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Milk River

Milk River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.milkriverbrooklyn.com
  • Email: info@milkriverbrooklyn.com
  • Phone: (718) 636-8600
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday: Closed
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00AM - 11:00 AM
    Friday- Saturday: 5:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Extended Hours With Special Events.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Asian
  • Executive Chef: La-Niece
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Avenue & Grand Avenue
  • Public Transit: The closest train stops is A, B, C, D, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, and LIRR.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is Available at $15 per Vehicle.
    Street Parking is also available.
A word from Milk River
Milk River is a Brooklyn Neighborhood Restaurant featuring a Caribbean/Asian inspired cuisine incorporating Chef/Owner La-Niece's Jamaican and Chinese background. The first floor is a 150 seat dining room with plush booths and intimate tables. Reclaimed wood makes up the communal bar tables for a casual dining experience with friends and the 16 seat bar is pouring local draft wine and beer. The second floor is Milk River's Sport Lounge which features comfortable couches, bar height banquettes and a 20 seat bar where you can sample Chef La-Niece's Caribbean/Asian Fare while cheering on your favorite NYC sports club.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The Ambiance is wicked, would come here on a romantic date. The party was :) who would have thought this spot was in Brooklyn, the decor aw!, this is one of many hidden gems in Brooklyn."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We dined on Saturday night at 8pm. It wasn't crowded at that time. There was music playing, which added to the ambiance. However, when the live band started to play, it was a bit too loud. It didn't match the dining experience. I usually like live bands but when you're sitting with friends and trying to eat and chat, that does not work. Maybe the band could play later in the night. Also, the band was louder than the singer. That's the only complaint. The food was great and so was the service. We left a bit after 9pm and by that time it started to get crowded. We had the chicken, salmon and snapper. All tasted delicious."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great romantic scene but you cant hear the person that is sitting right in front of you. Great live band and when I booked online(twice) and requested a booth both times I never received it. So I don't think they read special requests. The receptionist were friendly but kind of confused on how to seat ppl."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was awesome. the food was really good and the ambience and waiters were wonderful. The only thing I wish they had was a wider range of food choices and more booths for people with smaller crowds to sit at."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I decided to come here for dinner on my birthday and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it may be a bit dead in their because it was a Wednesday evening but they had a live band and they even called me up to sing happy birthday. It was a great experience and the food was delicious!! I would definitely return."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great atmosphere! Small menu and but food is really good. Tad bit pricey."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I enjoyed Milk River this is my fourth experience at the restaurant, but the first time having dinner and I invited two friends and they also loved the food and the lounge upstairs ."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The atmosphere and food was excellent. I would go back again"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've noticed many complaints. I however find that you shouldn't listen to reviews without trying a place first. I almost completely disagree. The food was delicious. I had the braised short ribs with rice and peas, butter beans and steamed cabbage, while my family had the oven roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable fried rice. They loved it (as did I when I had a taste) and being Trinidadian, it took them back home for a bit. I also had the rum punch. It wasn't the greatest cocktail, tasting like something I could make at home. Now as for the noise level? It's completely RIDICULOUS.. The live band was great, but volume was WAY too loud in the seating area. Service was timely, for a Fri night, Try it yourself and see."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was good. The Band was great love them. It's not a quiet dinning atmosphere. We had a great time overall. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I made an online reservation and had to change it to a half hour later. The woman who answered the phone told me that they do not take reservations and that they would not have honored mine. Two tables had 'reserved' signs on them when I arrived. While the food is quite tasty, the portions are disappointing. Brunch was $25 prixe fix. It included mimosa or sangria, but the food choice was not what I expected. $25 for ackee and saltfish & two festivals...and you already know that there was way more saltfish than ackee. They gave my friend a hard time with her coat. They pretty much demand that you do coat check...or else. I definitely love the ambiance and I will give it another chance for that reason. Next time it will just be for drinks."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The place was perfect for date nite with hubby. It was not too crowded at our Sat. 8:30pm reservation, but it seems like folks were packing in closer to 10pm. The hostess sat us right by the stage which was great because the band was on fire!!! It was a great overall experience and the food was delish! To top the nite off we went upstairs to their nite club/lounge and had even more fun! The club was free for diners which was great, because drinks were pricey."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The look of the place was great, the food was good, and the live band was an added bonus. Distractions-One female interrupted the musicians by wishing particular people a happy birthday and anniversary on the mic, this is okay, but one needs to have class when doing so, know when to stop, as well as not yelling in the microphone. That began the deterioration. The service on behalf of our waitress was not that good. We saw the bus boys and the other staff more than her, and they were more attentive. As we used to be waitresses we know what is good and not god so we left 15% tip for her although it was not on the list of tipping options. The later it got, the more class of the place &customers began to decline. Overall it was ok."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This place has potential. But to have opened in August 2013 with review after review complaining of long-waits for food, this is an issue that should've been addressed immediately. The waiters and waitresses were good. The place is nice. The good is good. But waiting an hour for your appetizer kills the entire experience. Once they get it together I may go back. One day..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Restaurant was a good look. I grew up in the area and it's refreshing to have a place like this around after returning for for a visit. Food, music and staff were nice. A good date night and after hours spot for friends."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had dinner at Milk River for my bday Sat night n I was really impressed with my overall experience. From the hostess to our server, they were all friendly n warm. Drinks were strong, food was well prepared n the ambiance was lively, just the vibe I wanted for my dinner guests n myself. I enjoyed it n I would go again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My children and I forgot that we are in Brooklyn, NY for a moment. Great service from the moment you walk in! I wish the serving sizes were bigger for the price. The food and atmosphere was fantastic however. Milk River has quite a multicultural staff and clientele. I was impressed. #gobrooklyn"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I would love to have given 5 stars for service, but the wait for food and drink were terribly long! Overall great food, awesome drink. I had the pork chop plate and to drink, the Milk River. Both good choices."