Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a place that people are very passionate about, loving it or hating it. A true melting pot of very diverse cultures from extreme hipster, to the extremely orthodox. One thing is for sure it is a haven for passionate yet jaded diners like me.
Behind this mysterious door we found a magical American dining experience that felt like another story book time and place.
Stepping through the door with a very warm welcome I felt I had teleported/time traveled to some midwestern city in the 50's. Dark woods and old world decor, along with the staff dressed in vintage looking attire took me there.
The creation of Cal Elliott, who sure enough grew up in Idaho, Rye embodies the best of American culture. His time working in Alaska as a commercial fisherman gave him a deep appreciation for hard work and love of a trade. In the 90's he evolved and honed the skills of his chosen trade in the kitchens of New York greats like Markham, Blue Hill, and Gramercy Tavern.
Cal's goal to create a classic neighborhood restaurant with great food and great cocktails has been realized. The cocktails are outstanding, we tried four, and the food is unqualifiedly amazing. This is one of the best meals I have had in years, which includes a dinner at renowned chef Tyler Florence's flagship restaurant Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco this past July.
The food is so balanced with flavors as nature intended them, this is classic American with a creativity and quality that is unique without being outlandish as so many America cuisine can be.
But don't trust me, Rye has garnered "praise from Frank Bruni and William Grimes, as well as accolades from the Food Network, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and Wallpaper Magazine. Rye has received the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand selection for Best Value, as well as one of Time Out NY's Cheap Eats Awards." Rye Website
247 S 1st St
(between Roebling St & Havemeyer St)