Jackson & Rye is a slice of NYC in Soho. Unusual in London, this recently-opened, dimly lit, leather-clad, sleek venue, comes with a great menu – for any time of day.
The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio interior is just the right shade of East Coast, with Art Deco touches, lots of mirrors, plush furniture and trendy table settings. Now that all the cool kids know of it’s existence, it’s nigh on impossible to get a table at Jackson & Rye at short notice, so I definitely recommend booking.
Kicking off the day (from 08:00am) with a diner-style breakfast menu, you can order everything from milk & cookies, pancakes, bagels and eggs in so many formations (Gardener’s, Prison, Farmer’s, Angler’s, Health Nut – literally, eggs for all tastes!) – so far, so New York. There are also breakfast cocktails from 10am – Breakfast Sours, Bellinis and Bloody Marys if you fancy it.
Or visit for the weekend brunch (until 4:30pm), which comprises the weekday breakfast menu and more: truffled mac & cheese, meatballs, lobster and Reuben sandwiches all make an appearance if you fancy something hearty and savoury.
I can imagine Jackson & Rye making a great destination for a working breakfast or lunch – it’s quietly glamorous, without being too OTT for the working day, and I bet the lunch hour gets busy and has a great vibe too.
I, however, visited for dinner, with my oldest friend who I’ve known since nursery. Arriving early, I was ensconced at the bar, which glows to provide most of the light in the bustling first room. When Sophie arrived, we were escorted to our table in the back room, where mirrors dominate every wall of the room, which is ringed with a leather banquette and filled with lively chatter and a wonderful ambience.
Cocktails were ordered (~£7) – a Lucky’s Highball and an Old Fashioned (naturally!), and we got stuck in to the menu. I dithered between meatballs, steak & eggs, and gnocchi – the menu is full of good American dishes, with nothing too flashy or departed from its roots. I also clocked the dessert menu and knew I needed to leave space for that!
In the end we ordered 2x steak & eggs (switching out the matchstick fries for normal French) and it was an excellent choice at £13.50. Steaks were tender and flattened, topped with two sunny-side-up eggs, and perfectly complemented by the house barbecue sauce. We had a side of of-the-moment kale too. So far so good.
I’ve already mentioned the dessert menu (~£6), and it really is a cracker. Peanut butter cookies with milk ice cream (these are more biscuit than cookie, and have a Jammy Dodger vibe with a blob of jam in the centre), the impressively served Melting Chocolate Sundae, a frozen raspberry soufflé, pecan pie and more. My pecan pie was fine but nothing outstanding, whereas Sophie’s sundae was pretty fabulous – served in a silver goblet with a shiny dome of chocolate, our waitress proceeded to pour a large amount of hot butterscotch sauce over the masterpiece, and I definitely experienced a bout of food envy.
You can always judge a place by its bathrooms, and Jackson & Rye’s are wonderful, with Aesop products and subway-tiled walls. I’m totally sold.
Would I go back?
Most definitely, for brunch or dinner. I will also keep Jackson & Rye in mind for a working lunch the next time I need.
Any deals you should know about?
The Ryes & Shine offer gives you 50% off weekday breakfasts when you sign up to the mailing list. Breakfast is served from 08:00am.
Any occasion – understatedly sexy and super trendy, this is well-made comfort food in a beautiful setting.
What’s the damage?
£30 a head, for cocktail, main, side, dessert + service – pretty decent.
Jackson & Rye
56 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 4JG