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About Merchants River House

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 70 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson. The decor features a copper top bar, bistro chairs and blue checkered table cloths in the dining room.

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.

375 South End Avenue
New York, NY 10280
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Our brunch menu is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

Cross Street:
Hudson River Esplanade between Albany & Liberty Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 432-1451

Website:
http://www.merchantsriverhouse.com/

Catering:
Merchants River House offers full service in house catering, perfect for any event from 10 to 250 guests. From birthday parties to lavish wedding celebrations, our courteous and creative staff will work with you to design your own signature celebration.

Whether ordering for delivery or dining at the restaurant, the Merchants River House dedication to quality, consistency, value and customer service guarantees a pleasurable experience.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the street as well as several private parking lots. The closest 24 hour parking is Central Parking located at 345 South End Avenue, NY, NY 10280. Tel: 212-321-2316. There are no special parking rates at this time. Restaurant is located directly in front of the parking, facing the Hudson River.

Public Transit:
Easily reached by the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, E, N, R and PATH trains, as well as the M20 and M22 Bus.

Executive Chef:
Jossemar Tejada

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Merchants River House Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (30)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Romantic (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fun (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Seasonal (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very expensive. Above average food. Waiter was very nice but not attentive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Spectacular view, full portions, average quality of food, a little bit expensive: the view isn't free ;-)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took my teenage daughter and her friends for lunch for her birthday. Made a reservation the night before and my table was ready on time! The Mac & Cheese Quartet was absolutely amazing - the girls, especially my daughter, LOVED it! Sweet potato fries are the best we've ever had. (one drawback is that they charged for every refill of flavored lemonade even though menu says free refills)

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great location good food and easy to get a table

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

My girlfriend and I love to experience new restaurants and food, but we've never heard or been here. It was about time!! Absolutely nothing negative to report!!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Merchant's Riverhouse...food was good, but sat waiting to be
picked up and served ( we sat across from service area)...would have liked my meal a bit hotter. I realize it was a holiday and busier than usual. Views were beautiful, very relaxed atmosphere and workers very friendly. We have been to brunches during warmer months and have been very happy with our experiences. Overall, we really like this restaurant and will return in the future.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good place to catch up with family and friends. Unpretentious, warm neighborhood place. Kid friendly. Food is casual fir the most part but delicious. Lots of options. Wonderful view and sunsets. Cozy in winter and nice outdoor space for quick summer bite.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food but a little pricey.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful view, delicious food, and great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great view of the water and Statue of Liberty. Perfect for Sunday brunch. We had very good wait staff taking care of us. Recommend.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place for a late lunch with an excellent view of the Harbor and NJ. Sat at a high top in the bar area and loved it. Good food (lobster rolls with sweet potato fries were very good) , good drinks (Bloody Mary and also Hustle and Bustle highly recommend), and super friendly staff.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food with a nice view of the river

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Enjoyed the view of the River and NJ across the water. Food was good also. Took too long for the water to come to our table

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great service and beautiful view. Casual dining spot and quiet lunch space.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Each time I visit this restaurant I asked myself why I'm not there a lot more often. Really, truly a neighborhood gem. Way better than the much noisier places just blocks away by the marina, this is just around the corner, and worth the extra two block walk. (In fact, would be worth an extra mile walk)

Starting with wonderful river & harbor views and spectacular sunset (if you're there at the right time), it only gets better. The waiters are always extremely helpful. Their food is really top notch. My favorite appetizers are the Spinach & Artichoke Dip (with amazing chips for dipping) and the Giant Pretzel (words don't do it justice). For a main course, I almost always order the Ahi Tuna, and then salivate at the dishes of my companions. And don't skip the Cookie ala mode for desert.

(P.S. The reason I'm not there more often is that I don't eat out near my office very often.)

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went for brunch on a Sunday, lovely location on river watching the world go by.
Nice ambience with friendly service, eggs benedict good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Outstanding brunch on the promenade of Battery Park City. Rainy day, so the area was fairly quiet, which was perfect. Terrific, personable attentive service; outstanding food. I'm looking forward to trying this place for dinner now. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was off, had to ask multiple times for items like more coffee, ketchup, etc. they mentioned they had limited servers

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

We found this restaurant via OpenTable because it was more convenient to where we needed to be - and it was better and more perfect than we could have imagined. Combination of down-to-earth yet upscale. Now my favorite downtown restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Bath)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I had the mac and cheese waffle cones that were delicious and very filling!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was second visit. First one sept 23 for 8 people at lunch. Every thing was great! Service indoors and everything great! Second visit this past sun oct 23. Crowded did not have our outdoor. Table for 6 which was reserved. Service terrible! Slow! Waiter forgot a lunch order! Waited and waited! It was embarrassing as I had raved about the place to friends . Will not go back! Sorry to sAy this

