Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar

★★★☆☆
  • 225 West 4th Street

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: 7th Avenue S and W 10th Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-929-3250

About Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar

Hours
Sun-Thu 11am-12:30am Fri-Sat 11am-1:30am

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Love the bar. I've been here probably a hundred times to watch the Sox whoop the Yankees!

Cold beer. Good bartenders. Great local pub where you can knock back a few beers with some Sox fans.

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★★★★★

Love the bar. I've been here probably a hundred times to watch the Sox whoop the Yankees!

Cold beer. Good bartenders. Great local pub where you can knock back a few beers with some Sox fans.

Pros: Great Sox Bar - Good bartenders

Cons: Menu - You need to stick to the Basics

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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).

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★★★☆☆

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).

Pros: Nice ambience outside at night.

Cons: Service!!

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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.
And to the lady who wanted flourless cake..please give it up..No one wants to deal with a pain in the butt at work ..who the frigg cares, you shouldnt order anything remotely containing flour if your that badly allergic.

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★★★★★

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.
And to the lady who wanted flourless cake..please give it up..No one wants to deal with a pain in the butt at work ..who the frigg cares, you shouldnt order anything remotely containing flour if your that badly allergic.

Pros: Great nachos go the extra few bucks and add Chix/Avacados..

Cons: Servers where straight off the boat from god knows where..

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It 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....

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★★★★☆

It 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....

Pros: Great Calamarie

Cons: parking

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If 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.

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★★★★☆

If 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.

Pros: Home of Red Sox Nation

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A 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.

Instead of offering me another choice, the manager came over and yelled at me, trying to make me feel that I was stupid. He told me that the most basic ingredient in cake is flour. I tried to explain the situation, but he would not let me get a word in edge wise. I eventually managed to tell him that I had specifically asked if the dessert had flour. I also explained that there is such a thing as flourless cake, and he told me that in his 25 years in food service he had never heard of such a thing.

Then, I was about to take a bite of the filling of my friend's cheesecake, and he came over and yelled at us more, telling us that cheesecake has flour in it. I've never seen a cheesecake recipe for the filling that has flour in it, but I didn't want to argue any more. My friend tried to stand up for me though, so then he proceeded to yell at her.

Its hard enough to find food that I can eat as a celiac, and this experience was so unnecessarily horrible. The waitstaff and the management that I had interactions with at the Riviera Cafe were uncommonly ignorant, and I would definitely not recommend it to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

A 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.

Instead of offering me another choice, the manager came over and yelled at me, trying to make me feel that I was stupid. He told me that the most basic ingredient in cake is flour. I tried to explain the situation, but he would not let me get a word in edge wise. I eventually managed to tell him that I had specifically asked if the dessert had flour. I also explained that there is such a thing as flourless cake, and he told me that in his 25 years in food service he had never heard of such a thing.

Then, I was about to take a bite of the filling of my friend's cheesecake, and he came over and yelled at us more, telling us that cheesecake has flour in it. I've never seen a cheesecake recipe for the filling that has flour in it, but I didn't want to argue any more. My friend tried to stand up for me though, so then he proceeded to yell at her.

Its hard enough to find food that I can eat as a celiac, and this experience was so unnecessarily horrible. The waitstaff and the management that I had interactions with at the Riviera Cafe were uncommonly ignorant, and I would definitely not recommend it to anyone.

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The 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.

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★☆☆☆☆

The 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.

Pros: location, outside dining and drinks for people watching

Cons: rude staff

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Not 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!

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★☆☆☆☆

Not 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!

