Essex

4.2
2793 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Lower East Side pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, oyster happy hours and NYC's original brunch party. A vibrant multi-level space in the historic Shapiro's Winery, Essex offers intimate seating as well as group dining and event spaces. Enjoy outdoor dining rain or shine on our covered decks.
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  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    New York's original Bottomless Brunch includes entree with 1-1/2 hours of unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (39.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (49.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.
  • NYC Summer Restaurant Week

    Jul 19 - Aug 22, 2021

    NYC Restaurant Week is back! Join us for our $39 three-course special menu. Due to high demand diners seated in our dining room and outdoor decks will be served only our Restaurant Week Menu. Our bar menu is still available in the Bar Room.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2793 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NilsaR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great. Only thing is the noise is crazy but overall always great. Nothing they can do about the noise.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came here during restaurant week to give it a try and it exceeded expectations. The food came out quickly and was excellent. Everything we tried from appetizers to dessert was prepared perfectly and was delicious. There was a lot of space inside and the wait staff made us feel welcome and ensured we had everything we needed. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked at the last minute. Pleasantly surprised. Beautiful outdoor setup. Food and service were really good.

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StephenR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had veal meatballs appetizer and the duck entree and both were outstanding. A great restaurant week menu. They put their best foot forward for restaurant week (unlike so many now that offer a chicken-salmon-veggie pasta entree that are just cheap and not on their regular manu). Furthermore, they post their restaurant week menu online so you know what you'll be getting. We will be returning to this restaurant. Our waitress was also courteous and attentive.

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vipCristinQ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great outdoor area, great food, service slow but worth wait.

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JhanelleL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere but the above seating area was super hot especially drinking unlimited drinks for brunch.

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MikaMik
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lots of errors made with my vegan meal, but we ultimately got it right. Serve was not informed on what was vegan and what wasn't.

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JulieL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very accommodating to our change in reservation size!

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URose
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our waitress was a but rude and nonchalant. Another waitress refilled our mimosa but was confrontational on whether or not our brunch time was up and responded to us asking with a really rude outburst.

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vipPatriciony
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was great, the food was good.
Very fresh ingredients

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience! The poke was just perfect and salmon crisp on the out skin and MR in the middle, service to the point! Such a great to see Essex back at a full force .

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vipcarm
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite brunch place ever! I mean that, I'm a brunch connoisseur, it is my weekend hobby. I've been known to hit 4 in a weekend. You have to start out early.

Essex has a variety of food, mostly American, but with other cultural influences added to create depth. My favorites are The Aristocrats smoked salmon, potato pancakes, roe and poached eggs, yum.

The Shrimp and Grits are great as well.

If you are keto oriented, there is a breakfast salad that fits the bill.

The bottomless brunch is no muss, no fuss at 39.95. It is the most economical choice, because a regular, single mimosa is $13.50. Most places are slow to refill or add too much juice, not so with Essex.

Plus the serving team is so nice - taking orders, bringing food, cleaning up all with a smile!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was AMAZING And so was our server. But we were sat near the bathroom/ kitchen area and there was a terrible odor.

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MariaN
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Too loud, the food was okay

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Biglove
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not great! Actually, it was quite bad! Undercooked meatballs!

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

PLEASE AVOID IF YOU ARE A MINORITY!

I made the mistake of celebrating my 30th birthday here with a few of my loved ones. And the service, or lack thereof, that my guests and I endured was terrible from start to finish. It was thee WORST restaurant experience I've had in my 30 years of life. They literally ruined my birthday.

I initially booked with Dave(manager) over the phone for a party of 14, and called back later to specifically reserve the balcony area. Upon arrival, my guests were directed to a semi-booth under the staircase. When they indicated that we were to be seated upstairs, the host refused to sit them and claimed that the balcony was off limits as it was closed for repairs. LIES! I eventually spoke to someone who proceeded to direct us to the area I reserved and behold, there was not a single sign of construction whatsoever. They just didn't want to honor the reservation.

The dinner was reserved for 7:15pm, and we were given a very obviously inexperienced server named Emilio, who could not explain any of the menu items or drinks to us. We had to ask for everything, water pitchers, cups, straws, EVERYTHING! We ordered a round of drinks and appetizers that did not come out until 9:45pm. And that was only after we continually asked where our apps were, I mean cmon, oysters are raw, just bring them out!

We noticed 2 other tables of whites that were seated after us, had already had their drinks, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and were gone before we had gotten our appetizers! When they finally got around to bringing half of the dinners out, 80% of the orders were incorrect. and that set off another round of issues. The so called manager/owner present that night completely lacked decorum and regards for my guests and I when he picked up my burnt piece of steak with his bare hands and shouted at us saying the steak was perfectly cooked! Disgusting! They attempted to redo it and messed up the orders yet again. I went home & ate left over pizza.

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NewYorkDiner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The staff at the door/the host/hostess were nice, but it was all downhill from there. We were rushed and the server made all the diners (at least on our top floor) anxious rushing everyone.

