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/

Entertainment:
Sunday Brunch: DJ Mike Dominico

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:
Please Join us November 24th for a Special Black Friday Brunch.

Specials

HAPPY HOUR | Dollar Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

SUNDAY HAPPY HOUR | $1 Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Sundays from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

MEGA HAPPY HOUR | $1 Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Thursdays from 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Specials

HAPPY HOUR | Dollar Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Details

Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join Us for our Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner | 2pm-11pm | Three-Course Menu with Traditional Turkey Dinner as well as New American Thanksgiving fare--44.95 for adults and 24.95 for guests under 16.

SUNDAY HAPPY HOUR | $1 Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Sundays from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Sundays from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

MEGA HAPPY HOUR | $1 Oysters | Half-Price Drinks

Thursdays from 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Details

Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Thursdays from 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM.

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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (39)
Good for Groups (25)
Casual (23)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Fun (21)
Happy Hour (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Romantic (4)
Vegan (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Live Music (3)
Business Meals (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place! A bit of a wait, even with a reservation, but worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing waitress! And those are hard to come by lately, but she was wonderful.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I sat at a three seater that was extremely close to the bar. People were literally on top of me and my friends, it was uncomfortable. It was extremely loud and caught myself yelling just to converse with my friends seated at the table. My food order was also incorrect and the food in my opinion wasn't great in flavor. My fries were also overcooked. I would only recommend this restaurant for vibrant bar scene, if that's what you're into.

I would also recommend this restaurant for larger parties. At least they can have room on the upper level.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food at Essex is delicious and our waitress was great. Very popular brunch spot with bottomless drinks. While we were signing the check a rude waiter came over to us and said we had to finish our drinks at the bar. We hadn't reached our time limit on the table yet but they rushed us out in a very rude manner. Loved the meal but left disappointed and upset.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went for happy hour on Thursday—half price drinks! I had scallops and they were v tasty. The fried gnocchi was delicious, great if you’re feeling ravenous. The service was subpar but at least the drinks were strong.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

From the beginning everything was good. Got our drinks that was ok. The starter arrived - boom pork belly tacos, and they where amazing. After that everything went down the drain... service was horrible, they become mad at us for not ordering more drinks. And the main course was a sad story. The salmon with quinoa tasted ok, but the salmon was over cooked. The other dish was a burger with fries. The fries was still frozen... and come on do your own fries!!!! The burger meat was ok and the bun to.
If you decide to go there, eat the pork belly and be prepared for a horrible service.
I would not go back even if it was free!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Since brunch lasts until 7:00pm on Saturdays they shouldn't take reservations for dinner until at least 7:00pm. At 6:45 the noise level was deafening

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

One word: Lola. She went above and beyond to accommodate my group and ensured that we had a GREAT time. It's very rare to find a gem like her in the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My only complain is the music. There was only one genre of music playing and when we asked the DJ if we could request one song since we were celebrating a bday, the request was denied. It was a large party of 11 ppl, and it would have been nice to hear top 40 instead of house music for 3 hours.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was an amazing brunch experience, she filled our mimosa glasses every time I turned. My only suggestion is to not take the bread plate before asking and the customer finishing. I looked up and my bread was gone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The place was fine i was expecting maybe something more fancy, the food was good

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

From the front to you get in the restaurant....the service is excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is my second visit to Essex and unfortunately, it wasn't as good as my first visit. After arriving for our 11:15 visit we were seated upstairs in a timely manner, but we felt like we were on the clock the moment we sat down. Two members of my party ordered the southern and found that it was bland and drenched on gravy. While the energy is great I was hoping for a little less noise at 11am! Also the ladies room was a mess!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Surrey)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fab bottomless brunch with friends, I chose the wrong dish from the menu for my taste but everyone else's meal was great! Our waitress never let our drink go empty!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was really delicious, and a great bottomless brunch deal! The service was very good as well. A perfect spot for brunch with friends. Didn't love the ambiance, but didn't dislike it either.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Six of us arrived at 7:40 for a confirmed 7:45 reservation, and they had us in computer for 10pm which was weird and made no sense. They did handle very quickly and got us seated immediately. However, then the little things started - said they were out of iced tea; painfully slow at replenishing our very tiny water glasses; and worst of all, one of us ordered the chicken and it took so long to come out that the rest of us finished our entire meals before it even came, so simply had to bring it already in a to-go container. Luckily she shared half of someone else's meal in the meantime. We were told dessert would be comped as a result but they only comped 2 out of 3. We also went for two birthdays, I reminded them of that before dessert, and they did nothing to acknowledge. Our table was cramped and closest to the bar area so it was SO loud and so dark and we had to shout over one another all night and still could hardly hear. Will never go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I come to this place all the time and I love it, but this time, I had to wait 45 minutes for my table-- eventhough I had a reservation. Understandably, they were busy with folks celebrating September birthdays, like myself. After getting seated, the crew was super accommodating and the manager gave us a free round of drinks and a discount! I mean, brunch there is a great deal already. Shaving a chunk off was even better. Plus, they substituted the standard onion bread that I don't like for a very delicious white bread. I'll continue to come back; however, I'll make sure to come a little earlier when it's more chill!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The restaurant was very crowded and extremely noisy. The skylight ceiling provided wonderful lighting. It took too long to get a cappuccino. I didn't like everything from fruit, salad, eggs, and potatoes all piled up on one plate. There was no skim milk or cream for the coffee. There were bread rolls, but no toast for breakfast.

