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Pushy Service at River Cafe

dan1970 | Jan 12, 2008 08:24 AM

Went there last night for my wife's birthday, after consulting with various posts here. I don't think anyone mentioned the pushy service. It certainly didn't ruin the evening, but who needs it? I know that what we ordered was a "cup of coffee" by their standards, but for us $300 is an amount we spend maybe 2-3 times a year. While we had no rule against spending $400, having my finger steered toward the $68 wine as opposed to the $34, or my glass stolen away before i had my last sip if anything made me want to spend less money, not more.

The food was mostly good, not great--an event I was prepared for. Though I actually had to send the rock lobster back as it was not fresh. Totally disagree with those who say not sitting near the window is the same or similar. We weren't near the window and really regretted it. The view is spectacular, and its harder to look at it if the people at the table next to you think you're staring at them.

All that said, it is still a kind of kooky place, filed with tourists and New Yorkers having, mostly, celebratory dinners. Everyone seemed a bit drunk but not rowdy and it was fun to people watch and stare at the river over my neighbor's dinner.

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