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i walk in to go watch a NY RANGER playoff game and i am told 'THIS IS A RED SOX BAR'. there were 15 people in the entire bar and the bar manager would only put on a NY Ranger hockey game on a 15 inch screen that was barely visible. when i asked if they could please put it on a more visible screen i was told by a few of the mooks working there along with a resident bar-mook.......'This is a Red Sox bar sorry'.

they have 25 big screens, had no one in the place and had ZERO interest in their clientele. these are the same idiots that go home, open cans of schlitz and play playstation all day.

this place is a joke

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★★★☆☆

i walk in to go watch a NY RANGER playoff game and i am told 'THIS IS A RED SOX BAR'. there were 15 people in the entire bar and the bar manager would only put on a NY Ranger hockey game on a 15 inch screen that was barely visible. when i asked if they could please put it on a more visible screen i was told by a few of the mooks working there along with a resident bar-mook.......'This is a Red Sox bar sorry'.

they have 25 big screens, had no one in the place and had ZERO interest in their clientele. these are the same idiots that go home, open cans of schlitz and play playstation all day.

this place is a joke

Pros: no one was there

Cons: they have no idea was customer service is and should move back to Boston

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The food and service are average, but it is THE place to watch Red Sox games in the city. Friendly crowd, TVs visible from every seat, and different rooms with different atmospheres. I wouldn't recommend it to a Yankees fan, but those that love Boston should be there for an enthusiastic experience!

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★★★★★

The food and service are average, but it is THE place to watch Red Sox games in the city. Friendly crowd, TVs visible from every seat, and different rooms with different atmospheres. I wouldn't recommend it to a Yankees fan, but those that love Boston should be there for an enthusiastic experience!

Pros: Friendly crowd

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for 7 bucks you can get soup/salad and half a sandwich for 7 bucks.....sounds too good to be true...well because it is. They didn't have soup and the salad was ok but the sandwich was terrible. I had the brie/roasted turkey sandwich and the turkey was fatty, dry, and veiney. The bread was stale and had to be from the day before....which makes sense since it just opened for lunch.

The waiter was nice and they were on point with water refills.

Dunno how this place is a sports bar since they didn't have ANY TV's you could watch a game more than 10 feet away from.

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★☆☆☆☆

for 7 bucks you can get soup/salad and half a sandwich for 7 bucks.....sounds too good to be true...well because it is. They didn't have soup and the salad was ok but the sandwich was terrible. I had the brie/roasted turkey sandwich and the turkey was fatty, dry, and veiney. The bread was stale and had to be from the day before....which makes sense since it just opened for lunch.

The waiter was nice and they were on point with water refills.

Dunno how this place is a sports bar since they didn't have ANY TV's you could watch a game more than 10 feet away from.

Cons: Stale Bread

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my friend and i went last year to watch the superbowl and ordered a bunch of appatizers and beers. The nachos were about 9$ for a small plate and they were covered in cheese whiz.....they were similar to the over priced nachos you might get at the movie theatre.. definitely not restaurant nachos..

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★★☆☆☆

my friend and i went last year to watch the superbowl and ordered a bunch of appatizers and beers. The nachos were about 9$ for a small plate and they were covered in cheese whiz.....they were similar to the over priced nachos you might get at the movie theatre.. definitely not restaurant nachos..

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A group of 15 of us went to watch college football at noon on a Saturday and there couldn't have been a more perfect place to go. There are TVs everywhere! We got to catch up the baseball playoff games, also. The drinks were decently priced and the food was right on par. The waitstaff was very attentive and didn't mind bringing us four different bills.
I've eaten outside once before, also... and the people watching opportunity is another that shouldn't be missed.

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★★★★★

A group of 15 of us went to watch college football at noon on a Saturday and there couldn't have been a more perfect place to go. There are TVs everywhere! We got to catch up the baseball playoff games, also. The drinks were decently priced and the food was right on par. The waitstaff was very attentive and didn't mind bringing us four different bills.
I've eaten outside once before, also... and the people watching opportunity is another that shouldn't be missed.

Pros: location, sports tvs, food

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Sure, it's a sports bar, but it's actually got quite a decent menu, too, plus a great people-watching glass-in right on Seventh Avenue. Sit out there, and you won't even have to know if there's a game going on as you sip your drink and enjoy a low-priced high-cal supper.

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★★★★☆

Sure, it's a sports bar, but it's actually got quite a decent menu, too, plus a great people-watching glass-in right on Seventh Avenue. Sit out there, and you won't even have to know if there's a game going on as you sip your drink and enjoy a low-priced high-cal supper.

 

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