The River Cafe

The River Café is a Brooklyn staple that offers diners gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline from its position under the Brooklyn Bridge, and has recently reopened after extensive renovations to repair from damage by Hurricane Sandy. Founder Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe used the opportunity to rebuild with some additional elements including a chocolate room. The contemporary American menu remains, created by Executive Chef Brad Steelman, and includes all the classic River Café menu items plus newer offerings, and of course, the aforementioned chocolate bar. The menu includes dishes like black sea bass, monkfish with roasted salsify and mushrooms, and poussin with chestnut stuffing and a black truffle sauce Perigourdine, and desserts like chocolate marquise Brooklyn Bridge and a hot chocolate soufflé, a playful touch on a classic dish.

We live for an old school New York establishment, especially one that requires men to wear a jacket in the main dining room, and ‘prefers’ a shirt and tie. Men are not allowed to wear backless sandals – which means no flip flops; ladies, we don’t recommend you wear these either. Fun fact? More men have proposed marriage here than any other place in New York. The views are just that good.

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