Water's Edge
Water's Edge

Water's Edge

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.watersedgenyc.com/
  • Phone: (718) 482-0033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: Lunch 12:00-3:00pm Monday - Friday Dinner: 5:00-11:00pm Saturday Lunch, 12:00-3:00pm Dinner, 5:00-11:00pm
    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
125 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (105)romantic (89)special occasion (83)great for outdoor dining (61)notable wine list (28)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (20)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (12)hot spot (11)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Waters edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was too pricey. Portions were tiny, especially the desert. The view was beautiful and the service was good. The food was also good. However it was not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Evening
    Love2eat
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is the second time dining at Water's Edge and it again did not disappoint. It was exceptionally busy (a good thing!) and we had a short wait for our table. As we were headed to the bar for a drink, the maître d came over and told us he had a table for 2 by the window. It was a beautiful clear night and you could see every beautiful lit building throughout the Manhattan skyline. We were quickly met by our server. We ordered a bottle of wine and were given time to peruse the menu. We shared the arugula and buratta salad and the tuna tartare to start. The salad was fresh and the cheese delicious. The tuna was served on a small mound of guacamole which was a nice touch. We followed with entrees of lobster risotto and the duck entree served with spinach and a croquette. Both were beautifully presented and good portions. For dessert we shared the Mille feuile which was delightful. All in all a wonderful dinner with a great view! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking View!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I was asked to wait at the bar for 15 minutes when I arrived which did not sit well. The front staff was rather curt and unfriendly. Our server was v ery nice and accommodating. Food was very good and expensive. It is a nice place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Never Disappoints. Great food, preparation, views.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    anp13
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    What a great night! The room is lovely and the food exceeded expectations. The service in the dining room was excellent... I would have given five starts for Overall if not for the disappointing start to the evening at the bar. They need a bartender up to the same standard as the server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent views of the East Side of Manhattan
    AresnycVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    What you will notice at first are the breathtaking views of the East Side of Manhattan - make sure to get a table by the window or outside if the weather is warm. That is definitely the main attraction. The food was overall very good. We shared the gnocchi with mushrooms to start which was a little light on the gnocchi but delicious. The skirt steak was delicious and somehow superior to the New York sirloin( and thirteen dollars cheaper!). We shared the truffle fries which I would also recommend. It somehow feels like a suburban restaurant although it is smack in the middle of industrial Long Island City.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Water's Edge has a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline, really remarkable. Unfortunately, Water's Edge doesn't really capitalize on it. Instead of using the view, and prime, on the river location, as an inspiration for their food, they just did the best impression of a fancy restaurant. Don't get me wrong here, nothing is bad. But nothing is great either, it's just okay. The menu felt like its meant to impress someone who's visiting from out of town, not challenge. If you live in Astoria, or LIC, and your parents are visiting from Nebraska, then take them, they will love it. If you're looking for a truly great meal, then you'll have to keep moving along the river for it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st time to NYC
    derrybob
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was very good and the view of the city skyline at night was wonderful. I think the next time we go we'll go in warmer weather so we can sit in the outside patio
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYC Beauty
    Scrappyfoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been here several times and I'm always amazed at how beautiful the NYC skyline is. Excellent choice for a romantic nite out with your "honey".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Secret
    JuanVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Gorgeous View and Food. Very complete Wine list and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great special occasion place !!!
    MBell
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This place is awesome !! Very elegant and sleek and right in the waterfront !! Can't to go back when the warm weather rolls around ! Spectacular views of the the big city !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place, okay food
    Kathyp
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The view and setting of Water's Edge is fantastic, our server was wonderfully attentive, and we enjoyed the piano music. Our steaks, however, were not the quality I expected. Although cooked to the right temperature, the meat was a bit tough and tasteless. Not what you would expect from a high-end restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    OmarandEdna
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We couldn't have had a better to celebrate my wife's birthday. The view, the ambience, the food, the service, all perfect. We were so content and look forward to coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Waters Edge
    4diners
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had a very good experience here a while ago. This time, the restaurant advertised a price fixe lunch menu when we made our reservation, we were told at the restaurant that this menu had been discontinued several days earlier. It didn't much matter to us since the a la carte menu looked excellent. However, one of us ordered a glass of the house white wine before lunch - it was served in a generic wine glass, and had to be returned since it was very much "off". We did subsequently order a very nice bottle with our lunch (with elegant glasses) and were very satisfied. Food was good to mediocre, definitely not memorable, especially for the price. Very few tables,if any, were filled during our 3 hours there - perhaps word has gotten out
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best place ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    They were very nice people and the servers were very attentive. Excellent food and service. The view is amazing. Really great for special occasions dates and romantic outings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sting
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    since my first visit back in 1995 i have seen a decline in the quality of the restaurant. I remember the first time i visited i was in shirt and tie and would not be seated without a jacket. This last vist i ovserved people in extreemy casual attire sneakers t-shirts. The entree was absolutley delicious,however my sides arived late my ring tower was served as a lump in a bowl and was so oily it was ineadable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ezasVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fof and service great. I wasn't happy with the tax chatrged on the full amount of Living Social coupon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something to Discover
    Kiwivda
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I saw this restaurant in a series called Person of Interest (final scene ep.3 season 3), I was attracted by the view on the skyline of Manhattan, but then I found also that everything is good not only the view. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing view
    zaza980
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Splendid view. ambiance and decor 5 stars. However, we expected 20 minutes for our bottle of wine and no less than 45 minutes for the soup .... I requested my steak medium well and it came red. My husband and I enjoyed the restaurant in general, but not the service. The server does not know really looked after us .... maybe because of our young age and the fact that we were tourists ....
