Essex

4.4
2773 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    New York's original Bottomless Brunch includes entree with 1-1/2 hours of unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (39.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (49.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2773 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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alanr
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fathers day

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vipNickC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Half an hour late in having our table ready. Very slow for orders. Food arrived cold.

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TaylorW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was not great. Are out super quick but it was cold. The waitress got sassy when my friend and I wanted to pay separately.

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Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Better than expected!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went there on my birthday yesterday evening and the drinks took 20min every time. Ordered truffle fries, came cold, sent them back to get them re-made, that took 35min. Food was sub-par. Server was friendly. Overall restaurant was way understaffed. Server didn’t note birthday or sent dessert. Then we’re rushed because the kitchen was closing. Got there at 9, didn’t actually eat our entrees until 10:30pm. Had to ask for silverware, napkins and more water. Felt neglected as a paying guest. Music too loud. Not going back there ever again

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TamaraG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice, attentive staff. Big tables and varied menu to accommodate larger parties. Excellent drinks. Food was good if not amazing.

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FarrellT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanks for letting me switch tables mid-reservation

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vipNancyC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this place. Food was very good our waitress was fantastic. We sat outside and you could not hear people talking at the other tables. Overall a very pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend this place.

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DSMB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night dinner. Restaurant was quiet on a Monday so Manager offered us at large banquette. Beautiful, stylish room, well-priced wine list and excellent food. Chocolate Mousse is to die for!

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vipAJAYB
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Don't go for the food. It's more about drinking and the social scene, if that's what your looking for!

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My friend and I did a Sunday brunch at Essex. The reviews were 50/50 but we decided to go anyway! The vibe was fun and loud the way we like Sunday brunch. The mimosas were unlimited and kept coming the entire time, no complaints there! The food ( shrimp & grits , Mexican breakfast) were not that great, in fact we didn't finish it. Overall the vibe was nice and I will return but will definitely order something different!

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AleiR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except that I made a reservation a week in advance to make sure we had a decent table and once we shows up we were sat at a two top in the way of the front door over a hot air vent thing on the street where they pulled up a chair, when I asked about another table they said sorry everything is reserved. I don’t understand why once reservation is valued more than another. They then sat us at the bar and within the time we were there quite a few four and three tops were open. Might be back but I would say don’t bother with your reservation time since they might just throw it together last minute anyways.

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lisah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

pretty outdoor setting but lack of air made it warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the drinks are always flowing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crispy gnocchi will never disappoint!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AC not great for humid summers

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday here with a table of 10. The drinks were as free-flowing as one could wish; my steak was a tad bit over cooked but my friend’s perfectly-cooked Mac and cheese salvaged things kn the food end. One piece of advice: stick to one or two drinks at the most for the Happy Hour. Marlene, our server, was also a delight throughout our meal. Thank you, Essex & Marlene, for a memorable 30th!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food, bad service. Cups were dirty. Found bone in chicken.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE ALWAYS LOVE ESSeEx! THE BEST BRUCNH!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend out for brunch and had a fantastic time . Our food was great and our server was always ready refilling our drinks .. great place

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GabL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

First off, we got to the restaurant and we had to wait outside in the pouring rain for about ten minutes even though we had a reservation. When we got to our table, my party did the bottomless brunch. We were constantly waving people down and even leaving our seat to get refills on our drinks. When I asked if we could have a pitcher for our table they told me no. Multiple peoples food in my party was not what they ordered and it got sent back. Overall the atmosphere with a big group of people was nice but the overall service was terrible

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Raquel
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were seated outside even though it was raining hard and 50 degrees. No heaters. We kept our jackets on the whole time. The food was really good and we ordered mimosas for endless brunch. Just wish they had heaters out and a little more protection from the rain

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The meal itself was very good and Essex does a great job keeping mimosas filled for the bottomless brunch. Only serious complaint is that the check-in system is chaotic at best, our reservation was for 3pm and we weren’t seated until 3:30, and even then only because a bouncer made sure the host was aware we needed to check in.

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John
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Upstairs was too hot. Food came out quickly though.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

ordered oysters, steak, salmon, burger. The burger was the best. Drinks were good. Good for a group.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! The patio had a beautiful touch and very homie! The burrata flatbread and tuna poke was up to perfection. Than I had the short ribs burger and my girlfriend had the Scallops. Overall was a delicious dinner with a welcoming touch of ambience.

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ShivaunM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

So this is normally my go to brunch spot whenever I want to celebrate. However my experience was not the greatest this time around but because of the prompt and efficient service of the staff and management team who tried their best to make sure my table left happy is why I won't go into details and will give them another try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was awful

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AmberM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our girls brunch was a blast! I had read other reviews that the food was mediocre, but we thought our food was amazing! The bottomless brunch refills were timely- they don’t let your glass go empty! It was a great time!

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CourtneyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , great brunch spot

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vipKiaraR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch was a great value. Food wasn’t impressive but the service was amazing!

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LaShondaV
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Server was attentive and service was fast.

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Steve
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. We were a big group and the service was fantastic and attentive

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RenniC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. The waitress was attentive without being bothersome. The table was wobbly. They corrected it within 2 mins of us informing the waitress. Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are fantastic! Lively environment.

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vipNataliaR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day outing it was nice intimate and the candle ambiance was nice the food ... calamari was great and I got medium rare steak with fries sooooo gooood the drinks were not up to par I like nice strong drinks and it tasted more like a Virgin drink and not enough love in those ... but the service and the food and the inside tables nice set up potential bar level

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Nick
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Mother's Day brunch. Loved the potato pancakes.

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M1996
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was below average and food was mediocre

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vipRealNYersReviews
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed eating at Essex. A great place to go after seeing a movie at Regal or for a meal or drinks. The food was excellent and there was great energy. If we stayed later, I'm sure it would be a fun place to linger with drinks. Our server was excellent. She gave us enough time to decide, had helpful input and didn't rush us during the meal. She checked back to see if we needed anything else. We'll definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch ans staff!

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 2773 OpenTable diners.

Essex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1697/essex.

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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