I had heard a lot of things about Rye, in Williamsburg, mostly good, some bad. When Donny’s sister was in town a few weeks ago, he invited a bunch of us out and I finally got to try it for myself. Although the meat eaters of the group really loved their food, I was disappointed. The salad that sat atop my roasted beets was delicious, dressed with a horseradish vinaigrette, but the beets were sadly tasteless. The squash ravioli were similarly middle of the road, and covered in an overly sweet sauce reminiscent of store-bought barbecue sauce. Much better was the variety of specialty cocktails. At $11 each they’re admittedly expensive, but I think they’re worth it. I drank several of them, and my favorite of the night was the Jack Rose, a potent mix of Laird’s Apple Jack, house made grenadine and lime juice. Also delicious was the Classic Old Fashioned and the Havermeyer Cocktail. I’d go back for drinks, but the vegetarian food isn’t worth the cost.
Rye — 247 S 1st St