Black Market, the latest venture from nightlife impresarios Jesse Malin and Johnny T—owners of East Village bars Niagara, Cabin Down Below and The Bowery Electric—opened its doors this week. Don't be intimidated by the shuttered gates or the tales of secret knocks and special handshakes. You can stroll in anytime between 6:00 pm and midnight (except on Mondays) and enjoy libations and some serious eats from their spartan, stripped down menu.
Black Market is not a restaurant, but a bar with great food. Johnny T drew inspiration from two of his favorite haunts: Blue Ribbon for the oysters and Broome Street Bar for the burger—though with Pat LaFrieda beef, this burger has a little more going for it.
Get a first look at the space, the food, and the people in the slideshow above.
110 Avenue A, New York NY 10009 (map)