Brooklyn >Restaurants > Rye
247 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.712655 -73.957808
Rye is in many ways the archetypal New York gastropub. (Fans of The Spotted Pig may disagree.) It's dark and loose-limbed and friendly and it has a delicious meat-heavy menu whose crown jewel is a supercharged meat loaf that puts every other to shame. But the beers are good and the prices low, and it avoids hipster coyness almost entirely.
Love Rye!! – Went with a big group and the ambiance along with dynamite cocktails really made an impression. The menu was eclectic and compliments to the chef for food done well. You have to try the crab cassoulet, braised short ribs done to perfection and don't forget the smoked sturgeon. Service with a smile, attentive and relaxed. I love going to Brooklyn for a special place like this. Like no other.
I heart Rye – Favorite beet salad in the world. Best dessert in Williamsburg: donuts and ice-cream (it's like beignets a la mode). I love Rye. The service is amazing, the food is always incredible. Portions are pretty big, beware. The crab cassoulet is full of flavor, it's got some cajun spice and it's not full of bread. I loved the skirt steak with spinach. My boyfriend got the duck cassoulet and although I hate brussel-sprouts it still blew me away. Cheaper than Diner, Marlow & Sons, Dressler, plus it's a bigger space so you don't have to wait 45 minutes for a table, in the middle of the dining room. Great wine list with some really affordable choices. I can finally kick Roebling Tea Room to the curb, Rye's better quality, same size, nicer staff.
Hip and tasty speakeasy – Chef Cal Elliot helped helm the kitchens at Williamsburg’s Dressler and Dumont, so it stands to reason that his first solo project would have a similar aesthetic and focus--namely, weathered vintage decor and seasonal New American cuisine. The restaurant’s sexy speakeasy vibe is first announced, or rather not announced, by the unassuming unmarked entrance on a quiet side street; once inside, Edison bulbs illuminate the surprisingly large space, which is all decked out in antique tile and salvaged wood. The menu varies from hearty comfort food, including a hefty, savory meatloaf sandwich and fatty Berkshire pork belly, to the slightly more adventurous, like a delicate lasagna with oysters and shitake mushrooms.
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