I admit I was skeptical.
The restaurant we had reservations with last night was in Brooklyn. We had to sign a contract way before we came. I promised money, my first born child, sent my last three pay stubs .... okay, maybe I exaggerated. It was only my last two pay stubs.
Anyway, it was touted as one of the best restaurants in the world. Pretty heady stuff, right?
Well ... It WAS all that and more.
The River Cafe
sits at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and overlooks Manhattan. We had a front row seat ... a window that had the most magnificent view of the city you could have asked for. When we walked up to the restaurant, I took a picture of Debbie in the courtyard.
Breathtaking ... and the view was nice too.
It was cold last night ... in the 30s. But you didn't notice it with that background. The restaurant was beautiful inside ... intimate, warm and not at all stuffy and arrogant (I guess I was kinda expecting it to be cold and formal and pretty full of itself ... what a great surprise).
The wait staff was perfect.
They were attentive but not in your plate and hovering. Deb noticed they were all attractive and very polite. They didn't rush you but were there whenever you needed them.
Then came the best surprise.
The food was incredible. It started with our chef sending out a duck appetizer, followed by oysters for me and smoked salmon for Deb, followed by goose (duck duck goose) and gnocchi. Deb had the Wellington for her main course and I had the Lobster.
They were all presented beautifully and the flavors were incredible!
Melted in our mouths!
I can't say enough about this place. You have got to go there next time you're in New York. I can see now why you have to reserve a table waaayyyy in advance and why you have to commit to giving up your first born child if you don't follow through.
By the way ... The dessert was pretty cool too. Trio with a chocolate Brooklyn Bridge in the center.
And of course it was our Anniversary ... again!