Rye House

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Rye House
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Rye House
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Rye House
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. Using the homeland hooch, mixologists Jim Kearns and Lynnette Marrero shake and stir top-notch mixed drinks like the refreshing house punch made with arrack (a rumlike spirit) and chai-infused rye. The Creole Daiquiri combines New Orleans rum with chorizo-flavored mescal (it’s a bit like sipping a taco, which is a good thing). While the focus is clearly on drinking, there’s excellent upscale pub grub: We liked the fiery fried buffalo sweetbreads.
Venue name: Rye House
Address: 11 W 17th St
New York

Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2am; Sat, Sun 11am–4pm, 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: F to 14th St, L to Sixth Ave
Price: Average drink: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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