North River
North River

North River

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.northriverny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 228-1200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm -11:00pm
    Friday: 5:30pm -12:00am
    Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, 5:30pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Adam Starowicz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 10th Street
  • Public Transit: L train at 1st Avenue and 14th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from North River
North River is a restaurant in New York City's East Village serving modern New York State fare. Named for the Hudson—the waterway that for so long, has brought so much worth eating to New York City—North River pulls the very best produce, dairy, fish, and meat from our neighbors and turns it into dinner nightly. (And into brunch on the weekends.)

Our cocktails are rooted in American classics from a simpler time, but have modern elements, shaken and stirred to impress and/or intoxicate. There is beer and wine too.

Our dining room is casual and our service educated, a balance we look to strike in all things we do.
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North River reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (23)great for brunch (18)romantic (15)special occasion (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • little pricey but worth it
    jlonycVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    my friends and I had a great meaL. great cocktails and food was excellent foodie standard quaity with an interesting menu. our favorite was belly donut. as good as it sounds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food except the belly doughnut
    Mikyyaj
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Friend and I ordered the steak burrito platter, which the waitress said was meant to feed 2. They gave us 7-8 flour taco shells but only enough steak for 3-4 shells. Seriously?! Thanks for skimping on the steak; definitely not a meal for two as advertised. The platter also only came with refried beans, scrambled eggs, and measly steak strips,,,no pico de gallo or anything else one would enjoy in a burrito. Lackluster. The only good thing I ate was the belly doughnut. The restaurant was also not that busy (i.e. Empty bar seats) but the service was slow. Our waitress was friendly, but not very attentive. This place is cheap-ish, but not worth the $25 I spent. Would rather go to a pricier place with really good, interesting food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect intimate dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I came here on a busy Friday evening. My friend and I sat in the back we had the beer and cheddar soup, the romain salad, and split the stuffed chicken breast, we ended with the squash pumpkin cake. All the food was incredibly tasty and well plated. The ambiance was lovely and rustic, the music was catchy but not overwhelming. Oh and the cocktails were expretly made and strong to boot. All in all we had an excellent time and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Johnny3
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The whole experience was wonderful. Andrew was an amazing server who was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The food and cocktails were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Village Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Loved all of the apps, especially the cauliflower salad, and the greens. all good for sharing. You will have to order the donut and hopefully you'll have someone adept w/the knife so all can share. Worth a bit but too much for one person. Entrees were average. Delicious ice cream for dessert. Will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service with a smile?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Thank goodness the food was excellent, because our server was a real sourpuss. Working a Sunday brunch seemed like the last place she wanted to be. Oh well, maybe she had a late night?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the young at heart
    XAT1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambitious and unusual menu was very interesting but the noise level was mind-numbing, even when our excellent server turned the music down. The food tasted good, but it was too dark to see it, which always causes me concern.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    coryk
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The staff at North River are incredibly professional and accommodating. The food was expertly prepared and plated beautifully. The ambiance was charming and cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Avenue find
    FatCityTruckingCo
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lot of creativity here, for both the food and cocktails. Belly donut is must-have appetizer experience, but salmon crudo & deviled eggs also very good. The grilled, seasoned skin really augmented the delicate flesh of the sea bass main. And the creme de violette provided a great contrast to the mescal, lime and chile in my cocktail. Plus a happy atmosphere orchestrated by Michael, the maître d.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much$$, too little
    RandPVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    While this neighb place has tasty creations & fine bar treats, kitchen service was soooo slow between courses & very skimpy sides. Looks & taste top 10 / atmosphere & veggie portions 2
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteful, unique, non pretentious
    kitskar
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The facade starts the mood, is this the Hamptons? Some beachy hipster enclave? Whitewashed boards, an artful sign with a bird's head? What is this place? All is soon revealed -- a fun foodie wholesomeness of beef cheeks and pork belly donuts, a banana cream pie grandma made (if she bruleed the bananas). Smart attentive staff and a play list that harks back to a good 5 years ago or more. Mixed crowd, some youngsters, some not so much and on a scale of 1 - 10 price wise -- you're at a six without drinks. Still good value. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will be returning!
