Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Sports Bar and Bagel/Deli Opening On Roosevelt Island - Riverwalk Bar & Grill To Debut This Month

Image from Roosevelt Island's Riverwalk Bar & Grill

Another small step for civilization on Roosevelt Island. The folks who brought us Nonno's Focacceria are almost ready to open up a new Roosevelt Island sports bar and deli/bagel shop - the Riverwalk Sports Bar & Grill - at 425 Main Street adjacent to the Duane Reade in Southtown. They expect to open before the end of June.

The owners plan is to create a family friendly Applebees or Friday's type of restaurant with a 30 foot bar and 14 large flat panel television screens. Roosevelt Islanders will soon be able to watch their favorite sporting events or just have a relaxing night out without having to get on the Tram, the subway or trudge over the 36th Avenue Bridge to Queens. There will also be outdoor seating. An added bonus will be an adjacent bagel and deli store that will open in the early mornings as well.

Riverwalk Bar & Grill has a web site as well and describe their restaurant this way:
A new era of dining and socialization is coming to Roosevelt Island. Get ready to meet your neighbors! This Spring River Walk Bar & Grill Express will be opening at 425 main Street. Situated across the courtyard from Nonno’s Foccaceria & Fiji East, it will be a nice complement to the restaurants currently in place on the island. A dual purpose space that should leave even those with the most voracious appetites sated, Riverwalk Bar & Grill Express will have a deli express side which will feature bagels, breakfast, salads and Boar’s Head cold cuts as well as a sit down table service side with a full kitchen and bar.

Let’s attack the two parts that make River Walk Bar & Grill Express up individually for a second. The deli side will be open early, offer a casual eat-in counter and have salads, cold cuts and spreads to go as well as a complete menu of sandwiches. For the early risers, bagels, egg sandwiches, pancakes & French toast will be available to starting at 6am. Grab your breakfast BEFORE heading into the city and save yourself a buck! Eating lunch on the island? No problem there either. Italian heroes? Got them. Turkey Clubs? Got them too. Potato Salad. Yes. Cole Slaw. Yes. More other delicious choices than could possibly be list here…yes, yes, yes!

The Yin to the Deli Express side’s yang will be the Bar & Grill Side. Open at 11am daily and 10am on Sundays for brunch, the sit down lunch will consist of soups, burgers, wraps, specialty salads and a large variety of sharable apps. Chicken Fingers, Wings, Nachos, Quesadillas…you get the idea. Comparable to a T.G.I. Fridays or Applebee’s, the dinner menu at River Walk seems like it doubles the amount food choices available on the island! Steak, Chops, Ribs & Pastas are all present here with all the sides to match. Parents shouldn’t feel daunted though. They also offer a Kid’s Menu that should satisfy even the fussiest of children. Everything on dine-in menu will also be offered on the delivery menu and the kitchen will be open until midnight!

After dinner, it’s not time to leave this BAR & Grill just yet! With over 20 tap & bottled beers as well as all the shots your heart could desire, River Walk will be your home away from home if you are a sports fan. With 14 flat screen TV’s, they will be carrying all major sporting events. It’s about time a place like River Walk opened here! It is long overdue and will allow the residents and workers of Roosevelt Island more dining choices than they have ever had as well as a beautiful space to socialize. With something for everybody, River Walk Bar & Grill Express will undoubtedly become a Roosevelt Island staple.
The Riverwalk Bar & Grill menu is posted online as well as their drink list and Martini list. They also are soliciting suggestions from Roosevelt Islanders for inclusion in their menu. As a start I vote for a good, spicy Ginger Beer!

A couple of the owners playing Whiffle Ball on the Riverwalk Commons in front of Bar

Now if we can only get RIOC out of the retail real estate business with a private sector Master Leaseholder taking over, maybe Roosevelt Island's Main Street will finally have some decent stores


Anonymous said...

Isn't having 14 large flat panel TVs and "having a relaxing night out" and oxymoron of some sort?

Anonymous said...

Finally some competition for Trellis. Unfortunately, the online menu does not list any prices. Trellis is cheap. Can the Riverwalk Bar & Grill compete with that?

Anonymous said...

I doubt they'll even bother trying to compete with Trellis on price, given that they're serving Riverwalk clientele. In any event Trellis isn't a pub.

Anonymous said...

A family restaurant with 14 TV screens and a very long bar !!!

With the only healthy foods on the menu being the salads, it is not much different from Trellis.

I will continue crossing the bridge to the new Bridge View restaurant with its incredibly good and low priced daily special.

Anonymous said...

i hope his food is better in this new place because his pizza is very bad

Anonymous said...

the people who think his pizza is good just dont know what good pizza is.

Brian said...

Great news. We'll be sure to add this bar to our New York City sports bar listings.

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