Water's Edge
Water's Edge

Water's Edge

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.watersedgenyc.com/
  • Phone: 7184820033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: Lunch 12:00-3:00pm Monday - Saturday Dinner: 5:30-11:00pm Closed Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dave Salony
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: All cuisines.
  • Private Party Facilities: Sparkling chandeliers and panoramic views of Manhattan make this venue impressive to all who visit. Amenities include balcony, bride's room, glass elevator, Party Yachts. Full service includes everything needed for your occasion including china, linens, event planning services, full time chefs and waiters. Please call for an appointment and tour.
  • Private Party Contact: Banquet Office 7184820033x
  • Entertainment: Piano player on Friday's and saturday's
  • Special Events: Special Events are available in our upper level Ballroom as well as within the Restaurant for 10 to 350 guests. Off premise catering is also available for your home, office or unique space.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1 block West of Vernon Blvd.
  • Public Transit:
    Subway (3 blocks) 7, E, F, G, to 23rd & Ely, Long Island City, Queens
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Friday and Saturday Private parking by Valet
A word from Water's Edge
We offer spectacular panoramic views of the New York City Skyline, world-class decor and renowned cuisine. Our landmark venue sits upon the East River leaving the breathtaking views etched into your memory. The combination of superb cuisine & unparalleled service is sure to impress even the most discerning of guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Water's Edge reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (101)romantic (86)great for outdoor dining (82)special occasion (78)notable wine list (24)good for groups (22)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (18)late-night find (14)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Can't beat the view or the food
    NevinoBruno
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Water's Edge offers one of the great views of the Manhattan skyline, and the food is also excellent (as is the service). Portions were a bit small in relation to price, however. Rather surprising that there were very few people at the restaurant for weekday lunch, although it is much busier at dinnertime. Try to get a table on the outside deck which is right on the East River; the view is truly extraordinary. The neighborhood looks a bit rough at first, and the restaurant entrance is not as well marked as it might be.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tourist trap with a view
    Pops
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Abysmal service standards, so recognised by the staff that one even said "well this will be a memorable experience because of bad service then". Food is poor at best, surf and turf has no taste and they mixed the other orders. Overpriced (400 USD for 4 with only 2 glasses of wine). So don't waste your time and money. Get yourself a lobster roll on a ferry after dark for a far better experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great atmosphere and gorgeous view
    peterm
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Server was very informative on the wine list. The view was awesome. Definitely great for a romantic night out. I just wish the scallop appetizer came with more scallops haha but other than that, food was very good, but the view in itself is worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • apathetic staff and so so food
    DutchGourmand
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bad experience. Tables outside weren't set. The wait was 30 minutes for the first glass of water. Busgirl was totally oblivious and could not manage to give me the network code either. Arrogant and indifferent waiter. The price for the pre fixed lunch was $28 instead of $16 and $21 (this is what their website still says). The waiter shrugged when I made a remark about that. When the blue crab salad arrived, the watercress flew into the East River. The waiter shrugged again. It had the size of an amuse bouche and had hardly any crab in it. Main course: the chicken tasted dry and the sauce was hard to find and had partly dried out as well. I felt really shafted. Next time I will enjoy the free view down the road and have lunch at Vernon Blvd.
