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Water's Edge

896 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion (1262)

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The incredible view of the Manhattan skyline from Water's Edge creates a dramatic backdrop for this classic American white-tablecloth restaurant. From raw oysters to thick slabs of steak, Water's Edge is a true carnivore's delight and its location on the East River cannot be beat.

Leisurely sip a glass of wine in the Water's Edge's cozy piano lounge while you snack on appetizers like calamari or fresh burrata cheese. The restaurant's pan-seared Chilean sea bass with a red wine Worcestershire glaze is a definite highlight, as is the restaurant's thick and juicy filet mignon. The lobster mac and cheese and onion ring tower are fun sides. Water's Edge recommends making a reservation.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday Dinner: 4:30-10:00pm
Friday -Saturday Dinner, 4:30-11:00pm.

Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(718) 482-0033
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dave Salony
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Private party facilities
Sparkling chandeliers and panoramic views of Manhattan make this venue impressive to all who visit. Amenities include balcony, bride's room, glass elevator, Party Yachts. Full service includes everything needed for your occasion including china, linens, event planning services, full time chefs and waiters. Please call for an appointment and tour.
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Private party contact
Banquet Office : (718) 482-0033
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All cuisines.
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Cross street
1 block West of Vernon Blvd.
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Parking details
Friday and Saturday Private parking by Valet
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Public transit

Subway (3 blocks) 7, E, F, G, to 23rd & Ely, Long Island City, Queens
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Piano player on Friday and Saturday.
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Special events & promotions
Special Events are available in our upper level Ballroom as well as within the Restaurant for 10 to 350 guests. Off premise catering is also available for your home, office or unique space.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Steph (Aberdeen)
1.0  Dined on December 10, 2015

I booked a table here for my boyfriend's 30th birthday a week beforehand only for the restaurant to cancel with less than 24 hours notice saying it was closing for refurbishment! Surely they would've known that when I booked the table 6 days before that so why take the booking?! All the nice restaurants that we then tried to book into were full so we ended up not eating out! Thanks for ruining what was meant to be a special day!

OpenTable Diner (Derbyshire)
1.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

We arrived from England and taxi from Manhattan to Queens to find the restaurant closed since September. Open table should make sure restaurants exist before they book tables for people !!!!!!!!! Not happy at all .......

Marc (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

We payed 401 USD (4 people, starter & main course only, 1 bottle of wine) for a scenic view but food only woth 80 USD!
The clamps were ok, the gravalacs was minimalistic and had no taste, the boullabaise (?) had nothing to do with a boullabaise, but was a mix of left-overs in a thick sause. The solle meuniere was overcooked and had no taste. The rib-eye steak was ok but expensive (42 USD!)

I had trouble paying with VISA as the owner pushe dme to pay cash (machine does not work, etc.). Never again!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

This restaurant was great. The staff was very friendly. I made reservations and called ahead to say I would be late and it was still ok. The food was great!!! And the ambiance is lovely. Very warm n cozy.

Offthechecklist (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

This place is catagorized as a "has been". Needs to go on Restaurant redo reality show. This was a premier restaurant long ago, in need of face lift, revamping of menu and wait staff. Hostess unaware of access to outdoor deck, dressed shabbily. Waiter brushed crumbs off table and threw on the floor. Skirt steak was miniscule and lacked taste $30 for that plus $16 for sides. I do not need quantity, a quality morsel is worth its' cost. This was downright terrible. Calamari was rubbery. Even the bread had a stale frozen taste. So sad

LoveIsLove (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Very beautiful view of Manhattan. Their coconut mojito was excellent. Food was just as good. Service was good. Overall a great restaurant. Pricey but great.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

I planned this dinner for my daughter who was turning 16! She loves NYC and loves to take photos! Everything was fantastic...the food, the waiter, the atmosphere. I just wish the huge cranes weren't in the way of the fabulous view! Bad timing but I understand couldn't be helped!

