Essex

4.5
2817 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Celebration

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Join us for New Year's Eve Dinner & Dancing. Three-course dinner with champagne countdown--$95. Special $70 First Seating for 7:30 and earlier reservations.
  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    New York City's original brunch party includes choice of entree with 1-1/2 hours of Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (42.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (52.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2817 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing drinks - love LES and very cute outdoor space

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DSMB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Meal. Wife and I dined at Essex on day after Thanksgiving so Essex was much less crowded than previous times. Service was attentive without being overbearing and manager remembered us from past visits. Food was consistently excellent especially the short rib and the octopus. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Le menu de thanksgiving était très bon, un bémol, nous avons commandé le dessert au début avec tous les plats et notre choix n’était plus disponible en fin de repas ! Dommage !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not happy with service

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JayNYC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Went for Thanksgiving. The appetizers were good. But for the mains they ran out of ingredients and started substituting replacements that were inedible. For the desert we received burned pecan pie. Just a small step above terrible.

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Franju
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for the Thanksgiving dinner.
It was very crowded and noisy.
The turkey was great, the revisited pumpkin cheesecake as well but the pumpkin soup wasn't at all.
The neighborhood is really not welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner while in the city.

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Mark
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our waitress was great - but the hostess was very snippy, and was also very rude to another guest while we stood there.

Quality of food and drinks was great.

Based on the interactions of the hostess, and how she treated multiple guests - I would not go back.

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RickH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food. Limited but good wines by the glass. Top-notch, attentive, and friendly service. Very convenient to the subway as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing thanksgiving meal

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vipCarmen
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thanksgiving menu. Everything was delicious. The vegan lasagna was the best I’ve had. The turkey and fixings were awesome. Wait staff was super attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I already wrote a glowing review. My son and I loved the Thanksgiving feast, and I particularly loved the pumpkin soup. The textures of the pumpkin flesh and broth with the pine nuts was exquisite!

That soup should permwnantly be on the winter menu if it isn’t already

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for brunch. Bottomless mimosas and The Aristocrat is what I ate. Pretty darn good. I recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back! Def getting the gnocchi again. It was excellent! Best I’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for my birthday. The server did great informing us that the kitchen was backed up and we ultimately didn’t end up waiting long for our food. She also made sure to stop by and make sure our drinks were filled. Food was just under seasoned. Ambiance was nice.

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vipKenny
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was awesome, they were very accommodating. Food was typical, drinks were good, a fun atmosphere overall

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JamW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Insane prices

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exempted

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vipMariaT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and drinks. The service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun brunch spot with good food choices for the bottomless brunch and decent drinks

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Moebrown
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Overall the experience was great and Im thankful for our amazing server. She did everything to make sure we had a great experience. I was not too happy with our bill at the end. I originally booked a table of 6 but had two friends join at the last minute. Due to the two extra our brunch price went up by $10 per person and it was not for gratuity. I have never dined somewhere and was charged more because of the group size. I could totally understand it being an additional service charge for the waiter but we still had to add an additional 18 to 20 percent tip to the final bill even with the extra $10 per person being added to the bill. I honestly felt like the restaurant is taking advantage of people with this additional charge. We did not receive any extra service. Serval floor staff members who seemed to be there to help out did not even refill any of our drinks. They continuously walked pass us and we had to wait for our one server for any additional refills on drinks. One would think if we are being charged extra, additional staff would be around to accommodate the group. For this reason I do no recommend this establishment. No one should ever leave a place feeling punished for bringing in business.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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Elena
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found this restaurant on Open Table and thought we would give it a go. We really liked the atmosphere but were even more impressed once our server greeted us (ugh, I wish we could remember her name!!). She was energetic and friendly and we enjoyed the opportunity to chat with her on her recommendations for our NY adventures. She was articulate about the menu items that we had questions about and we took her up on all of her suggestions. The food - oh my gosh, so so good! We got the Fall Vegetable Lasagna, which might be the best lasagna I've ever had AND the Gnocchi, which was rich with flavor in all the right ways. The appetizers too were delicious! I would highly recommend and have added it to my list for the next NY trip!

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ChristinaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The $60 reservation cancellation fee is ridiculous!! No wonder it was only less than half full .The menu used to be larger and better. I miss the creamy French fare instead of ginger Asian spices. It’s was ok, not the great special occasion restaurant it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for his first time. He enjoyed it which made me enjoyed it. Waiter was nice and attentive. Food was good and the atmosphere was nice. We will be back for another go around.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sunday brunch and sat outside. The food was delicious and we had a fabulous server. So much fun especially with Bottomless mimosas. (Which were not like other places where it’s all OJ with only a “splash” of sparkling wine.). Looking forward to going again!

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KenyiT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved table for 12 and they did an amazing job, good service, good food and perfect drinks! … and great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Steak and eggs were no bueno - everything was delicious though and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had people visiting from out of town and they had a great time at brunch!! Music and atmosphere was so fun and the food was good too. Excellent service!

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience sitting outdoor for a larger party dinner (11). Eunice reached out to us to sorth logistics, the waiters were very nice, food came out on time, food was delicious, and overall great service!

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KaylaS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was mediocre but drinks were good. Recommend the screwdriver

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moelove
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice time but boy do they rush you outta the restaurant. It was pretty stressful.

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SashaFierceAllDayBEEHIVE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good spot for brunch ! Food was excellent and service was good.

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JaredG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Loved it and Hannah B our waitress was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bottomless brunch!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool Monday night . Relaxed atmosphere, we had the calamari and hamachi crudo to start with . My wife had the salmon and I did have the short ribs as a main course up to perfection. We love Essex , it is our pleasant place (specially during the week) , since the weekend is crowded and hard to get tables. Thanks again Essex!

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DSMB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Dinner! We really enjoyed our meal at Essex. The charred octopus was stellar, as was the salmon and the (gigantic) short rib. Great selection of value wines and attentive, but not overbearing, service. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not good. Calamari & Shrimp wontons we’re average at best.

Steak was smothered in butter but edible.

My wife’s salmon was fishy & not edible so we returned it. To the waitresses credit they did take it off the bill. Didn’t offer anything else but not recommend at all.

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vipmonojo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Staff was friendly, however however we had trouble getting our server’s attention (possibly understaffed? Server had multiple large parties simultaneously). Menu is appealing; execution OK, not fantastic. Potato pancakes were tasty but served unappealingly on a few pieces of wilted lettuce.
Coffee was disappointing; reminded me of a suburban diner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Would highly recommend for brunch

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 4.5 stars by 2817 OpenTable diners.

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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