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“A two starred restaurant with different concept than other starred restaurants ”
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The River Cafe
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Ranked #13 of 6,648 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
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: 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
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Visited River cafe with husband and friends . I chose the place partially due to the view - stunning regardless of where in the restaurant you get seated - but was a bit concerned it would be super stiff to eat there due to being reminded over email four times that the dress code was formal.
One, I get, perhaps also a reminder when confirming the confirmation of the booking but an additional two times seemed a bit hysterical. What level were expected- evening gown?!

And yes, the dress code is really strict but I must say it’s very nice to see people all dressed up and they don’t demand more than one normally would find proper level. Perhaps the jacket thing is a bit too much much since the men aren’t allowed to take it off during the whole dinner (hanging it on the chair is not permitted which makes it a bit sweaty).

Nevertheless it turned out to be everything else than stiff. This is the first starred restaurant I’ve been to that isn’t small and rather quiet.

At River Cafe they have about three times the number of tables per square meter you’d find in most other restaurants at the same level - Frantzen in Stockholm, Joel Robuchon in Monaco (don’t know about his other locations) Adlon Kempinski in Berlin or Aquavit in Manhattan to name a few.

People are talking and laughing and there is a bar pianist entertaining so the quietness and whispering you’d normally find in these establishments is nowhere to be find which is refreshing and a nice change.

We chose the Six course tasting menu and it was delicious as expected. But once again they stand out compared to others by offering the party different dishes. Out of the in total perhaps 10 dishes, five of them were served to us all while five were different.

Like the octopus; the women got one part of the fish and the men another. The fish; the women got salmon and the men halibut. The dessert were four different ones. And so on. That was extremely refreshing and surprising and we loved it.

Best dishes: the Foie Gras, the King crab and the Mushroom Wellington. Explosions of taste that nearly causes tears in your eyes out of joy.

Service was very friendly and relaxed while yet professional.

The only “negative” if I need to mention something is that the wine paring glasses are a bit oversized - it’s not a tasting size, almost a full glass - and while all being excellent in taste, you should be mindful that if you aren’t used to consuming amount of alcohol you might feel a bit drunk when leaving.

Also we requested to get a list/menu of the dishes we were served and the wines selected but despite saying yes, they never gave us one which was sad since it’s a nice memory and something you normally get without requesting it on starred venues.

We did not get a gift either upon leaving - no bread or bun cake like expected.

But those things are so not an issue all together.

We had a great evening with excellent food and we’d happily come back in the future.

1  Thank VannaO
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Absolutely stunning spot!
Staff were wonderful and the food and drinks simply perfect!
I was there for a wedding and reception.
Would go back another time anyhow.
Great little cafe!

Thank bellacabo
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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Great food and service, excellent views, live piano music! We had the 3 courses menu, and the service and food were the best we have had during our stay in NYC

Thank Christian D
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Reviewed 31 August 2018

The River Cafe is our favourite restaurant not only for the food but the views are amazing. We had the breakfast this time and loved every one of the 4 course breakfast with champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Service was perfect. Overall I can't rate The River Cafe high enough.

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Thank garyandsarah2016
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

This is absolutely a stylish and elegant restaurant Although we did not have the best table, the view was great. They serve three courses for a fixed amount and do not offer any other options. Pricy but classy, it's totally worth the money if you can get a nice table to see the great view. You have to book a table long before the visit.

Thank Serhan A
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