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About Essex

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.

120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Corner of Rivington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-9616

Website:
http://www.essexnyc.com/

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Parking Details:
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

Executive Chef:
Adan Cortes

Additional:
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:
MLK Day Brunch Monday, January 15th

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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.

Essex Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
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Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Excellent food and service. Cocktail variety was a special plus. Will absolutely go again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Usually hot spot for me and friend to go to. Always end up being a good time

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

This is legitimately a nightclub that serves food. I couldn’t hear myself think. The music was so loud and mindless & everyone was screaming. There were more tables of 10+ than there were 2- or 4-tops. This place is filled with people who just want to get hammered.

That said, the food was delicious, the service was incredibly attentive, and the prices were incredible. I just would never come back because of the ambiance / noise alone, but this is what some people are looking for so it just wasn’t the right fit for me.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place! Cool atmosphere! Delicious and always consistent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came here for a New Years Day brunch and it was great. They kept the drinks flowing for the full 1.5hrs and the food was good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food isn't great, but the bottomless drinks are a decent value!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not the best brunch food for the price but they have vegan options and do unlimited cocktails VERY well!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great dining experience in an unusual location! Great service and very good food!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Très bien, service rapide et souriant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My family went to Essex for Christmas brunch. The service was great and they definitely were serious about the unlimited booze. No one's glass ever was empty. Everyone enjoyed their food as it was a great spin on American classics. I would go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Silverware was dirty, waiter messed up our order and the food was cold. Waitress was nice and ambiance was just ok. I will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Husband and I went for Christmas brunch. The place was multi level, but upstairs seating was stifling hot so we chose the main level. We had the bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas and bottomless was so accurate! Thank goodness neither of us had to do anything but stumble to the subway! The food was amazing! I had the short rib hash and hubby had the salmon benedict. Our waiter was attentive, friendly but not hovering. Would definitely go back on our next visit to try lunch or dinner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

BEST BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH IN NYC! The food is great and the service is speedy. I make sure to visit every time I'm in NYC.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas brunch! Family brunch with bottomless mimosas & yummy food and ambiance in the heart of my neighborhood..second time here! Had a lovely time and our server was wonderful!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

A lively restaurant with good food and drink. We went as a family and although we enjoyed it, the venue is probably best for a group of friends/ work colleagues. The music is pretty loud....you have to shout. Perhaps not a first date venue!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I have been coming to ESSEX for years and have always enjoyed their brunch menu. Last night was the first time I came for dinner and it was wonderful. I think for 2018 I will switch off brunch and go to Essex for dinner from now on.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Essex Restaurant is always reliable for very good food at decent prices, it does not disappoint. We arrived before 8pm and took advantage of $1 Oysters, which were fine, very fresh, and Happy Hour 1/2 price drinks. We all had potato latkes with gravlax for appetizers, they're hard to resist, quite good. And dinner was delicious. I must mention the fine service -- we had a really excellent server who was attentive, sweet and thoroughly on top of things. She made a good meal even better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a great time and good service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was very nice! The drinks were AMAZING

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was great! We went for a boozy brunch for a 30th birthday- a ton of food and mimosas for the cost. And peanut butter cake with a sparkler which was so fun!We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Interesting restaurant in Midtown I think it was Midtown. Anyway and had really hard reviews the food was good interesting food interesting selection prepared well. Service was fine.
I don't think I would ever go back there again because we usually stay in Manhattan but it was interesting and I'm glad I went and it had bottomless mimosas I think and Bloody Marys for brunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

An Indian flare to all American dishes
Well seasoned
Great sauces
Low key dining
Great happy hour

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great place! A bit of a wait, even with a reservation, but worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing waitress! And those are hard to come by lately, but she was wonderful.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went for happy hour on Thursday—half price drinks! I had scallops and they were v tasty. The fried gnocchi was delicious, great if you’re feeling ravenous. The service was subpar but at least the drinks were strong.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Since brunch lasts until 7:00pm on Saturdays they shouldn't take reservations for dinner until at least 7:00pm. At 6:45 the noise level was deafening

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

One word: Lola. She went above and beyond to accommodate my group and ensured that we had a GREAT time. It's very rare to find a gem like her in the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was an amazing brunch experience, she filled our mimosa glasses every time I turned. My only suggestion is to not take the bread plate before asking and the customer finishing. I looked up and my bread was gone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The place was fine i was expecting maybe something more fancy, the food was good

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

From the front to you get in the restaurant....the service is excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Surrey)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fab bottomless brunch with friends, I chose the wrong dish from the menu for my taste but everyone else's meal was great! Our waitress never let our drink go empty!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was really delicious, and a great bottomless brunch deal! The service was very good as well. A perfect spot for brunch with friends. Didn't love the ambiance, but didn't dislike it either.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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