    darlingdivine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I love the decor in this place, which is what initially drew my husband and I inside. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food, though a bit over-priced for some items, is always excellent. It gets a little noisy at night, and you have to speak up in order to talk to each other. Overall, it's a really nice place - go enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing evening
    Melissa
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is my 4 th visit to North River and love the ambience service and food. Michael at the front is very pleasant and accommodating and the service is always personable ! The Pork belly donuts are delectable and love the hanger steak entree! Love being able to sit by the fron windows and feel the beautiful fall breeze!! I have recommended North River to many friends visiting New York!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular brunch
    Robin
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food, drinks and service were all remarkable. The biscuits and fried chicken were highlights. A great variety on the menu too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    vicsevenVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good stuff loved the brunch very yummy, portions were very generous, different eclectic. i was torn between many items, which is a good thing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie haven on First Ave
    wookieeoftheyear
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food, imaginative recipes, fantastic ambiance. A bit on the pricey side, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well prepared food...and casual
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Their Belly Donut is an innovative starter. The option of half portions for their pasta dishes creates a second appetizer. Try their Rabbit Pappadelle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    AddiesDadVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    For a restaurant with mid-to-high prices (not super pricey, but not a deal) the food and execution were terrific. Fantastic regionally sourced food, interesting executions, and amazing house baked rolls all added up to a fantastic experience in the East Village. Definitely a must-try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great east village find
    kittykat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    wonderful food and service. upon realizing a dish i had ordered would have to be altered due to a component missing, the server was apologetic and the kitchen sent out an extra snack. nice touch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belly Donuts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    amazing! Excellent and innovative cocktails, fantastic food. We sat at the bar on a Wednesday night and pretty quiet inside, but food/drink/service was fab. We would definitely go back again and you can make a meal out of sampling appetizers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good find
    LilyhillVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had a great time at North River. The food and drinks are quite good...we enjoyed everything. The brisket burger is delish (though it comes on a weirdly small plate) and the pork stack is great, too. The only (slight) disappointment was the heirloom tomato salad: it was expensive -- $16 -- and, while quite tasty, small. (In contrast to the burger, it's served in an oddly large bowl, which makes the portion seem even stingier.) The ice creams are all made in house and they're wonderful. We enjoyed our meal and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved North River!
    beccabluejeans
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went with a friend who was visiting from Turkey. He loved it. We loved it. Have been raving about it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely overrated and overpriced
    ParisianfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food is definitely pretentious (unlikely receipes!) not well cooked (eggs too hard for instance) and overpriced (16$++ for a small and simple tomato side salad!)
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  • Try it before you can't get in
    SpencerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You have got to try this place before you can't get a reservation. Rustic decor, not too loud, great food. The waitress was not very attentive toward the end. It took about 10 min of looking for her to get the check BUT the food was totally worth it. Must get: pork belly doughnuts Smoked deviled eggs Flatbread Rabbit pappardelle
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grab your girlfriends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a very cute spot to meet up with your girlfriends after work to have a few drinks and share a few apps. The appetizers were generous in size for small plates and reasonable priced. The cocktails aren't cheap, but they are delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and delicious
    DrFeelgoodVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a find! I wanted so many things that it was hard to choose. Service was warms, friendly and excellent. Excellent food with a creative twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing menu
    TheMurrayVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I wanted to order every single appetizer and entree on the menu but of course that is not possible so I will be forced to make multiple return visits. The food was simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have only eaten in the front room and by the bar. The tables were great! The servers are knowledgable and friendly. I asked my server where they sourced their produce and he answered without hesitation. Without going into every dish I have had just try out a few apps like the roasted carrot salad, the deviled eggs, or the heirloom tomatoes. The food is original without being pretentious. A really great casual dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the North River reviews archive.
