May 11, 2018
The sister bar to the popular Ballard pizzeria, Delancey, Essex is the brainchild of Brandon Pettit and his wife, Molly Wizenberg (better known as food blogger Orangette). The bar’s design is British in inspiration – though the name comes from a New York street and this influence extends to the menu. The faintly industrial exterior of the former umbrella shop is softened by homely touches inside like bespoke blue wallpaper and lots of warm wood. Essex serves hearty bar food and craft cocktails. The emphasis is very much on house-made ingredients. Bitters and infusions are made up in-house; they age their own tequila and make their own vinegars; they even have cocktails on tap, something which is very of the moment. The 70th Street Sour, is a refreshing red wine-based drink, and the Queen Mary is a sophisticated take on the Bloody Mary, spiked with pickled chilli brine. The food has been given as much thought as the drink – their beer-boiled soft pretzels make the perfect bar snack and they serve a wide range of cheeses and dishes inspired by Wizenberg’s time in the UK like smoked pork shoulder and a top notch Eton Mess.