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The River Social opens with a menu specializing in shared plates

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The River Social opened last month, and its menu suits many different moods: If you’re looking for traditional Mediterranean – the kitchen’s forte – you could try the falafel, the lamb, or the spicy feta. But many of the offerings are unexpected: There’s the Ahi Tuna, the Grilled Spanish Octopus, and Tater Tot Sliders. The menu specializes in “social plates,” right down to the Turkish Social Breakfast, with its cheese, salami, olives, omelet, and boiled egg.

True to its new name, The River Social is located in Waterplace Park, right on the riverwalk. Founded by culinary newcomer Agil Nadirov, the restaurant received is grand opening on January 11. The small tables and intimate bar buttress the “social” part of its name, along with the shareable menu and a neon sign, shrouded in a wreath of leaves, that reads “Let’s Meet Here.”

Meanwhile, The River Social has already hammered out a range of signature cocktails, with jovial titles like Shoot the Breeze, Hello Habibi, and Have Merci.