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About 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.

960 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Caribbean, Asian

Hours of Operation:


Monday: Closed
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday- Saturday: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Extended Hours With Special Events.

Cross Street:
Washington Avenue & Grand Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 636-8600

Website:
http://www.milkriverbrooklyn.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is Available at $15 per Vehicle.
Street Parking is also available.

Public Transit:
The closest train stops is A, B, C, D, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, and LIRR.

Executive Chef:
La-Niece

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Milk River Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (121)
Special Occasion (109)
Hot Spot (101)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (87)
Late-night Find (84)
Neighborhood Gem (81)
Romantic (71)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Great for Brunch (34)
Great for Lunch (22)
Scenic View (18)
Kid-friendly (9)
Live Music (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

By far the worst experience I’ve had at any restaurant. The high price of this restaurant does not meet the quality service. The food was good but it took forever to get. The waiter was overwhelmed because the second waiter took the night off. They have a metal detectors when you come into the place. Definitely not worth the price. I will never go back there. Better off going to the Cheesecake Factory or Applebee’s.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The llace is a nice ambiance i went on saturday and they had a band playing which was great. But the service from start to finish would discourage me from coming back. Staff is not at all friendly. To puy things in perepect i had a 9pm reservation and our food came out at 11:30pm and the food was cold! The staff was unapologetic and not at all accomdating.
If rhe syaff was friendlier and the food came out at least warm then id rate it much higher. Once my food was warm it was actually tasty but the vibe i got from the staff in all honestlt ruined my whole experience

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Waiter was very tentative. The Manager requested to hang our coats. The alcohol drinks were very good. The band was excellent. The food was well seasoned and was delicious. Price was reasonable. Had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was good, but I was surprised that the Jamaican Festival Dumplings wasn't as good as it could be, but I will try it again. I have had Festival Dumplings for breakfast in Jamaica and that was all I needed to it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I've been to Milk River three time previously. I was always a fan of their service but this last time I was disappointed. My group were the only ones in the restaurant. I asked to speak with the manager because their card reader was down and none of my friends had cash(including me). I asked to speak with the manager. The waitress tells the manager I want to talk to her and the manager looks at me looks back and the waitress and then says something to her. The waitress notifies me she'll be with me in a moment. The manager looks at me and proceeds to walk around the kitchen. Stopping to look back at me every few steps. Mind you THERE ARE ZERO CUSTOMERS IN THERE BESIDES ME AND MY TWO FRIENDS. I become frustrated and walk to the bathroom to meet my friends. I come back out the bathroom and the manager still has not left the kitchen. I become super frustrated. Finally after ten minutes she slowly walks out the kitchen to answer my question. She looks me in my face and says "I didn't know you were waiting to speak with me". I asked her why no one notified us before or even during our meal that the card machine wasn't working. We could've found other solutions beforehand. She goes to the machine and swipes it and it goes through. I'm not sure what the issue was when the waitress did it however I was glad it was resolved. None the less the service was mediocre and I was deeply upset by the managers actions. I believe it was very unprofessional for her to purposely ignore me as if I was not a paying customer. I was also the ONLY customer. Maybe if her attitude was better it would be more full every night. I have also heard this restaurant had been shot up. Is this part of the problem?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food and the band was amazing playing soulful Caribbean music. Restaurant is pretty large so makes it good for a large party.
I had the oxtail, it was cooked just right with just the right amount of spice to it. Portions are small so I suggest getting some appetizers for starters.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very poor service. Although we made a reservation well in advance, we waited over one hour to be seated. The food portions were small and not worth the price. There are better Caribbean restaurants in NYC. Don't waste your time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Service could be better. We had to while quite a while before our server came to our table. The waitstaff needs more training on how to handle guests - they are a little rough around the edges.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2017

We went on a down night (Tuesday) so didn't get the live music experience so I think this place is really overall a 5. Food, drinks and staff were great. Bar is inviting, comfy dining area and bathrooms clean and spacious. Will come back for live music(Th-Sunday).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The ambiance was awesome! Finally a West Indian restaurant that caters for all. The oxtail was quite tasty and the service was delightful. Finding parking was easier than I thought. The live band was quite entertaining. I certainly enjoyed my time there and woukd not hesitate to visit again

