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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
718-522-5200
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Ranked #5 of 4,461 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We have eaten at the River Cafe several times through the years but not since Hurricane Sandy wiped them out in 2012. We were so pleased to have the same beautiful view of lower Manhattan combined with exceptional service and great food (albeit a prix fixe which we were not expecting). Wonderful experience and not a tourist trap!

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Grayshott, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Strange to return here and view the revised skyline after 9/11. Fun and romantic venue, good menu if just a little predictable. Also get there early sit at the bar to take in the views.

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Neath, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We booked in advance and requested a window view which was honoured and as we were lead to the table, we couldn't stop looking out of the window. The service throughout the meal was superb and all of the diners were well accommodated by the staff with requests for photographs. There is a small balcony outside looking over to manhattan... More

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Coronado, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

You cant beat the view. Enjoying NYC from a distance, with amazing food and service cant be beat. While it isnt cheap, its worth it for a special occasion or just for fun! :) loved every minute of this dining experience.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Like many others at this restaurant, we were there to celebrate a special occasion: my special birthday and our last night in NY. We booked months in advance and we're so glad we did. It took us longer than expected to get from our hotel in Manhattan to the restaurant but I guess that was because it was a Friday.... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was where my husband asked me to be his wife!! That of course was the best part of the evening. I can honestly say the food, atmosphere and service were equally as special. Everytime we travel to New York we just HAVE to go to the River Cafe, The Manhattan Skyline is breathtaking, ask for a window seat, make... More

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Port Washington, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We arrived at the charming River Café to celebrate our son's and daughter-in-law's upcoming birthdays. The gracious, charming entrance provided a lovely first impression. We were warmly greeted and seated by the window with excellent views of the water, sunset and later fireworks that lit up the River! We had excellent, reasonably priced wines (both white and red) and a... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We chose the River Cafe as it was a special occasion and felt that the Manhattan skyline lit up at night would be a fantastic backdrop. The tasting menu was DELICIOUS. We all loved each course and the chocolate Brooklyn bridge dessert was perfect to end it all. At first it seemed like it was an older persons type of... More

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swales
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

What a location !! Yes expensive but one of the best nights I have ever had. Super Views worth it just for the pictures. The food is a bonus.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited the River Cafe just before Hurricane Sandy and had been waiting for the opportunity to visit again. This September we were able to make that return visit and it exceeded our expectations. We arrived shortly before sunset and enjoyed a couple of drinks at the bar before taking our table near the window with a fantastic view. We... More

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