Modern American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
Stateside signatures, cool cocktails and rare ryes, a taste of New York can be found at Jackson + Rye in buzzing Soho. From early till late, the all-American restaurant, café and bar is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
Breakfast + Brunch
Freshly blended juices, hand-drip filter coffee and smoothies are perfect accompaniments to breakfast dishes such as buttermilk pancakes with crushed banana and maple syrup cream; avocado benedict with cured bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, watercress and grilled toast; or the delicious creamed grits with toasted almonds, berries and maple syrup.
An absolute must is the Jackson + Rye weekend brunch, available until 4.30pm and a London institution with its ‘Bakery Corner’ filled with warm jalapeño corn bread; yoghurt & granola; a range of pancakes and popular pastries. There’s also an eggs menu with options including the ‘Farmer’s’ of maple slab bacon, country style potatoes, sausage patty and spring onion alongside the ‘Baked Ham & Eggs’ with smoked country ham, cream and grilled toast.
Midday till late
Mac and cheese, crispy crab cakes and the toasted Reuben sandwich are just some of the US classics to tuck into for lunch or dinner. A ‘Steaks & Grill’ section offers popular choices from a New York strip and spiced flat iron, to a stunning whole lobster cooked simply with smoked garlic and herb butter, alongside beautiful grilled yellow fin tuna steak with roasted vine tomatoes and fries. Must-try desserts include the already-famous melting chocolate sundae with milk ice cream; chocolate brownie with butterscotch sauce; toasted marshmallows with blood orange sorbet and chocolate sauce; and pecan pie with rye whiskey ice cream. And everyone has the perfect excuse to indulge a little with the fabulous value Lunch Blue Plate menu.
Mix it up
Whether you like yours ‘straight up’, ‘on the rocks’ or in a cocktail, there’s an undoubtedly fine selection of ryes on offer. From the popular Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve to the more exclusive Sazerac 18-year old and the 1512 Spirits Rye to name but a few; for whiskey enthusiasts there’s even a secret off-menu library of limited edition bottles kept under lock and key in one of the stunning bespoke display cabinets.
The cocktail collection includes an excellent Old Fashioned and Manhattan, naturally, whilst other rye concoctions include the fruity Breakfast Sour of Buffalo Trace with lemon, apricot preserve and peach bitters, and the rich and indulgent Black ‘n’ Rye with Rittenhouse, Kahlúa, coffee and sugar. Other delicious mixes include the Red Snapper with Beefeater gin, tomato, J+R spices and lemon, and Lucky’s Highball with Appleton VX rum, triple sec, lime, bitters, and ginger beer, amongst others. Leaded shakes such as the Dark & Stormy Float and bourbon Pretzel Shake provide an excellent alternative whilst an international wine list, American bottled beers and guest draught ales also feature.
Bricks + Mortar
Inspired by 1920s Brooklyn bars and Manhattan speakeasies, the stunning space, spread across two floors, exudes a moody air of sophistication with banquette seating and sage leather bar stools, which circle the well placed central bar. Soft gold touches of hanging pendant lights, quirky desktop lamps and a large statement clock glisten in the suitably situated mirrors and complement the dark wood paneling on the walls.