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Had great table service from the waitress. Was knowledgeable and very helpful. My only problem is the gratuity is taken and not given. My waitress earned her tip but what if she didn't.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

This was our third time visiting Milk River. The food and drinks were excellent. Our server was very helpful in making menu suggestions. The only thing I had an issue was that I had two different charges on my card. I just called my card company to inform them. I hope this was just an error and not a normal practice, since it was first time it happened to me. Overall, it's a very nice place.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Spicy, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The drinks were great as well as the service from our waiter for a group of 8. This was our 2nd visit and we were a bit disappointed as the Jerk lamb chops have been removed from the menu and we never got to try them as they ran out the first visit. The food could use a bit more flare and flavor. The mac and cheese was better this visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Not my first time here. However, the menu continues to be overly priced and small quantities. The live band is too loud to the point you cannot hear yourself speak. The decor is always representative of Bk..love that. Overall a good spot to club and drink.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2016

Second visit. Brunch was better than my first dinner visit. Chicken was excellent. Waffle was skimpy. Tasty salmon. Unfortunately the portions are small and you leave hungry.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Caribbean food in Brooklyn with an excellent ambiance and service. I do plan to visit again in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was excellent. The service was great. Only thing was the lighting. It could of been a little more brighter. Other wise I have no complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This is the third time I've dined at Milk River. I will only return for drinks and to listen to the band. It started out great, but deteriorated. It took a long time for the waitress to bring our main dish after having appetizers. Once the dish arrived, there were no utensils. We asked one staff member and he forgot. He finally remembered and told another staff member. It took anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes before the utensils arrived. The food is extremely salty (including the appetizers). Everyone in my party agreed. The band was great and the Sorrel was really tasty. It had a nice kick. Every time I've dined at Milk River, the service was bad. This is over the years. It has not improved at all. Beautiful venue, but not recommended for food and service. I feel like I wasted my money.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2016

I came here for dinner to celebrate my 22nd birthday. Luckily i found parking about two blocks away which wasn't bad. The inside of Milk Rive is nicely decorated, however the menu is much more limited as compared to online. I ordered the milk wings (sweet and spicy) and a side of mac and cheese. The mac & cheese here is really good! There were performers the night that i went so the ambiance was kind've noisy which made it hard to hear my guest and talk, but nice overall. Our server wasn't as attentive as he could have been but it wasn't terrible. I have not yet gotten to try the lounge area but I will def give it a chance for next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2016

Nothing but good things to say. First off, I made the reservation not an hour before and everything went smoothly. We were greeted warmly on the walk in. Our waiter was very kind, timely and efficient. Food was DELICIOUS. We were there for brunch, we had the chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. I highly recommemd both. We both had the Brooklyn Iced Tea, something similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. Great drink. I just wish they had a desert menu. I'm not sure if it was because it was during brunch, but there were no deserts available.. Tunes spinning in the back. Loud enough to vybe to, low enough for you to enjoy your conversation. Ambiance was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2016

This downtown Brooklyn location probably won't last long after the word gets out that the food is over-priced and just okay. Also, the live-band music that was played during dinner was so loud that my dinner party had to scream to hear each other when the band was not screaming at the top of their lungs. 3 apps, 2 sides, and a few (scant) drinks will be put a $100+ bill hurtin' on you, and with some complimentary ear-ringing and voice-loss to boot!...Notwithstanding, this dinner price-gouging, the venue will still force you to pay cover for the social/nightlife side of the venue. I then proceeded to laugh and leave this establishment.

Enjoy! Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Our server, Janae, was UNBELIEVABLE! She had a wealth of knowledge when it came to the menu and drink options. She tried her absolute BEST to ensure that we enjoyed the food and had a great experience. The food is creatively put together and named appropriately but the taste... Meh.

