If you are in Seattle and craving pizza, you are probably headed to Delancey. While you wait for a table there, take yourself next door to Essex for some appetizers and a few drinks. It is an inviting, comfortable neighborhood bar with impeccable food and beverages with such friendly service you may stay longer than you planned.
The snug dining room has a long bar along the entire right side, where you may find yourself in conversation with the bartender. Seating is quite close together, but not at all intrusive upon other diners. Often an “oldies” type radio station plays classics from yesteryear. Past visits have had an 80s or Beach Boys bent which contributes to the lively ambiance.
Essex’s door is surrounded with tiny lights and the candles spread throughout the tables emit an enticing glow.
The bar feels masculine in its decor, with gorgeous wooden frames, dark wallpaper and matted silver touches.
A handsome marble bar sets off the unique glassware selection to great effect. Handwritten specials on the chalkboards lend a homey touch.
Some of the best cocktails in the city reside here.
Various wood fired vegetable dishes are served with sauces that can cause the kindest among us to become quite selfish. There are also toasts loaded with crispy cheese and charred vegetables which are quite filling. My favorite dish is a wood fired radicchio with anchovy, preserved lemon and breadcrumbs. You won’t regret ordering it, just sharing it.
The bar is used as a sounding board for dishes that wouldn’t fit into the pizza menu next door. Essex boasts a legendary burger that was experimented into perfection. Tuesdays are Taco and Tiki Night which boasts a incredible lineup of tacos, dips and rum themed cocktails.
1421 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Wednesday & Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am