They crammed a reservation for 6-7 people at a tiny 4-top. For a table of mostly grown men all over 6 ft - they barely had room under the table. Luckily, we were able to convince the runner and busser that we needed more room and they agreed. The server would not move us to the booth because a bigger party was coming "later"- guess what - that party never showed up during the time we were there. They really take that 90min per table seriously. For a get together where people want to relax and chat on the weekend- not ideal to feel rushed. I honestly felt like we were out in 45-50 minutes. My crew was happy to leave by that point - collectively didn't want to give them any more $.

The brunch "deal" is not worth it. First of all, the mimosas tasted terrible. Either old OJ, bad bubbly, or both. My server kept refilling my glass and when I asked her not to - she did anyway - was going to try to switch to bloody mary - but since she never came back over except to rush us - wasn't worth the breath.

Suggest - just get the food a la carte - it will be cheaper. Our table got a mix of food- didn't love the food runner piled plates on top of each other to serve.

Super loud.

Our server was terrible, rushing us the entire time and forgetting people's drinks, coffee, anything we asked for. We only had 1 refill of our small water glasses because I flagged down a manager who was running some of the food. While we were surprised by the "bread plate" on the table - my guys friends said it was terrible. Our busser and the junior server were much more attentive. Having worked in a busy high profile restaurant myself - if I wasn't there entertaining an out of town friend - i would have asked to speak to the manager on site- check your staff demeanor and how they treat people. shameful.

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CarP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice setting, good menu - everything we ordered was delicious! BUT it was a bit dark inside and I deeply missed the original space across the street….

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are amazing! The food is delicious and quick. Love brunching here for all occasions.

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MercedesC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Our server was fantastic and kept our cups full and even gave use a few free shots! Food was good, we sat outside so the noise level was fine.

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BJES
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. The food was excellent with a great variety of items to choose from. They have a bottomless brunch option also (mimosas, bloody Mary’s, etc) for not much more than the food only option. We didn’t do that, but it they looked great! Steak and eggs was great, Mac and cheese was amazing, burger was good, home fries and regular fries were both delicious. And the bread they bring to the table was fresh and delicious. Great food! Atmosphere was good and we liked the decor. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. We want to try dinner next time we are in town, as that menu looked even better than brunch.

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LazySugar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

So loud. Rushed service. Food was average. It was very hard to hear conversation at my table and other tables were being loud and drunk. What a shame because I’ve eaten several times, so to see that the quality has dipped significantly is a bummer.

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DSMB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. First indoor dining experience in over a year and essex really made it special. Creative cocktails, steak cooked to perfection and the most amazing chocolate mousse. Our server Helena(?) was friendly and attentive even though place was very busy for pride day.

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Steve
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Essex was amazing!

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good but our server and the majority of the waitstaff were not wearing masks. This came at a surprise to me because I would think that diner safety (and even their own safety) would be paramount. I will probably not go back to this restaurant until the pandemic is over.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, terrible service, lingering odor.

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ValerieH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service and the mimosas we’re
Definitely filled before they were finished each time!

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alanr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fathers day

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vipNickC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Half an hour late in having our table ready. Very slow for orders. Food arrived cold.

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TaylorW
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was not great. Are out super quick but it was cold. The waitress got sassy when my friend and I wanted to pay separately.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Better than expected!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went there on my birthday yesterday evening and the drinks took 20min every time. Ordered truffle fries, came cold, sent them back to get them re-made, that took 35min. Food was sub-par. Server was friendly. Overall restaurant was way understaffed. Server didn’t note birthday or sent dessert. Then we’re rushed because the kitchen was closing. Got there at 9, didn’t actually eat our entrees until 10:30pm. Had to ask for silverware, napkins and more water. Felt neglected as a paying guest. Music too loud. Not going back there ever again

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TamaraG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice, attentive staff. Big tables and varied menu to accommodate larger parties. Excellent drinks. Food was good if not amazing.

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FarrellT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanks for letting me switch tables mid-reservation

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vipNancyC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this place. Food was very good our waitress was fantastic. We sat outside and you could not hear people talking at the other tables. Overall a very pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend this place.

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DSMB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night dinner. Restaurant was quiet on a Monday so Manager offered us at large banquette. Beautiful, stylish room, well-priced wine list and excellent food. Chocolate Mousse is to die for!

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vipAJAYB
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Don't go for the food. It's more about drinking and the social scene, if that's what your looking for!

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My friend and I did a Sunday brunch at Essex. The reviews were 50/50 but we decided to go anyway! The vibe was fun and loud the way we like Sunday brunch. The mimosas were unlimited and kept coming the entire time, no complaints there! The food ( shrimp & grits , Mexican breakfast) were not that great, in fact we didn't finish it. Overall the vibe was nice and I will return but will definitely order something different!

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AleiR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except that I made a reservation a week in advance to make sure we had a decent table and once we shows up we were sat at a two top in the way of the front door over a hot air vent thing on the street where they pulled up a chair, when I asked about another table they said sorry everything is reserved. I don’t understand why once reservation is valued more than another. They then sat us at the bar and within the time we were there quite a few four and three tops were open. Might be back but I would say don’t bother with your reservation time since they might just throw it together last minute anyways.

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lisah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

pretty outdoor setting but lack of air made it warm.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Essex using the Order Online button. Essex also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Essex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 533-9616.

Essex is rated 4.2 stars by 2793 OpenTable diners.

Essex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1697/essex.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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