The iconic Dumbo eatery is supposedly on its way back after numerous delays

River Cafe set to reopen for first time since Sandy

The aftermath: Hurricane Sandy damaged the walls and floors of the precariously positioned River Cafe, seen here letting out water just after the storm.
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An iconic restaurant on the Dumbo waterfront will reopen on Feb. 1, more than a year after it got soaked Hurricane Sandy, according to staff members.

The latest reopening date for the River Cafe comes three weeks after owner Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe told the New York Times the restaurant would reopen just ahead of Christmas after failing to crack its doors in time for the Oct. 29 Sandy anniversary and for Thanksgiving, but workers we spoke to would not give a reason for the latest delay.

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Dumbo waterfront in 2012, destroying the famous restaurant’s piano and kitchen and keeping some eateries, such as then-newly-opened Governor, closed for good.

The refurbished River Cafe comes with a new, $76,000 Steinway piano in the lounge and will feature new menu items such as crisp oysters wrapped in smoked salmon with caviar, the Times reported.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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