Essex is from the same team behind Delancey, one of our favorite spots for charred pizzas, and we love their burger, because it’s proof that if you cook a mound of beef like you would a pizza, it’s going to be great. It’s seared in a wood-fired oven as if it were a Neapolitan pie. The result is outrageously good, especially topped with two secret sauces: an orange one that tastes like pepperoni, and a white one that tastes like caesar salad dressing. Pair it with one of their delicious cocktails and gaze into the eyes of your date - if you can (it’s pretty dark in there).
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