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 dining room at Boulton & Watt is heavily reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution -- but with far more beer and oysters. The Alphabet City gastropub is littered with rusted gears and pulleys, all tastefully arranged around tall windows and communal wooden tables. The contemporary menu offers a creative take on bar food with snacks like "Brats in a Blanket" and duck confit queso fondito, plus unconventional pickle varieties (pineapple with habanero, mint, and basil, for one). Updates on age-old classics round out the cocktail menu, as do pickle-back shots.