When you think of New York, one of the most famous images is the Brooklyn Bridge, but you don't usually think of it and have your mouth watering. The River Cafe changes that experience. I will never again picture the bridge and think about DUMBO without remembering the great food I had on a recent visit to the River Cafe. The occasion was an important birthday ( a large round number ) with our oldest and dearest friends. The table was booked long ahead of time and was perfect.
To be sure, we knew the food at the River Cafe was good, but the evening we spent there it was excellent. The appetizers, which were all good, included a steak tartare and some wonderfully fresh oysters. Among our main courses, there was an amazing and quite generous portion of lamb ribs cooked to perfection, a superb duck, and and amazing pork dish. Everything came hot to our table and was beautifully presented. We all selected different desserts. The signature "Brooklyn Bridge" was a chocolate masterpiece. Even the sorbets were rich and extravagant.
As for the bar, my Plymouth Martini was right on target.
The staff was attentive and seemed to sense what we needed. The were friendly and accommodated all our needs.
I can't say a single thing bad about dinner at the River Cafe. Difficult as it is to get around NYC sometimes, they even have free valet parking if you want to drive. But on a nice evening a walk around the area and a trip back on the subway is a preferred way to travel.
This is an expensive place to dine, but for the right event, it's perfect.
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