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  • The view is the highlight
    GWYNYC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The hostess was confused upon our arrival and would not sit us (we came 15 min early) then decided to sit us after all, but in the outside lounge (?) and then a more capable person came and said we could remain there for our dinner. The food was disappointing, they managed to make both the duck and lamb too dry and chewy but the view made up for it. We won't be back, because the food does not justify the price, but it was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Excellent First Experience
    ckc426
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Little treasure tucked away at the edge of LIC, who knows? Food was great, especially the cold seafood platter, some of the freshest clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktails I've ever had in NYC. View of the Manhattan skyline was a plus. Definitely will come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laurel and Hardy do fine dining
    affamee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    2 stars. the view & the weather. Our outdoor reserved table for 2 was a round table for 6. Tap water was tepid ( no ice) waited 45 min. for appetizer. No bread. Waiter ignored us. Went inside to request. Main dish arrived appetizer dishes not cleared-same with desserts ( only really good thing ) A hostess served a roll mid main dish. Someone else brought butter. Did not ask whether we wanted tea or coffee for dessert. Felt like the kitchen and service staff had left "en masse". restaurant week menu had a "20% administrative fee". I told the waiter this was not legal. Bill arrived with "20% auto-gratuity".Having eaten a good no. of times and always been pleased with service and food, I was dismayed to ruin my guest's birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Waterfront restaurant
    Rashipomelo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We dined here during restaurant week for our anniversary. The staff was very friendly and responsive, and made great wine suggestions. The food was delicious -cooked perfectly and with fairly large portions. This place is literally on the water's edge so you have gorgeous views of manhattan, the river, and the bridges. I would suggest coming around twilight-the city actually looks most beautiful then. We will definitely bring out-of-towners here for dessert and drinks and would come back for another special occasion, as it is a little pricey -the entrees that we would choose regularly range from 35-$50. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Restaurant
    ELLIOTTVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and the atmosphere were excellent. We ate outside overlooking Manhattan it was so romantic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view
    Shalrag
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    View is absolutely gorgeous overlooking Manhattan. Great ambience for dinner with city lights. Very romantic. Service was excellent. Very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • watersedge
    restseeker
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Scenic and romantic with tasty dishes and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    Johnny
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Once again, the meal, service and atmosphere were all excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Go for view, not food.
    HubandWifeFoodies
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Waiters on three occasions either brought our food to a different table, or tried bringing food to our table that belonged elsewhere. Our waiter never came to check on us. Just to clear courses. Food itself was bland, under seasoned. Was asked if we wanted more bread - we said yes - never got it. It probably went to a different table. Very pretty place, but very poor food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Great Restaurant Week find
    Steve633
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lovely 3-course meal, friendly service and an amazing view of Manhattan. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    Theprincefan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place was amazing, great food and maybe the best views this lifelong New Yorker has ever seen in this city. Off the beaten path but well worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst ever!
    tweet
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was our 10 year anniversary and I wanted something special. Our waitress we hardly seen her and the waiter that brought our food rolled his eyes at my wife because a well done steak kept coming out rare and it was sent back twice our moment was ruined and just wanted to go home.
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  • Awesome
    Nathyd
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went on a Friday night for Restaurant week. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, there was live piano music and the view is like no other. Our waiter was helpful and very friendly. Overall a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restuarant with a view
    Donna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a great table with a view of the Manhhatan skyline. Nice place to start your weekend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG! Outstanding
    Flygirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The ambiance was fantastic. The staff was attentive and went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. The food was excellent It happened to be Restaurant Week so we decided on the Price Fix Menu. The choice of entrees would please any type of appetite. I didn't pick the restaurant because it was Restaurant Week but because I was looking for romantic water view restaurant and the Water's Edge surpassed my expectations!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great food- not so great service
    Simba
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was delicious although they were out of the lamb which is specifically why I came to this establishment. My date and I waited almost an hour for bread and water and we had to wait a very long time for our entrees as well. Our waiter told us that he thought someone else had brought us our bread and drinks. He told us that he would make it up to us with discount waivers for drinks on our next visit. We never received anything from him. Great food, Amazing view, romantic setting, horrible service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    limpmatie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my third time there, always during Restaurant Week and the food and service has never disappointed. The food was delicious and the portion size generous. Their desserts are so decadent, they are always the perfect to end a fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Room With a View
    Puginthesand
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I went out for dinner during restaurant week with a few friends. We sat outside and enjoyed dinner with a beautiful view, good service and excellent food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Manhattan Skyline
    Peter
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place is a wonderful spot! Great dining experience, very european! Highly recommended! Very friendly staff, cuisine is absolute perfect! We would definitely return when we're back in NYC!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great view
    Akaharry
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The must place for the view. The food is ok. Service is good. Get there before sundown to watch the sunset over the city and the lights turn on
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View and Taste
    pinky11
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Slow cooked short Rib was excellent! The view of the restaurant was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was great and staff was extremely attentive to the table needs.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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  • Awesome Views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Don't be fooled by the industrial street leading down to your destination, or the appearance of the structure. The views from Water's Edge are incredible. Try to get there for sunset, as you will be able to see the sun disappear behind Manhattan's skyline. The food was good ... fresh, but pretty mainstream. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing View
    Jezz
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The view of Manhattan is incredible whilst dining The food is well presented and tasted ok Service was generally friendly by the majority of the staff who are a nice bunch although would have thought been more attentive for the price we were paying But all in all a great experience and worth it for the fantastic view that you get
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Amazing views and cozy place.
