Dinner Menu

The Essex is an American Restaurant and Bar with a strong focus on seasonal ingredients, marrying classic French technique to progressive interpretations of timeless dishes. We offer our dinner menu Tuesday through Sunday, 5-10pm. We also offer a Happy Hour menu every Tuesday through Saturday, from 4:30-6pm. Eat, drink and be merry!

Our menu changes daily although this is a sample of typical offerings.


Omakase: For a preview of the hearth, put yourself in the hands of our impassioned culinary brigade and have a custom experience designed for your palate. Seven course $125

 
 

RAW BAR

Daily Selection of Crudo 18                                              

Niantic Bay Oysters 18
half dozen

Shrimp Cocktail 20
half dozen 

Salmon & Ahi Poke 12

 

COLD APPETIZERS

Dry Aged Beef ‘Tartare’                                         
warmed rice pudding, dehydrated elements 14

House Cured Gravlax                                    
lemon, cilantro, chevre, squid ink brioche 14    

Foie Gras Mousse                                        
tropical fruit embellishments,  brioche 19      

Poached Arctic Char                       
traditional accompaniments 18  
   

 

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Warm APPETIZERS

Crispy Pork Belly                                             
apple, maple, carrot, sage
15

Pan Roasted Kona Kampachi                                          
pommes puree, Stonington Mushroom 17

Crispy Red Shrimp                                   
head-on, spicy fermented vegetables 18

Duo of Octopus & Pork                           
black garlic, chickpea, blood orange 22

Braised Short Rib                                         
corned beef & cabbage
20

Harvard Beets 
sweet & sour 18

Mostaccioli & Lobster                                      
carrot, lemon, chili flake  20

 

Sides 8 

Pommes Puree
Truffle Frites
Maple Glazed Carrots

SOUPS

Bacon & Shellfish Bisque                       
soft egg, noodles
18

 

SALADS

Butter Basted Pear                                          
‘trail mix’, Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese 14                            

Caesar Salad                                                   
lemon, anchovy, comte
16

 

MAINS

Misty Knoll Chicken                                     
fried chicken & biscuits
 24        

Long Island Fluke “a la meuniere”                           
caperberries, cauliflower, broccolini 25                                                                          

Seared Ora King Salmon                                          
Melted Napa Cabbage, Lobster Cream 24

Bouillabaisse
Chatham Mussels, clams, shrimp, fish, Scallops, Long River Farm tomatoes 26

House Dry-Aged NY Strip Frites                  
truffle, jus 18/34

 

DESSERT 10

Sundae
House Spun Gelato, Chocolate Sauce

“Carvel” Cake Shake
chantilly, chocolate, magic shell, crunchies

Beignet
Apple, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Dulce

Bread Pudding
Hazelnut, Chocolate, Dulce, Roasted Banana Gelato

Tasting of Chocolate
Dark & White Chocolate Mousse, Cocoa Bubbles, Milk Chocolate Shell

Tasting of Winter Citrus  
Orange Air, Lemon Curd, Grapefruit Granita, Almond Lime Cake, Blood Orange Sorbet

Sweet Omakase
put yourself in our pastry chef’s hands
20 per person

Ask your server about our selection of after dinner drinks & cordials

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

CockTails & bar

Happy Hour is from Tuesday thru Saturday 4:30-6pm. Enjoy original cocktails, modern takes on the classics... and of course, the classics. We offer a carefully chosen wine list by the bottle or glass and a premium selection of bottled and craft beers. Our beverage menu is always changing but this menu features a reliable sample of what to expect. We look forward to raising a glass. Cheers! 

The chic, lively Bar at The Essex, with its cognac leather-wrapped facade and warm zinc surface, is the most stylish meeting spot around. The darkly opulent 20-foot custom mural by artist Melissa Barbieri sets the tone, making the Bar at The Essex ideal for meeting after work, before dinner, or after the theater.


