My wife and I had dinner booked here for sunday evening of labor day weeked with our 6 month old. Originally we had booked for 6:30. This was our first time visiting Cold Spring as part of a day trip away from NYC. However, we were running well ahead of schedule (for once) and ended up getting to the restaurant closer to five. There the manager, Juan, unfortunately informed us that he had a nice window seat table reserved but had just given it away to another group. This was definitely no fault of theirs given we were so early and had never notified them. All the other window seats were taken so we sat inside for a moment but were definitely a little disappointed because the view is so amazing and it's much harder to appreciate from within the restaurant.
So after discussing options, we decided we would come back in an hour and kill some time. We thanked Juan and stepped outside and literally as we were walking away, Juan comes running out of the restaurant calling my name. Turns out another couple had just finished dining and there was one window table that would also fit our stroller. We were ecstatic.
Needless to say, this made a great impression on us already but I'm very happy to say the food was also exemplary. We started with some oysters on the half shell which were awesome, even better than some of the oysters we get in NYC, they were so fresh. We had two main courses, a boston cod with locally grown corn and veggies and perfectly cooked scallops with a creative fruit/watercress salad. The starters, a legit Caesar salad and delicious lobster/shrimp bisque also did not disappoint.
All in all, this experience was a clear highlight for our brief trip based on quality service, food and a great ambiance. They also have my respect b/c a restaurant with this view and location could easily get lazy and let things slide. Why bother if you know customers will come anyway? A common occurrence in manhattan where the bottom line takes priority over quality. I'm very pleased that the Staff at Riverview have taken the higher ground, focusing on details, quality and sincerity for an unmatched experience. Thanks!