The Restaurant

The River Cafe has been, and still is, the most exclusive fine dining American restaurant on the water in NYC, since 1977.

Located in one of New York’s most noteworthy and romantic settings, and is well known around the world as a wonderful culinary destination.

Nestled riverside under the Brooklyn Bridge, The River Café exudes romance with its breathtaking NYC skyline views, gorgeous atmosphere and above all our classic American cuisine. As a Michelin-starred restaurant, The River Café similarly boasts one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world.

The romantic atmosphere is enhanced by wonderful flower arrangements, live piano music, and seamless service – therefore creating a perfect setting for the countless engagements that take place. Our elegant dining room, serious dress code and Michelin starred menu has been delighting our local clientele and visitors from around the world since 1977.

Chef Brad Steelman’s menu proudly complements the changing seasons, featuring a classic American menu of elegance and refinement.

Above all, The River Café, for more than 40 years, has also been recognized as one of “the most beautiful restaurants in the world.”  As a result, this impressive venue is the most sensational spot to enjoy one of the best evenings of your life.

Across a bridge, over a river and into a dream.

Romantic Michelin Star Restaurant

Notice to all guests arriving by Taxi, Uber etc.
Please ask your driver to transport you all the way down the cobblestone driveway to the restaurant’s front door. 

Important Dress Code Information
Suit jackets required for gentlemen at dinner.

Pianist Dom Salvador at The River Cafe

Dom Salvador

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For 41 years, Dom Salvador has been playing jazz standards at the River Café under the Brooklyn Bridge. He’s ready for the spotlight again. read more…

40th Year Anniversary at The most romantic restaurant, The River Café

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View From the River Café: 40 Years of Feasts and Firsts

The changing tides of fashion and trends may come and go, but Michael O’Keeffe’s vision of timelessness expressed as a restaurant will always be the River Café.

It has never left its mooring under the Brooklyn Bridge, but still journeys ahead each day toward the goal of seeking out the finest ingredients for every detail of the dining experience and delivering them to guests from all over the world. read more…