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Water's Edge - 53 Reviews - 401 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (718) 482-0033
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Water's Edge

401 44th Dr (at Vernon Boulevard & the East River)
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-0033
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Water's Edge - Long Island City, NY
Water's Edge - Long Island City, NY
Water's Edge - Long Island City, NY


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I recently had my wedding (ceremony and reception) at The Water's Edge. From the very first meeting, I was impressed. The coordinator, Kathy, is phenomenal. The staff is professio...


I must admit, the view there is spectacular and thats it. My wife and I are avid restaurantuers, we have been around the city from daniel to the brassiere. We looked foward to goi...

Expensive 7/31/2011

I went there after hearing how great it was. Wow. The bread was stale, the salad was overpriced and empty. The pasta was well cooked, didn't have enough sauce though or flavor. I though it was expensive and I prefer Bella Via just blocks away by far. more

Go straight to the Best: The Water's Edge 3/24/2011

I recently had my wedding (ceremony and reception) at The Water's Edge. From the very first meeting, I was impressed. The coordinator, Kathy, is phenomenal. The staff is professional, efficient, and very friendly. The wonderful view of manhattan is an added bonus!! All of our guests have nothing but compliments regarding our event that evening. All we can say in response is to thank The Water's Edge staff: from those directly involved to those behind the scenes. Our wedding was flawless, rememberable and lots of fun!!! A special thank you to Kathy, Mildred, Jason, Scott and Paul. You were all wonderful and we are eternally grateful for your assistance in making our special evening spectacular!!!!!! more

A Gem - Come and see for Yourself 3/8/2011

First, I eat out at least 4 times per week due to my schedules and at least take the family out once for dinner every weekend. Some of the reviews sound oddly malicious with an overtone of an agenda. more

For a Fabulous Wedding! 3/3/2011

My daughter's wedding reception at Water's Edge received the highest compliments from our guests. Everyone raved about the atmosphere (elegant rooms and absolutely incomparable views) and the fabulous food! Service was wonderful; everyone was cheerfully cooperative and helpful. Paul, the maitre d', was totally professional and always on top of things. Thank you everyone at Water's Edge. Ruth, mother of the Bride more

AMAZING!!!!What a beautiful place.... 2/3/2011

We came here during restaurant week- I have read mixed reviews and all I have to say it is was delicious!!! We came over from Manhattan and are true foodies- so it often times hard to impress us. This was the best meal I have had in a while! The ambiance was beautiful, decor beautiful and the meal was delicious. We had the butternut squash soup, scallops, braised short ribs, and 2 amazing desserts. The service was fantastic...there were at least two waiters who came over the entire night. I highly reccommedn for the food and the views! more

forgrt this place 11/25/2010

worst service ever in a NYC restaurant, thanksgiving feast was a disaster ,cold horderves , the butternut soup tasted like dish water, cold bread?, horrible salad 3 pieces of lettice on a plate.lampchops roar ! turkey dry and tasteless. which they removed 4 times. 10 people in suits hovered around, not 1 new what they were doing. not 1 server came over to ask us how anything was. our waitress was so high she was removed. so unorganized then 2 waitresses were arguing with each other right behind us ..IT WAS A DISASTER . food ""3"" service ""1"" we will never be back .. more

Happy To See This Lovely Place Back On Track! 6/24/2010

We've been enjoying this restaurant for many years. After it was sold a couple of years ago things got quite rough for a while. The view and aura of the place is so special, however, that my wife and I decided to give it another try for our anniversary last week. What a happy surprise! The food was terrific! We started out with the ""Fanny Bay"" Oysters with Jalapeno Mignonette, they were so delicious we ordered a second round! I had the Porcini Crusted Halibut with truffle emulsion & smoked eggplant ""caviar""...perfectly cooked and a great marriage of flavors! My wife had the duck breast...again delicious and perfectly cooked. We mentioned to the waiter how much we enjoyed everything and he told the chef, who then came out to say hello. Turns out Jeffery Slade has cooked in France and for the likes of Jean George and Daniel, it shows in what he sends out of the kitchen!! Everyone was very nice, the service was great, the food was great, nice selection of wines by the glass,and the view was, as it always was, spectacular! Hey this place ain't cheap, but it's special, and you leave with a glow! Pros: Unparalleled NYC & Water Vista, Fab Food! more

RUN!!!!!!.....AWAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5/14/2010

Absolutly the worst restaurant in the world!!! They should burn it down. I mean i don't know what was really looking like there was a comeback for this place the food was good the service was good but....when i returned there recently its like everything was deifferant WHY!!!!!!???? Its really sad but i have heard that this restaurant group Singh hospitality is the worst on long island.....Oh well another one bites the dust!!!! Cons: EVERYTHING!!!! more

best food in nyc 12/1/2009

upscale dinning Pros: good service and food Cons: pricey more

Loved It 10/13/2009

My wife and I went to Water's Edge for a romantic dinner. We had a very nice time. The waiter was attentive, the food was delicious and the views of the city were great. I'd definitely go back again. Pros: Food, view more

