I had a phenomenal experience visiting Haven Riverfront Restaurantlocated at 2 Main St, Edgewater, NJ with my parents last weekend. As wearrived, the Valet guy ran up to our car to park it for five dollars. We werepromptly seated by the host at a window table where we had the Hudson River andNew York City as a view because the entire restaurant has clear glass windowsall around as a barrier to outside. Haven Restaurant would fall into the category of a Fine Dine becauseof its excellent service, awesome atmosphere, breathtaking views, and mostimportantly their mouthwatering food with a great presentation to come alongwith.
The menu is considered as a locally sourced New American menuwhich is very simple yet descriptive about all their items. They haveseveral menus that are served at different times which includes a Brunch menu,Lunch menu, Dinner menu, Vegetarian menu, Prix Fixe Menu, Bar menu, and a HappyHour menu. The main menu which is the Dinner menu is a little pricey but wasexpected because of their location. They have different categories of items youcan choose from.
The menu is broken up into the following categories; Oysters, Appetizers,Salads, Seafood, Steaks, and Sandwiches. They also have a huge selection ofcocktails and different types of red and white wine to go along with your meal.On the weekend, they offer the Brunch Menu which is a choice of a la carte or$31 prix fixe including one brunch item and two Mimosas, Bellini’s, or Bloody Marys’served from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. My family and I ordered from the dinnermenu because we went there on a Saturday night. For appetizers, we ordered “Aroundthe World Oysters” which had different types of oysters to pick from such as Pacific,Atlantic, and Kumamoto oysters.
We also ordered the shrimp firecracker, tunatartar, the chicken taco spring rolls, and the truffle mac and cheese. For ourmeals, I ordered the “Cast Iron Pan Speared 14 OZ Rib Eye ‘Steak Frites'” whichcame with French Fries and side salad of tomatoes’ mixed with onions andscallions and for my beverage I had one of their famous cocktails called the “strongholdsmash.” Both my parents ordered the ‘wellington’ salmon that was breaded andcame with broccoli sautéed with mushroom duxelle topped with smoked dillhollandaise. For beverages, my parents had the blood orange martini and lemondrop martini. The restaurant was generous with their portion sizes.
After that weordered their “Warm Apple Churro Cobbler” which took 15 minutes to make becausethey make it on the spot. It was worth the wait and satisfied my sweet tooth. Haven Restaurant has 3 different target markets which tendsto be during lunch and brunch starting from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Afterthat, the dinner crowd comes in making it a different target market because ofthe overpriced dinner menu and different scenery.
In between those times theydo serve happy hour only by the bar for cheap prices which isn’t bad for anelegant restaurant. The happy hour bringspeople’s attention and will have them talking about the place. The atmosphere for Haven is definitely fine dining becauseof its modern, chic, dim, and fancy décor all around the restaurant with theview of New York City. The set-up of the tables were very neat and clean.
Theyhad low music playing in the background which made it a romantic and trendy sceneryfor the atmosphere. The customers were all dressed up and there was a lot ofparties going on that night such as birthdays, anniversaries, and cocktailparties. The service at Haven Restaurant absolutely top notch. Our serverwas very friendly and informative about the menu. He suggested a couple of appetizersfor us because it was our first time and they were all delicious. His servicewas very fast and professional even when it was packed throughout the entirerestaurant.
He was great to talk to and had a very bubbly personality like therest of the staff members. The restaurant did well choosing a great wait staff because theyare all professionals, speedy, and attentive no matter how busy the place gets.I have been to a couple restaurants in the Edgewater area and I usually have aproblem with my server in fine dine restaurants because they treat theircustomers as if they’re not important and take forever to bring my drink. Haven,although is much different when it comes to their staff.
They have two managerswalking around the restaurant to check up on every table in the place to makesure their food and experience is going well. If something went wrong or a dishdid not come out as expected they will make sure they comp it and accommodateyou with something else or bring out dessert on the house. The only thing I would improve in this restaurant is making surethe main dishes do not take a lot of time to come after the appetizers andwould be better spaced in between. That was the only downside of my experience diningthere and realized that other tables had the same issue. They made us wait approximatelyabout 45-50 minutes for our entrees to come out and by that time I was alreadystuffed from the appetizers.
If it means hiring more cooks to bring the foodout on time and satisfy the customers experience without any complaints, thenHaven restaurant should do so.