Essex
Essex

Essex

  • 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: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFusion / Eclectic
Essex reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (90)good for groups (87)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (38)neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (36)special occasion (17)late-night find (16)great for lunch (14)romantic (11)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great bunch spot, Lower East Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great brunch spot, fantastic food options, drinks included in the price, and we even had an extra mimosa and 2 iced coffees with no additional charges, good NYC vibe and very popular place, we felt so glad to have the OpenTable reservation when the queue started right at opening time. Would go there again anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spot for a Late Brunch
    dra44
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Where else can you find a spot that not only serves brunch until 8:00 pm, serves fantastic food, with great service, all for under $30/pp including 3 Bloody Mary's?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in the City
    Alisa
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We dine here frequently because the brunch is absolutely amazing! The menu is filled with selection at a reasonable price. Definitely best for groups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    eater
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Place was great for a large party for brunch. The waitress was very attentive, she refilled everyone's drink the second it became empty during the two hours of bottomless brunch! Good was good, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large groups
    NotAFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It's a pretty good deal for large groups. The $35 bottomless brunch is pretty affordable for unlimited drinks and a meal -- since we went for a birthday brunch it didn't feel rude to ask the whole group to pay an exorbitant amount. We had a very large group and they accommodated us. They weren't terribly friendly and at times the staff looked annoyed by customers. But... we had a lot of fun. The food was just OK but good for the cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was disappointed with the service
    Hershey1234
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been here before for brunch and enjoyed it. But recently came back with guests visiting from out of town on Saturday and was extremely disappointed with the service! He was not attentive at all and I had to ask the other waiter for things. Even though our waiter was only covering two tables during that time. :-/ but the food was good, I recommend the Mexican matzo brei.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the drinks and Oyster special!
    TrotsVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Been there twice and love it. Relaxing and reasonably priced. Right near subway. Happy hour drinks and dollar oysters until 8!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Very Organized.
    SouthernGirl
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Showed up at 11 am for a 11 am reservation and the staff was clearly not prepared. Food was ok. Biscuits were frozen and the sausage gravy was also not homemade. Also, the soda was flat and the wait staff never offered to correct the issue and replace the soda. Had to settle for cloudy ice tea. Who serves ice tea that is cloudy looking? Totally turned us off and ruined the rest of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going Away Party
    michelle81188
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My sister and I threw a joint going away party here, and had a fabulous time. They were very accommodating and understanding of our flakey friends backing out and joining at the last minute. The hostess was amazing so so nice! The food was good and everything was very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great personal touch
    shellyvcom
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were a group of ten looking for late night dinner (10:30) they were very accommodating and kept the kitchen open even though we arrived closer to 11. Drinks were 1/2 price, food was excellent and they did not rush us at all even as the place emptied and midnight passed! Total bill for ten people was under $400.00
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service.
    brooklynbrunch
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We came for a friends birthday and used a Gilt City voucher. They were ready for us when we arrived and our waiter (Mo) was beyond great. Super friendly, have us all food suggestions. We had a perfect time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Came here for brunch over a yr ago and had the lobster benedict so good and just recently for dinner the calamari sooo goood !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boozy Brunch
    Boozy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great time for a boozy brunch. Diverse menu and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Brunch Venue
    RLB1
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers, strong drinks!
    LanafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a wonderful surprise. You really get your $ worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYGuyInDCVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    OUTSTANDING food and great drinks. This place NEVER disappoints. Try the lobster mashed potatoes for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was Ok.
    pinmeupthewall
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boozy Brunch
    jess
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food and drinks but it's a popular, trendy place so be prepared to wait for a table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonably priced and tasty brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great night of fun
    icebb
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EATZVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch!
    worldcuisine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fgfl
    fgfl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience for oyster week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Everything was pretty good! Our server treated us super nice!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oystoberfest
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    great spot for meeting groups for drinks - usually I am lured down to this spot for their oyster specials
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mikeyb
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • chahli
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food for brunch was good Cocktails can be improved Very noisy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Pancakes with a Side of LIVELY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double Date
    LLum83VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, hip, young
    cozm
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and crowd
    Fab2dine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Birthday Venue
    ahnthepiano
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better
    Blah
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch menu
    shay718
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time and the food still sucks
    FooooodVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LES fun
    t182288VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a celebration
    Becca
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good service, good food, and endless drinks! What else do you need?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Brunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place every time
    NotAFoodieButIPlayOneOnTV
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic