Rye House

Rye House

Whisky Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Union Square, New York
  • Brett W.
    "Order the truffle grilled cheese and a Perfect Storm."(14 Tips)
    "Rye Sazerac is a fav, a twist on a classic New Orleans cocktail."(8 Tips)
    Neil G.
    "Oh, and the fried Mac and cheese is so tasty."(5 Tips)
    Aaron K.
    "Pittsburgh sandwich is delicious"(5 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • bar food
  • bourbon
  • fried mac
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistFebruary 24, 2014
    Go for the whiskey and their hilariously named menu categories like "Dry, Resinous, and Spicy", "Tobacco, Leather, and Chocolate", or "Old & Complex"... all of which describe your sex life. Zing! Read more
    Upvoted Mar 4
  • William Zoe F.
    William Zoe FitzgeraldMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mixologist dream selection of spirits and beers, great food as well. Very crowded but if you want to get started early it's a great stop. Try the Jeeves with the smoked salt! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Sherry W.
    Sherry WangNovember 7, 2014
    Duck quesadillas, grilled cheese, homemade beef jerky are good. Cocktails are tasty and well-priced. Favorite was the fast break (cold brew, bourbon)-- they took it off menu but made one for me anyway
  • Victoria H.
    Awesome craft cocktails. You cant go wrong with the Wake up call and the Sylvia. & ask for Joe, he's a great bartender .. The staff here is very unpretentious so it's a great atmosphere all around.
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WonMay 11, 2015
    The food is better than you think and it gets quite busy so fight for a table. You can lose hours and hours here because the cocktails are great but get it straight. Great selection of whiskey
  • Laine C.
    Laine CialdellaJuly 22, 2013
    The food is amazing. Must haves: truffle grilled cheese (the best grilled cheese you will ever have) and fried Mac and cheese balls.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerDecember 10, 2016
    A great, talented bar staff and a good menu can be easily overshadowed by the area's swarm of trend-hopping locusts. Definitely worth a visit, definitely during off hours.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloJune 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Find a spot near the door, enjoy the superbly crafted cocktails, and take in the constant stream of people heading up to some mysteriously epic rager at the apartment next door.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MaloneJanuary 20, 2013
    The manager - Choun - is THE whiskey aficionado of New York City. Every whiskey has a story, and you will have a much greater appreciation and taste for whiskey by the time you leave!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 20, 2016
    The perfect spot to unwind and have a drink with a great bar appetizer menu. The Old Fashioned & Sazerac are a must try. Perfectly made every time.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Affinia Hotel CollectionFebruary 19, 2014
    As the name suggests, American spirits are the emphasis at this dark, sultry bar. Along with a selection of bourbons and ryes, there are gins, vodkas and rums, all distilled in the States.
  • Christian
    ChristianOctober 5, 2014
    Cocktails are excellent. Really enjoyed The Perfect Storm. Whiskey samples are great. Try Around The World #1. Fried pickles and perogies are tasty.
  • Talisman
    TalismanDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If the front bar is crowded (as it usually is) just go to the back and grab a table with a few additional bites. Totally worth the extra breathing room.
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 29, 2010
    This spot serves more than 70 bourbons and whiskeys (including Utah’s High West Rocky Mountain rye). Our favorite drink is the citrusy punch amped up with chai-infused Wild Turkey and Batavia Arrack ( Read more
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the lobster roll - The lobster was sweet & good. The star were the chips. They were great. Sorry the roll is blown out by the flash.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJanuary 12, 2016
    Good cocktails (they'll also do any of them non-alcoholic, if you want), and yummy bar snacks. Get an order of fried pickles for sure.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphySeptember 6, 2014
    Bartender is really nice, cocktails are great, the bar is clean, and they play great music ( interpol, black keys, arcade fire, etc)
  • Alex K.
    Alex KeslingAugust 16, 2014
    This whiskey bar has a decent selection, always some good beer on tap and a couple solid food items. Try the fried chicken entree.
  • Savored
    SavoredMarch 14, 2012
    Perfect spot for a midweek lunch! Try the Truffle Grilled Cheese or Cuban Sandwich and don't forget to eye the bar as the weekend nears...
  • Jade B.
    Jade Bailey-AssamFebruary 17, 2014
    Definitely not one of my favorite bars around here. They openly use measured pours and it is a little to illuminated. Lacks the character that man other cocktail bars have.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 29, 2013
    I'm a huge fan of Mezcal, a very smokey campfire-like tasting tequila, so I was in love w/ Oaxaca Sunset!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleySeptember 23, 2016
    The front is super noisy, so try to snag a table in the back. They'll tell you it's for food only, but you can talk your way into a table
  • Mike M.
    Mike McCarthyFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a few great beers on tap. Good selection of whiskey, bourbon and rye. Delicious fish tacos at lunch!
  • Good S.