RETRO HAPPY HOUR 4:30 - 6

Chowda Croquettes
bacon, clam, corn 6

Oysters Rockafeller
Creamed Long River Farm Greens, garlic, bread 9

Smoked Shellfish ‘Casino’
Pork, Mussels & Clams 7

Franks & Beans
Black beans, molasses, dijon 6

Connecticut Lobster Roll
Served simply with butter 24

Beyond The Dog 
(ask about our relish wheel! No double dipping!)
house-made dry aged beef  6
Snake River Farms Wagyu  6
Double R Ranch Prime  5
house-made Chicken Bratwurst   5    

Sides  4 each
sweet pickles, spicy pickles, kimchi,  baked beans, frites, anadama bread 

$2 OFF ALL BEER

$5 SPARKLING
Cuvee or Rose

$6 GLASS WINE
White, Red, Rose

$7 Bubblies
French 75
Aperol Spritz
Kir Royale

$8 Martinis
Cosmo
Sidecar
Jack Rose

$9 Stirred & Strong
Old Fashioned
Negroni/Boulevardier
Manhattan

 

 
 

CREATIONS

Up Beet Blues
Platinum Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, blueberry shrub, fresh lemon & beet juice 13

Punch Is Life
The Real McCoy Aged Rum, Alessio Sweet Vermouth, lemon oleo,fresh orange juice, coconut cream, nutmeg 12

Pinata
Angostura White Oak Rum, Barrow’s Intense Ginger, coconut cream, fresh pineapple & lime juice, demerera syrup 13

Hibiscus High
Brockman’s Gin, Giffard Violette Liqueur, Vergnano Maraschino Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, hibiscus 12

TMI
Del Maguey Mezcal, Combier Rouge Liqueur, Meletti 1870, Green Chartreuse, ginger agave, lemon juice, Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture 14

Pink Panther
Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin, Cocchi Americano, Campari, fresh grapefruit juice, Peychaud’s bitters 14

 

Beer 

Mamas Little Yella Pils Pilsner 6
Sixpoint Sweet Action Blonde Ale 6
NEBCO Sea Hag IPA 7
Sixpoint Resin DIPA 7
Lord Hobo Boomsauce IPA 7
Narragansett Lager 6
Allagash White 6
Downeast Cider 7
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout 7
Buckler N/A 4
Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat 6
Oskar Blues Beerito Lager 5
Rogue Honey Kolsh 7
Narragansett Porter 7
Left Hand Extrovert IPA 6
Troegs Hopback Amber 5

 

 

 

CLASSIC RECREATIONS

Reality Penicillin
Black Bottle Scotch, ginger agave, fresh lemon juice, Islay mist 12

Daisy Dukes
Del Maguey Mezcal, Exotico Reposado, Combier D’orange Liqueur, agave, fresh lime juice, Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture 11

GNT
Cucumber infused Greenall’s London Dry Gin, Fentiman’s Tonic, fresh lime & green apple juice 11

Espresso Martini
Platinum Vodka, Averna Amaro, house made vanilla & coffee syrup, espresso 12

Dirty Deeds
Ocean inspired dirty martini with golden balsamic, olive juice & seaweed dashi (Rime Vodka or Greenall’s Gin) 10

Diablo III
Bribon Blanco Tequila, Combier Blackberry Cassis, ginger agave, fresh lime juice, bubbles 12

The Queen Bee’s Knees 
Brockman’s Gin, honey, fresh lemon juice,candied lemon peel powder, violette, bee pollen 12

Rotating Barrel Aged Manhattan
Changing blend of Bourbon, Rye, Vermouth & Bitters 12

 

 

 

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We are constantly seeking out smaller companies that underpromise and overdeliver. While we do have some mainstream spirits, we recommend engaging our team and allowing us the opportunity to showcase the craft companies that we have sampled and believe in.

