Simple: combine cocktails, high quality beers, and wines with cheeseburgers and oysters. What more could you need? A wedge salad and a tuna sandwich, you say? They have that as well, along with a shrimp cocktail. But that's the whole menu.
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 and midnight (except on Mondays) and enjoy libations and some serious eats from their spartan, stripped down menu.
Knives and forks are provided, but you probably won't need them.
The rear dining room.
It is all top shelf liquor at Black Market.
They add a Gothic tinge to the decor, which is otherwise a fairly stripped-down affair. Johnny T emphasized that form follows function, although he concedes that the fresh-cut flowers displayed throughout the space might be a bit of an indulgence.
Despite the seeming ubiquity of Pat LaFrieda hamburgers in New York, Black Market is actually the first place in the East Village to serve a burger from the vaunted meat purveyor. Johnny T worked with Pat LaFrieda himself to develop the burger. The six-ounce patty is served on a potato roll with your choice of American or blue cheese, with fresh cut French fries and rabbit food, for a more than fair $11.
Named after the infamous Green Door parties that rocked New York nightlife during the 1990's and early naughts. Fresh lemon, honey, mint and gin.
Comes served with a tangy, home made buttermilk dressing. Not exactly traditional, but neither is the setting.
The front room.
A concise but wholly admirable wine list was put together by Spanky Van Dyke, soon to be late of Freeman's, who you may recognize from stints at Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. Additionally, he is overseeing front-of-house operations.
$15 for a half-dozen. Selection changes daily.
A reasonable $10. They were created by Sam Anderson, of Hotel Delmano fame. Don't expect to see bartenders in waistcoats with manicured handlebar mustaches serving you drinks here.
Four meaty pieces of shrimp cocktail come with a sauce spiked with cilantro, for $10.