225 W 4th St FL 1.,
New York , NY 10014 UNITED STATES
Based on 8 reviews
NOT A PLACE FOR EATINGNot a good place to eat at...should not be called Riviera CAFE bc that implies decent food...the food was worse than cafeteria food. it was served in literally 3 minutes after ordering. For the philly cheesesteak, the steak was stale and the bread seemed it had been microwaved. Only go if you're interested in solely going to the bar. i would never eat here again!
Poor Service, Rude BartendersThe old addage that one can never go home again certainly fits in this particular situation. I have been going to this establishment before it was even the Riviera. (O'Henrys" when I was a kid growing up in Greenwhich Village. When I lived in NY in the 1980s I lived in that place for food after work and for meeting friends on weekends. When I went back for drinks with my husband on a recent trip the bartender and wait staff were so unbelievably rude and hostile I thought I was in the wrong place. From that point on if I want to relive my past pleasures on a trip home I will go to the Corner Bistro or the White Horse Tavern where the staff are welcoming. I would never recommend or return to this establishment again.
Worst experience in a restaurant everA friend and I went to this restaurant just to sit and have some dessert. I asked my waiter if the dessert I wanted to order had flour in it (since I have celiac disease), and he responded no. When it came out, it clearly had a layer of cake in it, and I asked him to double check to make sure it did not have flour. Meanwhile, the dessert he had brought out for my friend was completely wrong--she ordered apple cobbler, and he brought her cheesecake.
Home of Red Sox NationIf you are from Boston or just a a member of Red Sox Nation, this Is THE place to be in NYC. No yankees, rangers or knicks games. Just Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins + assorted other teams on the many flat screen tv's. Wouldn't go here for the food, but is does have a friendly staff, the beer is cold & Sammy Adams is on tap . A home away from home for Red Sox Nation.
Best CalamarieIt was my bday and after making a few stop on 2 differents restaurants before we stop at Rivera Cafe We order a glass of sangria and the waitress bring me a pitcher .After we told our waitress the mistake it wasnt a problem at all.Food took at lttle while to bring.But its OK I would say its a romantic place even is a sport bar depend where you seat at the time.Nice experience....
Great food..Service eh..Great surroundings..im a waiter on staten island so im sure the ppl below me just went on an off day but the nachos were awesome ..loaded with fresh veggies cheese and black beans went well with there unsweet tea.Everytime I go there though I always get some waiter whos english is horrible!! So i can understand why ppl think the service is horrible bc the waiters dont even understand what you want lol.I definately reccomend going very fun to chill outside during the summer.
Won't be returning.My husband went to the city to spend the day and ended up in the Village where we decided to try someplace new to eat. I definitely wish that we would have tried a different place (a lot of this to do with the service). We were promptly seated outside with great people watching views.. It definitely felt cool at first. Our waiter was COMPLETELY clueless. I wish I could have gotten his name to put on here but he's young (about mid 20s with blond hair). He had a nice attitude but he definitely must have only had about an hour of experience. We literally had to find him for EVERYTHING, including having us waiting for what seemed forever to get our bill and then to pay our bill. Very, very frustrating. The nachos weren't bad, yes.. it is Cheez Whiz which was surprising but I like Cheez Whiz so... the frozen margaritas were good... the sandwich was good, the turkey could have been a better quality, though. I mean with 2 drinks, appetizer, and sandwiches.. we paid $50 (a steal in NYC), which made me not feel too bad about the service (you get what you pay for).
Red Sox!Love the bar. I've been here probably a hundred times to watch the Sox whoop the Yankees!
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