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Essex

4.3
2116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American
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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.
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Phone number
(212) 533-9616
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adan Cortes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corner of Rivington Street
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Parking details
There is a large municipal parking garage directly across from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
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Entertainment

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Special events & promotions
Mother's Day Brunch | Sunday, May 13th
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for a special Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner. We are serving our famous brunch menu from 10am to 6pm and our full dinner menu from 6pm to 10pm.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2116 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 20 hours ago

I work in hospitality/the service industry so I understand getting people in and out. However a man (maybe the manager) came up to us at 4:27pm to remind us of the policy. I went to the bathroom and came back. At 4:33pm he came back and aggressively told us it was time to go. Meanwhile the three tables next to us were seated before us and were not asked to leave. I had not sat down because I knew it was time to go. I was not in inebriated so I was fully aware of everything. The approach was just a bit much. It honestly just left a bad taste in my mouth. Going forward perhaps the approach can be a bit lighter.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My gnocchi was burnt and we didn’t get food for an hour and a half! I called ahead specifically to confirm if the hole table was required to do the open bar and they said no. When we got there they said we had to. Very Confusing.... ive been here multiple times but seems like they get very confused with large parties bc it was a MESS.

They definitely push the open bar option. It’s a great value, but we had some people who just dont drink enough for it to be worth it. I will clarify that I think that’s when they get more flustered. I’ve never had a problem when I order from the prefixe menu. This time was just a different experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were a little skeptical at first given a confused hostess and being seated next to a very loud group, but the meal and our server were amazing! Pork belly tacos were to die for

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Noise from the bar travels up to the dining areas, making it a bit hard to converse. Drinks were reasonably priced ($12 for a cocktail). Manchego mac n cheese and the fries were the best parts of the meal. The kale salad had a nice lemony dressing.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was great but the only downside is seating people in the bar/waiting area. We had to ask to move because people were just all over us and not respecting personal space. That’s my one complaint - after a certain time they shouldn’t seat people at those two tables. I must say the hostess was swift in moving us so that was great and the waiter was great too. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved it!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Something for everyone, even picky eaters! We ALL enjoyed our delicious meals and the yummy cocktails too!!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

$1 oysters for happy hr...I had like 15 myself.

I was very pleased with food and the happy hr food menu.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My birthday celebration at Essex was perfect. We had a small wait for our table but the hostess was quick to get us drinks while we waited. Our waiter Nick was fantastic & on top of our bottomless brunch never letting us run out of drinks. The music gave us a cool vibe and made it feel like a fun upbeat brunch without being too wild. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Service was excellent. Lobster Mac and cheese was A1

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We came on a whim for Brunch one Sunday. We waited a few minutes passed our reservation time for the table, which we didn't mind, and the host was very gracious and communicative, so we were off to a good start. Then we sat down. I said I would do the bottomless brunch, my friend told the server I will just have one drink, but was charged anyways for the bottomless price (even after being told one drink is $7). Our service was pretty inattentive from start to finish. If we wanted more coffee or water or a drink or syrup, we always had to look for him and ask for it. The other server seemed pretty busy, too. Then, they tried to seat a large party next to us with, I'm not kidding you, 4 inches of space between our table and their's. Luckily a manager saw and came over and repositioned everything for a little more space. What saved the experience was the food. I was, at this point, expecting mediocre at best brunch food, but the duck hash, though quite fatty, was quite delicious, and the banana chocolate chip pancakes were fantastic! We ate every bite. Then had to flag down our server to pay.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was good but atmosphere was more like a loud night club, not a restaurant. Management failed to control several large groups who were out of control thus the noise level was excessive.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Overall, great experience. I would have rated it 5 stars; however, as we were getting ready to leave, we had an uncomfortable and annoying experience. We were signing the check, when a guy in a black vest with spikes, walked to our table and pulled it away from us (as we are sitting down). He said that we had to go because there was a private party and literally dragged us out. We were singing the check and had discussed moving to another section, so there was absolutely no need for that. Even though the waiter was great and apologetic, this was uncalled for and rude (even for NY standards).

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We really enjoyed our bottomless brunch at Essex. The place was PACKED but that didn’t faze the waitstaff. They were efficient and pleasant and kept our Bloody Mary’s coming without us having to ask. The portions were huge and each offering was cooked perfectly — an accomplishment since many breakfast places don’t get the eggs right. And the mac and cheese with apple chicken sausage was to die for.
We also received a lovely surprise — complimentary dessert to mark a birthday occasion.
Worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great as usual!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Love Essex food is consistently good and a great happy hour

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The place was dirty.
The front dining area reeked of garbage.
The employee that brought the food out didn’t even tell us there weren’t any home fries left , also unbeknownst to my waiter.
He just put it on the dining table and walked away.
The bathroom has no toilet paper and no hand soap. Food was COLD. Never coming back to place. I used to love it. But they have turned to trash

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The place is great .. we got the brunch package that comes with unlimited mimosas, screw drivers or Bloody Mary's . the waitress made sure our glasses was never empty. On the other hand the food was not so good .. it was not hot ...and seemed as if it was rushed. The eggs was watery, the shrimp was bland and the biscuit was very hard. I've been here twice before so I know hey can do much better.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always a good time here.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

So amazing 😘😍😍

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We loved bottomless brunch at this spot. The service was phenominal and our drinks were never empty. The Benedict is great, too!!

