River Cafe

American in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

Situated at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, this floating wonder offers unrivaled views of downtown Manhattan – not to mention solidly rendered modern American cooking. Standouts include Wagyu steak tartare, chicken with truffle stuffing, crispy huckleberry-glazed duck breast and poached Nova Scotia lobster. The atmosphere is sophisticated (jackets required at dinner) but incurably romantic.

Don't miss the Brooklyn Bridge – that is, an espresso-accented chocolate marquise – for dessert.

A veritable NYC institution (it's a very popular wedding spot), River Cafe celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, though it almost didn't make it – it took a beating during Hurricane Sandy but was finally reopened two years later.