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About 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.

120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Corner of Rivington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-9616

Website:
http://www.essexnyc.com/

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Parking Details:
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

Executive Chef:
Adan Cortes

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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4.1

service

4.3

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4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (26)
Great for Brunch (25)
Fun (20)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Casual (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Bartender was friendly,service was adequate,But the food was just okay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great for brunch!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Oysters and tuna poke weren’t fresh! Scallops in risotto were raw incise. Place was way too hot and dark. Service was good tho. In general i wouldn’t come back and wouldn’t recommend this place.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Essex has always been one of my favorites, I have been coming here for years!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

I really Love Eesex..I am disappointed that the Chilean Sea Bass dish will not be on the regular menu. That dish is amazing! Everything we have had there is awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Went here fir restaurant week. Food ok. Drinks very sour lemony, not great. Waiter messed up our order multiple times. Will not come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I went to Essex for brunch and the food was awesome! The place is super loud and felt like a club at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Won't be everyone's cup of tea -- but we had great food and good service!

Tags: Fun, Vegan, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for brucnh with my husband. Made a reservation night before and was seated immediately! Even after calling to say we would be a few minutes late, seated right away. Bottomless brunch is amazing. Will be back again :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved everything except the pitcher on sangria was $45 too much money had no idea- 2 pitchers later $90.00

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 (Dublin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loud, more bar than restaurant, mediocre food at best...

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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 :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always Great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Waited for food 2 hours! Entire 3 course dinner took 3.5 hours. Not normal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Phenomenal meal and experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a great date night with amazing delicious food, waitress was super polite!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Interesting location with somewhat noisy street level bar and restaurant with quieter upper floor dining area overlooking lively street and Essex market. Varied menu, food well prepared and excellent service.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Essex was very good. The service was great and the food was sooooo amazing. We are for sure going back !

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Went for brunch Extremely loud. A place for large female groups of Millennials. Uncomfortably crowded, shouting to have a conversation. Not our scene Nothing special about the drinks or brunch menu

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very average food and drink - loud brunch atmosphere at weekends. No thrills but fun if a large group.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and service. Cocktail variety was a special plus. Will absolutely go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

my experience was good. the food was great and the drinks came in timely.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Usually hot spot for me and friend to go to. Always end up being a good time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place! Cool atmosphere! Delicious and always consistent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came here for a New Years Day brunch and it was great. They kept the drinks flowing for the full 1.5hrs and the food was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food isn't great, but the bottomless drinks are a decent value!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not the best brunch food for the price but they have vegan options and do unlimited cocktails VERY well!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had my birthday brunch here on a Saturday. Had a ton of fun - service was a little slow (one dish took particularly long), but our waitress quickly handed our table a tray a free shots to make up for it. Great atmosphere and food for a brunch, and a great value at 32 per person.

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