Sometimes a restaurant comes along that just seems to do everything right. That was very much the case on Friday when I finally paid a visit to Matt Levine’s newest restaurant, Sons of Essex.
The Lower East Side hot spot has gotten numerous write-ups since opening about three months ago, but I could tell that that wasn’t why the place was packed with what seemed to be local New Yorkers who know a good thing when they see it. SOE is a deli in the front and cozy-yet-hip restaurant in back.
The homey ambience was paired ironically-yet-perfectly with old-school rap playing in the background and a menu that had my wanting one of everything.
We browsed by munching on the complimentary corn bread and pickles.
We decided to split three dishes – truffle mushroom pizza (ultra thin crust pizza, fresh sheep’s milk ricotta, mascarpone & goat cheese, sautéed mushrooms, arugula, white truffle oil).
mac n cheese balls (fried chicken cordon bleu balls, blue cheese cream sauce).
..and “guss” grilled cheese (monterey jack & sharp cheddar cheese, sliced guss’ fried pickled tomato), served with tomato soup for dipping.
To make a long story short – each bite was better than the last. I loved the modern twist on classic dishes, yet it still felt like we were eating rich comfort food. If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be the truffle pizza, which I haven’t really been able to stop thinking about since. We can’t wait to go back soon!
If you’re in NYC or plan on visiting I definitely recommend making a reservation now.
(Check out more of my favorite NYC restaurants here.)
What’s the best new restaurant you’ve been to lately? Best dish?