“What’s a good place to go in the LES for drinks and dinner?”
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that…
But seriously, there are plenty of places to go, so it’s always hard to narrow down in that area. I like to decide based on the following criteria: ambiance, food, drinks. I know that may seem like an odd order, but the LES can get a little divey, so you have to be in a specific mood for that. I don’t think I’ve been in that mood since I was 26.
I really love Sons of Essex. I think it’s a combo of everything I would ever want in a bar, as well as a restaurant. The food is solid, the drinks are strong, and it’s a nice, big space that’s not pretentious or divey. Not to mention they play GREAT music, always. They have this awesome painting of some of my favorite Hip Hop artists from the 90’s right when you walk in. #biggie or GTFO.
The Happy Hour menu is ideal too – Tues-Friday, 6-8 pm. Try the Kentucky Mule with bourbon, lime, and homemade ginger beer for $8, or some Frose for $7. Well cocktails are $5 (full menu here). Pro food tip: don’t sleep on the truffle mac and cheese.
Truffle Mac n Cheese
Mushroom Truffle Flatbread
Short Rib Tacos