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 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)
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.
Photos: Adam Holz-BeTerrific!!