Rye
Rye

Rye

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ryerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (718) 218-8047
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Thursday 5:30 -11:00
    Fri 5:30 - Midnight
    Sat 11:00 - Midnight
    Sun 11:00 - 10:30

    Happy Hour Mon - Fri 5:30 - 7:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Cal Elliott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room with full bar available for dining and drinking.
  • Private Party Contact: Shevawn 7182188047x
  • Entertainment: The new Bar Below Rye features DJs on the weekends from 10pm til late. Come join us for a boogie session after your next meal!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Havemeyer and Roebling St
  • Public Transit: JMZ at Marcy, L to Bedford Ave, G to Metropolitan
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rye
Cal Elliott's Rye is at heart a classic neighborhood restaurant. Rye's casual elegance offers something excellent for everyone, from an intimate dining experience to a festive group feast.
Rye embodies Brooklyn's living and breathing history - a poignant example of how both past and present continue to coexist harmoniously on Williamsburg's south side. Rye, free from outside investors, remains true to the DIY spirit and history of the Brooklyn neighborhood in which it resides.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Rye reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (20)good for groups (16)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)special occasion (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    I loved this place at the first glance. Great food and good wine. But the Montepulciano wine from DeAngelis winery isn't from Tuscany, but from Marche (my amazing land)!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic williamsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    was there for brunch a year ago, and ended up booking a dinner for a party of 7 for my wife's birthday. after dinner, everyone told me that it was a great pick. aesthetics were classic williamsburg with its imported vintage oak bar and stamped tin ceiling. great ambiance overall. menu was small, but enough options for a variety of different tastes. big bonus was they take reservations on a saturday night for a large party. their signature old fashioned cocktail was tasty, and we got out of there for about $60 / person, including apps, drinks & tip. overall, if i lived within a quick walk, i could see it being our go-to spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    cosy and warm atmosphere, like an old farm, the food is great and the portion are raisonnable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening!
    Beth
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were a group of 9 and had a lovely table and a really fun evening! Food and drinks were delicious, every item ordered got great reviews!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Brooklyntableof4VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great service, food is interesting without being overly complex, wine list is lovely. Ambiance is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and fantastic cocktails!
    LivetoEatVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Would have liked a little more table space. Felt cramped. It was difficult to navigate more then a dish at a time. Tried the scotch egg (awesome), grilled artichoke (small portion for $15) and the special of the night Red snapper also great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An English man in Williamsburg.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    There are many good places to eat in the vicinity, I've tried most. Rye however stands out. It is by far the most accomplished, adventurous and considered. A reassuring short menu, and wine list that covers the range of good, but not stupidly expensive wines. Pleasant staff; informed, attentive, and not unctuous. The food is balanced, and cooking excellent, good for fish and meat, and enter in safety, there's not a burger in sight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super.
    Callahandsome
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The evening was perfect. I'll be coming back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary style and quality...
    shaft
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    ...when considering the prices. we found the interior very stylish without being posh with a good selection of dishes and cocktails. wines were not so good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood favorite
    Lucas
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have lived in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg neighborhood for the past 25 years and have just recently stumbled upon Rye. I NEVER write reviews or rate restaurants, but the food here was so fantastic that I just had to do it. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients, and the restaurant is apparently owned and operated by the chef, which perhaps explains the high quality and careful attention to detail with the food. I will most certainly be going back and highly recommend this place to others, as it truly is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip
    Baeu
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A charming restaurant with a varied and adventurous menu professionally delivered in an old tin roofed room. Very nice mostly italian wine list with 95% of the selection below $100. if you are coming from manhattan, take the ferry and 8+ block walk through Williamsburg to complete the adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Foodlover456
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Just perfect food, service and ambiance. Not too loud and boisterous, consistently quality food and knowledgable and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely meal and time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was great on every count, and that's what's important. In addition to that our waiter was personable and his every pairing recommendation was spot on. I liked the place, but I was under the weather and couldn't enjoy the experience completely, ie, go to the bar after dinner and enjoy too much scotch in Hemmingway fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite by far
    battistini
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    since it opened, this restaurant successfully balances the dining out experience (mho)... unpretentious, wonderful service, a great room, fantastic food and relatively low noise level. always makes for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deee-lish
    PhoringeatsVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A wonderful meal, lovingly prepared with great attention to detail... Even the little things (bread, butter, lettuce) feel special. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Rye reviews archive.
