Merchants River House, the new incarnation of Steamers Landing in Battery Park, is up and running. The bland reception-hall decor of this waterfront restaurant has been replaced with smart, naval stripes and a warmer American-bistro atmosphere. The menu, overhauled by executive chef Wade Burch, who also heads up the kitchen at SouthWest NY and the forthcoming Neely’s Barbecue Parlor, is also more all-American, featuring mac ‘n’ cheese, deviled eggs, burgers, ribs, and buffalo chicken sliders.
The facelift and menu upgrade have already proved successful: A recent Sunday was busy for brunch. But summer is sure to bring the real hordes, clamoring for views of Lady Liberty. A waterfront restaurant on a stretch of the harbor that’s hurting for dining options, after all, should not go unfrequented.
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