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The River Cafe

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American, Seafood, International, Fusion
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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393 (Old Fulton St.)
A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; 2 or 3 train to Clark Street; F train to York St.; Bus #41 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
718-522-5200
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Today
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Due to damage from the storm on Monday, October 29th, The River Café will...
Due to damage from the storm on Monday, October 29th, The River Café will be closed until further notice. We are currently not accepting any reservations. The extensive rebuilding and restoration will continue to keep us closed for at least another month. We will not be open for the Christmas or New Year’s Eve holidays.
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    Very good
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  • 42
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I'd like to thank everyone at the River Cafe for a great night. From the guys on the door that kept us dry in torrential rain, to the attentive waiters, to the chef and his tasting menu, to the birthday dessert laid on when they found out why we were there. Brilliant night and did I mention the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Srwoodie
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The River cafe in Brooklyn , is my favorite restaurant in NYC , and probably in the world. From the moment u step in, is like you come to another world. The great flower arrangement at the entrance, and the whole foyer , let u know you step into another world. Then you're welcome by the hostess which usually are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I'd like to thank everyone at the River Cafe for a great night. From the guys on the door that kept us dry in torrential rain, to the attentive waiters, to the chef and his tasting menu, to the birthday dessert laid on when they found out why we were there. Brilliant night and did I mention the view of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We've been to the River Cafe for special occasions. It is perfectly situated under the Brooklyn Bridge looking out on the East River and Manhattan. The food is exceptionally good, the prices on the moon but what do you expect ?! Jacket required. We stopped by mid afternoon to make a reservation for a large party next month. We wanted... More 

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Whitesboro
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Gourmet cuisine with outstanding presentation. Magnificent views and ambiance. From our table. the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building were in clear view across the river. Service.was also flawless. The tab was pricey but most acceptable for a special occasion.

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London
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Every year for the past 15 odd years we come here - apart for the close due to Sandy! (and boy did we miss you!), and it seems to get better and better. The food is always great - but this year it seemed even better. What makes this place for us, and I hope you - is not only... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I attended a wedding here. The ceremony was outside on the patio facing the backdrop of Manhattan. Lovely flowers were all over the front entrance, lobby area inside and the patio. The patio area was set up for about 40 or 50 guests. After the ceremony was over the guests just mingled outside and hors d'ouvres were passed (delicious) and... More 

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Big Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

I felt like royalty walking into the River Cafe. The service was phenomenal, the food was excellent, the atmosphere felt like I was in a movie. We were seated right next to the window where you can see the New York Skyline and the river. It was gorgeous. The Price?.. Well worth the experience we had. Perfect place for proposals,... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

From the moment we walked in this place, it had a great buzz, All the service staff are so good at their jobs, The head waiter and sommelier were excellent Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Food everything tasted devine,wild shrimp starter and my halibut was cooked to perfection my husband had crab starter and duck main both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We went there because of a friend recommendation. The beautiful flowers welcome you, an outstanding view of Manhattan skyline, awesome culinary delights - the best crab cake and branzino I ever had, top notch service, a true experience we want to repeat, money very well spend.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We went to the River Café on the last evening of our New York/ Cancun trip, looking to celebrate an important day and end our trip off in style. Instead, we were met with rude receiving staff who insisted my FEMALE companion wear a jacket, when the website indicates clearly that only men are required to wear dinner jackets. All... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
    (Old Fulton St.)
  • Public Transportation: A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; 2 or 3 train to Clark Street; F train to York St.; Bus #41 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: 718-522-5200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

Due to damage from the storm on Monday, October 29th, The River Café will be closed until further notice. We are currently not accepting any reservations. The extensive rebuilding and restoration will continue to keep us closed for at least another month. We will not be open for the Christmas or New Year’s Eve holidays.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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