  • One of the best meals of our trip
    bf2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Mac & cheese with pork belly and crispy top; caramelized brussels sprouts; crab cake of sorts; oysters. A magnificent experience. The ambiance was lovely. The restaurant itself a very comfortable place. And the bathroom was beautiful and smelled great! Saw Shane Smith of VICE Magazine there with his friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    great food, cocktails, and service. easy choice for dinner. order the scotch eggs, anything on the drink menu, meatloaf sandwich, duck breast, the duck confit if they have it, whatever they have as a special. mac and cheese is good and the steak is a solid choice. the service is always attentive but not overbearing and if you go early (before 8pm) it usually isn't packed. I never hesitate to recommend Rye.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice!
    johngardner3
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This spot was dark, quiet enough for conversation and the food and cocktails were great. Try the scotch egg.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeds the hype
    InsuhYoon
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've been wanting to eat here for years and upon finally dining here I must say it not only lives up to the hype, it exceeds it. The food is terrific. Everything is reasonably priced and everything is simple yet innovative. Chef Cal does a great job. I went for the scotch egg, meatloaf sandwich, bacon mac & cheese and finished with the most amazing lemon cake. I'll probably come back repeatedly to try everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable in a great way
    Donatella
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Dinner was sensational from beginning to end..it was a Tuesday night and friends told us it could be very noisy because the bar is a hot spot but it was calm and peaceful and the service was perfect. Love the setting the restaurant makes you feel like you are transported to a better time..All the silverware and dishes added to the ambience of some time ago..CHARMING..the food was delicious and beautifully presented. I swooned over everything I ordered and cannot wait to go back to try other things. Im still thinking about what I had and its more than a week later..I highly recommend a trip from Manhattan or anywhere for that matter for this little gem in Brooklyn...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Great Service
    MERC
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a large party and Rye was accommodating. The windows were open and the sun and a cool breeze wafted in. Service was great and so was the food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Dinner
    BrooklynAnna
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Came here to take a dear friend out to dinner before he moves back home to California. Ordered the meatloaf sandwich and creamed spinach. The sandwich was huge and delicious. Maybe a little too much sauce but nonetheless it was good. The creamed spinach had enough cream and cheese not to be overwhelming and not salty. 6pm the place was empty. It does get crowded after 8pm make a reservation. Also the menu changes constantly but the meatloaf is a staple. The service was good. Constant bussing and filling of water. I've been here several times with dates and friends and everyone loved it. My friends even had their after wedding party downstairs in the bar which was fun. It's nice to have a restaurant where locals can enjoy it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm neighborhood hangout
    pairof8sVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Rye reminded me of Cheers. It felt like being home. A really nice local neighborhood feel....just really comfortable no big deal. Great cocktails, great comfort food served beautifully. Oysters were fresh and delicious served with a mignonette and cocktail sauce with fresh horseradish to add. The beet napoleon was beautifully plated, creamy, crisp, and super flavorful. The recommended halibut did not disappoint and the meatloaf sandwich would have satisfied any foodie lumberjack! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scotch Egg Surprise
    SC88
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This restaurant was a solid pick in Williamsburg. There were some kids jumping around (negative aspect) and they didn't dim the lights until about halfway through our meal (negative). On the positive end, the scotch egg was delightful, each aspect delicious in its own right. The duck breast melted in our mouths, and the broccoli rabe (that came with the pork belly) was absolutely stunning. Seared with a blackened flavour, and reminiscent of the Philly rabe, this was most definitely a surprise. Old-fashioned: 8 out of 10, Rye Whiskey: 9 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • boyfriends birthday a success
    ambercoart
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    the people at Rye were so sweet and really took interest in the fact that we were there celebrating my beaus bday. They were excited for us, and helped me pick out a dessert. The drinks were super good, and so was the food. We will definitely go back here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Excellent Excellent!
