Water’s Edge

Since 1983, this destination restaurant, cinematically perched on the East River, has hosted countless celebratory occasions—and more than a few on-bended-knee proposals. Reserve a window or a deck table well in advance, then hop the free ferry from East 34th Street. Dress nicely; Water’s Edge occupies the “fancy” end of upscale. Still, chef Ari Nieminen’s cuisine is anything but fusty. Try such inventively prepared seafood as the peppered ahi-tuna crackling roll, or fare “from the farm”—steak, duckling and a “five-napkin hamburger.” Another highlight is the tuna tempura wrapped in nori, dipped in beer batter and served in a martini glass. Linger over dessert, and let requests to the crooning piano player extend the romance.
Venue name: Water’s Edge
Address: East River
Cross street: at 44th Dr
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5:30–11pm; Sat 5:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: Travel: E, V to 23rd St–Ely Ave; private shuttle at 34th St Pier on the East River
Price: Average main course: $27
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