Rye whiskey

The Whiskey Ward

The Whiskey Ward Photo: Ben Goldstein


What bar has a good selection of rye whiskey?—Dan Ray, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn


Once a favorite spirit of the (original) speakeasy set, rye whiskey is experiencing a comeback. East Village bar Death & Co. (433 E 6th St between Ave A and First Ave, 212-388-0882) has a collection of nearly a dozen varieties (some, like the Hirsch 21-year-old, go for as much as $23 a shot). Barkeep Philip Ward also mixes the hard stuff in inventive cocktails, like the Monongahela Mule—Old Overholt rye with fresh lemon juice, homemade ginger beer, mint and raspberries. The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 212-477-2998), a Lower East Side saloon, stocks the hard-to-find Van Winkles 13-year-old family rye among its 40-large whiskey collection. New Williamsburg BBQ joint Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, 718-963-3404) has an eight-seat bar and a more than a dozen ryes—each about $12 a shot—including two from local producer Tuthilltown Spirits.

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