Boulton and Watt
New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
This rather industrial-looking and spacious gastro-bar on the East end of Houston Street takes its name from the inventors of the steam engine. Darin Rubel and David Rotter’s new venture, housed in the old Nice Guy Eddie’s space, has a subtle 19th century Age of Industry theme, the room packed with mechanical whatnots and thingummies, heavy duty piping and corrugated metal, against a backdrop of exposed brickwork and raw concrete. Large windows stop the space from feeling oppressive and the room is dominated by a large wooden bar that takes up an entire back wall and there are communal bar tables as well as a sizeable dining area. The British vibe is echoed in the food menu, a collage of pub grub staples like the ubiquitous Scotch egg and pigs in a blanket. There’s a superb burger, a handful of salads and an excellent range of house-made pickles. The drinks list is well put together too, with a mixture of classic cocktails and stylish signature tipples, like The First Word, a variant on the Last Word, which blends rye, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine and lemon juice. The Copper Bullet blends bourbon, pineapple syrup, lemon, and lager while their signature Bloody Boulton is a Bloody Mary which has been given sweet barbecue twist.