June 17, 2011, 12:00pm
Rye: 247 South 1st Street, Williamsburg
The fates brought us across the bridge yesterday for a live performance by Theophilus London, but before he ripped it on stage at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, we took a mini-detour and ended up on South 1st Street at a cozy little place featured on Liquor.com NYC Cocktail Week’s 2011 itinerary known as Rye.
While the happy hour menus were extremely tempting (yes, we will be back for those in the near future), we were there for the literal deal of the year: two cocktails and an app for $20.11; and overall it was another delightful experience thanks to head bartender, Sother Teague.
Our music hall pre-game began with the Southern Baptist—a concoction of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, ginger syrup and lime juice; simple in its recipicious brevity, yet genius in its taste (please excuse the Walt “Clyde” Frazier-isms, but we like to try new things here every once in a while). Smooth and slightly sweet, it was definitely a good way to start the evening.
Our “there’s an app for that” moment came in the form of an appetizing Duck Rillette with grilled sourdough and house-made pickles. We’re not sure if it was the clairvoyance of the venue or if we just lucked out, but this appetizer was a perfect compliment to each of our NYCW drinks. Plus, it upped our high class-o-meter about 1,945,703 points, which is always a good thing.
This is what capped our happy stay on the south side of Williamsburg. The Evening Tea—Pimm’s No.1, orange-and-bay-leaf cordial, English breakfast tea syrup and lemon juice. Yes, it was the name that made this seem like a fitting way to end our visit, however, it was the flavor that made it hard to leave. This tasted like something you would sip while sitting in the shade on your porch in a seersucker suit. In other words, it REALLY tasted like iced tea. SERIOUSLY.
Upon our departure, as we gazed upon the doors of Rye, we came to the conclusion that it would behoove us to come back soon just to feature the venue, if they will have us. We truly hope they do. We had a great time. And, dude! It really tasted like iced tea… but we digress…
May 26, 2011, 12:00am
and in Brooklyn...
California King will be rockin’ LIVE this Friday night May 27th at Lincoln Park Tavern in Brooklyn. It also happens to be an extra special gig as they will be celebrating Mike Mills‘ birthday!
Friday May 27th
Free! 10pm +
Lincoln Park Tavern
49 Lincoln Road
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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