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, roasted rabbit, crispy lavender-glazed duck breast and poached Nova Scotia lobster. The atmosphere is sedate (jackets required at dinner) but incurably romantic. Don't miss the chocolate Brooklyn Bridge 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.