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The River Cafe

1 Water St. Send to Phone
718-522-5200 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
An anomaly: food that's good enough to rival the view.

Breakfast Mon.-Fri., Lunch Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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The River Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

The River Cafe Restaurant Review

: 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. Flooded with four feet of water during Hurricane Sandy, the café shut down for 15 months to renovate. Its reopening in 2014 became a symbol of New York fortitude, a trait flexed in the kitchen as well. Appetizers may include sautéed Hudson Valley foie gras in a cider-maple reduction with toasted walnuts and brioche or handmade ricotta gnocchi. Main courses might range from duck breast with crispy lavender skin or black sea bass sautéed with lobster brown butter, grilled artichoke ravioli and fresh artichoke. 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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