Land is a precious commodity.
And right now it seems the hottest strip of land in the city is the coveted sliver butting up against the
West Side Highway on the quiet, far reaches of the West Village. And once again
we find ourselves
going west—all the way west.
Here, in an unassuming storefront, you'll find The Rusty Knot
, (opening to the public tomorrow) the
brainchild of Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig) with the all-star cast of Taavo Somer (Freeman's), Tobey
Maloney (Milk & Honey) and a Momofuku alum. The result is a detail-rich, high-pedigree Manhattan
cocktail spot colliding with a kitsched-out cruiseliner and an old-school tiki room.
All you'll see from the sidewalk is the leftover awning from former incarnation West Bar, but trust us, it's
another world inside. Make your way to the bamboo-paneled bar—past the large, dingy fish tank and the
trophy fish mounted above the pool table—and you'll find a bar dedicated to the lost art of rum. That
means you'll get classic tiki drinks, served in a coconut or a plastic totem glass, but made with homemade
bitters to avoid the typical sweetness and somewhat mitigate the swipe at your manhood.
If that doesn't do it for you, you might think about settling in for an ice-cold beer (which starts at the
way-back price of 99 cents), nibbling on a few pigs-in-blankets, throwing back an oyster or two and watching
the sun fade away over the Hudson.
Do your best to look past the traffic.
The Rusty Knot
425 West St.
(at 11th St.)
New York, NY 10014