 
 
 
 

Wine


 
 

Sparkling

110 Prosecco Conegliano Brut, Zardetto, Italy NV 10/32
112 Cava, Juve y Camps, Spain NV 35
114 Cava Brut Rosé reserva, Avinyo, Spain 2015 46
111 Sparkling Brut Rosé, Francois Montand, FR NV 10/32
103 Champagne Brut Reserve, France Vollereaux, FR NV 50
115 Champagne Brut, Souverain, Henriot, FR NV 68
105 Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label NV 95
102 Champagne Brut Rosé, Laurent Perrier, FR NV 160
108 Champagne; Alfred Gratien Brut Vintage, FR 2000 120
106 Champagne Brut Nature, Drappier pinot noir, FR NV 110
101 Champagne Grand Cuveé, Krug FR NV 200

Rosé

100 Elegance, Brut Rosé Reserves de Bertrands, Provence FR 2016 48
113 Domaine de Rose, Nizas, FR 2016 9/30

White

210 Grillo, Tasca d’Almerita, Grillo Cavallo Delle Fate, Italy 2016 8/30
225 Pinot Gris, Bernhard, France 2014 35
206 Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point, New Zealand 2016 *Organic 10/39
204 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke, New Zealand 2016 50
226 Sauvignon Blanc, Illumination, Napa Valley, CA 2015 80
209 Sauvignon Blanc, Giesen, The August, New Zealand 2012 54
201 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay, New Zealand 2016 75
205 Sancerre, Girard, Loire, FR 2016 *Organic 13/45
211 Sancerre, Serge Laporte, Loire, FR 2016 55
214 Sancerre, Raffaitin Planchon Domaine, FR2016 48
212 Gewurtztraminer, Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, CA 2014 12/45
215 Riesling Kabinett, Dr. Thanish Bernkasteler Badstube, Germany 2014 48
207 Meursault; Drouhin, Burgundy-chardonnay FR 2014 120
208 Chardonnay Burgundy, Maison Joseph Droughin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2015 13/45
218 Chardonnay, Whitcraft Pence Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA 2015 90
216 Chardonnay, Mt Eden, Santa Cruz, CA Estate Bottled 2010 90
234 Chardonnay, Mer Soleil, St. Lucia, CA 2016 11/42
213 Sauvignon/semillion, DeLille Cellars, Chaleur Blanc, WA 2015 90
220 Puligny-Montrâchet, Bouchard, Burgundy-chardonnay FR 2014 125
222 Bordeaux; Château Carbonnieux, FR 2012 95
223 Pinot Grigio, Porer Lageder, Italy 2015 *Biodynamic 58
225 Godello, Avancia, Spain 2015

Red

312 Pinot Noir, Whitcraft, Santa Barbara, CA 2015 68
313 Pinot Noir, Whitcraft, Presqu ‘ile’, Santa Barbara, CA 2015 96
314 Pinot Noir, Whitcraft, Mt. Eden Clone, Pence Ranch Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2015 96
343 Pinot Noir, Whitcraft, Pommard Clone, Pence Ranch Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2015 96
302 Pinot Noir, A to Z, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014 45
303 Pinot Noir, Cycles Gladiator, California 2015 9/36
317 Pinot Noir, Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard, Willamette, Oregon 2014 125
341 Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey, Los Carneros, Napa, CA 2013 80
339 Pinot Noir, Meiomi, California 2016 52
319 Pommard, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, FR, Premier Cru 2012 125
331 Cabernet Sauvignon, Broadside, Paso Robles, CA 2015 10/38
322 Cabernet Sauvignon, Duckhorn, Napa 2014 110
318 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cade Estate, Howell Mountain, Napa 2014 144
324 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hourglass Blueline Estate, Napa 2015 195
325 Cabernet Sauvignon, Daou, Paso Robles, CA 2016 64
326 Cabernet Sauvignon, Canvasback, Red Mountain, Washington 2014 80
338 Mourvèdre & Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Triga, Volver, Spain 2013 85
316 Syrah, Whitcraft, My Friend Matt’s Vineyard, Los Olivos, CA 2014 75
320 Rioja Gran Reserva, Marques de Murrieta, Ygay, Spain 2007 175
344 Manto Negro, Gallinas Y Focas, Hens & Seals, Mallorca, Spain 2013 65
334 Bordeaux, Chateau Castera, Medoc, FR 2010 48
323 Paulliac, Château Fonbadet, Bordeaux FR 2014 70
309 Bordeaux Style Red Blend, DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley, WA 2014 105
333 Malbec, Arguentota, Old Vines, Argentina 2011 57
311 Negroamero, Li Veli Passamente, Italy 2015 11/42
329 Gigondas, La Font de Notre Dame, Rhône, FR 2014 55
315 Chianti, Selvapiana, Rufina, DOCG Italy 2015 48
340 Chianti, Poggio Scalette, DOCG Italy 2015 10/36
336 Barbera D’Asti Tre Vigne , Vietti, Piedmont, Italy 2015 39
335 Super Tuscan, Sor Ugo, Vecchia, Tuscany, Italy 2014 64
307 ‘Baby Barolo’, Grasso, Langhe, Italy 2015 15/50
342 Barolo, Gianfranco Alessandria, DOCG Italy 2012 96
332 Ripasso, Monti Garbi, Italy 2014 15/50
330 Amarone, Tedeschi della Valpolicella, Italy 2012 85
306 Amarone, Secondo Marco, Valpolicella, DOCG Italy 2015

