A Dip in the MilkRiver

Executive Chef and Founder Ms. Lyew dreamt of opening a restaurant. And her dream has finally come through. 

MilkRiver is a trendy new restaurant located on an industrial block on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The interior is both Spacious and Chic. 

My dream has always been to open a restaurant in the city where I was born and raised. I want to create the sort of atmosphere where friends and family can have a great meal and a relaxing, fun time.

La-Niece Lyew, Executive Chef/Founder MilkRiver

The restaurant occupies two levels, and the restaurant’s location gives it a great chance of success. 

Ms. Lyew’s blended backgrounds of Jamaican and Chinese have certainly influenced the menu. 

The menu features a variety of Caribbean and Asian-inspired cuisine. The assortment of dishes includes salt-cod fritters, Escovitch Black Bass, Jamaican Jerk Lamb Chop, Seared Snapper, Chinese sausage, vegetable fried rice, etc. 

The cocktails are unique. My absolute favorite is the coco Martini. There is also a live band, and although it is a bit loud, it is still very pleasing to the ear.

I fell in love with the name MilkRiver before I visited the restaurant, especially since it is named after a River-Mineral Spring in Jamaica, one of my favorite places in the world to visit. 

I was excited to visit MilkRiver. And when I finally walked through those double doors, I fell in love with the ambiance.

My experiences at MilkRiver differed with every visit. The two elements that stood out the most were the inconsistency of the taste of the food and the staff appearing unhappy to be at work. 

I believe Consistency is vital, especially when it comes to the restaurant business. I like to confidently visit a restaurant knowing that my favorite dishes are delectable and well presented, especially if I visit four or five times a month. 

It also warms my heart to walk into an establishment where the staff is welcoming and appears happy to be at work. When the staff is comfortable, it makes me feel comfortable being there. 

I have had good experiences at MilkRiver, which has motivated me to continue to visit and support the success of yet another Brooklyn restaurant.

Photos via MilkRiver

Happy Hour: Tuesdays – Thursdays 5 – 9 PM

Location:   960  Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238

Phone:       718-636-8600

Hours:       Closed Mondays

Tuesdays – Thursdays 5 – 11 PM

Fridays – Saturdays 5 PM – 1 AM

Sundays Brunch 12 – 4:45 PM – Opens for Dinner 6 – 10 PM



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