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Tue-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight, Mon- closed
Nearby Subway Stops
C, S at Franklin Ave.
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- Bar Scene
- Dine at the Bar
- Live Music
- Full Bar
There are two reasons you’ll feel like you’ve walked onto the set of a music video upon entering Milk River. The first, you’ll see: The space is impeccably decorated, with crystal starburst chandeliers, white leather tufted banquettes, and portraits of iconic hip-hop figures (Tupac, Jay Z, Beyoncé). The second, you’ll hear (it’s impossible not to): Milk River is dedicated to hosting live music during dinner hours, but does it so enthusiastically that it’s almost impossible to focus on anything else, including the food. The menu pulls from Caribbean and Asian cuisines, a nod to the chef’s background; the exploration is timid — the most fusion-y dish is a plate of lamb ribs covered in a barbecue rum glaze — but ultimately respectable. There are hits and misses: A chicken and waffles dish, served with maple butter, was disappointing, with the single dry, hard waffle outshining the juiciness of the white meat. But the Niman Ranch pork chop, with grits, tangerine sesame emulsion, and shimeji mushrooms, is great. The menu also includes a range of sides and appetizers — fried plantains and salt-cod fritters, bok choy and jasmine rice — but entrees are generally large (and expensive!) enough to stand alone.
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