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Restaurant Review: The River Café Brooklyn 

7 Oct

I heard about The River Café, under the Brooklyn Bridge, years go on a travel show. I knew immediately that I needed to try the Brooklyn Bridge dessert. It’s literally a chocolate Brooklyn Bridge! And everyone knows I love the Brooklyn Bridge.

Unfortunately, every time I go to NYC it’s usually last minute and there are no reservations available. But this time, I planned early! Well, my girlfriend wanted to go for her birthday and she planned early but I was smart enough to make a reservation right away!

The restaurant itself is worth going to, just to see. The gardens outside are gorgeous and the displays inside are equally impressive. HINT: They have a bar, in the front corner of the restaurant, and you do not need a reservation to have a drink there! Go early, when they first open, and you can enjoy their delicious wine menu and spectacular views. It’s a very romantic restaurant: there were three engagements while we were there!

 

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The weather was rainy and miserable, but that didn’t stop the view from being gorgeous! That’s my old neighborhood, straight across the water!

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Cheers!

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Part of the outdoor garden and the bridge! It was too rainy to walk around…

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The beautiful indoor arrangements.

Back to the restaurant. The service was exactly what you would expect from a place where the meal is $130 per person: attentive, kind, quick. Although is a prix fix menu, they have a large selection of meals.

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Even the plates were beautiful!

I had the octopus as the appetizer. The sauce was delicious and the octopus was cooked perfectly. It was soft and not rubbery at all. I could have eaten five more servings!

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For my dinner, I chose the lobster. Again, cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. Now, I appreciate any pasta, and anything with squid ink, but the pasta looked a little bit too much like the creatures I find in my yard in Florida. Yes, it was hard to take the first bite, for fear I was being punked and it was going to be alive, but rest assured: it was more certainly pasta and absolutely fantastic.

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Now, for the best part. The dessert. They had many options but I obviously had to get the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge. It was rich, creamy, and beautiful. Definitely worth the years of waiting!

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So good!

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Happy Birthday Carolyn!

The River Café is open for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner. There is a dress code: breakfast, lunch, and brunch can be slightly casual, but not too casual, and a jacket is required at dinner, a tie referred but not required. So get dressed up and have a spectacular dinner under the Brooklyn Bridge!

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