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I received several contacts/confirmations/emails from the restaurant about the time of our reservation. Upon arrival the hostess had a different time for our reservation. I showed her the email/confirmation # rom my phone and she just gave me a blank look and insisted I was incorrect.
The food was not up to par. The drinks were very light. Best part of the meal was an extra large pretzel we ordered to have with our drinks.
There were 6 in our party and the consensus was unanimous....great view but never again.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Staff were possibly too attentively trying to remove our food before we finished. It was a slow night so this was perplexing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

My daughter works in the financial district and I took her and her two friends for dinner at Merchants River House. We sat outside on the patio watching the sunset over the Hudson River. The views are spectacular. Our server was friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed sharing the Quartet of Mac-n-cheese Cones. They were very good and flavorful. Chicken dumplings, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna and Grilled Tuna Wrap were all very nice dishes. In addition, our bar drinks were served promptly.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I went to Merchants River House to try the Quartet mac n cheese and loved it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fantastic service, great food - definitely returning!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Loud. They gave us hesitation about reservations but nobody was there except the super loud birthday party... Which they sat us right next to. The wine was cheap, the service curt and the food.... The food was so bad we didn't even finish it. Over priced restaurant charging for the view which you really even couldn't see because the windows were so dirty.

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

Glad we've been here before, and like it. When we arrived for this visit, we did not feel welcome at all. Staff at the podium were busy talking amongst themselves, and had not noticed we were there. When I interrupted, all turned "nice" and we were seated. Server was a bit delayed, but overall he provided excellent subsequent service. The food remains at outstanding and creative as usual. Drinks were perfect. Overall, a nice evening after a rough start.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice setting on the Hudson River. Some tables too close together. Some waiters looked a bit sloppy but overall a nice restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We arrived, the waiter sat us down really fast , our waiter Andrew was very attentive, friendly and funny . The food was amazing, the view was breathtaking Definitely will come back.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our waitress was absolutely horrific. She took 15 minutes breaks between each time she came to the table, including the time we waited to show her that she got 2 orders very wrong. We realized it had been 25 minutes since we had asked for our check and that it still had not been delivered. Someone at our table had to get up and search for our server for 5 minutes, and only then did we realize that she had put 5 items on our bill that we did not order or eat. This took another 10 minutes to resolve, and the overall check process alone took 45 minutes, which made us late for 8 pm broadway tickets (our reservation was at 5:30). Early in the meal, our wine got delivered to the table quickly by another server, but our waitress didn't come to the table for 10 minutes to open them- all the while complaining about how busy she was when we were the only table on the patio so far. The restaurant was nice with great food and views, but our stress and annoyance levels continued to rise as we sat there due to the absolutely dreadful waitress.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

You're paying for the view here. Went for weekend brunch and sat outside. Portions are small and prices are high. Service is slow. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love the Brussels Sprouts salad! Love the views even more. We had a great time!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good location and amazing views for the Hudson River and Jersey City. Sunsets are fantastic and this is a really great river spot to eat and have a few drinks. The food is great and the service friendly. Although last time they were not so hot at getting us seated and we had a booking. Do love going there all the same

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Was down at ground zero on 9/11 looking for a place to eat. Merchants seemed right. Made a quick reservation with the Open Table app and headed over.

Asked to sit outside as the night was nice, and inside was a little noisy. Wait staff was a bit sparse and slow on the upkeep. Ordered a few beverages - waiter came back with mine but said my dates was not available. He wanders off helps another table and we were patient to flag him down with a substitute beverage.

Placed order - a few appetizers (dumplings and lamb meatballs) and a few entrees (stripped bass and ahi tuna).

Dumplings come out. Start eating and conversing...

A little while later BOTH entrees come out.

I inquire "what happened to appetizer 2?" - oh - the waiter forgot.

"Skip it then"

Start eating and noticed my Stripped Bass dish magically turned into Salmon! Looking at the prices - they were all the same and I didn't want to make a scene.

I should have reflected the lack of service with a lack of tip. Hopefully management will read this and do the needful.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great lunch, amazing food and service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The restaurant was very good however the site recommended a specific parking garage that the restaurant would validate the parking ticket. When we asked about this, we were told the restaurant no longer provided validation. The parking garage charged an exorbitant fee, much more than we paid at an other garages in the area. This was very disappointing as we would have used a different garage. I would recommend that the information provided through open table be updated to remove the statement about parking validation and the garage recommended made for an extremely expensive dinner.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Beautiful evening, splendid setting, looking through plastic wind blockers across a little garden, the BPC riverwalk, and the Hudson to Jersey City. The food is fine, but you may not notice. Indoor seating also with the same view. Reasonable prices.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was a special brunch for family and friends - 8 of us were there from age 18 to 79 and we were able talk and enjoy each other's company. Even on a rainy day the view was lovely, then the sun came out and we walked along the river. We each ordered just what we wanted and it was delicious. Only downside - the espresso machine was down for repair!

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Fantastic time had by all! You cannot beat the view and the fun vibe. Staff is too kind and I highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View
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