  • Great food
    WGuyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The grilled broccoli was awesome and the fish too. Small draft beer list of two micro brews, I will come back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, but confused service
    ArtofDining
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We watched the sunset in Hudson River Park and headed here for a late dinner. We arrived and were seated immediately in the back. The ambiance is lovely with simple art scenes depicting the Hudson River Valley. Although seated right away it took a while to get any attention. The restaurant was busy but not completely full. The menu options were interesting although not overwhelming. We started with the smoked deviled eggs which were superb. One entree was their burger, the other was the steak. Both entrees were cooked to perfection and served with freshly made sides. The service remained uneven throughout the night, at one point, while we were eating our entrees, we were offered a second service of everything we had ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for brunch drinks
    Cooperplus2VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great mimosas here! Fresh OJ and ample champagne. I was disappointed with the cavatelli carbonara. It was more like a take on mac and cheese than freshly made carbonara. The ambiance was nice. I'd go back and try the burger.
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  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    North River is an excellent choice for a night out for any reason. The waitress was quick to bring us our drinks, helpful with recommendations, and constantly gave useful advice for our meal. The food was excellent, we shared 3 appetizers, the fried chicken, the salmon crudo, and the grilled broccoli, all of which were delightfully plated, and tasted great. Our meals were just as well prepared, plated, and served, but the best part was how delicious they were. The dessert choices had us all excited from the moment we looked at the menu, and we loved everything we got, 2 of us got the s'mores and one of us got the lemon cake, both of which were excellent choices. I would recommend North River to anyone and everyone, you have to try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Love this place
    GratefulDiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I recently found North River on Open Table when a friend and I were meeting for dinner in the area. We loved it! So I brought my husband here when we were looking for a special place on our anniversary. We enjoyed it so much we will be sure to come back - all the way from our home in New Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious local food!
    CristinaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My friends and I came here on a Friday night. We were running late but the patron was kind enough to hold the table. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and made some killer recommendations. The pork doughnut and the brisket burger were out of this world. Decent wine list as well. I'm definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, friendly, friendly!
    foodislifeVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    From the moment we entered the restaurant there was a warm & friendly vibe. Wait person was helpful & knowledgeable about the food. The a tall bottle of water & sparkling water was delivered to the table-free of charge- soon after we were seated. Unheard of in NYC! The menu is based on seasonal foods & changes weekly. No endless additions to slosh through via wait person. The food is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly and good service
    anneVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We shared a lot of the starters and skipped the main entrees. Some were really good, a few I would pass on for next time but I think in this situation it's personal taste. I didn't love the potatoes and the server said its a popular dish. Our favorite was the broccoli and the pork belly. The service was so friendly and great. It's sad that its rare in NYC anymore and it was nice to see in this cute restaurant. I'll be back to try brunch and would come back again for dinner to try more. Can't go wrong with good food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reichersVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Really good menu. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. It was very empty so it wasn't buzzy, but besides that i'd totally recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent meal
    JerseyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We chose North River based on Open Table reviews and the menu. It was a great choice. Not a huge menu, but everything we ordered was delicious. It would have been nice to see more than one vegetarian entree though. Other than that, no complaints. I would definitely eat at North River again if I have the opportunity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a new neighborhood gem
    ValFromParisVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I discovered North River via a review on Sosh, and was eager to try it. We were a party of 5 and booked last minute. We had a big table in the back room, the main dinning room in nicer/warmer. We tried some cocktails (excellent) and most of the main dishes, and it was really good! It could be a bit pricy but we will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    RichVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a lovely meal. The deviled eggs were divine. The Corvina (fish) and chicken were quite excellent. The Pork "stack" was less impressive, but still good. Cocktails, coffee and dessert were all good. The service: great. The decorating budget was probably not large, but the colors, materials, and lighting provide a perfectly cozy atmosphere for a relaxed dinner. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.