The River Bistro at the Riverwalk Hotel and Convention Center, 225 Water Street in Binghamton offers a pleasant dining experience for lunch or dinner.  The River Bistro is one of the participating restaurants in Binghamton Restaurant Week.

From November until earlier this month I was part of the broadcast crew for Horizons Bearcats Hoop Talk, our weekly radio show with Binghamton University's basketball teams.  We did the show from the River Bistro which was an excellent setting to interact with fans who came to eat and talk with BU basketball coaches Nicole Scholl and Tommy Dempsey.  The food always looked great but time never allowed a sit down meal.  Restaurant Week gave such an opportunity.

My wife Beth and I visited River Bistro last night for dinner.  Their spacious dining area offered a pleasant setting and with the recent time change our seats by the window were made even more enjoyable with clear skies and still a hint of sunlight.  A number of other diners were already there and many more  to arrived during our meal.

Our server ,Nicole, greeted us with information about Restaurant Week and answered our questions on the various specials being offered.  Both Beth and I went for the New England Seafood Chowder. Chowder has always been one of my favorite appetizers and the River Bistro's did not disappoint.  There were plenty of clams,shrimp,bay scallops,mussels,fish, bacon and potatoes to provide a pleasing start to our dinner.

For the main course Beth ordered the pan-roasted statler breast with mushroom duxelle and I had the salmon steak with braised french lentils, smoked bacon and topped with a fried egg.  Both were flavorful and tasty.  The salmon was cooked just the way I like it and delicious.  I never had seen salmon topped with a fried egg before and it provided  an even more unique taste.

Now...the dessert... for Beth the warm blueberry crisp and for me Bailey's Irish Cream cheesecake.  Both turned out to be very good.  The blueberry crisp was excellent and my cheesecake was a wonderful way to cap off a fine meal.

In all...a very pleasant dining experience with excellent service and hospitality.  We both look forward to visiting again soon to enjoy another dinner and we recommend that you plan a stop for lunch or dinner at the River Bistro as well, perhaps during Binghamton Restaurant Week. If you have family or friends staying overnight at the hotel you could meet them there and relax without a drive to another establishment.  Enjoy !

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