    Daven
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I love this restaurant more and more every time my wife and I go. Whether its $5 burgers and Old Fashioned's for happy hour, brunch on the weekend or dinner for a special occasion, the kitchen and the friendly staff at Rye always impress. This past Sunday, I took my wife there for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. The wait staff is friendly and the service is prompt. The food is incredibly good! You can't go wrong. I especially recommend the mac+cheese, the scallop ceviche, the leg of lamb, the duck breast, the warm chocolate cake and the steamed lemon cake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Spot
    NomNomNomVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We wanted a cute brunch spot for 6 people and Rye was great. The decor is beyond amazing and the small details added to the charm. The food was delicious and it was an excellent value. All 6 guests enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The only down sides were slow service and lack of a fan/air conditioning. I would definitely return and would definitely recommend to friends. We had the Rye Slam, poached eggs, and Rye benedict, as well as the donuts. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic for our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The meatloaf sandwich and the halibut were delicious! Great flavor and nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wish I could become a regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Had a terrific time here to celebrate my daughter's graduation. She had specifically asked to go to Rye, now we all know why. It was a perfect venue for our small group and the food was as described. Loved, loved, loved it. And the complimentary surprise desserts were really appreciated. (My daughter and her bf knew one of the waiters that night - happy happenstance!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Williamsburg's Gem of a Restaurant
    Danna
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We flew in from Utah for a class at nearby Makeshift Society and booked a table based on reviews and the menu. Rye exceeded our expectations. My advice is to book your reservation early! This is a gem of a restaurant. It’s cozy atmosphere and friendly staff paired with delicious food and cocktails, make for an enjoyable evening. We started with cocktails, the Diablero was my favorite. Our waitress suggested the brussell sprout appetizer, and it is not to be missed. You will want to order the Mac & Cheese and share it with your party. I would also recommend the pan-roasted halibut and spring ravioli. The presentation and flavors of both were fabulous. The menu is reasonably priced, as is the beer and cocktail selection. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ...interesting
    TexasTJVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    ..ask for Mark! he's a great server.the hostess was very knowledgeable and very cheerful. It made me feel very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service
    MaEve
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We went there expecting a good diner, but the service as well as the food was OUTSTANDING ! If you do go to the Rye ( you must ) ask the server to describe the menu ! He will make your mouth water with every meal. The Duck was amazing ! The chicken was outstanding (did you ever wonder why people take chiken in restaurants ? Now we know ! ) You can really appreciate the detailed work of the kitchen crew. The Chef has this vision of food where quality and taste are totally affordable. It's not a cheap meal, but we were delighted by the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mothers day brunch was special
    emamc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food , drinks and service were all very nice. The meatloaf sandwich was too salty was the only complaint from the whole table of 7. Get the donuts! So great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Experience
    rainbeach
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to Sunday brunch with my boyfriend here a couple of days ago and it was wonderful. The service was extremely fast and the food was absolutely amazing. Portions were not too large, but a reasonable size, which I thought was quite nice. I got their Rye Slam with an iced coffee and think it was one of the best brunch experiences I've ever had. I'd definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brooklyn Eats
    SES08080VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good local eatery with small but tasteful menu and creative cocktails made with the restaurant's namesake - Rye!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was amazing
    BrittVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We had a feast, but exactly the right amount of food. The waiter helped to make sure we ordered right. Also we had a great refreshing cocktail. The lamb and brussels sprouts were the stand outs. But all the food was amazing. Great ambience as well and off the craziness of bedford. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Williamsburg
    darpon
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    A great, yet typical, Brooklyn vibe. The service was not up to bar though. It was a bit over priced for what it was. I would recommend it if you're in the neighborhood, and looking for a decent meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty brunch at Rye
    albanylib
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We enjoyed our brunch on Easter Sunday -- the various egg dishes were scrumptious -- the ingredients were fresh and tasty! It is a fairly noisy venue, but a lot of fun to people-watch. Staff allowed us extra time at the table as we waited for our guests to arrive, and did not rush us out the door after our meal. Fun place to dine in Williamsburg!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Kaya
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Wasn't that happy with the Rye Benedict that I ordered. The pieces of pork belly were too overdone and very, very small. There should have been more hashbrowns too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I came here with a party of 7 adults and one toddler for brunch on Easter Sunday. Everyone was very happy with their food and we ordered just about everything on the menu. The service was good, a little slow since it was really crowded. But nothing unreasonable and since we had a lot to talk about, we were fine with waiting. Sadly they don't have any high chairs or booster seats. So if you're bringing a small child, prepare accordingly. The decor is cute with mis-matched dishes and cutlery. If you come during brunch, it gets quite loud. Overall, really good food and would certainly come back if in the area.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic