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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.
New York, NY 10002
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.
Corner of Rivington Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday Brunch: DJ Mike Dominico
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
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.
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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
This is the worst experience I have ever had. The server lost our credit cards for 30mins. When we realized this was the case and raised a complaint, our server physically pushed one of our party. On mentioning I would call the police, i cards miraculously reappeared. Utterly horrific experience
Lola was very attentive and kept the unlimited drinks flowing. The food was pretty good. My shrimp avocado salad had a little too much cucumber and not enough leafy greens for my taste and the portion was way too small for an entree. It felt more like an appetizer. The birthday girl had the lamb hash I believe. I tasted it and it was very good and a nice portion. The bread that came out as a starter was ice cold and when I asked for it to be warmed, Lola literally told me they had no way to heat it up which I couldn’t believe! ?! Anyway after a few rounds of drinks I forgot that even happened and just enjoyed. Good place overall for the booze mostly.
Had a terrific dinner Mon night at Essex. We went for a dinner on the early side (6pm). Their house special cocktails were great and a nice menu. Started with avocado and shrimp salad. Entrees were pork tenderloin and scallops and risotto. All of the food was delish. We ended with the coconut cream pie - not to be missed. Our waitress was very attentive, friendly and nice and had great recommendations. The place was filling up by the time we left. Will visit again for sure.
It kinda felt like we stepped back in time 15 years ago, this used to be the best brunch place on the LES... but things have changed since then. For the price I think they could really prepare better food and renovate the place. My friends and I loved the music choices for Sunday brunch though! It was like a dance/90s mix.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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