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7.5
NYC

Rusty Knot

OK. We have to admit that this review was a hard one to write. Not because we're conflicted about the food here, and not because we couldn't think of something crafty to say about the place. It's because we can't remember sh*t from most of our visits.

The Rusty Knot is not a place for normal dinner time. This is a bar, and a dirty one at that. A kitschy nautical theme and devastating drinks make up the DNA of this place, and it just so happens that they serve amazing bar food that will save your life at 1:00am. Not that the killer food was an accident -Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, music biz) is a partner, and he seems to have a pretty good handle on what makes hungry drunk people happy. Our visits to the Rusty Knot usually follow the same pattern: night out at restaurant turns into extra drinks, extra drinks happen at the Spotted Pig, Spotted Pig makes us hungry for some food and more action...and then we're sitting on the floor at Rusty Knot eating pretzel dogs and tacos. God bless this city.

Food Rundown

Pretzel Dog

Not so much a pretzel as it is a flaky croissant thing wrapped around a hot dog, but who cares. It's awesome. This is one of the better hot dogs you will find in town, and with a can of Tecate that's been salted and limed? Life doesn't get much better.

Guacamole & Chips

Tortilla chips are fresh made daily and the guac comes served in the avocado shell. Both are delivered to you in a basket, and you will get guacamole on your knuckles scraping for every bit.

Tacos Al Pastor

Spicy pork tacos served with a delicious pineapple salsa. We love these.

BBQ Beef Tacos

These are sweet yet savory beef tacos with pico de gallo and queso fresco. We recommend hitting the tacos hard on your next visit. They're new additions to the menu, and they're excellent.

Fish Po Boy

Fried fish, lettuce, tomato, and aioli in some soft buns. We're big fans of these.

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