The River Café

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The River Cafe
Brooklyn Heights
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Many people consider the River Café to be the best restaurant in Brooklyn, and it is probably the most expensive. The romantic waterside eatery, which could easily skate by on its gorgeous views of downtown Manhattan, has spawned a long roster of great chefs, including Charlie Palmer (Aureole), David Burke (davidburke & donatella) and Rick Moonen (RM, Oceana). Current chef Brad Steelman lives up to his predecessors with two exquisite prix-fixe menus: three courses (you choose) or six courses (he chooses). Stellar dishes include crisp oysters with smoked salmon and caviar, rack of lamb or lobster specials. For dessert, few can resist the chocolate marquise Brooklyn Bridge, shaped like its sparkling namesake.
Venue name: The River Café
Address: 1 Water St
Cross street: at Old Fulton St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5:30–11pm; Sat, Sun 11:30–2:30, 5:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C to High Street; F to York Street, 2, 3 to Clark Street
Price: Three-course prix fixe: $78. Six-course prix fixe: $95. AmEx, DC, JCB, MC, Novus, V
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