THE COCKTAIL BAR

cocktail bar in nycOur intimate cocktail bar is nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Below you the river flows idly by. In the distance looms the Manhattan skyline. In the foreground, our skilled cocktail craftsmen buzz quietly about the bar.  

At the nexus of skilled mixology and fine hospitality, the Cocktail Bar at the River Café is an experience unique to our city. 

Under the guidance of our bar captain, Jake Satterfield, we offer timeless cocktails made with a state of the art attention to detail. Every ingredient is mindfully sourced and seasonally inspired, with a special eye for New York producers. 

With a world-class kitchen at our disposal, our bar team is constantly preparing a wide array of hand-made cordials, syrups, and elixirs under the watchful eye of our masterful executive chef and pastry team. This coordinated effort has established a satisfying continuity between our food and beverage programs, further deepening our guests’ experience at the café.

As a bar truly in and of New York City, we are purveyors of an impressive list of local spirits. While you have a taste of the city’s finest distilleries and breweries, let the piano transport you to a dreamlike oasis drifting apart from the cacophony of the bustling city streets.

Sip on an elegant and harmonious gin martini with a lemon twist. Watch as a bartender jiggers every balanced drop of our house Manhattan to perfection. Try an antique daiquiri with a blend of vintage rums. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a creamy Madeira flip for dessert. Maybe you’d rather try a neat glass of our hand-selected single barrel New York Rye, distilled and aged by NY Distilling Co. here in Brooklyn. 

If you’d like to take a step back and forego an alcoholic drink, let one of our zero-proof cocktail selections guide you through your night without the buzz. Our house favorite is a honeyed lavender and grapefruit fizz. 

Our bartenders love a good challenge, so feel free to collaborate with us to tailor a bespoke cocktail to your tastes and specifications.

SPECIALTY COCKTAILS

A VIEW OF MANHATTAN
The River Café X New York Distilling Co. Hand Selected Bottle of Brooklyn Rye,
Malmsey Madeira, Forthave Marseille Amaro

 

BROOKLYN SUNSET SPRITZ
Dorothy Parker Gin, Forthave Red Aperitivo, Poli Bianco
prosecco citrus

 

OLD NOR’EASTER
Whistlepig 10 Year Rye, Beacon New York Apple Brandi
prosecco citrus

 

FRENCH ’77
Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, lavender honey, lemon
butterfly flower tea, egg white

 

SOLEIL ET LUNE
Busnel Calvados, Monkey Shoulder Speyside Whisky
fig grenadine, lemon

 

EL ZAPATERO
Legendario Domingo, Espadin Mezcal, Paranubes Oaxacan Rum
tangerine, white pepper

DESSERT COCKTAILS

Grasshopper
Pierre Ferrand “1840” cognac, Fernet Branca, Branca Menta, mint, cacao, cream

River Café Irish Coffee
Coffee, Irish whiskey, whipped Cream, orange zest

Madeira Flip
Rainwater Madeira, Reposado Tequila, hazelnut, egg

DISTILLED
SPIRITS

COGNAC


Hennessy VS
Hennessy XO
Hine Antique XO
Delamain Pale & Dry XO
Pierre Ferrand “1840”
Courvoisier XO Impérial
Remy Martin VSOP
Marcel Ragnaud – Grande Reserve Frontruille

 

BRANDY

Domaine de la Romanée Conti – 1992

 

CALVADOS

Busneys Pays d’Auge VSOP

APERITIFS – DIGESTIFS
AND HERBAL LIQUERS

Forthave “Marseille” Amaro

Forthave “TWO” Single Batch Amaro

St. Agrestis Amaro

Fernet Branca

Branca Menta

Amaro Nardini