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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 11:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

We went there for a romantic couple dinner, and if you really wanted to enjoy the experience ensure you get a window table otherwise the experience would be normal. The price is expensive but of course your paying the location and the city. Starters are a little short in quantity, but main course and dessert are correct.

1 Thank milenariohalcon
Melbourne, Australia
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2015 via mobile

My partner booked here as was told it had amazing views of Manhattan and it sure did. This place is fantastic! Service it's great, food delicious and views... just amazing. It is pretty expensive but worth it. Highly recommended

Thank ronimoon
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

I always wanted to comes but I couldn't the last few times I was in NY because of the aftermath of Hurrincane Sandy. My initial impression of the restaurant was that the decor was dark and"heavy". The tables are crammed close to one another so there's not much privacy. The waiters were attentive and the service was good. However, it... More 

2 Thank Queenie886
Redding, CT
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015

An island of greenery in the midst of urban chaos, this resturant offers a spectacular view of the downtown Manhattan skyline from acoss the East River. The service is impeccable and the food is very good. The portions are small, however. The prices are breathtakingly high. A once in a lifetime experience after winnng the Lottery ...

2 Thank LeeReddingCT
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

We booked The River Cafe for our special birthday dinner while in New York and is was absolutely amazing. Nor cheap but worth ever single penny for the amazing food experience, service, and the views. We even got some extra birthday touches on our dessert having tweeted in advance :-)

Thank Mary H
Lima, Peru
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125 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2015

We arrived at 6pm and never imagined how amazing and breathtaking meant to see the day ending while Manhattan began to turn it's lights on..Beyond words. The restaurant is elegant, I understand it has been recently re modeled. Minimum required, Business Casual dress code , Men must wear Jacket . Great wine list, extraordinary food, "haute cuisine" . Excellent service... More 

1 Thank Jocy C
Amelia Island, Florida
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

We celebrated my birthday dinner with a memorable dinner at this lovely venue just across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views of Manhattan are renowned. The dining room is quiet and elegant, the pianist excellent, the service impeccable, the foie gras delectable--if you ask, they will sear it instead of serving the terrine shown on the menu. The best, meatiest, most... More 

1 Thank Tsutziq
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

I took my boyfriend here for dinner to celebrate his birthday while we were in New York for a few days. Everything from the view and the service to the food and the wine is fantastic. I actually can't find fault with the River Café at all. The set price allows you to relax when choosing from the menu as... More 

1 Thank Fleur S
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Four of us decided to go to celebrate our 30th birthdays and it was brilliant. It would have amazing views but it was snowing when we went but that didn’t matter at all. It has a brilliant setting on a barge on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. We started off with wonderful cocktails at the bar. They had... More 

1 Thank Alexandra A
New York, NY
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141 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

First and foremost, this place offers breathtaking views of Manhattan skyline. The grounds of the restaurant are also very nice and romantic. The service was impeccable. You don't go to this restaurant solely to fill your stomach, because you will not - the portions are tiny, albeit delicious. You go to this place to impress your date with your taste... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
American, European, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Romantic, Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
    (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?