Best new cocktail lounge: Rye House, co-mixologists Lynnette Marrero and Jim Kearns

  • Photographs: Lizz Kuehl

Photographs: Lizz Kuehl

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Cocktail culture continued its meteoric ascent this year, but of all the new bitters-soaked gin joints, you gave Rye House the crown. This sanctum of American spirits from barkeeps Lynnette Marrero and Jim Kearns won by a landslide, thanks to its easy atmosphere and solid drinks, ranging from a burly cognac-and-rye version of a New Orleans Sazerac to a fine, apricot take on the Kentucky mint julep. Rye House 11 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-7260