River Cafe

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1 Water St NY11201
(718) 522-5200

An old barge may not sound very promising for romance, but Brooklyn’s River Café is one of the city’s most storied spots for anniversary or special occasion dates. Right from the leafy entrance you’ll be feeling special, lingering over a stunning panorama of the Brooklyn Bridge. Inside, white tablecloths and elaborate flower arrangements add a hint of formality to the warm hospitality. Don your finest Saturday-night outfit. There’s still a dress code here, and you and your spouse will look fantastic under the flattering lights. As you’re guided to your table, try not to let the view take your breath away. The stunning skyline of lower Manhattan sparkles across the river, but somehow never trumps the efforts of the kitchen. Super-fresh ingredients meet innovative modern techniques on spectacular foie gras, duck, and rack of lamb. Share an order of lemon-glazed oysters for an extra dash of sensuality, but save room for the cafe’s famous chocolate marquise dessert, cleverly engineered to look like the iconic bridge you can see from the windows.
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Photograph by Ludovic Bertron
Edited by BlackBook