NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the standout dining and drinking options in the area around the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bridge Cafe is a good choice for both families and groups of friends.
279 Water Street (at Dover St)
New York City, NY 10038
1 212 227 3344
The simple wood-framed building housing the Bridge Café (once home to a brothel) was erected in 1794, long before the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Today, the Bridge Café bills itself as "the oldest drinking establishment in New York"--it also offers a well-regarded menu of favorites like lobster rolls and soft-shell crabs (in-season), in-bone rib eye steaks, crab cakes and its famous buffalo steak, served with lingonberry sauce and house-made potato gnocchi.