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Monday, October 30, 2006

The River Cafe

In 1977, when chef-owner Michael O'Keefe opened The River Cafe on the Brooklyn waterfront , it was definitely a pioneering move, with doubts as to whether they would survive. Destinations off the beaten path do not always fare well in NYC - South Street Seaport is an example. New Yorkers and visitors are spoiled - we expect everything to be at hand and traveling to a restaurant, when there are 17,000 in Manhattan alone, is asking a lot. But the River Cafe has triumphed over these concerns. Their success has been driven by the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, New York's harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. There are numerous methods of getting there, including New York Water Taxi and I understand the restaurant has its own ferry - neither of these options are mentioned on the River Cafe's website. Views don't come cheaply in New York - prix fixe menus only at $85 & $102. For this reason, many recommend lunch as a less costly alternative. Food reviews are mixed - most give it high ratings including Zagat. I personally have not eaten there. Given that it is pricey, I would suggest doing some research before you go ...

3 comments:

Poetry by Kai said...

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Anonymous said...

I visited this restaurant in 1985, and I will tell you that I was not impressed at all with the food. I though it would not survive for long, they must be doing something right.

Anonymous said...

if the owner were nicer--he treats his good employees like absolute trash and is one of the meanest human beings on the planet--then i'd like this place, a lot. good food, great views, nice people working there.