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For 2
7:00 PM
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2085 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American
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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.
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Phone number
(212) 533-9616
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adan Cortes
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Cross street
Corner of Rivington Street
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Parking details
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
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Special events & promotions
Presidents' Day Brunch Monday, February 19th
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 2085 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Essex has a great bottomless brunch deal but that's about all they're good for. $35 for bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody mary's including an entree. The food was very subpar and there wasn't really a vibe in the restaurant. The servers were good with making sure your glass was always full but if you're looking for a fun environment with good food, this isn't the place.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great Brunch Spot. Amazing food with quick, friendly service at a great price. Also loved the warehouse vibe.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Needed a last minute reservation for 9. They were so accommodating. Our server was absolutely lovely and the food was delicious! The lobster Mac and cheese was heavenly!

vipDLVATL (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

I had high hopes but was underwhelmed with everything. Service was "ok". Our waiter didn't seem to care that someone at our table had a significant food allergy. Two of the pork chops ordered were over cooked. Best part of what we ordered was at the burger and fries...everything else was sub par.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Steak was excellent, Gnocchi was over cooked, drinks were amazing. Would give them a second try.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

vipVIVA (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great for brunch!

Cleo (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The cocktail, soup and dessert were great but the entree tasted pretty generic and didn’t seem like quality seafood.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

RuthN (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 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!

Pinky (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 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.

cbnyc (New York Area)
1.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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!

LoriC (New York Area)
5.0  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 :)

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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

MJMurray (Dublin)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

CliffL (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 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