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The Rusty Knot Is Doing Just Fine

Apparently, the Jane Hotel has been great for some people. We hear from the Rusty Knot team that business has been booming this summer and into the fall, with owner Ken Friedman telling us "Its pretty funny to see dozens of well-dressed, tipsy people walking up & down the Westside Hwy to & from The Knot. All of a sudden more & more of the beautiful people are coming in late to eat & drink." Doesn't surprise us. No matter who you are, a drunk pretzel dog always hits the spot.


Backstage At The Breslin

DBTH recently got a backstage tour of the Breslin, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's new gastropub project at the Ace Hotel. The place has been progressing quickly since the last tours went through the space, and they are committed to being ready for the upcoming FergusStock celebration on October 17.  A few heady nuggets of intel: The wine list will feature 100 wines for under $100; SixPoint will be brewing a special Breslin Ale, and there will be multiple spaces used for aging meat! The kitchen for the hotel and event space is about to be up and running, and they expect to offer a full room service menu and lobby snacks (charcuterie, meat pies, cheeeeeese) by next week. We also got a sneak peak of the massive event space in the basement, which is progressing nicely. While not the Boom Boom or the Jane, the space can hold 200 people for an event, and has the capability of hosting anything from a fashion show to a concert. All in all, color us impressed and excited for opening night.


Here Comes the Breslin

New York gets the goods on the Breslin, the upcoming restaurant and bar from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, at the Ace Hotel. Beyond the always amazing food that April and chef de cuisine Peter Cho will provide, the Breslin will deliver a most excellent bar program. Some of the highlights:

  • Two bars — one downstairs, and a smaller, semi private mezzanine bar that seems comparable to the 3rd Floor of the Pig.
  • 100 wines for under $100 a bottle. Apologies to South Africa, Chile, Australia, and Argentina: They are all from the Northern Hemisphere.
  • A custom cask ale from the Northwest.
  • Playful twists on classic cocktails.

The theme is hard core gastro pub that is delicious on the tastebuds and easy on the wallet. And with gorgeous interiors from Roman and Williams (who also did the Ace), expect it to be easy on the eyes as well.


Fists Fly at Spotted Pig

The scene at the Spotted Pig was especially rambunctious this past Friday, as two male patrons came to blows in the always crowded West Village spot. According to a Little Birdy who witnessed the brew ha ha, "two guys started arguing with each other over bar stools that they each wanted for their women. It quickly escalated and punches were thrown. Six people converged and broke it up." It was our Little Birdy's first time at the Pig, and they remarked it certainly held true to its British gastropub roots. We were actually surprised that there wasn't a fight there earlier in the week for the final portions of the Mangalitsa pigs.

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On the Circuit: Rusty Knot Turns One

On what was hopefully one of the final chilly nights of the year, with the wind whipping of the Hudson, the Rusty Knot celebrated it's One Year Anniversary with a festive get together of friends and pretzel dog lovers. The lead up to the Knot's opening was way overheated, as its owners Taavo Somer and Ken Friedman were knighted as saviors of the dive bar scene. But its opening led to the inevitable backlash, with many griping that the Rusty Knot was trying to hard to be a real dive bar. What phooey! Its 12 months of operation, capped off with last night's get together, proved that none of it matters. The place was packed with a mixed crew of people hoisting tiki drinks and enjoying free Busch beer, ordering up said pretzel dogs and savoring the return of the Chicken Liver and Bacon sandwich. Taavo even busted out a smoke machine and light show, making that corner of the bar uninhabitable, but kitschy nonetheless. It's day 366 for the Rusty Knot, and the place will just keep on keeping on, and that's all it needs to do.


Rusty Knot Brings Back a Favorite

As has been reported, the Rusty Knot is celebrating its One Year Anniversary on Monday by hosting a little shimmy at the West side nautical dive. We've been told that Chicken Liver and Bacon sandwich will be brought back as part of the festivities, which is great news for fans of its unique deliciousness. That means us. If you remember, it was just 6 months ago that proprietors Taavo Somer and Ken Friedman told DBTH that the sandwich is an item "we all love it but it’s not selling". No word if this a permanent addition back to the menu, but much like the McRib, consume it while you have the chance.