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River Barrel Café

160 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.730721 -73.95749
at Kent Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-389-8881 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Cajun/Creole, Eclectic/Global
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

G at Greenpoint Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Great Desserts
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic


  • Full Bar


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This venue is closed.

Wooden walls, a twinkling crystal chandelier, and tables adorned with fresh wildflowers lend rustic charm to this Greenpoint hangout. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer people-watching down Franklin Street, and candles shaded by rice paper emit a soft orange glow. The owners hail from Korea, while the kitchen is helmed by a chef from Barbados, which explains the menu’s hodgepodge multiethnic output. You can get your hanger steak with a side of Cheddar mashed, or an eight-ounce Barrel burger Cajun style; specials might include crab-stuffed catfish fillets. The richness of corkscrew pasta mixed with feta, lemon, and deep-fried artichokes manages to be more delicious than gratuitous. Homemade cheesecake is also known to sell out on busy nights. A selection of taps devoted to local breweries like Kelso and Brooklyn (natch), bartender's-choice cocktails, and an under-$10 bar-food menu ensure an ample neighborhood following for happy hour. Find the standard puffy-eyed brunch crowd lining up for crab-cake Benedict and Belgian waffles on Sunday.

Recommended Dishes

Broken artichoke pasta appetizer, $6; River Barrel burger $9 (with cheese, $10); hanger steak $18; jerk chicken $11