Essex

4.4
2344 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

XL, best waiter hands DOWN. He really cares about customers having a great time and was very friendly and attentive. I will always request him every time I go to the restaurant. This has become one of my favorite brunch restaurants in the area and I always have a wonderful experience at Essex.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Essex has down bottomless brunch justice with their reasonable time window, entree pricing, and prompt service. I've gone two Sundays in a row now with slightly different experiences, but nothing that screamed overall inconsistencies in the restaurant's ability to care for their patrons. Would recommend for groups. Conversations may be difficult to have given the acoustics and time of day.

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OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely spectacular find. We walked from 29th and Park to get there. Not a bad walk on a summer’s evening. Drinks were reasonably priced. The calamari was amazing. It came with an avocado dipping sauce that we ordered seconds of because it was so scrumptious. We will return!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Not sure if it was due to 4th of July holiday but, the service was terrible, the dood wasn’t worthy and they ran out of some drinks. Definitely will not go back.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun place for an evening out. We had the two course dinner that included our alcoholic drinks. The (dare I say) delicious food was well prepared and served in a timely fashion. We also added the peanut butter pie for dessert, again very tasty. We would return.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We dined here for an early dinner on July 4th with a small group of friends. our experience was not the most pleasant. The floors were sticky, the waiters were disheveled and we paid a lot for food that was poor quality. Our waiter was completely checked out and we even saw him washing his hand using the water from a coffee machine spigot in the main dining area. Would not recommend.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience per usual. Even though someone next to us couldn't handle their liquor, our server did an amazing job of accommodating us and making us feel even more comfortable in spite of the situation.

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my new go to restaurant for when I want to have a little of everything. The wait staff is so awesome. The food is always great and my BF raves about the burger.

They have a happy hour until 8pm as well (check for specific days).

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place !! Amazing food and amazing service as well as quality of everything!

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m
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

food was subpar, drinks were good, decent service,.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Brunch was just ok. We split French toast and an omelette— food just wasn’t that good.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Go-To Brunch spot in the lower east side. (GET THE LOBSTER BENEDICT!)

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The table max time sucks but everything else was great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was great!

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a wonderful brunch at Essex! The food, staff and atmosphere were amazing!!

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EW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Super loud with people talking over each other. No friendly staff. They refuse to give us desert due to the bunch menu. Speaking of bunch menu. Not so good for vegans. Table are super close to each other. Unable to get out of your easily/keep hearing other people conversation. Not ever going back. Hope this was helpful.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is great and they have a great happy hour. The problem is that you can’t use Open Table if you bought a Pulsed promo deal.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Glacially slow and disorganized service, but the food is excellent, and the space, interesting. If you go for the food alone, and you're ready to wait a long time between courses or seeing a server, it's not a bad place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, wish you could hear the music upstairs. We went for brunch and It seemed like the place to be was downstairs since the music was good down there. Otherwise, perfect !!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

This place has changed into a Day time club with an ID check in the front at 3PM on a Saturday. Way too loud and everyone’s screaming because they either can’t hear and/or are drunk.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was amazing. The food and service was exceptional. I will be back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I came to Essex for brunch and weren’t disappointed. We ordered bottomless mimosas as well as the French toast and short rib hash. The food was delicious and the service was spectacular. Every time our mimosas dipped below the half way point in our glasses they were topped off. Our waiter was so friendly and cheerful. We would definitely come again!

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Key West
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mo was the best

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great time at brunch the drinks keep on magically refillin

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my birthday bottomless brunch. It couldn’t have went more according to plan. Although we didn’t get pitchers of mimosas on our table like I hoped, the servers were constantly checking our table to ensure our glasses were full (we didn’t need pitchers at all). They do give a good amount of food along with the brunch package so you definitely get what you pay for. Mimosas were great and food was good. Honestly I forgot the bloody marys and screwdrivers were included, but that’s fine.

