Bloomfield’s Essex Junction: Craft Beers, Killer Cocktails and Comfort Food


EJ Sign Exterior

Downtown Bloomfield is changing and one very welcome, recent addition is Essex Junction Craft Kitchen and Bar. The 4,080-square-foot, 200-seat gastropub opened at the end of January and has been hopping ever since.

The Colbert Bump, Daneyko's Cup and Mooby's Milk Punch Cocktails
The Colbert Bump, Daneyko’s Cup and Mooby’s Milk Punch Cocktails

The attractive, industrial chic space, with concrete columns and greenery and black leather banquettes, makes a striking first impression. There’s a big screen running retro movies in the dining area and mural walls featuring imagery and architecture from Bloomfield and referencing the nearby train station. An ample bar area is a fun place to gather to sample some of the 40 craft beers offered (16 on tap) or one of the specialty cocktails named after famous New Jerseyans and celebrities.


The menu at Essex Junction offers small and large plates (making it easy to drop by for just apps and drinks or something more substantial) with a variety of dishes including many comfort fare favorites kicked up a notch, including fried chicken, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese and burgers (and few vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options). In addition to a focus on seasonal ingredients, we love that the menu also features desserts from Anthony’s Cheesecake, located steps away from Essex Junction. (Menu with prices here)

Beef Short Rib Papparedelle
Beef Short Rib Papparedelle

Brunch begins this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with all day Happy Hour and Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials. Essex Junction plans to serve breakfast soon from a pass-thru window for commuters on the go with a pre-order option. When weather permits, there will be 40 seats alfresco.

EJ Fried Chicken Cornbread & Watermelon

Essex Junction, 90 Washington Street, Bloomfield.

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  1. It may be that they are still adjusting prices, but the word “pricey” comes up a few online reviews. I want to like this place, and the recent reviews are better than the opening month reviews. We’ll see.
    Prices gleaned from the yelp reviews:
    Craft beers: most $6-8, up to $10
    Wine: “4 or 5 choices for red. One of which was a $16/glass wine…The wine I chose was ok at $11/glass.”
    Slice of Anthony’s cheesecake – $8 (called “tiny” by the reviewer)
    Lowest priced “large plate” item – Junction burger $11 (does not get rave reviews), and another burger listed for $21 (no reviews for that one). Most other large plates items run $20+.

  2. These guys are going to have to adjust their prices relative to this area….or they aren’t going to make it….how about some happy hour prices and reduced bar appetizers to get customers to visit….$7 for a beer is NYC charges….didn’t anyone do any marketing and demographic study?

  3. They do have happy hour pricing specials. We were there last Sunday and they had $2 off all drinks all day in honor of the Oscars, and I understand today after 3 the burgers are $5 or something like that. I like their little plates – a couple of those will fill you right up and it’s less expensive than getting an entree. Hopefully if the clientele finds it too pricey they will adjust accordingly. I agree the drinks are too expensive. Although they do give you a good size pour on the wine, at least.

  4. No Budweiser for me. As they say, “Cheap beer ain’t good. Good beer ain’t cheap”. And $11 for a burger and fries is a pretty good deal. Place seems busy most nights I’m there or walk by.

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