This Hudson River--hugging nautical "dive bar" from Taavo Somer (Freemans) and Ken Friedman (the Spotted Pig) is a confusing--but successful--high-low hybrid. Faux Tiffany lamps and neon beer signs clash with the elaborate tiki cocktails (devised by Milk and Honey vet Toby Maloney), and with the foppish hordes who queue up outside the place. You'd never find the eponymous Rusty Knot--a refreshing, blender-whirred mix of rum, ice and mint--or eats like a luxe bacon--chicken liver sandwich at a grimy pub. But you would find three-buck pints of Busch and 50? rounds of pool. Happily the Knot has those bases covered, too.