279 Water St, New York, NY | Directions 1003840.708726 -74.000877
Sun-Mon 11:45 am-10 pm, Tues-Thurs 11:45 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11:45 am-midnight
Neighborhoods: Financial District (Wall Street), Financial District, Downtown
Who would have thought that the oldest restaurant in NYC and once-brothel would be the home to the best soft shell crab and one-of-a-kind martini? Off a dark cobble street at the bottom of Manhattan, this darling gem is simply perfect perfect perfect.
I went for my first time last Friday night and was blown away. The specialty drinks are so original...you'll never get one like it anywhere else. For dinner I had the diver scallops with brandy cream, citrus linguini, woodland mushrooms. It was perfect. I can't wait to go back. Make reservations.
Fantastic Food, casual setting – The modest, yet inviting, look of the place belies the high end ingredients and fantastic cooking. All four of us ordered fish and each dish was excellent, but the meat dishes we saw coming out of the kitchen looked equally good. Desserts were great as well. There's obviously a very talented chef here and despite the out of the way location I plan on going back to what is now on my top ten list in NYC, you should make the trip too!
Also an awesome bar! – Yes, the food is fantastic. But what no one seems to mention is that they have one of the best-stocked bars in the city. The bourbon and scotch selections are unbelievable, with some stuff not even the Brandy Library has! And here's a hint: they have sample sizes so you can try a few things for much less than a regular glass, plus a great way to try something before investing a lot of money in a bottle for yourself.
Hidden treat – You might have to circle around the block a few times to find it, but it's worth the effort. I've been probably 6 times and each time the food was just as good as a I remembered it. The Buffalo hanger steak is great, as is the panko coated chicken (if it's on the menu then, it seems to come and go). The wine list is good while also being reasonable (good smaller WA and CA labels, many bottles in the $40-$60 range). The place is small and the dark wood bar dominates along one wall. The small size and wonderfully dated interior give it a really nice almost homey feel. Service has always been prompt and nice. Dinner for two is reasonable with a shared salad to start, two entrees, bottle of wine and a shared desert seeming to run about $110, which for the quality of the food and being in the city is pretty good.
Better than any other restaurant in the financial district – It was recommend to me while I was working in NYC. I tried lot's of restaurants as I'm a consultant and I expense all of my meals. It has small settings, not like other fancy restaurants in NY. The important thing is the food was great, not so many selection but every time I went there the food was so good. Compared to restaurants around it in the sea port, this one was way much better. Waitress were nice and friendly as well. I wish I went more during my 4 month stay in the financial district.
Best Sunday Brunch – After a long walk over the Brooklyn Bridge my boyfriend and I stumbled upon this quaint cafe.
What a great find it ended up being!!!
We dined for brunch and at the set price of $22 per person, and it was well worth the coin. Great selection and exceptional service!!!
Best Potato Gnocchi ever!! – A friend recommended this place as they have visited numerous times before. I consider it a diamond in the rough. The appetizers and buffalo steak entree where to die for. The food was very originally done and I would rate very high. I can't wait to go back. The service was helpful and the menu had a lot of choices. The prices are also affordable.
Best brunch ever! – I had the best brunch at the Bridge Cafe. I went w/ 3 other people at noon w/o a reservation and were immediately seated. It did get quite busy towards 1pm. The bread they serve is delicious and warm and they will bring you more if you want. The fritters were outstanding. The omlette was perfect, the eggs benedict was probably the best my bf ever had. The crepes and bacon were also enjoyed by our guests. I will be back without a doubt. It makes me very curious how their dinners are. I'd be willing to bet they are also amazing. The service was prompt, friendly, and attentive. Impossible to be disappointed.
An excellent little secret – Great service, everything on the menu looked good. The Bridge Cafe is worth the search - if you can find it, you are among the true locals who have been hiding this place since 1794. There is a real old-world atmosphere, which makes this an excellent dinner or brunch idea.
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