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River Cafe
1 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY
718 522-5200
http://www.rivercafe.com/
Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
July 13, 2004 -

Atmosphere - 3.5/5 - Crowded, boisterous and noisy accentuated by wood floors and wall of windows that look across the East River offering great panorama of lower Manhattan.

Food - Extensive price fixe French selection of beef, seafood, duck, lamb and extensive selection of starters and assorted deserts - tastefully prepared and presented.   
Food 4/5

The wine list is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence with 600+ selections and an astonishing inventory of over 47,000 bottles. Carefully and thoughtfully selected top vintages and top producers of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Rioja, Italian, Australian, some South Africa and German selections and a page of top California cabs and merlots that featured an extensive range of vintages back through the eighties. Selection is not broad or deeply exhaustive but focused and concise. Extensive selection of large format bottles. Prices are expensive. Broad selection of ports but lacking dessert 'sticky' choices.
Winelist 4.5/5

Service was adequate but not especially attentive or gracious - hey its Brooklyn! 3.5/5

While the selection of the extensive winelist is focused and well done, its not as broad or deep as one might expect given the hype and pomp of their reputation. The true test thought was that we found a fabulous wine that was a perfect complement to our dinner that was reasonable value. Most wines though were expensive belaying their top growths and vintages. See Journal.
Overall - 15.5/20

 
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