Sons of Essex Has Swagger

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Nov 06 2011

The Lower East Side has a new resident “hot spot” and it goes by the name of Sons of Essex. Don’t be confused when you approach the resto and a doorman in a fully functional deli greets you. Once you enter, all roads lead to a swanky, rustic, saloon-like speakeasy resto, lounge and bar. The decor is very reminiscent of a scene from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”. The wooden pillars, old photos, and bookshelves stocked with knick-knacks, books and canisters generates a retro-den feel.

The vibe is amazing, and much of that can be attributed to the dope soundtrack. Hip Hop classics keeps the crowd grooving while noshing and sipping. They kick things up a notch Thursday through Saturday with a live DJ rocking from the pit (sunken lounge area).

The menu is filled with American comfort food classics such as grilled cheese, ribs, lobster pot pie and mac & cheese laced with global seasonings and a creative twist.


I should preface things by saying that most of the dishes were pretty good but all seemed to need a dash of salt. I’m sure they’re still working out a few kinks. The vibe alone is reason enough to return. I’ll definitely go back again for dinner and to check out their upcoming brunch service and private lounge.

Truffle Mac N Cheese- Savory. I wanted to try the Latin Mac but it’s only available on Saturdays.

Shepherd’s Pie Empanada- It came with a side of gravy which was the perfect topping.

Hen & Waffles- A good take on a soul food classic. The waffle felt more like a pastry in taste and consistency.

Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde and Pico de Gallo- Full of flavor!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts- Prepared well with a tasty bite.

Truffle Mushroom Pizza- You can’t go wrong with anything that includes truffles….and the Truffle Mushroom Pizza was no exception.


Butterscotch Pudding with Brulee Bananas- Delicious with a balanced level of sweetness.

Churros with Dipping Sauce- Light and crispy. A great sugar-fix!

Sons of Essex- 133 Essex St / 212-674-7100



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