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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
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Ranked #5 of 4,357 restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Old Fulton St.
Transit: 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
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

If you are in New York you must eat at The River café at least once, just the view alone makes this an essential visit, to have fine dining with a back drop of Manhattan at night makes a good evening sensational. The food was superb and the chef catered off menu for my wife who is a Vegan, the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Here in a nutshell is what happened. The following is an email I sent to The River Cafe: My wife and I are native New Yorkers. On special occasions we like to bring friends to your lovely restaurant. Tonight we brought a newlywed couple from Paris to the River Cafe for celebratory drinks. We arrived at around 11:30pm on Saturday... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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266 reviews 266 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We had a couple of drinks at their bar which was full of atmosphere, and then moved into the restaurant. Tables are very close together, but all adds to the buzz. Great table with a great view of the skyline by night, also treated to some fireworks further up the river. Food was absolutely delicious. Expensive but well worth it.... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We dined at the River Cafe on our last night in New York as we had read so many good reviews about the setting and thought it would be a great way to end the trip. We were not disappointed. Setting is wonderful and the service is excellent. Food was very good but not amazing but that is almost secondary... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We really like the River Cafe. Its a great place to go people watching and of course the view of Manhattan is fabulous. The food is good too, although perhaps not the best you'll find in New York and it is rather expensive. The service is rather pompous too. Evenso, it's well worth a visit if you're in Manhattan, especially... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

I went to NYC for my birthday with my mum and we ate out a few times but this was by far the best. It was expensive and I agree with the comment about tips but after spending a few days in the city everyone expects a tip and sometimes for doing nothing! At least in this restaurant and for... More

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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

we going a lot at this place for many year , we just return after the opening last week 2 time .... yes and all fantastique ,service very professional , the food great , pastry amazing . we loved this place .

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We went to this place on our anniversary. The view of the skyline of New York is magnificent. The atmosphere is nice and peaceful. It was one of our romantic places to have a dinner. The food was great. Good experience.

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Oxford, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I make a habit of avoiding restaurants with stunning views as my experience shows they let the view do the work and don't worry about the food or the service. This place is not like that at all. The food was very good, the menu broad enough but not silly and the service impeccable. In fact it was so good... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Having dined here twice before I will certainly not be returning. There seems to be one rule for one and one for another. When confirming our booking was told no jeans. Please then why were there several people with jeans on? It seems if you are a regular you can do what you want. I was also extremely disappointed that... More

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