A Dip in the MilkRiver

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

Well done Ms. Lyew you did it – Spacious and Chic describes a dream come through. MilkRiver, a trendy spot located on an industrial block on Atlantic Avenue. Occupying two levels, the location of MilkRiver gives it a great chance of being a success. Serving an array of Caribbean and Asian inspired cuisine which mirrors the founder and chef blended backgrounds of Jamaican and Chinese.

The menu features a nice diverse variety of dishes like salt-cod fritters, Escovitch Black Bass, Jamaican Jerk Lamb Chop, Seared Snapper, Chinese sausage, and vegetable fried rice, etc. – The cocktails are amazing…my absolute fave is the coco martini. They are so delicious, I once drank four without realizing I had too much (another story, some other time haha) and the band although a bit loud, is still pleasing to the ear.

I fell in love with the name MilkRiver before I visited the restaurant especially since it’s named after a River-Mineral
Spring is one of my favorite places in the world…Jamaica! The excitement to try this new spot was ridiculous then I walked in the door and fell in love with the ambiance.

My experiences at MilkRiver differ with every visit. The two elements that stand out the most, is the inconsistency of the food and the staff never appears happy to be at work. Consistency is very important – I like to be confident knowing that when I visit a restaurant five times a month my food will always be delicious and well presented. It also warms my heart to walk into an establishment where the staff looks happy to be at work, it makes me feel happy to be there also. I can’t say these two elements have stopped me from visiting MilkRiver – I’ve had very good experiences there which still makes me want to visit and celebrate the success of yet another Brooklyn spot.

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



$$$ Cost Appetizer, Entree plus Dessert $40 - 55

6 Food
10 Decor
6 Service
6 Cost
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