Merchants River House

4.4
1181 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 55 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare. The expansive menu includes burgers, chicken, salads and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips. Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers and penne pasta.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1181 people are saying
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AsiaMonay
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Even though we dined out doors lit was nice and quaint. The staff was very attentive and service was fairly fast

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Outdoor heated seating is in process I hear, but bc of this particular day of cold weather, we were able to be kindly accommodated inside. COVID: temp scan and tracing slip on entry. Waiters are safe; masked and gloved. At least in my lunch experience, all were kind. Plexiglass dividers between tables. Not super social distanced but I understand, they’re trying their best. Food was kind of what you expect in that area? It was good, not amazing but it does the job! Hefty drink pours though and for the price, I was pleased! Would go back for drinks and watch the water from inside. Can see this be a great place to grab dinner if in area come dinner time during the holiday season, given the warm vibes of the interior. So overall, go if you’re in the area and enjoy the drinks, the vibes, and the views. Be safe, Tip well, all of us including restaurants are struggling

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant did an amazing birthday cake surprise for my daughter and sang her happy birthday. It made our day!

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EarthK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and nice view. As well the service are very polite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, great portions for the price, and a fantastic view of the Hudson.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s been awhile since we’ve been to Merchants River.
The hamburgers were cooked as requested but the rolls were a disappointment. They felt stale & fell apart. Fries nice & crispy. My granddaughter liked her kids size chicken fingers & fries.
The setting is spectacular🗽

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vipDavenport
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I have loved this restaurant for many years. Fine food (especially the salmon), excellent service, spectacular views of the New York harbor.

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tazmaniandevil
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Gorgeous day. This restaurant is one of my favorites. Great food, exceptional service.

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Fog87toy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor place to go. Beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty, great food what else can we ask for at this pandemic times.

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vipAditM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Lianne
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing and they made our celebratory dinner absolutely memorable! We had a double celebration, my dad’s birthday and my mom and dad’s anniversary and the servers were the sweetest when they brought out the desserts for the celebration. The food was flawless. My dad’s steak was cooked perfectly. My mom’s salmon was exquisite and had beautiful notes of flavours popping up everywhere. My chicken was so juicy. Chicken is so hard to pull off because of its fragile temperature-cook it too long and it’s dry, not cooking it enough could lead to health problems BUT this chicken was cooked to perfection with its juicy meat and amazing flavours. The aromatics of the rosemary really sealed the deal for me. My parents, who came all the way from Maryland to come visit me and celebrate their special days were very happy, as was I. The servers were very sweet and the waitress who had our table was so great. She really made us feel welcomed and made my parents’ first time at the restaurant perfect. We loved everything from the view, to the food, the service-everything. I will definitely be back as when my parents visit me in New York again, I’m sure Merchant’s River will be the first restaurant they will want to visit again!!! Cheers!

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BenjaminO
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and warm setting, views were spectacular!

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vipTraceyM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were reluctant to even think about going out to brunch in NYC during these crazy times but a friend was visiting who I had not seen in many years and we really wanted to get together. We made a reservation to sit outside, however it was pouring so we had to sit inside (which I was worried about it because of COVID), however, everything was great.

We felt very comfortable and safe. Our temperatures were taken at the door. All servers and employees were very cautious. The food and service were very good. The view is AMAZING.

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kimf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. View was good. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Be careful eating outside — no heaters when we went. Brutal!

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vipMissN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good restaurant and service overall, I didn't like the waiters wearing gloves since germs etc ..could transition easily between handling different things. Also the masks they wore were one layer fabric ones so not sure how effective these were, thankfully we were outside not inside. Other than that good ambience, service and food. Cocktails could be better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff and the food quite tasty
Great view of the river
Will be back though on a warmer day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great the staff was extremely kind and courteous. We had a wonderful time. Great view of the water and very quiet and peaceful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

If dining outdoors, ask to be seated on the South Terrace so you aren't disturbed by building residents leaving to walk their dogs every 2 minutes walking past your table and slamming the building gate closed.

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FrankieN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet with great food and views. Would definitely come back.

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vipCharlesDickensLover
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is ok. Prices are excellent. Service is excellent. Music on one side of the 2 outdoors seating areas was too loud, people were too loud; we asked to move to the quieter side which was lovely. You're very close to water with nice views.

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vipJonN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the sharp pins dropping from the apartment building while we were eating.
Nico was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was exemplary.

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DougM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in the building since 1996, we've eaten here too many times to recall, and never had a bad meal.

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StephanieC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We celebrated my bff birthday over good drinks and food.

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DianaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Absolutely enjoyed the scenery. Staff was extremely kind and welcoming especially Charles! Will definitely be going back. Great spot for romantic dinners, date nights or just a family dinner.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must go and enjoy an excellent meal plus service is outstanding

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Anya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Awesome location, great service. The food was outstanding. Certainly coming back soon.

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vipMaurs
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful place view , service , food . Go before gets to cold !

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DerekC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe. Staff were fantastic. Recommending wines and really going above and above. Fabulous evening.

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RCitron
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent from start to finish. We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience for our first dinner out in 6 months! We were greeted warmly at the door and shown to a spacious table with a gorgeous view of the sunset over the water. The staff was courteous and very helpful, and we felt absolutely safe - everything was well spaced, the other tables were far away from us, the staff were excellent with masks and gloves, and everything was pristine and clean. The drinks were pricey (I mean, it is NYC after all) but expertly mixed and definitely generous with the booze. And the food was delicious. I had the fried chicken sandwich, which was crispy and juicy, with a toasted brioche bun and fries. Hubby had the cauliflower steak, which was perfectly seasoned. All in all, a fantastic night out. Thank you so much!

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NathalieR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and reasonably priced considering the great view! Would definately come back.

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vipDavenport
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and great views of the New York harbor and Statue of Liberty. The salmon dish is delicious, although it would be much better if accompanied by something other than kale.

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AUDREYB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was extremely nice , attentive and the atmosphere was great.

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Connie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I asked for my dish to substitute a starch for a vegetable And it was delicious. Salmon cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too many mice

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TemaraF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was okay and the price was very expensive. The view was amazing

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Paulr
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great food and a really nice view. The waiters and hostess were nice as well. Would definitely eat again even though it was a little pricey.

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REISS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is great but since it’s very windy, we couldn’t stay longer. The host accommodated us at 8pm but gave us a spot when it’s very windy when there was a vacant table on the other side.

FAQs

Merchants River House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 432-1451.

Merchants River House is rated 4.4 stars by 1181 OpenTable diners.

Merchants River House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://merchantshospitality.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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