New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Rye House is a popular haunt among those who know their booze. It’s admirably well-stocked and has the kind of friendly, clued up bar tenders who can expertly debate the particular merits of a single cask whisky or a certain vintage of rum. But while the staff are clearly passionate about their chosen profession, this place is more tavern than temple. It is, primarily, somewhere to unwind after work with a stiff drink. Run by the same team behind the Spanish-influenced Salsa bars, Rye House is a smart, dark, unfussy space, though its compact size means that if you want a seat you might need to get there early. Try a glass of the Rye House Punch or spend some time exploring their large collection of bourbons, whiskies and ryes. Cocktails reflect the old school charm of the venue: order a Jimmy Stewart (Balcones Brimstone Smoked Whiskey, Grand Marnier, Angostura & Orange Bitters and Honey) or the Nostalgia (ingredients include Rittenhouse Bonded Rye, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Landy VS Cognac) and if all that booze is making you sleepy, they even do a jalapeno-infused number called the Wake Up Call. The food’s also worth a look; the place serves food from brunch to dinner try the Rye Fry for brunch (the perfect hangover cure if you over indulged the night before), or for dinner you can plump for the seriously sinful truffled cheese sandwich or the drunken mussels and fries, and those of you with a sweet tooth should save some room for the PB&J Cheesecake or the very indulgent Bourbon Float.