Tags: Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Thursday all drinks are half price until midnight! Food was pretty good, nothing mind blowing but very good overall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Waiter was very good

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Just terrible from beginning to ends. The service is horrendous, feel like just because tip is automatically included they shouldn't care.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great happy hour. Had drinks and snacks at the bar. Dollar Oysters were really high quality for the price and small plates and cocktails were creative and delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I would have given higher on the food,,,, but I think I'm going to stop ordering their oysters. They are clearly opened too many hours prior, lack the oyster liquid and taste a bit off because of that. Sorry.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My favorite brunch spot in nyc! My cousins who are vegan really enjoy the menu selection. Love that I can book with open table

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Seated right away, bottomless drinks were great quality, waitress was very attentive and checked on us frequently, food was so darn good, and they made sure were happy after. Great experience. Just prepare for a loud and rowdy brunch, because everyone loves them!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and drinks! Especially for brunch! The restaurant is a little tight in spacing but great for a date with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was excellent, the drinks were strong and fast flowing and the music and atmosphere were brilliant. Next time I am in New York with friends I will go again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

This was my fifth time to this location. As always the food was great, mimosas wonderful and amazing service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was great, kind of a weird layout

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Really enjoyed experience here at Essex. We were 20 minutes late due to get directions muddled however we were still seated very quickly. Waiting staff looked after us well throughout the meal. As a vegan I had struggled to find somewhere suitable to eat however the menu here included the vegan mexican matzo which was to die for, would definitely recommend.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great customer service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

It was a great time and the food outstanding

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

When we arrived the hostess was some what warm and had told myself and my party that it would be a couple mins until we were seated. We were seated upstairs which was a bit warm. Our waitress came and didn't really speak to us. It was kind of intimated but we came to brunch to have fun so we didn't pay a lot of mind to it. But the food was good and we had our drinks refilled many times.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent food, best Mimosa ever, great service. Good place for Sunday Brunch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

While the food and drinks were great, it was way too loud for conversation and the staff was a bit prentious. Over under whether or not we'll be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good, attentive, friendly, & prompt service. Food (appetizers-dessert) & drinks were delicious. Repeat diner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our hostess was very friendly and helpful. I asked when I arrived for a balcony which is very popular. She was so helpful and asked to give her a few minutes and she got us the perfect seats. She was very helpful, caring, friendly and would love to continue a conversation with her but it was time to sit down. Our waitress was friendly as well and when they say 'bottomless brunch', they mean it! I lost count of how many drinks I had. The food was delicious and I definitely plan on returning in the future! Thank you for a wonderful time and I will be recommending to others!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Third place we dined at during our vacation! Essex NYC - wow! Just wow! This was by far my favorite venue throughout our entire trip to NYC! I read that this place was voted best brunch via OpenTable & I can see why! It was vibrant! Atmosphere literally felt like a club at 11 am (( lol )) & the food was ridiculously delicious! Sofia agreed! She loved the avocado toast & Raymond's east coast "Migas" were out of this world. I ordered a shrimp salad but forgot to snap a picture because I dove right in. The service was topnotch - by far, the best of the best!!!!! I would definitely return here the next time we are in Soho!!!!!! I wrote in the notes when reserving this table it was Sofia's birthday and they truly made it memorable. Way to go Essex - unbelievably amazing!!!!

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

SO loud. Everyone there for brunch seemed to be there to get wasted. Large groups of girls screaming all around us, on top of very loud music. Service very slow. Food was pretty decent. Wouldn't recommend unless you are looking to get smashed on a Sunday morning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We were 8 old friends getting together for dinner. The restaurant staff was wonderful putting a table together in a more or less circular arrangement so that we could comfortably converse. Unfortunately the noise level was high so that conversation was a bit difficult. The food was delicious and the portions large. It was a Thursday evening so drinks were half price. Casual atmosphere, great value.

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