2015-12-09 / Restaurant of the Week

Riverview Restaurant and Lounge

f or breathtaking views of Manhattan, fine cuisine, cocktails, and wine at affordable prices, excellent service, and a warm welcome, Riverview Restaurant and Lounge is the place to be. If those reasons aren’t compelling enough for you, how about these: a new, innovative, menu with tantalizing dishes, and a new, weekly event called “Dinner and a Movie” held every Wednesday evening, where you’ll dine like a movie star while watching classic films like Casablanca and Singin’ in the Rain. The charming owner, Tony Raouf was the first restaurateur on this dazzling waterfront in 2005 and with each visit, I am impressed with the hospitality, quality, and overall dining experience, especially since prices are within reach to all. Riverview is also easy to reach, just one quick subway stop away from Grand Central Station.

Happy Hour starts each day from 4-8pm where you’ll get a hand-mixed cocktail of your choice, including a French martini with a splash of pineapple juice, a classic Cosmo or dirty martini. Try a signature drink made with champagne and Chambord or choose your favorite beer from the tap or bottle. Fine wines from all over the world are available by the bottle or glass, starting at $12. The bar menu offers small bites to nibble on and the fabulous raw bar offers a bounty from the sea, making Riverview a great place to meet with friends after work. The briny fresh oysters from the East and West Coasts are offered along with local Little Neck clams, steamers and jumbo lump crab meat, all served with lemon and cocktail sauce. Share a raw bar platter among friends or the stunning “Plateau Royal” with chilled lobster and the works to start your meal.

Settle into your comfortable table or banquette wrapped in sheer curtains for a romantic dinner while you admire the lovely artwork, soft lighting and music in the background, along with the stunning backdrop that is the New York City skyline. Chef Jeremy, who was born in New York, but raised and educated in France, shows off his passion for fine food and expertise with his own smoked salmon appetizer, meaty and savory, resting upon a bed of arugula, cucumber, and goat cheese crostini drizzled with a citrusy orange dressing. Lobster salad is composed of chunks of plump chilled lobster with arugula, diced apples and walnuts with mustard vinaigrette. Burata is a melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella cheese from Italy served with fresh tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of fine olive oil and balsamic glaze. I love Riverview’s crab cake with remoulade sauce and the pan seared sea scallops over mashed cauliflower. Dive into the fresh mussels “moules” in a fragrant broth of white wine, shallots and herbs and use the warm, crusty bread to soak up every drop ($14).

One of the best things about Riverview Restaurant is that it is not at all pretentious and you don’t need a special occasion to visit. Families are very welcome and the menu offers casual, kid-friendly fare like brick oven pizza and pasta, along with a juicy, 8-ounce Riverview burger to enjoy at lunch or dinner. Chef Jeremy has created some wonderful, new options such as the salmon stuffed with crabmeat and vegetables, topped with red cabbage and a julienne of colorful vegetables, drizzled with a balsamic reduction. This dish was not only superb, but visually stunning. The filet mignon cuts like butter, marinated in soy sauce and served on a mound of curry carrot mashed potatoes with beefy Portobello mushrooms that had been cooked in white wine and butter…wow! The classic dishes include roasted rack of lamb that makes my mouth water just to think about it, rich duck confit, locally sourced and served with orange glaze and cauliflower gratin, and tried-and-true hangar steak with perfectly crispy frites.

Riverview serves supremely fresh fish, such as whole Branzino papillote steamed in white wine and lemon with grilled squash and saffron risotto ($27). Stuffed trout with fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus make for a light and satisfying meal, as does the French classic, sole meuniere with rice and string beans. The evening’s specials were shrimp scampi over linguine, or an incredible surf and turf with a 1-1/2 pound lobster sharing a platter with a juicy filet mignon and your choice of potato and vegetables.

Take the time to enjoy an after dinner liqueur and some of Riverview’s phenomenal desserts. The frozen nougat ice cream was light and flavorful, but you’ll also love the creamy tiramisu, chocolate soufflé and crème brulee.

The service is impeccable, delivered to us by Sean, who’s a real pro, always attentive but unobtrusive. Make your reservations now for your holiday party, company luncheon or any special occasion, or any occasion that

you want to make more special. A meal at Riverview is one that you won’t soon forget, with its great food, professional service, ambience, and knock-out views. The brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is a real treat and lunch and dinner are served all week. Please visit their website for menus and information. One visit is not enough to enjoy all that Riverview Restaurant and Lounge has to offer so why not start with Dinner and a Movie, every Wednesday evening. Santé!

2-01 50th Avenue
Long Island City  718.392.5000

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