    Good SquishyMarch 10
    Great selection of whiskey and the sloppy joe sliders are great! Also the imperial Russian stout
  • Jereme B.
    Jereme BivinsMay 9, 2012
    They have an awesome cocktail and whiskey menu, plus a healthy selection of craft beers to choose from.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 13, 2015
    Take caution if you order the The Wake Up Call or The Perfect Storm. Warning : they are potent !
  • Marc S.
    Marc SMay 25, 2015
    The "Bad Apple" is great. Just a hint of fruit and spice, well balanced.
  • Henali
    HenaliApril 12, 2015
    Sucha chill post work spot right by flatiron. Their truffle grilled cheese is heaven in mouth...
  • Giuseppe T.
    Giuseppe TurittoAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice Bar, with great food and excellent drinks. The perfect combination of Sophisticated, Friendly and Trendy
  • JP S.
    JP SeralDecember 2, 2015
    Came in for lunch (solid choice) and can't wait to come back to try all of the drinks.
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 1, 2013
    Whiskey Sour here is the real deal! Rivals the noted mixologist of yore Terri F. Uses egg whites!
  • Jesse
    JesseJune 19, 2011
    The mixed drink menu.. kinda girly. But the sweet bartender girly will whip ya up something stronger to your liking if you ask for a recommendation.
  • Karlsson's Vodka
    Karlsson's VodkaJuly 12, 2012
    Try the Ingrid Bergman cocktail - made with Karlsson's Gold Vodka, St. Germain, maple, lime, and cucumbers!
  • Fred K.
    Fred KAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places to drink in NYC. Not all their bartenders are created equal though.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzSeptember 15, 2012
    If you like a smoky Manhattan, try the Hog Wild: bacon-infused bourbon, maraschino, sweet vermouth, bitters
  • Marge L.
    Marge LoFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffle grilled cheese is to die for.
  • Thanhyen N.
    Thanhyen NguyenFebruary 11, 2012
    Get a drink from Rosser and talk for hours about booze and music - biscuits and gravy and their fries are #legit
  • jeannie
    jeannieNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Queen Of Scots - I am happy!! McIvor 12yr blended scotch, lemon, honey, cinnamon, ginger. SO GOOD!
  • Liz P.
    Liz PhilipsNovember 28, 2013
    Boiled peanuts are bomb. A hint of cinnamon/cloves yum makes it warm in your tum. Also, fries = perfection.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DadarriaJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bartender Joe is the man. Cocktails are excellent. Low-key vibe, great spot.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Spicy MF isn't on the menu but is a bloody marry on steroids: spicier without the revolting tomato taste.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeJuly 12, 2015
    Surprisingly good. Good portions are small but filling.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 13, 2015
    If you like fruity with a little gingery surprise, order the bloodhound &/or the Oaxaca sunset
  • Rumela D.
    Rumela DasJune 5, 2014
    Weekday lunch special is a good deal. Most of the sandwiches are quite good, but don't get the tacos with mahi mahi (they are extremely bland).
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce C.August 20, 2014
    Their kale salad is to die for. Best kale salad I have ever had!
  • sarkis
    sarkisJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent selection of whiskey, bourbon, + rye. Bartender Goran is the man.
  • John C.
    John CapecelatroNovember 24, 2013
    I'll have the old fashioned & truffle grilled cheese with an arugula salad for my last meal. Please & thank you.
  • Brett W.
    Brett WMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the truffle grilled cheese and a Perfect Storm. You're welcome.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 15, 2015
    Young professional crowd, strong drinks, friendly staff. A solid go-to.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RinaldiSeptember 24, 2011
    Their Bourbon and Rye based cocktails are some of the best around, try the Clara Bow.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorFebruary 15, 2015
    Great selection of whiskies and ryes and a strong bar menu with quick bites.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic whiskey selection! Some of the best labels & obscure ones out there!
  • Nathan
    NathanJanuary 26, 2016
    Get the beef jerky. Love it. Order it again. Thank me later.
  • Ashlee F.
    Ashlee Fairey NeumanDecember 4, 2012
    The baroness, just delicious. But watch out.. the small glass goes down a little too easy.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sazerac - Normally just drink my whisky by itself, but this is very very good
  • Harvey S.
    Harvey SimmonsAugust 26, 2012
    Try to seat at end of bar (away from entrance) to see the drink making magic go down.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 22, 2014
    The Royalty cocktail is excellent: smokey and not too sweet.
  • Kendal B.
    Kendal BoughtonAugust 2, 2013
    If you dig whiskey (of course you do), try one of their tasting options.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawJune 23, 2012
    EaterNY calls the Lavender Sage Sling one of New York's best spring cocktails
  • Darrick C.
    Darrick ChanAugust 9, 2014
    If you like coffee or if you need something to keep you awake for the rest of the night try the Fast Break.
  • David K.
