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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.
New York, NY 10002
Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American
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-7:00pm.
Corner of Rivington Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Presidents' Day Brunch Monday, February 19th
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Essex has two balconies overlooking the main dining room that are available for private dinners, brunches, showers and cocktail parties for up to 50 guests for dinner and brunch or 60 guests for cocktails.
Essex Ratings and Reviews
Have been here a few times and quite frankly the service gets worst each time. When they brought us upstairs to seat us, our waitress was laid out on the benched seating. This was peculiar, but perhaps they didn’t expect people to be coming in for brunch on a rainy Sunday. Either way, not the best way to be introduced to your waitress—who ended up not being very friendly, even post nap. The food was fine, I had the Mexican matzo brei which was nothing to write home about. In the past the shrimp and grits have been tasty, though I did not order it this time. Overall Essex is best for bottomless brunch, but not much else.
We enjoyed our girls night here. We ordered from the restaurant week menu for dinner. My friend and I were not impressed with the scallops- very tough. The waiter did switch out our dishes which we appreciated. The lamb dish was very good. Appetizer of buratta was great and dessert was ok - nothing too special.
We were there for restaurant week and the menu had many offerings with great variety, much larger than most restaurant week menus.
However, the service and ambiance was cold and indifferent and it was so dark I needed to use my flashlight to see my food. I would not go back.
Went here for restaurant week. Overall the food was excellent. Had the Ahi tuna tatar to start. Fish was fresh and had avocado in it that gave it the creamy feel. For entree, had the lamb chops which was cooked perfectly and tasted great. Some else had the short rib over polenta appetizer and new york strip steak. Once again the food was very tasty and seasoned well.
Seating was cramped. We sat in a booth for 5 people and it was very tight with little leg room. Also the next table was right next to us and left no room to walk between. Also the environment was noisy with music playing loudly. We could barely hold a conversation. The environment felt more like a bar scene then a restaurant.
If you do not mind the noise and cramped space, I would recommend going
Came for Restaurant Week. I chose this place because their RW had several options for each course, while most establishments limit it to three. I had the short rib for my appetizer, NY strip steak for my entree, and banana cake for dessert. Each course was delicious! I dined on a Thursday, and Happy Hour was in effect till midnight, which meant half off wine. The service was great and the atmosphere was trendy. The restaurant has dim lighting and music playing, but not so loud that you can’t hear yourself talk. I would definitely return for their regular/full menu.
We went for Restaurant Week with a friend for the dinner menu. The room is very nice with high ceilings and dim lights, ideal for a date! I highly recommend the risotto with scallops that is delicious. A bit disappointed with the desserts which do not range to the same level of cuisine than the entrees.
This was my 3rd time having brunch at Essex and it never disappoints! Brought some friends visiting the city and they loved the lively vibe and the very generous bottomless deal! Unfortunately our table was not ready when we arrived and we have to wait 30 minutes at the bar, but our server was great and gave us free drinks tokens while we waited. My friends are pretty picky eaters but were really happy with the vegan options whilst I chowed down on the burger which was great!! Will be back again soon :)
The restaurant and the staff are ok, but the food is not worth coming back for. The portions were big, but they were average. We ordered short rib polenta for starter, it was bland and could be softer and with a bit more salt. Then duck confit had more sweet sour sauce on top while the meat itself should have had a bit more salt. Half of the steak was medium, the other half well done. The happy hour price was fine, but overall not worth it.
My friends and i had a great time, they enjoyed the bottomless drinks and that they could mix them at any point. The food was very good and service was fast. Our waiter was friendly and funny and attentive. It is very loud in there and not much walking around space for the staff. But an overall good time. This was my second time there.
I absolutely loved coming here for brunch. I am vegan so there was only one option for me, but that one option was amazing. I mean lip smacking, finger licking delicious. We came during brunch and it was amazing! I will definitely be back when I visit NY again.
This was my first time at the restaurant and it was worth the wait. The ambiance was really good and so was the atmosphere. It wasn’t busy and all our needs were met. The food was delicious and I would definitely go again. Thank you for a good date night!!!
Went here for brunch on MLK day, which they offered bottomless mimosas for! the server was very attentive and she came by every time she noticed empty glasses. When you first walk in, however, there wasn't a typical hostess podium and that threw us off a bit but the hostess did come by and we were seated very quickly in the upstairs area. The food was great! I highly recommend the manchego mac and cheese if you're going for brunch. You wont be disappointed!
Went with a reservation for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. We waited for 30 mins to be seated. While we waited, we were offered a ticket to grab a glass of mimosa at the bar. The wait was pretty annoying. The manager offered a discount to our bill which was nice. The food was good and the drinks flowed. May be back as long as they live up to their reservation times. I thought the food was good quality and the waitress ensures we never saw the bottom of our classes.
This is legitimately a nightclub that serves food. I couldn’t hear myself think. The music was so loud and mindless & everyone was screaming. There were more tables of 10+ than there were 2- or 4-tops. This place is filled with people who just want to get hammered.
That said, the food was delicious, the service was incredibly attentive, and the prices were incredible. I just would never come back because of the ambiance / noise alone, but this is what some people are looking for so it just wasn’t the right fit for me.
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