Open since 2006 by drink pioneers Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren (who also run Rye on the Road and 15 Romolo), Rye has long been an industry hangout, a neighborhood favorite and a come-as-you-are bar where the cocktails are expert but never fussy. You can play pool with friends or drink solo at the bar—you’ll be welcome either way.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Co-managed by by Phil Mauro, Julie Thompson and Vincent Toscano, Rye’s menu sticks to quality easy drinking like Toki (Japanese whisky) Highballs featuring toasty genmaicha tea or the Cobra Effect (rye whiskey, St. George spiced pear liqueur, orgeat, fresh lemon juice and egg white). A low-proof sleeper is the Dragon Spritz, with a sparkling rosé base highlighted with lemongrass tincture, coconut, fresh lemon juice and wormwood bitters.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There’s no food, so bulk up at the original Osha Thai next door, head around the corner for hearty Filipino food at Tselogs, or brave the ramen hordes at neighboring Mensho Tokyo straight from Tokyo.