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

food was pretty poor, and cocktails were terrible. bar staff looked miserable, and so did the attempts at cocktails. saturday night was busy, but the calamari tasted fishy and of dirty frier oil, and was a little soggy. Lobster in lobster mac was also fishy (not a good sign). Bread for veggie burger was like a little cesars pizza crust - ie tasted of nothing bread. The salad on veggie burger looked like it came from a salad graveyard and was soggy. Food was yelled to our table and unceremoniously shoved in front of us by an angry kitchen troll. Server was nice and tried to delight us, but he didn't have much to play with... So sadly they lost me as a customer.... Good vibe

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Sat us right away.
Food took ages to come out. One hour for aps.
1:45 hours for main course
Operationally this place is a mess despite the waitress was nice and the food was good.
They did comp us drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great brunch!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Creative Food at a great price. The lamb chops were especially good. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitley be back.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Overall it was chaotic to say the least. The hostesses were not easily identifiable in the sea of people waiting, so it seemed like everyone was confused about who to talk to and how to check in for their reservations. Waiting was ver chaotic. We were constantly being pushed around and asked to move out of the way. I don't think there is enough physical space to support the amount of people who come here during brunch. I understand that Sunday brunch is probably a very busy time, and this is a popular restaurant for brunch, but we were seated almost an hour after our reservation as well. We were offered drink tickets to help pass the time, but there were so many people we couldn't even get to the bar until right before we were seated (and then it was too late). On a positive note, the staff was very apologetic and attentive after we were seated, which helped things, aside from the food being good. They are just lucky that we stayed to be seated because several members of my party were ready to leave beforehand. It was also incredibly loud so very hard to hear everyone talking as we were seated.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Mimosas were horrible. It was Tropicana with a splash of twist of champagne. We were asked to leave our seats after an hr to make room for a party when we had a reservation. Then had to wait 20 min at the bar for a horrible last mimosa. Will not be returning very disappointed

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My overall experience was great! However, I did not appreciate the hostess making my party wait 20-30 mins for a table meanwhile I had made my reservations a week in advance. We ended up sitting at the bar and getting not so great service.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Went here for brunch with friends. High energy, great drinks, a great choice of menu & close to the subway. I will definitely be coming back soon!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Came here on a gilt city deal that was well worth it. The food was great, the drinks were really strong, and the service was excellent. Our sever Kaley was funny, down to earth, and attentive.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Essex has a great bottomless brunch deal but that's about all they're good for. $35 for bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody mary's including an entree. The food was very subpar and there wasn't really a vibe in the restaurant. The servers were good with making sure your glass was always full but if you're looking for a fun environment with good food, this isn't the place.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great Brunch Spot. Amazing food with quick, friendly service at a great price. Also loved the warehouse vibe.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Needed a last minute reservation for 9. They were so accommodating. Our server was absolutely lovely and the food was delicious! The lobster Mac and cheese was heavenly!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I had high hopes but was underwhelmed with everything. Service was "ok". Our waiter didn't seem to care that someone at our table had a significant food allergy. Two of the pork chops ordered were over cooked. Best part of what we ordered was at the burger and fries...everything else was sub par.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Steak was excellent, Gnocchi was over cooked, drinks were amazing. Would give them a second try.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Bartender was friendly,service was adequate,But the food was just okay.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Have been here a few times and quite frankly the service gets worst each time. When they brought us upstairs to seat us, our waitress was laid out on the benched seating. This was peculiar, but perhaps they didn’t expect people to be coming in for brunch on a rainy Sunday. Either way, not the best way to be introduced to your waitress—who ended up not being very friendly, even post nap. The food was fine, I had the Mexican matzo brei which was nothing to write home about. In the past the shrimp and grits have been tasty, though I did not order it this time. Overall Essex is best for bottomless brunch, but not much else.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great for brunch!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The cocktail, soup and dessert were great but the entree tasted pretty generic and didn’t seem like quality seafood.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Oysters and tuna poke weren’t fresh! Scallops in risotto were raw incise. Place was way too hot and dark. Service was good tho. In general i wouldn’t come back and wouldn’t recommend this place.

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