We came down to earth on the restaurant scene during our weekend visit to Manhattan by walking from the September 11 Memorial over to the Esplanade along the Hudson River, about two blocks away. There we had made a reservation for an outdoor table for our final meal in the city. We had received a call from the restaurant during our stay, to confirm we would be there at the appointed hour. But when we arrived, we were told there was no record of our reservation on the printout. After the young lady spent a few minutes inside, she came back out and our group of six was seated at a table under a large canopy with a great view of the river. We were never told if our reservation had been located.
Service was slow, although the restaurant was not crowded on this Sunday evening, and the food was good and basic. I had the house special hamburger, while others sampled other typical American food on the menu. This is not fine food, by any stretch--nor does it pretend to be. It's just a very nice place to enjoy an evening meal a short walk from one of the must see places for visitors to New York City. We were not disappointed, and found the River House to be just what it purports to be: a place with good food and a great view of the Hudson River and its water traffic. We were even to hail two cabs within seconds after a three minute walk to the nearest busy street, a minor miracle in the big city.