I would recommend this place if you want to have a great time, great conversation, and some great drinks. Order Cocktails and appetizers. Not the shrimp, though... they have heads and arms... yikes!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Poor service. Very little food for outrageous prices

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

The food wasn't good at all, and it was really loud I couldn't even hear the waiter when I was trying to order..overall I had a bad experience..never again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Was very empty around 6:30 on Tuesday but by the time we were done more people came in. The food was really good though I think overpriced. They didn't have a couple items on the already small menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2016

We celebrated the birthday of a girlfriend of mine at Milk River recently. We were anticipating the food wondering what it would be like? We were all pleasantly surprised to find that the food was fantastic! Even more, we were well entertained by the smooth vibes and rhythms from the Friday night band. A great place for family and friends to get together. Looking forward to my next visit to Milk River.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I dined with my husband for v day the food was over priced and salty. The staff was excellent and we both enjoyed the drinks. It was a pre fixed menu, so I'm going to try milk river again to see what their regular menu is like.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I had a terrible experience on Valentine's Day. When I arrived they asked if I booked through Open Table and when I said yes they explained that due to an error on Open Table's end, people who reserved online were not aware that they had a mandatory special menu at $75/person. I was floored when I heard that because that was way too expensive. Unfortunately, I am not from Brooklyn and didn't know where else to eat so stayed. It felt nasty and down right dishonest that they pulled this scam on folks. They didn't tell us until we arrived about the special menu. However, I called to tell them I was running a few minute late and that I had booked online and at that time on the phone no one explained to me the special menu.

People were leaving and I heard those who chose to stay complaining about this scam Milk River pulled. I do visit Brooklyn on occasion and have friends there. I will never return or recommend anyone dine here.

This was a very calculated move knowing that many other restaurants were booked on Valentine's Day. It's bad business and makes Open Table look bad if what they are saying about the glitch is true.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Dinner was the worst, the waiter seem annoyed when called

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2015

The restaurant is very nice inside. The staff was great but the food was just average. If you have a restaurant and service the group of people from which your food is supposed to be derived from, you must do better. I could not recommend this restaurant because of the taste of the food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2015

The food does not taste the same from when I first went there in 2014

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2015

Service was very slow. Didn't allow us to sit at the table until every single guest arrived or you had to speak with the manager to change the reservation and it was only two guests that were running late. They didn't have a lot of items that were on the menu. The drinks were okay.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2015

the food was good overall. but the kitchen needs to serve what is on the menu. being there a few times but each time ; i have to order something different from what i want.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2015

I've wanted to try this place for quite some time. I should've taken the reviews into more consideration. The ambiance of the restaurant was really nice. A relaxed feeling. There was a live band that was playing which made it impossible to have a conversation without yelling at the top of your lungs. When looking at the menu, I thought it would be more of a variety especially being a Jamaican restaurant. Very lack luster. I ended up getting the salmon which was delicious. The service was poor. It wasn't even a busy night but our waitress always seemed to be missing. She barely came back to check up on us or to refill any drinks. We only grabbed her attention when she noticed one of the bus boys was bagging our food. When we received the bill we saw why she didn't really work, the gratuity was automatically added to the bill. Mind you it was only my friend and myself. We will not be back to dine at this place.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2015

The overall experience was nice. I just wish there was a little more food on our plates for the price we paid. The food was very tasty and the ambiance was delightful as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 20, 2015

Had a great time. Food was amazing. Even though the menu was a bit limited, it still hit the spot. Wish we had unlimited mimosas too :) Nonetheless, the hostess was awesome and made the dining experience memorable. They even surprised me and the misses with a blue velvet birthday cake surprise!!! Will definitely dine here again soon!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2015

Food was ok nothing special

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2015

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2015

The restaurant is pretty, the food is good and the service was great. I noticed the online menu had more options than the restaurant provided; maybe that should be fixed. Overall, the place was nice albeit a little pricey.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2015

I have been here several times and I think everytime I go the food gets better. We had the Lamb Chops and they were absolutely delicious! (the chicken was fantastic also).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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