 
 
 
 

Burger night

Choice of Burger & Beverage: $19.99


 
 

Double Double
lettuce, tomato, cheese, animal

French 85
Worchestershire Aioli
Arethusa Camembert

Rodeo
Red onion, mushroom, blue cheese

Fallafel
Tzatziki, tomato, arugula

Parma
Prosciutto crisp, sage
Arethusa Divina, red onion

Wine
Red or White

Beer

Mamas Little Yella Pils Pilsner
Sixpoint Sweet Action Blonde Ale
NEBCO Sea Hag IPA
Narragansett Lager
Allagash White
Downeast Cider
Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat
Oskar Blues Beerito Lager
Narragansett Porter
Left Hand Extrovert IPA
Troegs Hopback Amber 

 
 
 
 

EXPERIMENTAL wednesday

Served Wednesdays from 5-10pm. Our 5 course Omakase is offered with all experimental dishes for $50 per person. Notecards will be left for feedback and see if you can help pick the next menu changes!


 
 
 

Fiesta Thursday

Served Thursdays from 5-10pm. On Thursdays, it's all about margaritas and carne! Enjoy a selection of authentic Mexican tacos for $5 each, along with our $7 margaritas and special pitcher prices.


 
 

Starters 

Chips and Guacamole 9

Loaded Nachos 9
 

Tacos 15

Chicken Mole

Ground Beef (TexMex) 

Braised Beef Barbacoa

Crispy Skate

Al Pastor (Pork)

Dessert  5 

Chocolate or Almond Tres Leches

 

Margarita 

Single 7

Pitcher 18

 
 
 
 

Boozey Sunday Brunch

Offered Sundays from 12-3pm. Bask in the indulgence of Red Velvet Pancakes and our signature Eggs Arcadia while imbibing at your freshly squeezed Mimosas and Bloody Marys from our bar.


 
 

Cold 

Terra Firma Yogurt Parfait; apple, spice, rosemary, oat streusel 12

Roasted Beet Salad; Arethusa farmer´s cheese, chives, house vinaigrette, oat streusel 16

 

Griddle 

Red Velvet Pancake; cream cheese chantilly, maple 15

Horchata French Toast; cinnamon brioche, anglaise, golden raisins 15

 

Eggs 

Eggs Arcadia; butter poached lobster, biscuits, poached eggs, ginger citrus hollandaise 18

Biscuits & Gravy; two eggs sunny side up, chipped beef, nutmeg, bechemel 16

Steak & Eggs; butcher´s streak, scrambled eggs, biscuits, hollandaise 17

Sandwich 

Cuban; bacon, pork belly, raclette, pickles, frites 16

Fried Chicken; honey- barbacoa, cilantro, mint, cucumber, radish, avocado, aioli, frites 16

Double Double Burger; double 4 oz patties, raclette, tomato, pickles, rocket, lemon aioli, frites 21

 

Drink 

Bloody Maria; roasted tomato, ají pepper, whiskey worcester, smoke 12

Mimosa Squeeze; orange or grapefruit 8

1870´s Spritz; aperol, grapefruit, lemon, prosecco 10

 

Dessert

Milk & Cookies; tasting of Our Market Terra Firma milks along with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies  10