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Posted by selena on 01/10/2011
this place was a secret hidden gem for southside williamsburg and those who actually care to seek out delicious, well executed new american cuisine. was? yeah, eater just listed it on the 38 places to dine at in NYC. but yeah, it's well deserved. that crab croquette is fantastic. also, the lamb shank will facilitate romance or, at the very least, get you laid. drink the southside - one of the nicest cocktails i've had in some time: gin (though i get mine w/ vodka) muddled cucumber, a bit of lemon. it's so refreshing! and the sazeracs will knock you on your ass (in a good way). beautiful all around.
Posted by The Roger on 12/10/2010
I think we go to Rye at least once a week, or for dinner or for brunch. And we have been never disappointed! The food is sooooooooooooo good I just want to start my meal again after dessert. Yes it is not the chapest place but the quality is amazing! The menu change quite often but the meatloaf sandwich and the house smoke sturgeon are always there and always delicious! Go!!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/27/2010
A friend and I stumbled across Rye and decided to have dinner there earlyish on a Saturday night so there was no wait. The food was excellent, as was a nice bottle of Rose. We had a scallop/pork belly appetizer that was wonderful, followed by halibut (very good) and skirt steak (just good) and chocolate pot de creme dessert (lovely). The place - although off the beaten path - is worth a visit. It is also a nice, large-ish space with a fun looking bar, compared to many of the "hole in the walls" nearby. Def try it!
Posted by anonymous on 05/11/2010
It seems Rye likes to treat regular customers rather badly. We have brought many, many, many friends and family here since it opened and we always tip well, spend well, and are always very respectful. However we recently were part of a large party and we made a reservation. Owing to traffic we arrived 12 minutes late only to find that despite calling to tell them we were coming - they rudely gave the table away. One member of staff in particular was incredibly sullen and we quickly realized she was the reason they didn’t hold the table. In addition, on a previous dinner occasion this same sullen member of staff rudely asked our table why we had not tipped. We pointed out nicely that they had already included the tip on the bill as we were a party of over six people, and we actually had tipped extra. This person was so rude to the group that we did debate ever returning again as her attitude left everyone in a state of shock and she almost destroyed a lovely evening. Unfortunately after this recent experience this is strike two. It is truly a shame how when new restaurants start to do well they forget that it was people like us who made a big effort to support them in the first place. The sad part is the food is wonderful, but the overall dining experience is a bit like being in a bad relationship – you know it’s not worth it in the long run so you have to just walk away. Touché. Therein lies the lesson: if you treat people well they will always come back even if the food is less than perfect. The same cannot be said for the reverse.
Posted by anonymous on 01/28/2010
I have eaten here twice for dinner and found it excellent. The endive, pear and blue cheese salad is the best salad ever. Meatloaf sandwich, killer, and mac and cheese sinful. Fresh donuts and ice cream for dessert. Service is good, and if you eat early or in the back, not too noisy and busy. Highly recommend.
Posted by Ruby K on 10/20/2009
Went on a Saturday night this summer, lovely homey atmosphere. Tasted a little of lots of dishes ordered amongst my group and it was all delicious; creative but not scary. Waitstaff very charming, neighborhood worth wandering and walking off a great meal at good value. Spread the word, we all need a home away from home like this one.
Posted by pukey suzuki on 10/08/2009
this place should be way more popular than it is, especially considering all the positive reviews i've heard from friends. tucked discreetly on a side street in williamsburg, it is elegant and relaxed. recommended drink: the southside, a refreshing mix of citrus, cucumber and gin, a perfect summer libation, though yes, we're heading into autumn. i had a very succulent duck confit to start. a touch salty but still, luxurious and served with tiny pillowy gnocchi and slivers of flavor-dense mushrooms. my main was the wild mushroom lasagna, a delicate concoction much lighter than the description led me to expect, arriving in a golden pool of broth. (this is why i was given a spoon, i reckon) my companions and i shared a few sides - the creamy mac & cheese, studded with bacon, and a very comforting roasted root veg puree. heaven. service is a bit spotty, but the atmosphere is relaxing enough to distract you from the "where is our server?" query. also, the beautiful people surrounding you sure gives you something to view. i'll definitely make this a regular spot.