River Cafe Brad Steelman The River Cafe

The River Cafe

Cuisine: Contemporary
An anomaly: food that's good enough to rival the view.
Openings: Dinner Wed.-Sun.


The River Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

The River Cafe Restaurant Review:

About the restaurant: Some talented chefs have passed through the kitchen of this legendary Brooklyn establishment, including the likes of Charlie Palmer (Aureole) and David Burke (David Burke Townhouse). Brad Steelman, the current top dog, may lack some of the adventurousness of his predecessors, but the view is still the real attraction: the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.

Food & Drinks: Appetizers may include Wagyu steak tartare with quail egg and Cognac gelée or Portuguese octopus a la plancha with black garlic, basil emulsion, zucchini and crisp potato. Main courses might range from duck breast with foie gras sauce to local swordfish. For dessert, go for the gimmicky, but delicious, chocolate marquise Brooklyn Bridge. The international wine list has been carefully cultivated over the decades.

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