near the Seaport and ferry for a special-occasion dinner. It was fabulous, one of the best restaurant meals we've had in years (and we're Manhattanites who love good food). Especially recommend the fried oysters, corn and onion fritters, soft shell crab, and banana chocolate chip bread pudding. Fussy teenager loved his steak and fries. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been going to the Bridge Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    Been going to the Bridge Cafe for years and always consistently good and a great bit of "Old New York".One of my favorite eateries in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch almost under the Brooklyn
    ppilot5
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Lunch almost under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side after a walk across the bridge and back. The Club sandwich was unique and the Vidalia onion rings were lovely (forget about fattening) $10 wine by the glass. White tablecloths and they take reservations. Go there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hideaway, under the bridge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    Great little non-touristy getaway right next to the South Street Seaport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch spot even though
    MeeshaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    Great lunch spot even though our waitress gave us dinner menu's and forgot to take our order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the best calamari ever.
    Larry
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Had the best calamari ever. Celebrated my wife's birthday here. Food was fantastic. Great service. Highly recommended. Avoid the South Seaport crowds and eat here instead. We'll be back. Loves the history.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had the fritters as an appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    I had the fritters as an appetizer and they were very good. My entree was fabulous - took home leftovers and they were just as tasty the next day!! I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Haven't been back in 15 years.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    Haven't been back in 15 years. This area has changed so much - so happy that the bridge is as fabulous as ever . Will be back more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great but I didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    The food was great but I didn't know why it took so long for us to get our food when there weren't that many patrons in the restaurant at lunch. Service was friendly but wasn't as attentive as they could have been (e.g., water was not refilled unless asked). Service at dinner seemed to be much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was horrible. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Service was horrible. Everything took a long time, requests were forgotten, and the waitress was more interested in folding napkins than serving and checking on us. The meal took an extra 45 minutes due to the lack of prompt service. Food was very good, though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent! We enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Excellent! We enjoyed our meal, the staff was attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was great, did not
    CityGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2012
    Service was great, did not feel rushed. Enjoyed a great dinner, I had the buffalo steak which was very tender and tasty. My friend had the mushroom risotto which she raved about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a fun meal!
    Veterandiner
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    My party of three enjoyed the unformly excellent food and the considerable and gracious attention given by the host to us as he answered many questions about wines and bourbon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    Food was great, service was not. I reserved a table for 8 for brunch on Sunday 3/18 3 weeks in advance. Knowing it would be crowded, I made it for the time the restaurant opens, so that we would be among the first seated. Unfortunately, the manager said they did not have our reservation and blocked off all OT reservations. Confused, I showed my confirmation and he apologized for the mix up and sat us right away. However, they had to piecemeal some small tables to smash us between 2 larger tables, so close that none of the servers could get by. Service was extremely slow and it was clear they were severely understaffed. We constantly had to ask for things like menus, water, coffee and utensils and it seemed other tables were just as annoyed.
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  • Never fails to Please. Started
    NYCJulia
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    Never fails to Please. Started with a terrific pineapple martini. My partner had buffalo steak cooked to perfection. I had two appetizers: tender fried calamari in a seasoned crumb coating, tender as could be, and a bean crepe with two sauces, corn and spicey Creole-type which complemented each other. We are not big eaters so that was it, but such a delicious meal. Place is tucked in under the Brooklyn Bridge, and many pictures of the Bridge grace the walls. Service is friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Fairly priced for quality of meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic gem offers good food/drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2012
    I love this place! Great reasonably priced food in an unpretentious "old world" Manhattan setting -- exactly as advertised. They also have a great selection of whiskey and beer. As one of the oldest bars in NY with a storied past, it can draw a mix of tourist and locals and fill quickly. But don't go expecting white glove service; the relaxed, unhurried, yet very personable service is part of the charm. I made the unfortunate mistake of dining with some business colleagues, who failed to fully appreciate that. (I'll go back with a less serious crowd.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A restaurant has occupied
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    A restaurant has occupied Bridge Cafe's space for more than 200 years, the restaurant advertises, and the slightly ramshackle ambiance is charming. Service is friendly, too. If only the food were good.
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  • best of the best !!!
    Shirlz
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    best restaurant experience I ever had especially for a late night romantic dinner !!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really love this romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Really love this romantic restaurant. Perfect for a date. Only issue we had was that it was EXTREMELY hot. So much so that we almost walked out. Perhaps this was a one time thing and they were having a problem with their heater. Other than that, the food and service were good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate