Milk River

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183 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for Mother’s Day and it was such a great experience! My mom and I really enjoyed our meal and our waiter was amazing. I’m glad I choose Milk River to spend my special day with my mom.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience! Took them one hour to give us a waiter. The music was so loud couldn’t hear myself think of speak & it was just terrible the place is extremely run down & disfigured. Never stepping foot again

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a party of six to celebrate a birthday and this was the perfect spot i enjoy the live bands, the food was great and the customer service was good also. Our wait time was less than 15 mins i would suggest to reserved your table before you get there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant overall was pretty good. The live band was good but it was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation with one another. I would definitely like to go back just minus the band.

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AN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, The waiter could have been a bit more attentive seeing as how we were the only ones in the restaurant at that time, but overall the experience was good.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The live music was amazing, the food was good but not the best. The Club was Amazing!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was empty on a Friday night so it was pretty much dead inside. My party of 8 was squeezed into a small booth with barely any room to put our plates of food. The food was good but I didn’t really enjoy my dinner because it was so dead and empty. I thought it would be people there with nice music and dimmed lights, unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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WB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding
Te mac and cheese is to die for
Loved the sauted spinach
Will be back again soon

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FM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a great time me and my wife plus friends lobster fried rice and thai wing great plus milk river milk drink delightful the baby making music was a welcome surprise i would recommend to enjoy and just give the staff time to warm up and u will have a ball big up to the bartender and host for making my wifes birthday a great experience and to the manager for checking to see that we was taking care of

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r
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The staff is very pleasant however I had a party of 5 and they added a 18% tip on my bill. I gave a 20% tip on top of that without knowing. I know it was my mistake but they sure didn’t care about making sure I knew the mistake on the bill then wanted to charge full door price to go upstairs to the lounge.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was awesome, my first time there for my birthday with my friends and family this weekend and I loved it. I’ll be back again soon.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend this place for drinks and the live band. Overall my meal was not satisfying the portions are a good sizes. Shrimp over cooked. Thai wings hard and cold Macoroni with white cheese is not my preference. Drinks overall were good.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Milk River was perfect! Great food, service and a LIT atmosphere!

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LB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in the world

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my birthday and had a great time. The staff was super friendly, they were extra nice being that it was my event. The young lady at the front desk with the pink eyeshadow and the bomb lashes on the evening of January 11th, you’re a real one!! To the waiter to gave me the shot for my birthday, you came through too!! Great place if you want to chill and party right after.

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter was friendly but took a long time to take our order. Also if dinner is being served there should be music playing. I do not recall music. I know this place is known for the late night parties but a warm ambiance should be present as long as patrons are dining.

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NA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a 5:30pm rsv it was too early the Brunch menu was just ending.. it was alright because we sat at the Bar and I had the best Brooklyn Iced tea LOL

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Food was on point.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my 9 year wedding anniversary here along with my husband birthday. Very quiet and romantic

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is amazing. The only but here is that there was only one server (Shamel) serving all the tables at the restaurant and it was a Saturday night at 7. They were very accommodating and this place is just breathtaking. Just please give Shamel some help. :-)

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j
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

horrible service overall, will not recomend or go back.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have been at the restaurant several times in the past a couple of years ago. On those days there was live music. This day, there was no Live music , pleasant and very empty. Great drinks and mediocre food. My friend had to send meal back and get something else. Disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service but we went when there was also an event and it was extremely loud so check before you go.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly we enjoyed the food tonight. Real authentic!!! Plus the music choice was excellent.

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This was actually my second time at Milk River and I’m really shock on how terrible the food and service was. We order seafood and the crabs legs smelled like ammonia. The texture of the lobster was like eatting mash potatoes. The food was Extremely Oily and old. We told the waiter and he just laugh at us.. definitely never going back there again!!

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food here is horrible after exchanging 2 meals I got annoyed. Not only do you have to go outside a wait online to get into the lounge after dining made no sense. I did not enjoy the lounge

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MU
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I went for bday dinner an i couldn't be seated until all my quest arrived was charged gratuity for 5 ppl supposed to be 6 ppl for the fee to be applied food was expensive didnt have the quality taste for the price drinks were watered down an too pricey i had the money to do what i like it was just not worth my hard earn 💰 but if i had to go again it would just be for the lounge not the food period not the jamiacan taste i know of my opinion ....

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was nice

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K
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wished the they had a better selections of drinks. Other than that, the food and the live band was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to bring my boyfriend there to treat him on Valentine’s and he loved it. The food was pricey but delicious. Thanks to the gentleman with the glasses I have had a great experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Our table wasn’t ready on time. It took us 45 minutes to get water. We ordere chicken wings for the table and they were brought with no extra plates for sharing. We were given a dirty crab cracker after having to ask for it more than once (the waiter actually took it off someone else’s table and handed it to my friend). When we complained to the manager we were given a lot of excuses and a free bottle of champagne as if that was supposed to make up for it. And then, to add insult to injury, we were charged automatically a 18% gratuity for our party of 5. Really terrible experience and we went for my friend’s birthday. I would not recfommend this place and hope to never go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

All staff was wonderful especially Shanette. Some of the food was very salty. I could not eat the Chinese fried chicken and it did not come with any sides . The portion of the salmon and the sides was very small. When I walked into the place I fell in love with the place. My daughter an American and my son in law to be born in Jamaica wil l soon be married in Jamaica and needed a place to have some thing in New York for family and friends . I thought this would be the perfect place but the food had too many defaults. I am back looking for another venue.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My reservation was for 9:00 pm I was running late I called to inform them.? I got there by 9:15pm. We waited for about 20:00 minuets to be seated don’t know why because the restaurant was fairly empty. The hostess took us to a table for two that was directly next to the stage, a live band was scheduled for the night. I told her that I would prefer not to be seated so close to the stage because of the noise, she explained to me that it would be a fifteen minutes wait to get another table, didn’t understand why because again the restaurant was fairly empty. The hostess seemed to be annoyed with my choice to change tables. I was pretty annoyed also. We got another table right away. My other complaint is that the restaurant was very cold, I was also very disappointed with the food and drinks. Our waiter Rob though was very pleasant and attentive.

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FK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

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.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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?

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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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