River Cafe

4.7
7044 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine.

Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open 365 days of the year
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(718) 522-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Brad Steelman
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Cross street
Old Fulton St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations.

If you plan to bring a car to The River Café, please call us to find out if parking is available for the date of your visit.
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Public transit
A or C train to High Street
2 or 3 train to Clark Street
F train to York Street
Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
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Entertainment
The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

4人で会食に利用。店について何も知らずに、open tableから当日(運良く)予約したが、気軽に利用できるカフェレストランとは全く異なる。ドレスコード有り。コースのみで、前菜とメインから一品づつを選択。安めのプロセッコと、キャンティを一本づつ空けて、確か四人で900ドル程度。
ロケーション、サービスは申し分ない。料理もそれなりに工夫が凝らされており、見た目も良く、美味しい。
記念日などには最適。

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and very good food in a magic atmosphere. We’ll be back soon.

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SG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was amazing. The views of the waterfront are beautiful and you can see it from any table. The service was impeccable as was the food.
Would definitely go back for another special occasion

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KB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This place is just too stuffy for my liking. Servers are expressionless. Zero friendliness or lightheartedness. I was excited to go during a recent visit to NYC because this place was highly recommended, but for me it was a disappointment. It's very expensive but that's not my biggest concern. I was more than happy to pay the rate, I just wish I'd had a more enjoyable experience.

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JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter here for a special evening. She is lactose intolerant and from the beginning of our meal, appetizers to dessert, the chef made her entire meal dairy free. Amazing! We so appreciated this very personal attention to making her meal so delicious and memorable!

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KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. New nyc favourite

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RC
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative food
Superlative service
Spectacular views

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Plain and simple, over-priced. $400 when all was said and done for teenager and one parent. Reserved far in advance, special occasion. While people were getting candles in there dessert and sung happy birthday, we were given nothing even after special request. Pretentious and overrated. Beautiful setting in Brooklyn but buyers’ remorse as we could have packed dinner and just ridden the NYC Ferry water taxi like 50 times and had a better value. Sorry, no return visit for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average food at well above average prices. Venue in need of renovation. Debris and water drops falling from the ceiling.
Good wine list.

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r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there several times. One of our favorites! Need I say more?

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Orribile posto carissimo 200 dollari a persona devi mangiare quello che dicono loro due portate da 140 dollari loro ti offrono dolce arriva conto 140 cena 50 mance 30 tasse un furto ...aria condizionata tipo congelatore ambiente buio e vecchio polveroso vale solo panorama

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We celebrated our anniversary in your restaurant - we got a table in the back without view except on the entrance for the waiters right on the left of the table. The appetizer, main and dessert weren‘t very special, the food was okay but not even worth a michelin star... The main plate was too much (We would recommend how the michelin stared restaurants are doing it in Europe, small plates but more than 3 plates). The price for the quality of the food is to expensive...

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PV
Jacksonville
70 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is legendary, the food is exceptionally good and the wine list is as good as any. Add to that the astoundingly competent orchestration of the dining room floor by the maitre d’ and professional staff - restaurants this busy are not supposed to be so accommodating! This place is a floor show. We had a blast!

Every table appeared to have something important going on. Despite the animation of the guests and the attentiveness of the servers, the venue was sufficiently private that our table afforded easy conversation and the occasional voyeur’s glance at our fellow guests. Beautiful table top flowers.

We can recommend the lamb main and cheese plate (my wife’s choices) as well as the crab appetizer without qualification. A nice place to enjoy dinner.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints..wonderful service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfekt Service, good Food, nice Ambiente. Best regards from Austria!

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A
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for celebrating my Dad’s birthday, it was amazing view, and great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New York classic—can’t do better for a celebratory dinner!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good place for eat and nice views for the city!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. Ambiance and view were amazing. However, I was required too keep my (mandatory) suit jacket on for the entire meal even though it was quite warm to the point of being uncomfortable. Also, although the food was absolutely delicious and I was satiated at the end, the portions were small and it was a very expensive dinner - to the tune of $400 (including tip) for just 2 people.

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FT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time at River Cafe was amazing. The lunch menu was a very interesting experience. Everything was delicious . The staff are very friendly and attentive. I strongly recommend this wonderful place.

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m
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. We will be back. The chef’s creatations are unique and exquisite! Best dining experience in NYC!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ottimo locale., cucina in linea con le aspettative , servizio curato e di qualità . Una vista quasi unica sulle luci della città

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M
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location was outstanding with superb views of Lower Manhattan, and the food was delicious with attentive but not intrusive service.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In New York overnight and a friend from Cape Cod recommend the River Cafe. It was great in every aspect a true gem for our special anniversary!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fue mi primera ocasión, muy importante saber que debes ir vertido adecuado a la ocasión y es formal. Atención espectacular!!!!!!!!

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelllent food/try the tasting menu !!!!

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MJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to New York for our 25th anniversary and dinner at the River Cafe made the trip extra special. Restaurant is completely charming. The noise level was perfect. There was someone playing the piano at a level you could enjoy the music and still carry on a conversation. In this day and age, restaurants are so noisy, that we noticed how lovely it was to sit in a romantic setting and carry on a conversation. The true star of the evening was the magical view of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

They were gentle to change our table to one better
Professional staff

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nos sentimos muy a gusto. El lugar es fascinante y el servicio cuida cada detalle.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening celebrating my husbands birthday. Food was very good, service excellent, view not to be beat.
Unfortunately, I had asked the bus person to wrap up the fois gras I did not finish ( more than 1/2 the portion) but somehow I did not receive it. The restaurant offered to credit my bill when I called the next day - but little solace to soothe my craving for a very delicious appetizer.

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a dinner that dreams are made of. Every moment and every morsel was extraordinary. The staff is efficient and friendly. Not a bit stuffy.
The piano music was a lovely addition.
It is expensive but there are times when expensive is called for and appreciated. It was my best of many birthdays.

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful with special requests concerning food allergies and a gluten sensitivity.We did not feel as if we were missing anything. Every desert on the menu is gluten free but you would never know it!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic! They do special occasions very well!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

If we’d known it was fixed pricing going in we would have never made the reservation here. That wasn’t made clear to us when they called to confirm, maybe it is clear somewhere and I missed it. Would have preferred a window seat for our first anniversary as well, but it still wouldn’t have been worth the price. There truly isn’t a “bad” seat. The food was obviously good, and the service is top notch, but it was freezing inside and no outdoor seating due to a wedding. Not a good fit for our special day as we didn’t want a 3-course meal, just a great steak and a view— I’m sure many people love it here, just not a good fit for us.

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CU
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My wife and I ate crab cakes, she had a lobster and I had a steak we both had water and the bill came out to $317.00. The menu had no prices on them and I had better food for much cheaper.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place , great venue . Wonderful chef and employees. A little over priced. However, in New York everything is expensive .

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K
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service with the quality of food to match. Amazing view. Perfect for a special occasion.

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AN
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view of Manhattan. Amazing food and drinks. Stunning place all around

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

Amazing all around service. An experience me and my wife will never forget.

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my engagement. We had an excellent lunch. The view was amazing and the food was delicious. Formal and upscale environment. We had a fantastic time.

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