I’d say the word “noise” has a negative connotation to it. I actually liked the fact that it wasn’t quiet like a library or I can hear conversations at other tables. You have to talk kinda loud in my ideal brunch atmosphere (we are drinking mimosas after all.) Overall would recommend and would come back again. My party expressed they were impressed with my choosing of the venue.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

There was plastic and hair in one of our burgers which we had to get switched. Also, the server refused to give us bottomless mimosas after one hour thinking our 90 mins are up. He wouldn't even come near us to talk. After a while, he came and we had to prove that it had only been 60 mins. He kept ignoring us when we were trying to order something.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waiter never introduced himself. Have no clue what his name was. Not friendly at all.
Oysters came out and no description as to where they from. The shrimp and avocado salad had the soggiest spinach in it. Lacked flavor. The chicken pops as an appetizer were horrible, all fat and very small.
I ordered the blackened catfish. It was drowning in a sauce that I can’t even begin to describe. The catfish had no flavor at all.
Overall, very poor meal. Never bothered with dessert.

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had great waitress. 5 star service. Arrived 20 early and was seated immediately. It's a must return for us.

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing and food delicious!

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The food and the wait were AWFUL. The waitress was sympathetic and did her very best. We tipped her well, knowing it wasn’t her fault.

We arrived at 6:00 on a Sunday night - the bar was more crowded than the restaurant. We ordered our food and drinks. And waited. And waited. And waited. We got a basket of dry bread. And waited. And waited. We watched the party of 3 who had arrived later than we had get their food. Because it was appetizers? We were also a party of 3 and had ordered a cheeseburger, a grilled chicken dish, and scallops with risotto - no appetizers. Not difficult dishes.

After an HOURLONG wait - the food arrived. No cheese on the burger. Scallops so over cooked, they tasted like rubber. Plain rice with some veggies tossed in, not risotto. The chicken breast was also dry, with some potato sticks tossed on the plate. There was a very loud (drunk) (Sunday night) (Mother’s Day?) party that moved from the restaurant to the bar and continued to make a scene. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

VERY DISAPPOINTING. We live nearby and had high hopes. We won’t be back.

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EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The ambiance is good, the staff was friendly however the food was mediocre.
We needed a table where we can have a stroller next to us because we have an infant, they were very accommodating. We were celebrating mother's day and they forgot 1 omlette, we had to wait 5 mins for one person's food. When the check came everything was priced as bottomless brunch when none of us had a drink. They fixed it and didn't charge us the plate that came late. So mixed feelings about this restaurant.

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, fun ambiance and drinks coming in quickly! Would definitely go back.

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IS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Yes, there was music, but so much noise was coming from the all around us, we could not even hear it. Many groups with Birthday celebrations. Unlimited drinks is a big plus and service was excellent, but I do not see how this was worth $50 per person plus tip for a group of 11. Its a little cheaper for a smaller group. It included one regular branch dish; not even coffee.

For 11 people we spent $700.00.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the hospitality

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JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Food came out piping hot and well-timed. A bit noisy but generally a nice vibe. Surprisingly good wine list. Overall, a very nice evening. Will definitely go back.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was very good. My partner and I dined at Essex to experience their Unlimited brunch. Unfortunately, these days, most restaurant's "unlimited" brunch are very limited. Diners are mandated to 2 hours. NOT at Essex, however! The entire waitstaff was vigilant and diligent in refilling my glass with mimosas. Even when my glass was half-full, there was a server whom suddenly appeared to refill my glass.
My partner and I will be returning to Essex again for brunch. We are also excitedly considering returning to experience dinner at the restaurant.

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SO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was just okay. We had the rigatoni and meatballs, chicken lollipops, sliders, and avocado and shrimp salad. The salad was bland...there was no acid or salt to balance the fat of the avocado and the shrimp were slightly overcooked. The lollipops we're tasty but room temp when they came out. And the rigatoni was boring.

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for dinner at 5 on Sunday, but was told the kitchen closed from 5 to 6 pm and we were not inform even though I received a call before. At that time its only drinks available. But the waitress was very nice and have us sit and inform us we may order dinner a little earlier. This is the only set back and I wish I were inform regarding the above policy or they should block the reservation time slot.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're catching up with friends or just need a getaway with no stress this is the place to go. Our server, I believe his name is Raul was very hospitable. I would definitely come back and recommend this place. Thank you for a great brunch!

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