Mon-Fri, noon-midnight; Sat-Sun, 10am-midnight
J, M, Z at Essex St.
Owners Will and Rob Shamlian of Fat Baby and Mason Dixon fame court a stylish Lower East Side following with this packed corner gastropub. Dark slat wood walls and hefty banquet-style tables have an almost medieval allure that’s urbanized by brushed steel countertops and industrial hanging chandeliers. The glass-encased, intriguingly sexy space would be enough to draw a crowd, but nearly eighty international beers (half on draft) and impressively elevated bar food—herbed popcorn, foie-gras-filled prunes, and haute grilled cheese attract as many foodies as partiers. The descriptive drink list simplifies the search for the perfect draught, like Canada’s Unibroue Ephemere, a stellar white beer with a tart apple punch and “subtle vanilla” finish. Better to spend your energy plunging garlic toast into a massive bowl of beef and veal meatballs enriched with ricotta cheese or sate your appetite with one of the hickory, kobe or lamb burgers flopped onto toasted brioche buns.Reservations
Reservations are accepted for parties of 10 or more.