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Grab some grub at Macky’s Essex Street Pub

Essex Street Pub, one of the city’s greatest watering holes, is now serving food as a full fledged restaurant. It struck me that maybe I was overdue for a non-beer visit when I ran into a couple of friends who told me that they had hired a babysitter so that they could go have a nice dinner at Essex. I actually had to think about that one for a while. Nice dinner… Essex?

Not that I’m surprised that owner Macky Moberly would have great food, since whatever he sets his mind to usually works out for the best, as long as he set his mind to it… it’s just that I’m a creature of habit when it comes to certain things, and it’s going to take a few times before I start to equate Essex with dining out.

Yesterday I decided that it was time to stop in and grab a beer…er… order some lunch. Per usual, I sat at the bar, and Macky sat by my side (as I ordered a glass of water). I looked over to see what he was feasting on, and it turned out to be one of the “snackatizers” – a plate of smoked surfer bourbon barbecue chicken wings.
Even though I don’t eat meat, the wings looked delicious and I ended up snapping a photo anyways. I also snagged his plate of smoked jalapeño casino and took a photo of those while I was at it. I was happy to see that both “snackatizers” were super appealing, and although I almost went with an order of the jalapeños, I ultimately opted for the soup of the day as a starter – the gazpacho made with watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries and cucumber. The bowl was a slightly tangy and refreshingly sweet thanks to the watermelon. It was one of the more unusual tastings gazpachos that I had ever tried, and while not made with the most traditional ingredients, they complemented each other nicely, creating a real hit with end result.
Next I tried the vegetarian “pulled pork” sammich made with spaghetti squash. In the past I had tried a similar sandwich made with jackfruit, so I was curious to see how this version compared. The sandwich was hickory smoked and was an excellent vegetarian representation of its meat-based counterpart. I only wish the sandwich had been a touch bigger, as I was enjoying the smoky flavors immensely. For meat-lovers, you must see the menu, where you will find all sorts of carnivorous delights.
Over the last couple of years, Essex Street Pub has put itself on the map for being a bike-friendly, jukebox-loving, beer swilling, and now food-friendly establishment, in a part of the city that has seen a number of exciting developments unfold. There’s a patio to sit at while enjoying your food too.
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 1am, and Sunday from 3pm to 1am, there is a window for just about everyone to come in and try this new tasty pub grub in Buffalo. I have always loved the relaxed atmosphere and the neighborhood feel… and now I love the fact that I can grab something to eat that is served up fast and delicious right around the corner from my house.
6 Essex Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 883-2150
Here’s the menu, since the website is still partially under construction:
Soup du Jour $3.50
Chicken & Dumplings $3.50
P.L.T. Salad $4.50
Romaine lettuce, Roma tomatoes, crisped Pastrami and crumbled blue cheese, topped with housemade roasted garlic cilantro dressing
House Chef Salad $2.75
Mixed field greens, tomatoes, onion citrus balsamic dressing
Smoked Bourbon Surfer BBQ Chicken Wings $5.00
Rubbed and smoked then dry fried in our Bourbon Surfer BBQ Sauce – 6 per order
Smoked Jalapeño Casino’s $6.00
Half Jalapeño smoked with marinated water chestnut, cream cheese and bacon – 6 per order
Macky’s Grand Champion J.D. Chili $3.50
Slow simmered with cheddar jack
Chili Cheese Nachos $4.50
Baked with cheddar jack cheese and topped with Pico de Gallo, house made salsa verde and sour cream
All smoked items slow hickory smoked!
Housemade Pastrami and Corned Beef All sammiches served with your choice of field greens or chips and a pickle and on a Luigi seeded twist unless otherwise specified
Smoked Burger $8.00
Rubbed and smoked then seared with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and Bread & Butter pickles
Grilled Burger-Cheeseburger $7.50
Fresh 8oz burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, melty American cheese
Fully Custom starts @ $7.50
Price includes choice of 1 cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and any regular condiments (upon request) Plus any additional custom options
Mac-Attack Burger $10.00
Hickory smoked burger, melty American cheese, jalapeño casinos atop
Roast Beef $7.50
Slow roasted, hand carved on a custom kimmelweck roll
P.L.T. $7.50
Crisped Pastrami, lettuce, tomato and Chipotle mayo on sourdough
House Smoked Center Cut Pork Chop $8.00
Sweet tea brined, smoked, covered in a spicy mushroom cream sauce on a costanzo roll
Rufus Kay Atomic Bomber $8.50
Smoked Lorigo family hot Italian sausage, banana peppers and onions, spicy marinara, mozzarella on a Luigi’s sausage roll
Hot Pastrami $8.50
Choice of cheese on marble rye
Macky’s Famous Corned Beef $8.50
Choice of cheese on marble rye
Reuben $9.50
Corned beef, kraut, swiss cheese and grilled on marble rye
Bobstrami $9.50
Housemade Pastrami, kraut, swiss cheese and grilled on marble rye
The Swingin Pete $7.50
Hot Soppresatta, Nana’s marinated eggplant, lettuce shreds, Roma tomatoes, and Italian oil
Vegetarian Plate $5.50
Roasted garlic, red pepper and basil hummus roasted Mediterranean vegetables and warm pita
Grilled Three Cheese with Tomato $6.50
Cheddar, pepper jack and Land O’Lakes American cheese on Texas toast

