247 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: American Nouveau, American Traditional
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Sun-Thurs 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 11-4:30pm Brunch, 6pm-Midnight Dinner
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L to Lorimer Ave., J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
The New York Times says:
The chef Cal Elliott has been a significant part of the emerging Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dining scene, having cooked at both Dumont and at Dressler, where he and Polo Dobkin shared control of the kitchen. At Rye, which combines bistro classics with comforting finger food, he wears the dual hats of cook and owner, and shows that he has lessons to learn as a restaurateur. The opening-months menu was rife with misdirection and ambiguity, and Rye seemed ill-defined: was it a cocktail lounge with an especially long menu, or a proper restaurant with a cocktail fixation? Whatever the case, the kitchen sent out some real winners — a meat loaf sandwich more like a divinely messy sloppy Joe; gorgeous grilled duck; crisp, warm doughnuts — and the place has its considerable charms, including its sexy speakeasy aura.
TAGS: American (New), American (Traditional), Bedford, Brunch (Weekends), Fairly Expensive, Fancy Cocktails, Open Late, Recommended, Restaurants, South Williamsburg, ★★★★★ Exquisite
Difficult to find, this restaurant-cum-speakeasy is located on a quiet street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tucked away under an awning that says “Southside Speakeasy Lounge.” Housed in what was a run-down bodega, thoughtful details like room partitions crafted from salvaged doors, hard wood floors, distressed leather banquettes, a 21-foot reclaimed mahogany bar, antique brass light fixtures, and pressed tin ceiling maintain a lived-in look but in a formulaic pre-Prohibition style.