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Essex Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.essexnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 533-9616
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER: Monday - Wednesday 5pm-11pm, Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm-11:30pm, Saturday: 6:45pm-midnight, Sunday 6pm-10:30pm
    BRUNCH: Saturday: 11:00am-4:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am-8:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adan Cortes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday- DJ Eric Visa
    Saturday - DJ Mike Dominico

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Rivington Street
  • Public Transit: Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.
A word from Essex
Located in the historic Essex Street Market Building, Essex is a loft-like multi-level space with contemporary cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Lower East Side. Essex is known for its weekday dinner and happy hour specials as well as its lively weekend dinner and bar scene. The weekend brunch is a New York institution and is always a top pick on Open Table Diner’s Choice and other sites. The expansive layout allows for intimate balcony and banquette seating as well as festive group dining and private parties.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Came here for brunch over a yr ago and had the lobster benedict so good and just recently for dinner the calamari sooo goood !"
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "Great time for a boozy brunch. Diverse menu and fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "Great brunch on the LES and they take reservations. The 30-somethings loved it (and the 3 drinks that come with any brunch item)! Portion sizes were more than ample. The manager and Maitre D went out of their way to accommodate our growing group size (from 6 to 7). Would definitely return when in NYC."
    Dined on 10/19/2014
  • "What a wonderful surprise. You really get your $ worth."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Even with reservations, seating took an extra 25-30 mins even thought my entire party was there. Then food took about 1.5 hrs and our group didn't even order appetizers. They apologize and gave us some a free drink ticket, but then the drink ticket weren't valid for shots. probably won't be coming back here for dinner anymore. Took way too long in all aspects. Was starving. ps. it wasn't even crowded. Not sure what went wrong."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Good food and drinks but it's a popular, trendy place so be prepared to wait for a table."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "I was anxious to try this place after reading all the reviews and we weren't disappointed. You need a reservation for Sunday brunch if you go during prime time (they turned away 2 parties in front of us without reservations). We were seated immediately in very close quarters. Service was quick and efficient and the portions were huge. We all had the bloody marys (only ok), one of us had the House Pancakes (really good), one had Eggs Benedict (also tasty) and one had a dish with Salmon as the main feature. Everything was delicious and you didn't leave hungry for sure. Despite the people waiting we were not rushed and really enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "we went for the $1 oyster and 1/2 price drinks all night Thursday! it was great! their cocktails were super strong and we love that! Our waiter was very good at keep refilling our drinks. As for food, we only ordered oysters and starters, most of the starters we ordered were pretty good, except the Pork Belly Tacos... not worth it. but the chef make it up to us by giving us special desserts. it was really nice of him. we had a great time!"
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "Id only been there a few years ago for Brunch and it was a bit of a nightmare, very, VERY, loud, crowded and more of a hipster scene than a dining experience. that was then, Sunday night was very quiet, the service was EXTREMELY friendly and attentive, and the food was truly delicious. seared Ahi tuna app was fantastic as were the pork belly tacos. The Broiled catfish was a bit overwhelming portion wise but very tasty as well."
    Dined on 10/5/2014
  • "My friends and I were running around the city all day but had been looking forward to brunch. We needed a late brunch spot since it was the afternoon by the time we got around to getting food - this place serves brunch till 8! Incredible. Loved the food, I got the lobster benedict and apple sausage. The mimosas were a little sub-par but the other drinks were good and the service was great. Would definitely recommend for brunch!"
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "It's a fun happening place. I came for brunch on a Saturday and had reservations. If you don't have reservations good luck trying to get a table. The brunch menu was great $28 for food and drinks. Your basic brunch drinks. Unfortunately I'm pregnant so I couldn't partakein the drinks but they gave me unlimited juice. The menu has a lot tto choose from. If you're looking for a quiet low key place this isn't it. Its a loud happening spot in the city."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Everything was pretty good! Our server treated us super nice!!!"
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "great spot for meeting groups for drinks - usually I am lured down to this spot for their oyster specials"
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "Great bar area and oyster special before 8pm. Once we sat down at a table the service was nothing short of horrible."
