Brannon’s Soft Opens at 119 Essex Street

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 at 5:16 am by

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Take everything you have previously heard about Brannon’s on Essex Street and erase it.  The original sandwich shop concept is no more and has been replaced by what they are calling “global comfort food.”

No hype or pretense here, they are currently in a soft-opening phase but still feeling out the full menu. Temporary consultant chef Jonathan Lindenauer has worked for the likes of Jean-Georges and Bon Appétit but here he says they just want to be part of the community where people can find great food, filling portions, and a place that you will come back to again and again.  Wood paneling, filament lighting, and a nice bar to sit out keeps the space comforting and minimal.

Owner Ron Brannon tells us:

What started as a quick service concept, has indeed evolved into a more sophisticated menu, but always centered around the concept of savory, American comfort dishes, a great ambiance and an ever-welcoming environment.

Pictured below is a kale salad with roasted beets, hemp granola, and a buttermilk dressing.  Fried chickpeas, beef and lamb burgers, shrimp and grits, and much more to come.
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They have a full bar as well with classic cocktails.  Keep your eye out for a cocktail which pays homage to the tenements.

Up the street from McD’s and down the street from $1 pizza this looked-over block definitely needed something welcoming.

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Brannon’s
119 Essex Street (between Delancey and Rivington)

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