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The River Cafe

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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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Prestwick, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

Even though we stayed in Times Sq we had decided that the taxi fare would be worth it. We were not disappointed. I suppose it thinks of itself as "posh american" but the River Cafe is somewhere that you can enjoy a good meal, with a great variety of wine and very pleasant staff who, once you chip away at... More 

Thank Eddie W
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134 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

Never been to a restaurant with such a fantastic location and the views of the Manhatten skyline left you speechless. We got some fab photo's. We had dinner there so had the nighttime views of all the lights. The staff were friendly and service great. The menu was quite limited but very good food. Maybe a littel expensive, but worth... More 

Thank MrsDigibit
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014

Very old school, and we loved it that way. Views are spectacular. People should understand that looking from Manhattan is great but looking towards Manhattan is even better. Older crowd, a place for graduations, big celebrations, for parents to have formality and kids to have experience of how fine dining used to be (and that isn't a bad thing). Tried... More 

Thank Damian C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014

My fiancée took me to a special dinner at River Cafe last weekend and it was a fantastic dining experience ever. There's the gorgeous views of the New York City's famous establishments across the river such as the the Peace Tower, The Empire State building, and of course the Brooklyn Bridge! If you ever go there don't forget to try... More 

1 Thank SleeplessinManhattan
south yorkshire england
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

Went for lunch on Sunday 14th December. Everyone was extremely welcoming wished me happy birthday at every opportunity. The food and service was excellent. The brooklyn bridge desert was amazing. The views were great we were not at a window seat however this did not disappoint the views are all very good. Lunch has a set price of $55 which... More 

Thank 939Dawn
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

You must go to this restaurant at least once, just for the view. It's one of the most beautiful in the city (looking across at the Manhattan Skyline and up at the columns of the Brooklyn Bridge). The food was good, but nothing exceptional. The serving staff was attentive but not overly friendly. When I asked if we could have... More 

Thank dra319
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here last Sunday evening during a 4 day break to NYC. I wanted to find somewhere special for us and overall the River Cafe didn't disappoint. The setting is amazing giving you great views of Manhattan but make sure you leave enough time to get there if you are staying in Midtown or Uptown... More 

Thank Matthew C
New York City, New York
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014

Beautiful surroundings, excellent service and food. Brooklyn bridge chocolate cake is a super way to top off a lovely meal. A meal worth lingering over.

Thank Em P
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

We had hoped for a memorable evening in this something of an iconic restaurant. Unfortunately memories for all the wrong reasons have been formed. We booked four weeks prior from home in Spain, agreeing to the 4 day cancellation policy (which must be done by fax?!) Duly turning up In time, in our finest (again as requested) to be told... More 

6 Thank mat of the mountains
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014 via mobile

Went here for dinner whilst in ny with work. Far surpassed my expectations, probably the nicest meal I've ever had. We ordered the tasting menu and it was exquisite with wine to match every course. The views are stunning and the staff really know their stuff. Highly recommend!!

Thank Bezzies

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
American, European, International, Fusion
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
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: +1 718-522-5200
The River Cafe is open for Dinner service every day of the year. Dinner service begins at 5:30 Lunch is served on Saturday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM Brunch is served on Sunday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?