    Dined on 9/23/2014
  • "No ambience, mediocre service, way too loud. I could barely hear my friend across the table. The worst was the thick, black hair that came on my entree (I am blonde and my date is bald so it was not ours). Needless to say it was difficult to eat after that. I wasn't too upset since the appetizers we ordered were bland, boring and not good. What was really upsetting is they promised they would make me a new entree. It was clear that they just removed the air and stuck the same dish into the microwave to heat it up. Disgusting."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Food for brunch was good Cocktails can be improved Very noisy"
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Sunday brunch service. Its loud. Its bright. Time to wake up. Greeting was nonexistent; unless you count going into the middle of the floor after waiting 8 minutes at the front, yes I timed it because I'm a prick and I'm also a waiter, and and giving the hostess a big friendly "Hi!" to which she replies with a big smiling "Just give me one minute!" as a greeting. Seating is slow. Whatever- I'm over it. Food is decent. Blueberry pancakes: moist, nice chewy-dense but thin- crust, enough blueberries, good sweetness. Southern biscuits: dough seems overworked, not so buttery, top is not flaky... meh. Gravy was okay. Eggs were a bit overcooked: a lot of browning. Mimosas were tasty. Marys were too dry: none of that robust tomato flavor, too bad."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "We went to ESSEX for dinner, it was great! The food was prepared with care, the cocktails were delicious and our server was fantastic! all in all a GREAT experience! would highly recommend the mussels, slider, steak and scallops! OH! peanut butter PIE is to DIE for!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Although I usually am one of the older people at the restaurant, I like the tall ceilings; half price drinks during happy hour; delicious potato pancakes, vegetarian risotto, ceviche, and crabcakes. The service is attentive without being in your face."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "The food and crowd was great! However, my table if 9 people felt a bit rush. I understand the Saturday brunch has a timeframe if 2 hrs. However, the staffer was rude when she informed my party that we can finish our drinks at the crowded tiny bar. Even though, we still had 15 mins. Left of hour timeframe . As I said before good food but I don't think I would be revisiting this establishment ."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Our server was phenomenal and very patient with a large group of 15 people. Thank you so much for making my birthday a wonderful occasion!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "I think the waiter was more hungover than us! He was super slow (and we were the first ones in the restaurant...) and very unprofessional, even asking us at one point to "send a message to the hostess", which was a flirty line. We got there at 11am on Sunday and found out we couldn't get the 3 drinks included in the brunch special because the law prohibits alcohol to be served before noon...but they didn't change the price of the menu to reflect that. Poorly done. The food took 45 mins to arrive and once again, we were the first ones to arrive. It took 10 mins for a coffee refill. Oh And when we arrived, the hostess was eating out of one of the food bins! We hope it wasn't the bin they were serving :( very bad service. Food mediocre."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "I ordered Lobster Eggs Benedict which came out amazing. Plus with three mimosas the price was great. However, my server gave the impression that he did not want to serve us. His introduction was more like "Are you ready to order" instead of "Hello mine name is ...any questions? " .Maybe he was overworked that day who knows!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "The good here is terrible- either the ahi tuna smells fishy, the scallops are too buttery or the shrimp on the salad is too salty... The only thing that keeps me coming back are the amazing drinks during the awesome happy hour 1/2 off -- the blood orange margharita is to die for... Oh and Mo the waiter it really nice and patient as well!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "We had a good time at Essex; the crowd was ready to party and you cannot really beat a $23.00 brunch deal with three drinks. Mimosas were strong and food was nice, however, they were clearly trying to turn tables. We would stayed and ordered several more drinks if our waitress wasn't hovering. Nonetheless, they accommodated our reservation right away. It is a beautiful restaurant and definitely worth trying"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Good service, good food, and endless drinks! What else do you need?"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I've been here multiple times for brunch and every time I go I love this place more. The atmosphere is great and the food is awesome. The cost is very reasonable for brunch in NYC. I would highly recommend Essex. Just be sure to make a reservation and be prepared for a little wait even with a reservation."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Happy hour is a great deal if you like Oysters or mixed drinks (or both!). Service was smooth, but started to fall off as the 7:30 dinner crowd started to roll in and things began to fill up. As always, the food was fantastic (scallops, pork belly tacos, mac 'n' cheese), and the oysters were prepared very well. Drinks we tasty but the bar ran out of watermelon for the martinis really early in the night (we left at 8pm, so not exactly well prepared, especially when the Essex market was open next door). Just be ready for some noise, because the place is deservedly popular!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Came here for brunch with a few friends and we all loved it! The food was great and the service was awesome. The ongoing mimosas didnt hurt either. Definitely plan on coming here again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We came for happy hour. The host and waiter were both very up beat and attentive. The only thing I questioned was the freshness of the oysters. Everything else was perfect. I would come back again"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "AMAZING SERVICE & OYSTERS Con: Some Oysters had a lot of sand"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I love going to essex for the $1 oyster happy hour and half price drinks. The staff are always very attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The brunch was a very good deal - the menu is extensive and varied and three drinks are included for less than $25 pp. Moreover everyone in our group of 4 really like the food. We had Mexican and Vegan Matzoh brie as well as pancakes. It has downtown NY atmosphere and crowd and noise level as well but it was energetic, but not too loud for older people like ourselves."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service was none stop, and the afternoon was a blast. My friends and I had an excellent time."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Very good spot for dinner and drinks. Ambience really energetic and lively!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We went for the happy hour oysters but also enjoyed the salmon with caviar. Both were fantastic. The service was friendly and fast. I would return to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Our server was very attentive. A friend and I went for appetizers and drinks. The short rib sliders were excellent ans so was the Rose'."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My only complaint was we waited about 30 minutes after we already had a reservation. Once we were seated the service and food were great"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I went for brunch. The environment was very lively and the servers kept my mimosa filled. On the menu it says you only get 3 drinks with your meal for about $23, but i had 6 or 7 for know additional charge. Basically as long as your eating they will continue to pour with out you needing to ask. They food was ok; I really came here for the boozy brunch. I would definitely recommend this place for a lively group that wants to have fun upbeat brunch."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Checked in and waited 30 minutes before leaving. And my friend and I were not the only ones stuck like that. Another group at the bar had already been waiting 30 minutes, and they had a reservation as well. All around were people waiting at the bar, and to make it worse, the noise level was like a club at 2am. You had to shout to be heard. Horrible. Will never go back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
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