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North River

166 First Ave. , New York, NY 10009 40.728811 -73.984023
nr. E. 10th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-1200 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau
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Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.; 6 at Astor Pl.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

It would be easy to walk by North River and keep walking; the oversize painted white letters seem to signal a run-of-the-mill new East Village restaurant. The exterior, however, belies the lovely space inside: peacock blue against painted-white brick, vintage drawings of flora, fauna, and old New York, plus hanging Edison bulbs of all shapes and sizes dot the cool front room, and a center bar breaks up the space leading to the darker, more intimate room in the back. A playlist featuring Arcade Fire and M83 plays a part in the vintage-modern charm, too. In addition to a menu of “modern New York State fare”—which, unsurprisingly, emphasizes what’s in season around these parts—you’ll get piping-hot housemade rolls and bottles of sparkling water at no extra cost. Small plates are the most solid here: Deviled eggs are creamy and smoky, while (occasionally on the menu) crispy pig ears—thin strips with a perfect crunch achieved by brining, baking, then frying—come with lime, sesame seeds, and an umami chili-miso sauce. But the customer favorite is the belly doughnut: a dessert-menu leftover coconut-vegan doughnut that’s made with coconut fat and glazed with coconut milk and toasted shreds is cut in half, grilled, then stuffed with soy-citrus pork belly and pickled cucumber slices. The burger’s just right, too: Served an actual medium-rare if you ask for it, the chuck-brisket blend becomes exceedingly juicy from a splash of V8, and is topped with cheddar on a soft homemade bun. For something sweet, choose the seasonal dessert (if you’re lucky, it’ll be the rhubarb buckle served with sour-cream-honey ice cream) or a couple more of those coconut doughnuts, sans pork.

Happy Hour

Drink and food specials available every day at the bar from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Brisket burger, $17; pig ears, $9; belly doughnut, $9