Essex

4.4
2824 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

  • 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.
  • NYC Winter Restaurant Week

    Jan 22 - Feb 13, 2022

    NYC Restaurant Week is Back! Special $39 Three-Course Menu served every night, including weekends. Choose from 17 creative American dishes, including our Angus NY Strip Steak, Seafood Pot-au-Feu, Arctic Char, Duck Confit, Short Rib, Burrata & Panko Fried Oysters, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Indoor and heated outdoor seating available.

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 2824 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Jamie
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent! Food was great and the mimosas were flowing!!

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TenicaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

They didn’t serve scallops anymore but it was still on the menu. I ordered a gnocchi meal and it was salty and had a bunch of cheese thrown on top. The calamari tasted like it was sitting in oil.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a bottomless brunch. Great atmosphere, with generous screwdrivers and samosas which flowed the whole time. Food was delicious and the staff were amazing.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Dinner at Essex. Great food and service--the shortribs are one of the best dishes I've ever had. Small but well chosen wine list at reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

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DanteM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Your sure to get tipsy off the bottom less special

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Food is mediocre, but a good place for a boozy brunch with friends.

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SamJ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Food and drinks were super. Beautiful ambiance too. Just 5/5 stars.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Dining Experience! Had dinner on New Year’s Day and many of the New Year’s Eve dishes were being served a la carte at reduced prices. My friends and I sat at the bar and were blown away by the creativity and quality of the food. The oxtail croquettes were one the best bar snacks I ever had. Other standouts were hamachi crudo, halibut and the burrata flatbread. The bartender was knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommended!

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JULIAC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Went for New Year’Eve. The food was okay and price reasonable considering the date:95$.
Unfortunately table available only for 90mn, therefore couldn’t stay for the party

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ShlomitB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Very poor value for money. So expensive and pretty bad food.

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TammyI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Expensive brunch that doesn’t include neither coffee or juice.

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Ogchristoph
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of towners for the Christmas holiday and the menu to Essex really stood out to us. The food was outstanding, as we left nothing on our plates and our server was top notch. Great drinks, cool location and the holiday decorations were tasteful without being over the top.

Next time we are in town, we plan to try their brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Server assistant brought water but did not have a server greet our table for literally 20 minutes. Watched two servers chat and then they realized we were there. We were putting coats on to leave. Arrived just before 7, server greeted at 7:22. Noticed there was a gentleman at the bar on his phone, manager?...owner? Didn’t seem to care at all about the guests but more that he was comfortable. He sat at the bar for most of our time there and disappeared for a bit with another gentleman in a dress shirt. Never stopped over for an apology. Food was good. Oysters,
Meatballs, salad. Server did not come back to the table after we ordered. Never got to order more food or drinks. Finally we decided to leave. The two tables next to us had issues too. One had to ask several times for their order to be taken. The other had a wine issue followed by the server telling them the salmon came with risotto instead of wild rice as the menu said. Asked for the check and the server walked right past us. Made dinner resos elsewhere. Finally after another 15 minutes of not getting cashed out I walked up and asked the other server if she could cash us out. She could not. She did inform the guy sitting at the bar, again...manager? Who grabbed our server and had him drop off our tab. No apology here either. Would not recommend or return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Brunch!

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DFKB
Salt Lake City
43 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch with bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and Beer. Awesome service and food! We'll definitely return!

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anitaw
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bottomless Brunch on christmas has been Great! Supply of mimosas and beer never ended. Staff has been neutral to friendly, the meal normal… but a very nice surrounding!

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Meow
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helena made the experience so fun & wonderful! We’re an older couple enjoying the City for Christmas & Essex was a great find. Service was stellar!! We did not feel rushed but relaxed & welcomed. Good food & great atmosphere. I was actually surprised. We’ll done Essex! We’ll add you to our yearly visit!

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vipBruce
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Good vibe. Waitress and owner and entire staff very helpful and accommodating. Will be back soon

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DSMB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Food and Value. Essex really upped their game since our last visit. The honey nut squash is priced as a side but is more like foodie appetizer. The short rib never disappoints and the winter salmon over wild rice was a nice upgrade. The manager remembered us and treated us like family. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good brunch.

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vipNola
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Music was too loud. Only one waitress so the service was subpar

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MichaelA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The noise level was beyond anything I have experienced in a very long time. We sat upstairs at a table for 5 (which was not big enough for 5), and we couldn’t even have a conversation. It was ridiculously loud. And to make things worse, they actually added music to the noise level to make it louder. I mean, really, pay attention to what’s going on. The servers couldn’t hear us and vice-versa, and our heads were going to explode from the noise. It was simply terrible.

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vipTalisaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hosted my birthday brunch here for a party of 13. The service was amazing, especially with that large of a group. Zoey, our waitress, was very attentive and multiple people commented on how available she was to their requests. The hostess was also very friendly and welcoming.

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vipLinda
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Delicious food. Wonderful happy atmosphere.

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vipLovesreallygoodfood
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was ok. Nothing special. Loud and very busy. By the time we left the bar area downstairs was packed. No masks. They did check vax status at the door though, which was good. Good for 20’s and 30’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so fun great waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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DSMB
New York Area
22 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

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.

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 4.4 stars by 2824 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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