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • almost perfect
    elvis
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Stunning view, service more than perfect, very good food but could be more in quantity, enough high price but ok if you count the ambient and the view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The view was amazing! The food was good...not great...good. The highlight for me was Roasted Beet Salad and the bread service. I felt that our table lost the attention of our server when he learned we had a Living Social voucher. That was unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic in a word!
    LOVE2DINE
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a great place for a romantic dinner or any other special occassion. You don't even need an occassion. The food is great, the view is fantastic, and the service is everything you expect in fine dinning. Samantha and Kelly are just two of the greats that work there. We had a most pleasurable experience with them as our waitresses. We highly recommend this place to anyone that enjoys good food, service and a great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed at Water's Edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had the unfortunate experience of trying Water's Edge restaurant in Long Island City, NY. You know it is bad, when the restaurant offers you free drinks at the end of the night, and you pass, because you just want to leave. There was not really any redeeming aspect to the dining experience - neither food, service nor ambiance was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice staff
    gonzo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The staff was very nice. They stopped by to check up on you enough times not to bother you during your dining experience. The view is excellent. The wontons are delicious and the steak melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    MrsCates
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I didn't know what to expect but the pictures on the website doesn't do justice. I was fortunate to find a deal on living social. I took my wife for her birthday and we were completely WOW`d! Everything from the view, to the service and the food was outstanding! We watched the sunset and in the evening they turned the firepits on. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful restaurant
    ProllyAteYourLeftovers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food took a while because they were hosting a wedding on the upper floor, so they comp'd us dessert (Get the blueberry glass. Delicious). Dinner was tasty, and the scenery was perfect. Sit outside, enjoy the heated ambiance and have done good eats.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!!
    KCP30
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my fiancé here for his birthday and it was an amazing experience. The food was excellent and the portion sizes were perfect! The fillet Mignon is a must try! In general all of the food we ordered was well prepared and I really liked our waiter! We went on a Saturday night which had live piano entertainment. It was such a great and romantic experience. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • spectacular
    peterramsam
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love it would definitely come again food was delicious and tasty the views of the city skyline was spectacular and romantic the wine was was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended
    RayK
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    After some research we decided to take our daughter for lunch on her 30th birthday. We couldn't have been more pleased. The sun was shining so we ate outdoors facing the NYC skyline - spectacular! We had the seafood appetizer for four followed by the pre fixe lunch. The appetizer was a good sized sampling of jumbo shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams and mussels all very fresh and tasty. The pre fixe lunch menu was varied and again delicious. What mad the afternoon was the service. The waiter was polished, friendly and kept us posted as to the status of our meal. We ordered wine and when it came he respectively suggested one slightly more expensive that "was considerably better" - it was. All in all a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, great ambiance/service
    Naina
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my 3rd time at Water's Edge this summer. Sat at an outside table. Its the place to go in LIC if you want a beautiful view, friendly staff, good food and great ambiance. Nice!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic dinner w/ great skyline
    pdpgerber
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dinner itself was delicious, the scenic views of the skyline of NYC was amazing at sunset... There were a couple of ducks in the Hudson below that you can feed with the bread
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful from start to finish
    CathyHillVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a restaurant for special occasions. Wonderful view of NYC skyline. Elegant venue attentive service. Great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but go for the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    View was great. A great hidden find. Food was good, but nothing to rave about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    great and service was the best my family loved the pleace
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CrombieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The wait staff was exceptionally pleasant, and the food was good, as ever. However, we came for lunch, because dinner prices are beyond our ability to pay. Lunch went up A LOT. We may have to wait for restaurant week to return. I am sorry about that, but we can only do so much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was great to dine here
    annmarieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I really love this restaurant and the view is to die for. I would recommend this highly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great like always
    KimP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Waters edge has always had great food and service. The view is great. Love going there for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    SouthernBell
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My friend and I visited NYC (my first time there) and chose Water's Edge as our one Fancy Dinner night. We wanted to dine somewhere with a beautiful view and let me tell you, this place exceeded our expectations! We were seated outside with a beautiful view of the Queensboro Bridge and the beautiful city skyline. We were served delicious fresh bread (right out of the oven). We each ordered the filet mignon (which was FANTASTIC) and ordered the crème brûlée for desert. After dinner, the hostess arranged for a Taxi to pick us up. I could go on and on about our experience and all the tiny details that made this dinner so very special. You must go and experience this place for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate