First Look Inside the New Essex Restaurant, Opening Across the Street on Rivington

Posted on: July 8th, 2019 at 5:02 am by

For The Essex restaurant inside its now-shuttered namesake market building, the move across the street is progressing, albeit at a slow pace.

The nineteen-year-old establishment now occupies the ground floor of 124 Rivington, where build-out has been ongoing for months. (This is the former commercial office previously targeted by La Caverna for an expansion of its own.) Aside from the change in scenery, though, the overall experience is largely the same. Including the interior layout, which keeps alive the mezzanine option for dining.

The menu will also maintain the familiar dishes and price points.

Ownership shared the latest glimpse of the space on Instagram over the weekend.

We first broke news that The Essex chose 124 Rivington one year ago. Initial opening date was last November, then revised to March; now it’s simply “coming soon.”

The Essex was founded toward the end of 2000 by Felice Banker, who converted the northern end of the Essex Street 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.

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