River Cafe

4.8
6874 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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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5.0Dined a day ago

Fab place. From the location, to the attentive service to the quality of the food and presentation, an overall 10. Friendly and attentive staff. Good timing between courses. Goes without saying the view is priceless. Worth the price

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

7 years married

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was awesome. The food was unbelievable. The views are priceless.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The A/C was freezing!! The rest is just perfect for a romantic dinner in front of the skyline!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I felt like I had walked into the dining hall on the Titanic for dinner. Spectacular views and top notch service. The staff and chef went out of their way to make this night a special occasion and No one there knew it was my birthday. Food was exquisite.

Yvonne Parrish

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Llevamos años cenando en el River Cafe en nuestro aniversario. La vista es espectacular, la comida es excelente y presentada muy fina. El ambiente es muy agradable, y todo el personal de lo más amable.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Citenship Dinner

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Could not have been better. As always - many many thanks to Joshua and his team (and Mikey). River Cafe remains our favourite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was a wonderful place to share on Father's Day. Outstanding food and service above all expectations. A real hidden gem

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

hadnt been back since destroyed by hurricane several years ago and was outstanding -- just as before. highly recommend for special occasions, holiday get-togethers, etc... impeccable service with a smile, and great food. perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The atmosphere was very romantic. The service was great and they were very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the gluten free options, especially considering I had not indicated any food allergy until our arrival. Our meals were exceptional. We started with the octopus and scallops for the appetizers. Sea bass and lamb were our entree choices and we finished with peanut butter dessert. The dessert was probably one of the best I have ever had. The drinks were also quite tasty. Overall it was a lovely experience; however, we did feel it was a bit overpriced.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

3 course meal including Entree, Main, and Dessert was rather simple; none of the "foam" and flourish of other Michelin starred restaurants. All but the veggie option were praised. Cost reflects location. Dinner for 4 with moderately priced wine, drinks came to just over 800.00 before gratuity. Memorable but expensive.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Surprised my wife for our Anniversary and couldn’t have been happier with the selection. Everything from pulling up to the restaurant to the dessert was perfect. The staff was great, the view and food were amazing. This is definitely not a place you come to often because it is on the pricier side but well worth saving for.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent. The service and dining experience were exceptional. Josh, our Maitre’d, was helpful and attentive too.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

An absolutely perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food esp was fantastic

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Beautiful food, but have had better for a lot less money. Guess you're paying extra for the view, which is magnificent. Service is wonderful, but felt a little as if I needed to hurry, as I could see the waiting staff hovering in my peripheral vision. Overall a lovely experience, but for the money ($525 for tasting menu for 2, plus one bottle of wine), I would like to have felt blown away by the food and the service, which I'm afraid I wasn't.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Fantastic experience on our visit to NY. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

My meal of oysters and scallops was exceptional. Wife had crab cake and duck, which seemed excellent. She thereafter became ill with severe intestinal problems which lasted two days.
Not blaming, not complaining, just recounting experience. Only other meal that day was bland
breakfast.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Lo encontré excesivamente caro. El emplazamiento es espectacular.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Valentine’s Day celebration

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Our second visit - the first for my wife’s 40th, this for mine - it didn’t disappoint. The food is exquisite, the wine, as recommended by the Sommelier was, as you’d expect from an establishment such as this, similarly sublime.

I’m not sure which is the biggest draw, the food and drink or the ambience and the view of Manhattan at sunset but the combination makes for a genuinely special evening.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Vacation trip to New York.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Perfect for our post engagement dinner

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The scenery was good. Especially night view was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Awesome food, awesome service, awesome view

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our party had a Wonderful evening at a special place. I’ve been to River Cafe before and told the other members of the party to be prepared for a special desert. All parties are chocolate lovers and we’re wowed by the chocolate bridge.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

An incomparable view of Manhattan and an exquisite menu. Service was excellent as well. Celebrate at this delightful venue!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

River Café had very pleasant atmosphere, very good service, amazing surroundings but above all divine food. Everything was delicious, beautifully made and served - every bite tasted like paradise.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Experiencia inmejorable en todo sentido desde lo cálido de la recepción, los sabores espectaculares y los mínimos detalles de atención
Mi amiga es celiaca y tuvimos opciones en todo sin la menor dificultad.
Obviamente el emplazamiento permite disfrutar del paisaje neoyorquino maravillosamente!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Service was top notch, elegantly presented, catered to every need, the staff was exceptional in offering recommendations and it is a must visit when in New York! Highly recommended and worth every penny!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Dinner at the River Cafe was one of the most perfect experiences in my life. My daughter and her long time boy friend had news to share, and I thought I knew what it was. I was right, and we had an exquisite evening. Service was absolutely top rate. The food was exceptional. The view was amazing. (We were seated right by the river. Just the best seat in the house.) I really wanted to see the Cafe after Hurricane Sandy, and I was most impressed.

Without question, this was the dining event of the year, and it's only June. The River Cafe is, in my estimation, on a level of its own.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Magnificent view.
Average food but very expensive
Poor balance food/price

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My girlfriend and I had a great time. Fantastic view of Manhattan on a sunny day and the garden and flowers are idyllic for a romantic time.
The food and service were top notch.
Definitely recommend going there and I look forward to going there again

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Booked this as we were on honeymoon. Recommended by friends. The food was amazing, the view awesome (slightly disappointing not to get a window seat but still the view didn’t disappoint) The steak was the best I’ve ever had and I’ve had my fair share! I didn’t season any food, it was perfect. There’s no denying it’s very expensive once the expected service charge is added plus drinks. However it was a special occasion and it definitely felt just that. Highly recommend. We walked the Brooklyn Bridge on the way over.

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Noisy and crowded. Plain food with absolutely no view of the river.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

A great place for a special occasion. Beautiful location, great service and food.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Fantastic restaurant, great service , gorgeous food and the best view ever.
Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

As always, the River Cafe’ was perfection!
Flawless service, impeccable food, views beyond compare...
A New York gem!!!

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