    David KleinNovember 29, 2014
    Skip Raines Law Room down the street and just grab drinks here. They're delicious!
  • Shaina M.
    Shaina MDecember 20, 2011
    The clientele can be frat-boy-pretentious, but the bartenders are lovely and the snacks are nice and weird.
  • MetroSeeker.com
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 20, 2011
    Our first reaction at the Rye House was "OMG! They have a bourbon float!" - We have not been disappointed! It's fantastic.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fried Pickles - Good dipping sauce. Had a bite but not spicy really
  • Kurt M.
    Kurt MaluegDecember 6, 2011
    Get the 'A taste of America' flight of whiskey. You won't be disappointed.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 22, 2016
    Reflect your inner self in a cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Ask the bartender to make a Tequila Sunrise for you.
  • E H.
    E HersheyDecember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the "wake up call" with mint and jalapeño
  • How To Make It In America
    Your new home for after-work or late-night revelry. Grab a bespoke Manhattan (mixed with house-made rye) and bite into a Pittsburgh-style sandwich.
  • Linds P.
    Linds PantherNovember 29, 2014
    Nice whiskey selection, which probably doesn't come as much of a surprise.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DavisSeptember 18, 2010
    The Truffle grilled cheese is a must! Combined with seasonal beers and you have a meal fit for kings
  • Brenda B.
    Brenda BeeJanuary 30, 2013
    Food is great! Don't order the Pierogies as an entree if you're hungry!!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FlackMarch 1, 2013
    Heads up: the Duck Quesadilla is tiny. Definitely more of an app than a meal.
  • Capt Awesome
    We enjoy our drinks & conversations w/ most of the bartenders. But that lil douche impersonating a bartender w/ the sad excuse for a salvador dali mustache has to go. He cant make drinks & lacks skill
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 22, 2016
    If you visit Rye House don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo.
  • kashew
    kashewDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Always gotta try at least 3 of the beers cause you don't know if they will be there the next day
  • Jaro G.
    Jaro G4August 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything you get to drink here is great. Supplement it with some Fried Mac and Cheese. You won't be sorry.
  • Jevaun H.
    Jevaun HowellMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the "Pittsburgh" sandwich. If you've ever been to the Steel City, it's a little blast from the past.
  • Neil G.
    Neil GlassmanApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails and well-curated taps. Oh, and the fried Mac and cheese is so tasty.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 22, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Rye House.
  • Justin S.
    Justin StallardJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails, terrible food. Come for the drinks, leave when you get hungry.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CarterMarch 17, 2015
    Traditional American feel. Easy to get a bit carried away here!
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinAugust 3, 2013
    Love the cocktails here -- LOATHE the poor service and bad attitudes from bartenders and barbacks. Go in expecting a decent time, though, and you'll be okay.
  • James R.
    James RobertMarch 30, 2012
    The ice cream sandwich and perogies were great, the spring Enrique was not so good
  • Adit S.
    Adit ShuklaSeptember 21, 2011
    Order the grilled cheese! It comes with awesome taro chips.
  • Taylor
    TaylorAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Rye Sazerac is a fav, a twist on a classic New Orleans cocktail.
  • Claudia D.
    Claudia DöbelmeierAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich was a little taste of what gets served for lunch in heaven. Holy goodness. Read more
  • Fee O.
    Fee ONovember 22, 2014
    Tasty cocktails, great place for a small get-together and chats
  • Vodka Brands A.
    Vodka Brands And DrinksJanuary 20, 2013
    Fantastic party place to relax and enjoy your vodka martini:) Read more
  • Jaro G.
    Jaro G4August 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Kyle the bartender and he'll make you an amazing drink. And if not make it for you, certainly recommend something based on your mood.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissApril 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Garden fizz is a tasty gin drink with a little citrus and some nice egg white texture
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WuNovember 18, 2016
    their special manhattan is delicious and STRONG
  • Michæl S.
    Michæl StarkeyAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Goran makes the best drinks. Get the homemade potato chips.
  • Jaro G.
    Jaro G4August 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Truffle grilled cheese and any beer OR the sloppy joe sliders and any beer are a must!!
  • James L.
    James LaurentiSeptember 6, 2011
    Ill whisky list and tasty grilled cheese with truffle oil! Read more
  • Eric M.
    Eric MarkowitzApril 19, 2011
    Best old fashioned ever. Get it with 4 roses single barrel. You won't be disappointed.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    That damn grilled cheese with a milk stout.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineJune 2, 2016
    Can get crowded so try to snag a table as someone's leaving.
  • Juyeon L.
    Juyeon LeeJanuary 8, 2013
    Shame on you if you leave this place without getting the truffle grilled cheese. Seriously.
  • Maxwell F.
    Amazing whiskey options but gets packed on a Friday night
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellMarch 22, 2015
    Basic. Solid cocktail menu, food is a step up from bar snacks.
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