    tamos
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Amazing views and cozy place. Half an hour after the entree the waiter forgot the main course and asked us for the dessert. Then it took him another half an hour to get our dishes only to tell.us what was going on in the las 5 minutes. The food was very good and so it was the ambience. Perhaps it was a bad chance but the truth is that we waited for an hour and nobody took responsability of it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely backdrop for dining out
    EXFCI
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food is imaginatively plated and tasty. The wait staff is young, fresh, and friendly -- but needs some sound training; it's not difficult to keep track of "who ordered what." The question arose for all courses, and cocktails. Cocktails! My Manhattan arrived garnished with three cherries (will cherry liquid stirred in) and an orange slice -- looking like a rosy fruit compote. My husband's martini on the rocks came without the ice. But the general atmosphere, the decor, and Manhattan across the water still made for a fine Restaurant Week lunch. Pior to Restaurant Week, we noted that Water's Edge had been offering two possibilities for fixed price lunches, each less costly than this day's RW menu and not available this day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Good food but bizarre place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food at the Water's Edge was very good. My feeling is that the restaurant has become mainly a catering venue. Staff appeared disheveled and the service bordered on the bizarre. The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived. However, no one gave us a menu or asked us if we would like something to drink. After waiting half an hour I asked the hostess for a menu.Then after an additional 10 minutes the waiter arrives and says hello and just looks at me. Shortly after that I saw two men walking around the restaurant .They wore swim trunks that hung very low and they had no shirts on. I assumed they were customers. Later on that evening two waiters by the bar area got into a verbal fight.
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    scenic view
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  • Excellent
    LovedIt
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service and food were both excellent. Waiters were friendly and nice. Attentive as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized
    DonGordito
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Restaurant staff wasn't familiar with the menu. Disappointed that there was no Prosecco wine available in mid-July. Staff disorganized: couldn't manage to have coffee and desert served together.
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  • absolutely beautiful
    RomanceNQueens19
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was looking for a place where I could impress someone from out of town.. This place did just the thing. Breath taking view of the city while we had dinner on the patio. The food was delicious and seasoned just right. Only problem our waiter seemed more friendly with the table beside us. However, I didn't worry to much about that because I was with the man of my dreams...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's something to try once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice outdoor setting, except that when you ask for outdoor table on your reservation they don't guarantee it. We were stuck waiting for all the happy hour tables to finish so we could get a seat. The manager was nice enough to give us lounge chairs outside while waiting for a table to open, but the waiter kept coming over and telling us our table was almost ready and then looking suggestively at the table behind him. The prices were a bit out of range for this side of the East River. Nearby Blend LIC or SHI have very nice views at a fraction of the cost. The food is good, but the sides were so-so. Also the waiters are very friendly and nice but not professionally trained. So it's good, just a little overpriced for what it is.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City prices, not city quality.
    DeeRoark
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Outstanding view but subpar service and food that didn't "meet and exceed" NYC's "highest standards" (as per their website). If you don't eat at this price point in Manhattan, the view and plating may be enough impress, especially for non-locals. However, service was substandard, from the small (e.g., no wine list, infrequent checks & water/drink refills) to the significant (HUGE lapse between salads and main course, which we couldn't eat until we chased down waitstaff to replaced bussed silverware), and the food was just OK. Baby bouquete salad was bitter & without enough accompaniment, surf & turf was unimpressive, and the chicken was not flavorful, although some sides (e.g., potato flan, spinach bread pudding) were quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
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  • Water's Edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It could be a neighborhood or even a city gem only if the management is changed. The service is by far the worst I have ever see. And I don't mean the bus boys - they were perfect, in fact, the only ones checking on us. The waiting staff was horrible though. We placed our order at 7.45pm and have not seen our waitress until 9.30pm. The food is nothing special, very overpriced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Restaurant was having a problem getting help so service wasn't great!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was horrible
    Camille
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I had reservation at 8:00 for our anniversary. We were seated at 7:50. We received water at 8:20, appetizers at 9:05, Dinner at 9:50 and desert at 10:40. We felt like the evil step kids that had to wait until ever has ate before we can. People were sea
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  • ezasVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had been here three weeks prior and the service was excellent. On July 4th weekend I think the servers were trainees. They were unprofessional and didn't perform their job well at all. I couldn't believe I was in the same establishment. Very disapointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.