v>Vegetarian Burrito $6.50

Roasted vegetables, black beans and rice with or without cheddar jack, served with tortilla chips and Pico de Gallo
Bread & Butter pickles, Dill pickles, Chips, Thousand Island Dressing, Blackened
Additional Cheese
American cheese, swiss, provolone, pepper jack
BBQ Sauce, Spicy BBQ Sauce, Carmelized Onions, Chipotle Mayo, Pico de Gallo, Salsa Verde, Roast Garlic Cilantro Dressing, Sour Cream, Spicy Marinara, Steamed Mushrooms, Coleslaw, Kraut, Jalapeños, Banana Peppers, Peanut Butter, Pepper ‘n Onion, Sweet Relish
Bacon, Crumbled Blue cheese
Crisped pastrami, Baked beans, Black beans, MacDaddy mac-n-cheese, Chili, Corned Beef

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • LiveFastDie

    Macky has done an absolutely awesome job since taking over ownership after Pete passed away. He managed to clean the place up (new bathrooms, new floors in the back room, new dart board, remodeling and reopening the kitchen) without losing the neighborhood “dive” bar character that always made Essex great. I know more than a couple people who turned up their nose at the idea of eating at Essex before giving it a try and being pleasantly surprised. And I can’t blame them, for a long time it was a bar I loved going to but I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to eat there. Macky has kept all the charm and character of that joint while getting rid of everything that may have given you pause about choosing it as a place to grab a burger.
    On a much sadder, related note, I just heard this morning that long time staple of Essex St. Pub (and criminally underrated artist) , Jack Drummer passed away. I’ll miss that man. RIP Jack.

  • bung

    Essex has the best cheeseburger and wings in Buffalo.

  • LouisTully
  • paulsobo

    Looks delicious. I will have to give it a try…
    Good Story…though I don’t understand the glamour of “dive bar”. Why cant something be referred to as local and unpretentious rather than a dive.
    There are plenty of places that are nice but not overly commercial that locals prefer.

  • LiveFastDie

    I don’t want to speak without knowing 100% but what I knew of Jack doesn’t lead me to believe those are his properties. They may belong to his son.

  • ivan putski jr

    That sucks….I haven’t seen him in over 15 years…I remember pounding lemon drop shots with him and Pauly Painkiller out in Hanford Bay on more than one occasion..he was a cool dude

  • benfranklin

    You should get 2% when these properties finally sell. Your persistence as it relates to these properties is impressive.

  • Tim

    I love seeing these little beacons on the west side. Horsefeathers, five points, sweetness, etc.

  • LouisTully

    I know. More like annoying than persistent. I sound like paulsobo and his crusade to have everything rebuilt. I just pass the Plymouth property almost daily and I’m enamored with it and would love to see it active. Just curious about it.

  • LouisTully

    It was 7am…cracked open a can of Schlitz …
    Sounds like a badass. Pretty cool write-up:
    Afraid to see what the impact of this could be to the building: “as Jack had no modern heating equipment in his 4 floor building”.

  • hilaritee

    The food looks great! I hope they put a little more white meat on the menu eventually; other than those delicious looking wings, there is no poultry in sight. Best of luck.

  • TheNextMayor

    I was excited to go Essex and try it out. The food was excellent, however, the service was the worst I’ve ever had.
    I’ve never complained at a restaurant in my life but in this case I did. On three different occasions, I had to flag down our server who continually ignored us (we were her only table) because she was busy talking with friends who were drinking in the bar area.
    It was an early saturday night and there was no manager on duty. This probably explains why she was slacking off.
    The owner would be smart to hire a manager when he’s not there to ensure his staff is actually working and to fire those who aren’t.

  • macky

    530 Rhode Island street.(Big Mikes fault)
    the kitchen is open till1am but the bar is open till 4am every night of the year.
    Honest people deserve honest food.