We're hoping most of you aren't in the market for a kidney or a "Gucchi" monogram bag. So it's a good thing that the East Village's new Black Market deals less in organs and tacky accessories, and more in mixologized cocktails alongside simple, but luxe eats. Johnny T of Niagara and Bowery Electric has quietly opened his latest venture in a perpetually shuttered storefront on Avenue A but the shady vibe ends there. Black leather tufted banquettes, deep purple walls, and antique chandeliers strike a look that's decidedly more swanky than a rat-infested alleyway. The cocktail menu, crafted by Hotel Delmano's trusted Sam Anderson, features the tart but smooth Ring of Fire cocktail (fresh lemon, yellow chartruese, rosemary-infused cachca, with elderwood-smoked salt), and the 'yer Blues (fresh lime, peppercorn syrup, silver tequila, cucumber) which satisfies a margarita craving with extra class. Just as well thought out is the food -- or at least the Pat La Frieda cheeseburger. At a very reasonable $11, the burger, while not to be missed, is sized accordingly. Oysters, a tuna roll (think lobster roll minus the lobster), and a seasonal salad round out the short but concise menu, with nary a kidney or liver -- human or not -- to be found.
110 Avenue A