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Head to Sons of Essex for Grown Up Grilled Cheese and Other Comfort Food StaplesSons of Essex Serves up Sophisticated Comfort Food in Stylish, Saloon-like Digs
It’s no surprise snagging a reservation at Matt Levine and Michael Shah’s new Lower East Side hot spot Sons of Essex is a difficult feat. Celebs including Padma Lakshmi (who had her birthday soiree at the chic space), the Olsen sisters (Elizabeth included), and Jennifer Lawrence have all been spotted at the trendy eatery for various after parties and private dinners before it officially opened at the end of October. And while the celeb sightings have certainly garnered the restaurant a lot of buzz, does the dining experience live up to the hype? We definitely think so.
The swanky digs are housed past a fully functional deli which sells everything from Guss’ pickles to whoopee pies, cupcakes, coffee and tea. Just a few feet away, you’ll find a long, reclaimed wooden bar pouring out $13 specialty cocktails (we loved “The Moscow Five Points” with Grey Goose, lime juice, Chinese spice, and fresh muddled ginger), Tea Blends including “The Teddy Roosevelt” with Absolut, green tea, ginger and peach ($14), and plenty of brews.
In the main dining room you’ll find cozy banquettes and wooden tables surrounded by old portraits and book shelves. (It almost feels like an old fashioned, cozy study with brass chandeliers to boot.) The menu boasts a similar comforting sophistication, think maple glazed hen served with homemade Belgium waffles ($15), truffle mushroom pizza ($15), and lobster pot pie ($29). You can also choose from five different grownup grilled cheeses, we loved the “Son’s of a Bitch” ($13) with brie and goat cheese, granny smith apples, and apple butter. There’s also several varieties of mac n’ cheese including one served with an amazing truffle cheese sauce ($15). Plus, you can get Guss’ pickles on the side!—AMANDA LIBBY.Sons of Essex| 133 Essex Street (between Stanton and Rivington)| 212-674-7100