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River Café

1 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11201, United States
TEL: (718) 522-5200

What It’s Like: As classic as a string of pearls, this New York jewel—in a perfect setting on the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge—has romanced diners since it opened its doors in 1977. The intimate flower-filled restaurant—on a magically retrofitted barge moored in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood—has had its fair share of hit-or-miss chefs over the years, but its most recent top toques have turned that trend around, producing superb seasonal American dishes, garnished with the gentle sway of the East River.



Insider Tip:

What to Order: The menu changes with the seasons, but right now you can’t go wrong with Taylor Bay scallop ceviche with coriander; Hudson Valley foie gras two ways; and Branzino filet with smoked tomato petals. The always-available chocolate marquise “Brooklyn Bridge” is a must for dessert—it’s edible art.

Best Seat in the House: Angle for one of the handful of coveted window seats that overlook the busy East River and the twinkling Gotham skyline.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Destination Dining
  • Dress Code
  • Full Bar
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio/Outdoor Seating
  • Prix Fixe
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Private Room Available
  • Romantic
  • Tasting Menu
  • Views
  • Waterfront Dining

Cuisine Type:: American Nouveau


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