Hidden away, right on the East River is a quiet and elegant restaurant,
Riverpark Cafe. On our search for an intimate and delicious brunch location for our 3-year anniversary, the boyfriend and I were not looking for a party brunch, or all-inclusive drinks for this brunch. We were on the search for an elegant, intimate and unique location. And there it was..
We’ve heard this Tom Collicchio restaurant has a great dinner as well, but we were looking for a special, quiet and a bit more elegant brunch – so , thanks to BrunchCritic for their suggestion!
Riverpark Cafe - DOA
It was completely DOA (dead on arrival) – but again, gorgeous. When we realized there was a patio we immediately opted for outside seating. That is where we saw at least 1 other couple. Unfortunately, it was a bit cool and windy and the heat lamps didn’t work. The view of the highway.. errr.. River was alright: noisier than expected, but didn’t hinder on our experience.
View from Riverpark Cafe in Murray Hill/Beekman area
After reviewing the incredible menuwe ordered one of their unique Mimosas. This Mimosa was different because it was more than just Champagne and OJ.. it included sparkling wine, cognac and more.
Finally we decided what to order and opted for an app and two entrees.. and it was all unbelievable, flavorful and perfectly cooked:
Yummy Mimosa. (And my arm creeping into the photo)
Grilled Bread and Avocado App with olive oil and sea salt
- This Grilled Bread and Avocado Appetizer was truly AMAZING. The avocado spread was like butta. A new FAVORITE among brunch appetizers.
- Vegetarian Croque de Madame: Asparagus, fried egg, bechamel and gruyere.
- The Vegetarian Croque de Madame removed the typical ham component and opted for asparagus. It was perfectly cheesy, but the bread was a bit tough to cut through.
Fried Chicken Biscuit Sliders: Cheddar, Honey and Pickles
- These tiny sliders had a whole lot of flavor! The honey dipping sauce and picked vegetables on the side was perfectly palate pleasing.
If the dinner menu tastes half as good as the brunch menu I will definitely come back, and, I would definitely come back for brunch. I was torn between all of the apps and am glad we opted for the Avocado dish, but I must come back to try the rest! The prices were extremely fair and every brunch cocktail was unique. Who knows, maybe I’ll even set out for the beirgarten area as well now that the weather is much more forgiving these days.
Brunch Review: 4 out of 5 mimosas
450 E 29th street
New York, NY 10016