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The River Café

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.70295 -73.994401
at Old Fulton St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-522-5200 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, American Traditional
  • Price Range: $$$$

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Daily, 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C at High St.; 2, 3 at Clark St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar




Its chef is rarely photographed flanked by Tuleh-wearing lovelies in Gotham magazine. It hasn’t had a major redo in 25 years. And it’s routinely dismissed as a place for tourists wanting a room with a view. But when was the last time you tried it? Even allowing for Mayor Bloomberg’s misguided extinguishing of the necklaces of lights spanning the East River crossings, the panorama from under the Brooklyn Bridge produces a blasé-busting, hyperventilating rush of civic pride. Dining on the comfortably lounge-lit floating barge, simply decorated to defer to the obvious visual splendor, with a pianist who cannily plinks instead of plunders, is like living in a Woody Allen movie—one of the wonderful ones, with all the Gershwin, and the specter of looming lechery replaced by the possibility of a happy ending.


Three-course dinner, $100; Six-course tasting menu, $135; Brunch, $55

Couples who book this local institution will enjoy the bohemian romance of old Brooklyn without sacrificing a glorious city backdrop. The Terrace Room is festooned in abundant greenery, boasts a water-stream entrance, and opens up to an expansive view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline. The intimate room can hold 100 guests (80 with a dance floor). From $225 per guest.

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