Andrew took me to Knotty Barrel in East Village. (Check out their Yelp page here.) Knotty Barrel is a craft beer establishment serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees costing about $9-20, sandwiches and salads being on the lower and entrees being on the higher end.
They have great big chalk boards on the wall listing the bottled beer and wine selection, and the draft beer selection listed handily on a paper menu on the table, along with some pencils. More info on that later.
After taking a gander at the menu for a bit, we started off with the truffle and parmesan fries:
I ordered myself a flight. The flights are $7 for four 4oz. tasters. But I want to note: Blind Lady has the same exact taster glasses and we tout them to be 5oz. Still, $7 for a 16oz flight (or 20oz…) is not bad! That’s the price you get for indecision. ;)
To order a flight, you take a copy of the draft beer menu and one of the provided pencils at your table, and mark off which four beers you want to drink. SIMPLE! And the menu has a description of the beer and alcohol content listed, so you don’t have to guess randomly if you don’t know anything about the beer. It’s a great, painless system.
I got Allagash White, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Alesmith Anvil ESB, and Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale. I’ve had all but the latter before, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The beer tasted clean and not like they’d been sitting in crummy, uncleaned lines.
And finally, my food came, a delicious ahi tuna salad. The salad was lightly dressed (which I prefer) in a sesame dressing. Very tasty. The only weird thing: the ahi was on the side on top of a tiny bit of seaweed salad. Huh? I mean, it was just a tiny mouthful of seaweed, which was tasty, for sure, but it seemed a little pointless. It also came with a couple of deep fried wontons. The first one I tried was empty, which I thought was weird. Then I had the second, which was filled with cream cheese. Ick.
Andrew got the grilled cheese sandwich, which used cheddar and tallegio, and included heirloom tomatoes and prosciutto to add some heartiness to it, a very good and cheesy sandwich. Andrew was raving about the chips that came with them.
All in all, a great gastropub. I would definitely eat there again. Their chicken piccata sandwich and bison burger are something I would like to try the next time.