Le Rivage on Restaurant Row

Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Courtesy lerivagenyc.com
Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Courtesy lerivagenyc.com

NEW YORK – Le Rivage on Restaurant Row.

The other evening, a friend and I visited the French restaurant Le Rivage at 340 West 46th Street in Manhattan’s famed Restaurant Row. Upon arrival, I imagined an intimate French Bistro near a beautiful shoreline and beaches. Perhaps Nice, St. Raphael, or Cannes? I was not to be disappointed. After all, le rivage means “the shore.”

We arrived for dinner and to support my friend and pianist, Mavis Pan, in her upcoming performance with her jazz trio at the restaurant. I’ve been to Le Rivage before and knew that the food was great; I was looking forward to hearing Mavis and her trio perform.



I love the cozy, romantic, country atmosphere at Le Rivage. Traditional, expertly prepared French cuisine delights each patron. One can dine indoors or outdoors (weather permitting), and the restaurant hosts marvelous spaces for private parties.

Restaurant Row starts at West 46th Street and 7th Avenue on a popular block near the many Broadway theaters. There was substantial street and sidewalk traffic tonight, and it was challenging to photograph the restaurant’s front.

Entrance to Le Rivage on Manhattan's Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Entrance to Le Rivage on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff




There is an outdoor area, weather permitting, and here is a peek inside of that outside area.

Outdoor seating at Le Rivage on Manhattan's Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Outdoor seating at Le Rivage on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Here is the inside bar area.

Bar seating at Le Rivage on Manhattan's Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Bar seating at Le Rivage on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff



Here is the lovely, very French, very romantic dining area.

Romantic dining at Le Rivage on Manhattan's Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Romantic dining at Le Rivage on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

What did I decide to order?

It was a Pre-Theatre, Prix Fixed dinner, and the price was $70. First, there was a lovely bread choice.

Fresh French bread at Le Rivage on Manhattan's Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Fresh French bread at Le Rivage on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Then, I ordered The Endive Salad with Roquefort, Bacon, and Toasted Almonds, with Garlic Dressing on the side.

Endive Salade with Roquefort, Bacon, and Toasted Almonds, with Garlic Dressing on the side at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Endive Salade with Roquefort, Bacon, and Toasted Almonds, with Garlic Dressing on the side at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.




Then I ordered the Seared North Atlantic Salmon with crisped skin and Mustard Sauce Dijonaise.

Seared North Atlantic Salmon with crisped skin and Mustard Sauce Dijonaise at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Seared North Atlantic Salmon with crisped skin and Mustard Sauce Dijonaise at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Then came the dessert, yeah! I chose the Tarte Maison, which appears on the menu as their Daily Homemade Tart. And it was decadently delicious!

La Tarte Maison at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

La Tarte Maison at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

And, oh yes, I needed that cup of coffee, and it was hot, fresh, and richly delicious.

Fresh, hot coffee at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Fresh, hot coffee at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Mavis Pan is a delightful and talented pianist and singer. She sang all of her songs in French except one in Chinese. Her choice of songs included C’est Si Bon, April in Paris, A La Tour Eiffel, It Might as Well Be Spring, and The Girl from The South Sea in Chinese. The list of songs in French continued! The talented, charming, and romantic pianist and chanteuse Mavis was perfect in this setting.

Pianist and singer Mavis Pan an d her jazz trio at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Pianist and singer Mavis Pan an d her jazz trio at Le Rivage on Restaurant Row. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

Her trio includes Mark Wade on Bass and Geoff Burke on Sax.

The Mavis Pan trio at Le Rivage. L-R: Mark Wade on Bass, Geoff Burke on Saxes, and singer Mavis Pan on Piano. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

The Mavis Pan trio at Le Rivage. L-R: Mark Wade on Bass, Geoff Burke on Saxes, and singer Mavis Pan on Piano. Photo by Sora Vernikoff.

If you’re looking for a restaurant before going to the theatre, I encourage you to check out Le Rivage. You can expect a delightful evening!



Readers may also enjoy our reviews of Dowling’s at the Carlyle,  Ethos Greek RestaurantPrince Tea HouseEgyptian Dining at Casa la FemmeBocca Di Bacca Italian RestaurantAmali Mediterranean Restaurant, and Balade Lebanese Restaurant.

Le Rivage on Restaurant Row

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