Disaster for a Wedding Occasion 9/3/2009

My husband and I got married at Water's Edge this year in March. Our experience was subpar, we were not treated properly by the owner and the manager. As part of our contract Water's Edge was picking our 75 guests by boat from the east river dock and bring them to the restaurant. My husband to be and our family were supposed to be picked up an hour earlier so that we could do the pictures and install the flowers on the table. With the wedding invitations we had mailed the address location to the dock to be picked up from the dock. However 3 days before the wedding I received a phone call from the owner saying that they have problems with the dock in question and that they are going to pick us up at a different location and that we should contact all our guest and family and that Water's Edge will provide a shuttle bus at the old dock pick location in case someone shows up at the old address. Needless to say that we were very busy before the wedding and calling each guest was not an easy task as many of those coming from Europe could not be reached. Believe it or not, Water's edge did not provide the shuttle bus and the guests who I could not reach to tell them about the change of address didn't know where to go. They waited for the boat that never showed up. To make matters worse, the first boat which was supposed to transport my husband to be and myself with all our family was 45 minutes late. I was in my wedding dress freezing on the dock waiting (including my 85 year old grandmother and 3 year old niece and nephew - waiting in the cold). They finally sat us in a temporary boat until the boat arrived. As if a wedding was stressful enough, we had to take all my family pictures in less than 15 minutes. Needless to say the pictures were very few. The flowers got done in 5 minutes after confusion of who does what as we had so little time to prepare ourselves before our guests arrived. What the owner had not told me either is that the Maitre D needed my direction on everything as the owner had forgotten to ask me all important questions before the wedding. To top it all, at the time of lunch, the restaurant served the wrong wine. A wine that we did not select at our wine tasting. It was a tasteless wine that we know was a cheap $5 wine. I asked to replace the wine to what we had selected but it took them 30 minutes to figure out what wine I was talking about (meanwhile we had insisted that our friends and family were wine lovers and that wine was essential for our celebration), as we waited at the table with our appetizer, there was nothing to drink for the first 30 minutes of the meal. The owner while at the restaurant did not even come once to apologize or ask me if things were ok after all. Also, the food was overcooked and they tried to compensate by adding some kind of sweet glaze on the fish. This was certainly not consistent with the Zagat rating that they have. They insisted the champagne was real and was not sparkling wine, but when they showed us the label a few minutes later it said it was sparking wine (i.e. blanc de blanc). Also, they forgot to feed the photographer even though his food was paid for. Other than that, the guests loved the view and the waiters and Maitre D were excellent. Unfortunately, I keep a nasty memory of the place. Pros: The view Cons: Food below average, Unable to fulfill contract more

Anniversary Dinner 2/24/2009

Went with my wife for our anniversary and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Terrific atmosphere, attentive waiters and excellent food. Well Done Water's Edge! Pros: Atmosphere, Waiter, Cuisine more

Valentine's Day Masacre 2/16/2009

Went here with my fiance for Valentine's Day and should have went with our original idea of a Big Mac. It would have left me satisfied and with more money in my pocket. The gentlemen at the door leaves you out there while he checks to see if you have a reservation while the parking attendants run around like chickens with no heads. We were seated at a small table surrounded by several other ""young couples"" while the more ""mature"" were seated by the windows and able to enjoy the view (the one good thing about this place). The poached lobster salad was mediocre at best and the lobster cold as ice. The salmon was flavorless and over cooked and my red snapper looked as though it sat in the kitchen for 30 mins before actually being served. The dessert was a classic strawberry ice cream log one could purchase at Carvel. It took about 30 mins for everyone to get their check and they even gave me another table's check and change! The other table was given their check without being served their dessert! WHAT A JOKE! Pros: The view. Cons: food, service, price more

VERY GOOD! 12/4/2008

I went to Water's Edge recently and had a great time. The food was excellent as was the service. The ambiance was also very nice and the views of Manhattan were perfect. Would definitely go back. Pros: Food, Service, Views more


We have been dining with you for all teh holidays for teh past 25 years. We love the atmosphere created by teh restaurant for every major holiday. The decor for Thanksgiving was perfect,i.e. fall colors and the exact feeling needed to enjoy teh wonderful food and service. The view, perhaps the best in all of New York just adds to the atmoshere. Water's Edge is the place to be and be seen on all the holidays. We just love it. Pros: food, atmoshere, service more

Stunning view + Great Food & Service 11/29/2008

I have regularly dined at the Water's Edge since 1989. been there at least 4-6 times a year. the food and the view has always been great - the service has been great too albeit a tad stiff and cold. This year i decided to dine with my family on Thanksgiving - there was a different ambiance - with the same decor - from being greeted at the door by an obviously pregnant lady with a glow on her face to being served by a wonderful man - Edmund from Greece i think. the FOOD WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. Great job chef. i will be back NY's Eve. i recommend this location very highly. Pros: great views, wonderful service & lovely boat ride across east river Cons: none that i can think of more


I went to this crappy restaurant on Thanksgiving. Unforgiveably poor quality: ugly interior (worn, dirty carpet; uncoordinated color scheme.) Nothing ""well-appointed"" about it-although...doesn't look like the photos.. Cons: EVERYTHING more

perfect view and dinner 11/21/2008

The food is rich, but good. It's pricey, but you pay for what you get. There were four people at our table and the servers will synchonize and time how the plates were bought to our table. well...that's where the expensive part comes in. You pay for this interesting service routine. Pros: view,food more

Great Service & Food 8/7/2008

The service from the minute I walked in the door was phenomenal.......Courteous & Capable waiters tended to every whim. Pros: Food, Service & View Cons: Not enough days of the week to eat out more

Great view, but terrible food 8/3/2008

Went there for restaurant week and was thoroughly unimpressed. We waited for a half an hour after our 9:30 p.m. reservation with 10 tables open. Then, after we were sat, we waited another 20 minutes until anyone came by to ask us if we wanted a drink. Pros: Great view Cons: Overpriced, bad food, terrible service more
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  • In Short
    To call this the River Cafe of Queens is not much of a stretch. Both are on barges, both have a pianist. And Water's Edge has an equally dazzling view--the glass spires of...

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