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La Rive, Amsterdam

Mervyn Rothstein
Posted: November 23, 2004

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And it was a bargain. Tobacco prices in the Netherlands are controlled by the government, Groot said, and he is not allowed to charge more than the cigar-store price. (His profit, he said, comes from a quantity discount.) So the Robusto at La Rive costs only about $18.

If you look at things the right way, the Cohiba wasn't the only bargain that night. Our fours hours at La Rive also fit the definition. Life is short, and memorable experiences are all too rare. And more than worth it, pretty much whatever the price. As we walked out to the shore of the Amstel into the mild Amsterdam air, the staff wished us a good night. Which it was.


La Rive Restaurant
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
1018 GX Amsterdam
Phone: 31-20-622-60-60

Monday to Friday -- 7:00 am to 10:30 am.
Saturday and Sunday -- 7:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Monday to Friday -- 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday to Saturday -- 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Closed on Sunday. 

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