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Merchants River House
Merchants River House

Merchants River House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsriverhouse.com
  • Phone: (212) 432-1451
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Our brunch menu is offered on Saturdays 11:30am - 4:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jossemar Tejada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Merchants River House offers full service in house catering, perfect for any event from 10 to 250 guests. From birthday parties to lavish wedding celebrations, our courteous and creative staff will work with you to design your own signature celebration.

    Whether ordering for delivery or dining at the restaurant, the Merchants River House dedication to quality, consistency, value and customer service guarantees a pleasurable experience.
  • Private Party Facilities: Located on the Hudson River Esplanade in Battery Park, Merchant’s River House is an upbeat, casual, family-friendly restaurant offering great views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Private Party Contact: Charles Waddy (866) 539-0835

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hudson River Esplanade between Albany & Liberty Streets
  • Public Transit: Easily reached by the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, E, N, R and PATH trains, as well as the M20 and M22 Bus.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street as well as several private parking lots. The closest 24 hour parking is Central Parking located at 345 South End Avenue, NY, NY 10280. Tel: 212-321-2316. Special rates for Merchants River House guests are available at $20.00 including tax for up to 3 hours; Monday - Sunday from 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Restaurant is located directly in front of the parking, facing the Hudson River.
A word from Merchants River House
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 70 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson. The decor features a copper top bar, bistro chairs and blue checkered table cloths in the dining room.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare.The expansive menu includes burgers, pizza, chicken, salads, and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as Oven Roasted North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips.Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers, and penne pasta.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is good, simple but well done. However the great location and friendly service make this better than most downtown destinations."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food is mediocre, everything seems to have the same deep fried taste. The service, although friendly was poor."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Wonderful little place right on the Hudson. Tables outside and inside. Great Bartender PJ! Yummy Buger!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "NICE OUTSIDE DINING BY THE HUDSON IN THE SUMMER...OTHERWISE MEDIOCRE"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "They were out of most beer and some wine - they said that they had had a busy week. The servers were friendly and apologetic. We finally decided to leave when our burgers didn't come after 45 min."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We are in the city fairly often and decided to visit this place for brunch. Everything was pretty stellar. Food and views were great. The service, however, was FANTASTIC. Our waitress was truly amazing (I think her name was Lena). She was attentive (but not too much), very pleasant, knew the menu well, and was always smiling and professional. This was especially important since we had 4 hungry kids. We never felt rushed or ignored. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was Waooooo amazing. I had the flat iron stake with mash potato. I almost eat the knife. Even the lemonade was amazinly good. Nice place for romantic lunch or dinner. Killer view and service is great and fast. A must go!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Met my son and his girlfriend who are locals for lunch before going to the 9-11 Memorial. Beautiful view of the East River from our window table. A bit too cold to eat outside. Food was good as was the service."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Found this great spot after looking for a place to eat outdoors in NYC with a view. The view is spectacular of the Statue of Liberty and right on the Hudson River. The service and the food were jus as good as the views. Ordered Mac n Cheese awesome!, Mussels and the Buffalo wings, which we're excellent as well. For my dinner I got the Flat iron Steak which was very good and my daughter got the Lobster Ravioli which was out of this world. Got some desserts as well, the Red Velvet cake was outstanding, but that goes without saying. I would recommend this place highly to anybody looking for a great experience with terrific veiws!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The restaurant definitely has great views of the Hudson. Food was good and well done. Service was a disappointment and ignored for a good half hour due to a large outdoor party. They need to hire more staff to handle private parties and still service other customers."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "recently went to lunch at the Merchants River House and it was a nice experience. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable on menu. One of my pet peaves is waiting for water this did NOT happen at this establishment so I was happy. Most of the people at the table enjoyed the food. The view was great."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We dined here after a long morning spent at the 9/11 Museum and we were glad we did. Overlooking the Hudson and the Statue of Liberty, the outdoor dining setting was a perfect antidote for an emotional morning. The food was good lunch food, prepared as requested, and fulfilled our expectations--- nothing fancy or special but perfectly acceptable. Service, however, as others have noted, was slow--- even though there seemed to be plenty of waitstaff on hand. It took 3 requests and 20 minutes to get the check for example. But we would go again. If they could improve their service, this place could be a true gem."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It's one of my favorite restaurants in the area because of the view and its relaxing. Food is good, burgers are great. It's just the service that I hope gets better someday. On this last visit I brought a friend that was in town. It took 10 minutes to be acknowledged and after we ordered we never saw the server again until it was time to bring the check. What a shame because the bill would have been higher with a lot more drinks if anyone had asked us if we wanted another."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was good, service was slow due to understaffing. Lots of people just having drinks made it too noisy for us, too much of a bar atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The services was terrible. We can't find our waitress at all. She didn't check in on us until we finish eating. We asked for some lemon, she gave us two small piece on a napkin. I just look disgusting."