Dgame (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

I think water's edge was a really great place celebrate my 5th anniversary with my girlfriend. The view is amazing and the place ia really nice and romantic. The food is good, although a little expensive, but i would definitely go back again.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2015

1st time here in this restaurant on 10/13/15. Food was ok, not bad, I gave 4 stars for food. We had Long Island Duck, and Rib Eye steak, appetizer is Tuna Tatar. Service was good, but I think a bit too much to check back to customers. We got at least 7 times interruption to ask from severs about "is everything all right ? ,, is everything ok?,, ....." I totally understand they want to make sure we had a good time,, BUT IT IS TOO MUCH. Let customers enjoy their food, and atmosphere. The atmosphere of Manhattan view is fabulous, but they closed the seating outside. We will be back when they open the seating outside. 4 stars for them.

Fingers (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

Waters Edge, has lost it's "edge" I was very disappointed with the quality of food. I started with the calamari which was fresh and quite good. But the meal went south from there. My guest had the Chilean Sea Bass which was heavy with salt. I had the Duck which wasn't bad, but far from good. For desert, we shared a Creme Brulee. It was watery and barely filled the dish.

This was not my first time at WE, I came to love it for its ambiance, and scenery, and for that I am still an admirer. But the quality of the food has dropped drastically. I am almost positive that they changed their chef.

The service was impeccable. I'm sorry that I didn't get our waiters name. He was very gracious and professional.

The entire restaurant seems to have lost it's flair. Even the outside of the building needs repairing and a spruce-up. I hope the owners read this revue and do something. I would hate for such a lovely restaurant, in a lovely spot, to go the way of the dinosaur.

Overall, it was not a bad experience, I just came to expect more from WE. I will give it another chance. Every business has a down-day, and maybe this was theirs.

vipDDude (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

It was a rainy Friday evening. The restaurant was not crowded, but there was a special event (wedding party?) going on in the dining room. The party group was loud and distracting to our meal. Of course, such a party will not happen every Friday night. Also, the view of Manhattan was obstructed by construction equipment. This, too, will not be a permanent part of the Water's Edge experience. The food was good (not great). The service was good (not great). Getting to the restaurant on public transportation may include a significant walk, depending on your choice.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

The porterhouse was worth every penny.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2015

One of the nicest restaurants in Milwaukee. A must for the atmosphere. Fish is quite good.

Fresh (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Wonderful view great food. It was me and my wife 1st year of being married and she loved the place.

Justin (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

It took the waitress a good 30 minutes to come over and ask us for our orders. When she came, she told us that the restaurant was out of steak, lobster and chicken (literally two-thirds of the menu). 40 minutes after we ordered our food, she came over and told us that she had forgotten to enter our orders. The food itself was average and wasn't worth the high price tag.

LAhotspotter (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

They ran out most menu items before 9pm on a Sat! The credit card machine was down or better yet glitchy according to the manager. We left, the service was deplorable. It's a pricey restaurant if you want to get your money's worth you should find another restaurant. The views were pretty cool though!

MissM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2015

The food is expensive but it was good. Would be nice for special occasions and such. Great view of manhattan.

cynarch (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Nice restaurant. The ffod was good. The service was good. The veiw was awesome. I would return.

Disappointedguest (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 9, 2015

My experience with Waters Edge is not very good this time. I was waiting in the bar for my friends to arrive for 20 min and no one told me that the credit card machine doesn't work, I couldn't ran out or call my friends to pick up cash on there way. End up we had to combine all cash we have in our pocket, good thing we had enough money.
We did not get service until numerous attempts we try. I had to repeatedly ask for my cup of water 3 times before I get my water.
We ordered a bottle of wine with three glasses. The waiter empty out the entire bottle at once, everyone got a huge glass rather than wait and pour the right amount on the glasses.
We ordered sea bass, the portion was way too small for the price.
Mushrooms were very salty.
Lambs were over cooked.
Coffee machines don't work.
We had to get the waiter and his helper attention when we need something, they don't come to check on us.
Our bill came to $400, we left a very nice tip even we did not get the right service.
Service and food were much better the last time I went. Don't know why it's so,bad this,time.
I don't think I would recommend to my friends.

vipKenM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

Definitely put this place on the bucket list. Just sitting there and looking at the skyline is worth the trip. The food is very good. Service very friendly, but could be a little more organized. Overall, a solid 4 out of 5 stars.