The Essex Restaurant will Move Across Rivington Street this Month
The Essex will occupy the ground floor (and mezzanine) of 124 Rivington, the former commercial office targeted last year by La Caverna for an expansion of its own. Owner Dave Perlman tells us that fitout of the space is ongoing and that the move is slated for the end of the month. Aside from the change in scenery, though, we’re told much of the experience will remain largely unchanged from the original.
“The menu will have the same style and pricepoints as our current menu,” Perlman told us in an email last fall when we first broke the story.
The Essex was founded toward the end of 2000 by Felice Banker, who converted the northern end of the Market building by adding a mezzanine level. She told The New York Times before opening that she hoped to “draw the hip young residents who have been moving into the area, as well as veteran Lower East Siders, with what she describes as a ‘new American menu with a bent toward traditional cuisines of the Lower East Side: Eastern European Jewish, and Latino.’”
The establishment is now known more for its boozy brunches.