Essex

4.3
2315 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
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing and food delicious!

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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
4 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
9 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
1 review
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
14 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
5 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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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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W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and amazing service! We especially enjoyed the happy hour prices on oysters and drinks!

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NY
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bartender and Manager were very nice, love the $1 Oysters and 1/2 off drinks! What a steal! Plus the vegan options are amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and the service was amazing!!!! Will return. Only con, the venue needs bigger bathrooms, there constant long bathroom lines

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the ambiance was perfect for brunch and the staff was very accomidating.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Amazingly good, fast, friendly service. Process are fair, portions were slightly smaller than anticipated, but we did leave full!

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KK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good brunch. Great service. A little loud.

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AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Although we did feel very rushed with our food and drinks (were told to move downstairs only after an hour and 15 mins), Essex has a great ambiance and amazing food! However, it'll be a while before I return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a birthday! Great food, variety of drinks and good service!

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

Celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday. Our waitress was amazing!! , atmosphere was lovely food was yummy!! Great spot for brunch

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SM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came here for my partner’s 55th birthday with the kids (and by kids I am talking 25 and 20). The appetizers were very good, we had the potato pancake with the goat cheese, chicken lollipops and the blue point oysters. The cocktails were good as well. I love gin and St Germann so the Pickeled Saint was up my alley. The entrees left a little to be desired. The scallops were too salty though the risotto as on point. The salmon was a little undercooked so the middle was inedible. The veal meatballs and rigatoni was delicious as was the pork chop dish. The flourless chocolate cake was a nice ending to the dinner...though the fruit added to the desert should be reconsidered since it looked part canned and part fresh. Overall the experience was great. I’ve also had brunch here in the past and the brunch is amazing. Definitely will visit again.

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CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

BRUNCH-In general a very trendy spot that is perfect for a group of friends. It has a great brunch with bottomless drinks for a reasonable price.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan options

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IF
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Seating is very tight but we made it work. Definitely will be coming back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Our food took an hour to get to the table...we arrived at 7:30 and by 9 PM we were still waiting for our entrees. When we asked to speak to the manager, the way he responded was condescending and extremely rude. He basically told us to suck it up and that an hour wait time for entrees is normal. His attitude was the worst I've ever experienced and we were all taken aback! Sadly, we were celebrating my friends birthday and her dinner was ruined. I feel sorry for the waitstaff who have to deal with this man, nobody should ever have to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a little overwhelming when we first got there because it was so loud and crowded, and they wouldn’t seat anyone until the whole party was there, which meant a lot of people were crowded in the front area (you could barely move). But once our party of 9 was seated the service was great - our waitress was super attentive and was constantly refilling both our mimosas and waters - and the food was tasty too. Since we came at 3pm they let us hang out and drink at the table for 3 hours, which was amazing.

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, comfortable setting, excellent food, especially the steak and eggs for brunch.

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

I hosted my friend’s birthday party here for a party of 11 and could not have chosen a better place! We chose the prefixed menu ($65 a head) and all got an appetizer, entree, & TWO HOUR OPEN BAR. I’m talking pitchers of vodka soda, pitchers of Moscow mules, anything you could want! The best bang for your buck and awesome service for such a large party.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I recently had the opportunity to eat here. I had such a great time. The food was amazing and the drinks were great. I’d definitely would come back.

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CR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a brunch party! Be prepared for mimosas and loud, fun music!

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice server, they ran out of the burger which was a bummer! But they kept the mimosas coming!!

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London
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

We were there on a Sunday night recently. The noise volume was out of control at first and we almost thought about leaving...but our server Kayley was wonderful and we stayed. The noise died down after several large parties left. The service was great and the best part of our time at this restaurant. I really expected a better experience but was disappointed. The food was fine but it was so dark where we were seated that you could barely make out what you were eating and that really altered the eating for me. Kayley as I said was the saving grace. My sons liked it fine but I would not go back or recommend. I think there are better options.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall had a great experience. We went for my 30th birthday and partook in the bottomless brunch. Nobody EVER had an empty glass. Our reservation was for 20 people and it was tight with 15 people, so everyone was very close friends by the afternoon.

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BW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress never let my mimosa glass get empty... that’s real love

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was horrible- burnt and not tasteful at all. The service was also terrible- so cold and u friendly. I have not been to a restaurant this terrible in a long time. Don’t go

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O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food menu, cocktails and wine list but far too loud for a romantic date. Great atmosphere for groups I imagine. All in all, glad we went.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour!, amazing restaurant week menu and service ! Definately a place to try out!! Very friendly stuff as well!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

The waiter actually cut our amount of time for brunch. We were seated at 2:22 and drinks were stopped at 3pm. We all felt completely rushed as he never informed us how long the mimosa time was (an hour and a half), and when I brought it up to him he had no proper explanation. Usually I really enjoy Essex, but the server was extremely disappointing.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My friend and I were very excited to go to Essex because we heard good things about the food. Upon my arrival the hostess notified me that if we did not have a reservation the only place that we could sit was at the bar and that it was a first come first serve. I was able to find an open table and made the reservation. We were seated fairly quickly after checking in with the host. The food was good, both my friend and I ordered the angus prime steak and eggs, which was good it came with home fries but they were a little brunt. When our brunch time was almost up and man came up to us and give us a ticket each that we could redeem at the bar. The man could across from us and after both of us signed our credit receipts the man came back to us and told us that he needed the table. This ruined my entire experience in this restaurant. It's obvious that they care more about the transaction and getting people in and out then the experience of their customers. My friend was not finished with her drink and had to take it downstair so she could finish it. I have never been kidded out of a table during brunch, he didn't even wait a minute after we had signed those receipts to come tell us we needed to leave the table. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend unless they want to get kid out right after.

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a good spot to meet friends in LES. Nice atmosphere, and the bartenders were great. Food was average, and definitely edible. Brunch is the go-to here!

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