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Rye House

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11 W. 17th St. , New York, NY 10011 40.738441 -73.992924
nr. Fifth Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-255-7260 Send to Phone

Photo by MP Foss

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Official Website

ryehousenyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-2am; Sat-Sun, 11am-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

F, M at 14th St.; L at Sixth Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; 1 at 18th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

You come for a simple drink. You leave with a head full of esoteric liquor factoids. That’s the greatness of the Rye House’s liquor-nerd bartenders, who are comfortable recommending an organic mocha stout one second and discussing a whiskey from 1962 the next. The tavern, run by the same people behind the Sala tapas joints, has a young, affluent customer base that recognizes the resource at hand and line up at the granite bar for boozy back-and-forth. Blob lamps emanate dim light like fireflies trapped in amber—you can hardly recognize the fellow in front of you—so prepare to guide yourself by sense of touch to the back room for a communal-table dinner that, despite Internet rumors, is not inspired by the cuisine of Pittsburgh. (Imagine a grizzled steel worker chasing beluga lentils around a plate with his fork!) Instead, there are kicked-up versions of a sloppy joe, grilled cheese, and crispy shrimp tacos, as well as one great Pittsburgh sandwich that’s stuffed with andouille, slaw, and French fries.

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