East Village Eats

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The Rusty Knot

Posted on | July 31, 2010 | No Comments

After visiting The Frying Pan, I decided to hit up the nautically-themed Rusty Knot (425 West Street at West 11th St.).  It’s a bit out of my normal stomping grounds but I was already on the West Side.  I’d been there before for drinks (normally a Tecate & the infamous Pickleback; a shot of pickle juice), but never eaten there.  The menu is small with Mexican & Tapas inspiration via Sue Torres (from Sueños) .  We had been drinking quite a bit so decided to try out the monstrosity that you see above.  Not sure what the heck it was but I do remember that at one point it was on fire!

They do plenty of specially cocktails complete with little umbrellas & fake coconut cups which ‘sort of’ adds to the fun.  Food-wise, we started with the Pretzel Dog which was ok, but nothing spectacular.  The coarse sea salt sprinkled on top did add a nice crunchy texture though. We followed with the Crabmeat Tostadas ($9) which had Avocado, Mango, Habanero & Cilantro.

I’ll admit that I really liked these, but they weren’t all that filling.  The Food at Rusty Knot is fine, but it’s really more of a bar/scene destination.  Go there for the drinks & people-watching, the food is more of an afterthought.
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