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East River Cafe

Upper East Side
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1111 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10065-8701
+1 212-980-3144
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Tue 12:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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1,710 reviews
864 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 730 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The reviews seem to be of the wonderful East River Cafe across the East River at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. The restaurant at 1111 First Avenue is a bagel joint. I stopped by today just to be sue. Daily Bagel $$ Bagels, Deli Food, Salads, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Juices 1111 1st Ave, New York 10065 (At 61st St)... More 

Thank robcurtross
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

I visited here on one of my many business trips to NY I walked over the bridge and down to the restaurant,food was great and the views were fantastic,would visit there again

Thank Seabreezetony789
Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

We went there for brunch (less expensive) and was DELICIOUS. Service, Food and Wine! All Delicious with a beautiful view of Manhattan!

Thank Ricardo D
Oslo, Norway
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I brought a whole bus of guests here to enjoy a magnificent night view of the Manhattan skyline together with some delightful food and fluid. I was very happy with the entire experience, and so was my guest - many of whom are quite demanding. So if you don't get scared by eating under a bride, this place is worth... More 

1 Thank Viking-Headhunter
Looe, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We walked over the bridge and then walked in a circuitous fashion to find this lovely, hidden away restaurant. I guess it's a converted river boat or barge, but no movement detected whatsoever when in it, so maybe not! Looked like it from the ferry that we took back to Manhattan. Excellent service and the food was good. Expensive, but... More 

3 Thank HoratioT
North Wales UK
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Visited the River Cafe with friends on a long weekend from the UK. The view was only surpassed by the food. It's certainly not cheap but for that special occasion it's worth every penny. We were well looked after by all the staff and the Sommelier recommended some superb wines. His choices were not priced over the top and were... More 

1 Thank HappyTel
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131 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

The River cafe closed in 2012 after a hurricane and only re-opened in Feb 2014. The restaurant has a set 3 course menu at $115 per head, the food and the service were all very good but the price was sky high.You are paying a heavy price for the view. Our bill with a modest bottle of wine,coffee plus service... More 

2 Thank clarkio
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

Booked for my special birthday! And it was special - from cocktails at the bar looking at manhattan skyline to excellent food. Is expensive for 6 of us it came to just under 200 dollars a head but we all agreed it was with it. We were really well looked after and I would definitely recommend to any one wanting... More 

1 Thank Jtu19
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

If you like to eat superb quality food at a restaurant that prides itself on service and style then the River Cafe would be a good choice for you. If you want the bonus of having an iconic backdrop while you enjoy the food, this really is one of the very few places in the world that can provide all... More 

2 Thank Merlin25
Arlington, VA
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582 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

Olivia, formerly known as East River Café, is a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant. The space is large and comfortable, with a nice bar and piano player several nights a week. The menu is varied and everythingwe have had has been great. The portions are huge. The pastas are very reminiscent of Italy, and the special Tartufo dessert transported me to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$80
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10065-8701
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-980-3144

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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