247 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Gastropub, American Nouveau, American Traditional
Our Rating: ★★★★★ Exquisite
Cards: All major
Price: entrees $15-$26
Hours: Mon-Thu, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-2pm; Sun, 11am-4:30pm and 6pm-11pm
Booze: Full bar
Brunch: Sundays only
Subway: L to Bedford or Lorimer Ave., J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.
Menu: Click Here
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.
NY Mag says:
Owner Cal Elliott, former co-chef at Dumont and Dressler, turned to the early twentieth century to outfit his restaurant. “Our elemental inspiration came from the pre-Prohibition pubs that existed in almost every city across the country. The pubs of this period were beautifully furnished and styled,” he says. Rye’s centerpiece is the 21-foot-long bar. It’s made from quarter-sawed oak topped with mahogany, and has a mirror, a rose marble base kick, and bar and foot rails — Elliott believes it to be an Oxford model built by the Brunswick Manufacturing Company in Chicago circa 1890 to 1900. 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.”