The Knocks

From by Jackie Widmann
The Knocks


The Knocks are one of our personal favorite pop bands yet to fully break into the mainstream, and at some point soon, these two NYC dudes are going to be massive. It’s only a matter of time. Their music blends dance, pop, and indie rock in a way that’ll make you feel excellent. If you subscribe to our monthly Spotify BEEEEEATS Playlist, you should already by familiar. If not, get with the program.

The Knocks, aka Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, operate their own studio on the Lower East Side, so these guys know the area as well as anywhere. The proof is in the Friday Fives pudding. Cheeky’s Sandwiches are where it’s at.

With a new EP on Big Beat/Neon Gold, you’ve got plenty of new Knocks music to dive into. In the meantime, just get “Classic” into heavy rotation and give them a follow on Instagram to see what’s shakin’.

The Knocks’ “Perfect For” Picks
Quick Eats

Cheeky’s (35 Orchard St.) – “This place has the best chicken biscuit in town, super friendly staff, and is right down the street from our studio which is very dangerous.”

Special Occasions

La Esquina (114 Kenmare St.)- “The speakeasy downstairs is a great place for a birthday party or drinks if you’re celebrating anything really.”

Authentic Ethnic Eats

Pho Grand (277 Grand St.) – “We are pho snobs, but this place is easily the most authentic and best priced… It even delivers well which is rare for pho.”


Tutus (25 Bogart St., Brooklyn) – “Our homies own this place and we have had too many good drunk/debaucherous times there to count.. at night and at brunch time.”

Scoping Hot Girls

Happy Ending (302 Broome St.) – “Hands down the hottest girls per square foot in Chinatown/LES on any given night. Oh yeah, the food is popping too.”

The Knocks’ Twitter People