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The representive who answered the phone was not professional , the coat check person did not have an clue to charge a fee for the coat check room , security was standing around and having personal conversations inside the front entrance , once I was seated the table setting and the menus was not in place , but I have to say the waiter was trying to make up for the dissatisfying service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Was a nice experience I see a return visit to take in the lounge scene."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I took my brother here for his 40th bday and he's still talking about it. I will admit after reading other reviews I was skeptical but took my chances nonetheless... was not disappointed. I we did arrive early and received good service though we received the wrong appetizer order, we were not charged and was promptly brought our correct order. Food was succulent."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have never seen an establishment where you have to succumb to someone else birthday party which was excessively loud due to the music and service that was as slow as molasses! Making reservations is useless because they do not abide by them and the owner clearly did not care that people were making formal complaints as he walked around with his head in the air and his children running around in coat check, played with the reservation computer, and walked around the restaurant as vulgar music was playing The good thing is the food was quite tasty and didnt take too long to arrive at the table, but catering to someone's birthday while others are suffering does not make for a good establishment."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had dinner at Milk River with 2 of my girlfriends upon my husband's recommendation. The food was excellent. Well prepared and presented and wonderfully delicious. For the 3 of us it was one of the best restaurant meals we have had in a long time. This is in comparison to the many 5 star NYC restaurants that we frequent. I had the seared snapper, my friends had escovitch bass and lamb chops. A side of fried rice was tasty. We were all very happy with our plates (let's just say there were no left-overs). The chocolate souffle for desert was melt in your mouth delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant to any and all ethnicity's that appreciate good food. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. It is the beauty of Brooklyn!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have dined at Milk River previously. I had a great experience so I decided to celebrate my birthday here. First, they almost gave away my table because my guests were late because they had to wait 20 minutes for valet. After having dinner, my guests and I then had to pay to go upstairs to the lounge. At 3:15 am when we were ready to leave, we had to wait on line for over an hour to retrieve our coats from coat check. Not only did we have to wait, but we had to deal with chaos, shoving, and yelling. There was only one girl and they had mislabeled the coats, rendering our tickets useless. They were giving out wrong coats and we're rude about it as well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great Music!! Chicken meals good. Good wine selection"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "In short Milk River was nice. Great upscale decor and look for the area. Purposely had an early dinner for a party of six people @ 7pm to avoid service issues. The food was ok. Everyone tried something different and pretty much said it was just ok. We all agreed the entrees could have use more seasonings. However, the appetizers were good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I recommended this restaurant to an couple of co workers and they really enjoyed it especially the live band"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Monique was extremely pleasant and helpful, she's a good look for the front door. My only problem was the suicide music that was playing, but the ambience was beautiful."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The service was good, the food was good but they had a live band and I was placed right in front if the band made it difficult to talk with my date. The host could have been better but the food and waitress made up for it. I would recommended that people are asked if they want to sit by the band or place somewhere else. Host could have done a better job with that."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great atmosphere attentive staff and terrific food. Will definitely return.."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Had a great time celebrating my Birthday. Atmosphere was wonderful and full of energy. Never was there a dull moment. Food was awesome and very tasty. See myself going bck a least once a month. Big up to Brooklyn for this hot spot."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great vIbes, delicious food, the musicians were entertaining. Our waitress was on point. Wish the entrée had a larger portion.. The food was amazing..Can't wait to come back..."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Celebrated my 20th Wedding Anniversary with friends and family. All enjoyed! Wrote my occasion in the reservations but got no acknowledge ...would've been nice . Service was great and very friendly, food excellent ambiance awesome and the live music refreshing! ...so made up for it! Will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was our second time at milk river ,the food and music was great just like the first time but the we found the groups that were dining was was extremely loud . The bathroom was not well keep again like the first time we were there . Wish the seating arrangement was better ."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Loved, Loved, Loved our B-Day Dinner with Daddy at Milk River! It was my first time at Milk River and being the Foodie that I am, I decided it's worth a shot! We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation time (and had an incomplete party), so we hung out at the bar; the drinks more than made up for the lack of seating. Once we were seated and food started coming, I was unable to contain myself. On most nights I'm a to go box kind of woman, but that night I ate it all. I had the lollipop drumsticks and the special of the night (escavish fish w/peas and rice), which surprisingly wasn't too spicy. Oh I almost the live band was AMAZING!!!. My day who turned 60 loved it as well as I, who is half his age, great fit for all ;-)"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Had a birthday dinner there and the food was awesome all the dishes we had. Theive band was great. Loved them they brought even more greatness to our night. They loved the place. Will recommend to my other friends."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I was expecting more from this restaurant. I expected a more mixed crowd of people. The cliental was a bit more to be desired."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Everything about this place was great except the music/band was too loud. Had a headache"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "My gf and I went here for date night. We made reaervations so we didnt have to wait. Once we were seated we realized there was a live band which was great. We didnt have a waitress greet us until about 10 minutes later and the food took wuite a while to come to our table. We had to ask our waitress then for utensils to eat with! Then my gf asked a question to the waitress regarding the band and she had no clue ! Overall, the food and ambience was great and the service was horrible. Thankfully we had drinks and a live band to make the time pass by when we had no waiter."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I celebrated my 37th birthday with my friends here. We had such a great time, the food was great, great atmosphere excellent music choice for the live band. I would definitely recommend this spot to my friends on facebook."
    Dined on 1/10/2014