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Kiss Nice Guy Eddie's goodbye, because the corner of Ave A and Houston (Or is that 1st St? What the hell street is that anyway?!) is home to Boulton & Watt, a bar/resto hybrid from the team behind several other Alphabet City winners (Ella...) that makes you feel like you just got off a very long day work during the Industrial Revolution.
The place, naturally, is named after steam-engine badasses James Watt and
Michael Matthew Boulton. They'd appreciate the check-in stand made from an old metal lift, which sits below a steam engine and a belt-operated fan.
Hit this communal dining table to ram your face full of modernly rustic fare like cheddar & bacon puffs, short rib & bone marrow toast, and definitely healthy duck confit carbonara.
The other side is the bar made from a workbench salvaged from rural PA, where someone is now doing considerably less work.
For recharging Industrial Revolution-age iPhones.
Specialty cocktails include this jalapeno tequila, Prosecco, lime, agave, Mexican Revolver -- definitely get it if you're on the fence.
All the wines are priced exactly the same (pro tip: impress your date by telling the bartender you want "the most expensive bottle on the menu").
When turned, these wheels slide portions of the bar to reveal what's behind them. Hopefully it's not the bathroom of The Library next door.
At the very end of the bar is the oyster station, as well as a pickling zone offering treated veggies like carrots w/ toasted cumin and house-brined Kirby cucumbers that will leave pickle fans in Dream Land.
You can either take these growlers home, or drink them right in the bar like an awesome Viking of a man. They come in 32 or 64oz sizes and can be filled with the likes of Capt Lawrence Liquid Gold, Bluepoint Seasonal, and Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot.
This semi private booth features an in-table tap system. And this offer -- "If you finish the keg, you get to pick the next one".
And this is James Watt himself -- he made essential improvements to the steam engine, he invented the concept of horsepower, and he would love to high-five you for drinking a 64oz growler in a bar, but, yeah. 5 Ave A, nr Houston; Alphabet City; 646.674.6004; BoultonAndWattNYC.com