When Riverdale Gardens opened, it was a breath of fresh air--finally a funky place in Riverdale to get some dinner. While at times it has fullfilled its promise, there are times when it has been quite uneven. The food and service at times is very good and at others, rather blase. One plus is that it has a nice (if not relatively expensive for the neighborhood brunch). Overall I would call it a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Also, it has a lovely outdoor garden--hence the name.