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We loved our lunch at Merchants River House. We went for our son's graduation celebration brunch and the day was perfect. They were very accommodating and we enjoyed our food! Must ry the fish and chips!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch at the Merchants River House on a beautiful sunny Saturday. The Lady Liberty lemonade was a delicious cocktail, and the burgers and shrimp wrap were excellent. It couldn't have been more pleasant - the ambiance of the riverside dining is hard to beat! We will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My friends and I had a very good time here. The food, prices and scene were amazing! We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Nuzzled in a residential setting, this place is a gold mine. Also the prices were well within reasonable!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Tuna burgers and watermelon lemonade were delicious. Hamburger ordered medium rare was overdone. Great setting for outdoor lunch on a nice day. Didn't want to leave."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Everything was great, from the moment we arrived, description of the menu & specialty drinks, food, atmosphere, and incredible service! Cucumber Mojito was refreshing!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We went to the new 911 Museum, and wanted a restaurant close by on the river. What a find! Possibly the best, freshest fried calamari I've ever had. And the NY cheesecake was outstanding as well. Server was very attentive. This restaurant not only offers a lovely view of the Hudson River, but of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well. I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was decent but the service was beyond horrible. Despite the reviews that I read, I decided to choose the restaurant, risking a lack of service for the view. I kid you not, we were not even offered water at any point throughout the meal. My girlfriend and I each had two drinks and the initial bill reflected three each. I thought perhaps it was an oversight by the waitress/bartender but the table directly behind us had the same issue. It took over an hour and a half to have an appetizer and our meal, including the fifteen minutes to have the bill corrected. When the waitress brought the check back, she made it sound like she was doing us a favor by taking the two drinks we did not consume off the bill."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We checked this out just based on the location and were pleasantly surprised by how good the food was."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great location but very mediocre food. Service was fine. Would come back for a drink at the bar with the views but that's about it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Pricy menue for a lunch especially the alchhol and there was a $14 martini charge never ordered which I realized when I got home"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great location, but when the weather gets nice it's chaos. The staff is uncoordinated and very slow."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The setting and view are great, but I am not sure the so so food and poor service make up for it. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I enjoy finding different restaurants in NYC n making random reservations. This place surprised me greatly. The food was amazing and at a great price. Will definitely recommend to all my friends"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Really nice view of the Hudson and New Jersey. The food was good, the service was a bit shaky. The table runners seemed to constantly be in a rush - and we didn't even have utensils until after our food arrived AND we ASKED fro them. I ordered a steak, and they brought me fish, but it was quickly corrected. Overall, the waitstaff was very nice, the prices were reasonable, and I will probably return. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We brought friends here and they were out of almost every wine. Three Chardonnays on their list and they were out of all of them. One red out of several was available. Clearly they had a delivery problem but no apologies just sort of matter of fact. If we didn't have guests we would have left. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening dinner and watched the sun set on a fabulous outdoor patio. Wine availability was limited as they had sold out an number of chouces earlier in the dayobviously had a run either earlier in the day of the day. Food was very good and reasoanbly priced. I would defintley go again"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I loved the food and the dessert, and the atmosphere overall was just great."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I made this reservation at the last minute and it turned out to be a a fantastic choice. the food was very good from the fresh mussels to the well prepared sea bass and tasty steak! my husband and i were with our two young boys and they enjoyed the kids menu too. to top it all, we got to enjoy a post dinner walk on the Esplanade and take it the fantastic view of the Hudson!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My friends had dinner here the other night and sat outside on the south terrace. The view is gorgeous and the mussels are my favorite! I wish it was an entree though! Also our waiter Gene couldn't have been more attentive! Love him! The only downfall is the critters that live near the water will sometimes visit and not the cute ones with the long furry tails! Some chickenwire across the fence that surrounds the outdoor tables may help. I'm not sure that this something that they can combat being right on the water in downtown NYC"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Gets busy and a little slow, but a great substitute for picnicking by the water. Menu could use another vegetarian option aside from the tiny eggplant dish, and stick with eggs or a burger - Cobb salad had very dry chicken. But again, come for the casual vibe and outdoor seating by the river rather than the food experience. You won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We ordered salads with 2 appetizers and it was a filling meal for 2. The Mac and cheese was out of this world!!!!! We also had the scallops and they were delicious too."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were seated and our drink orders were taken but I had to ask four times for mine. Simple water with lemon. Our food was served but with no untensils. We kept trying to get someone's attention until my friend got up and walked to the station to request untensils and napkins. By then my burger cooled off. Still tasty though. Later the reason given for the bad service was 'we're doing our best'. I assume they do not serve Ethiopian style."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Nice view. Service was not good. Food was mediocre. It's part is of a condo community, people kept walking through with their dogs. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We have visited this establishment a few times now for lunch and dinner, sadly on this occasion the food was poor and the service diabolical! Rather puts me off returning, but the views are wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014