With its pre-prohibition era décor (they did it before it was trendy) and the best Old Fashioned we’ve ever tasted, Rye is a hidden gem. Don’t miss the meatloaf sandwich — it’s made with ground veal, pork, short rib, and duck and comes with house-made pickles. It’s decadent, but amazing. Rye makes a great Bloody Mary too, with a touch of anise, which goes perfect with their Sunday brunch.
This “seemingly traditional” Williamsburg American offers up “quiet luxury” via “reliably delicious” cooking washed down with “spectacular cocktails” mixed at a vintage bar; augmenting the “comfy, romantic” vibe is an oak-paneled cellar (Bar Below Rye) and one of the “best happy hours” around.
The bar was originally installed in Pottsville, Pennsylvania — home to Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery, founded in 1829. “Around the turn of the century, [Yuengling] franchised pubs in the Pottsville area that would feature their beer,” says Elliott, “Our bar is one of those original pub bars.”