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Essex, New York, NY

Essex

4.5
4.5
2862 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Lower East Side pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, oyster happy hours and NYC's original brunch party. A vibrant multi-level space in the historic Shapiro's Winery, Essex offers intimate seating as well as group dining and event spaces. Enjoy outdoor dining rain or shine on our covered decks.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-9616

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Steffen Sander

  • Private party facilities

    Essex has a mezzanine with a private bar that seats up 75 guests and 2 ground-floor dining rooms with 50 seats each that are available for private dinners and cocktail parties. The entire restaurant, including our main bar room, is ideal for dinner and cocktail parties for up to 225 guests.

  • Private party contact

    David: (888) 480-5602

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Corner of Essex Street

  • Parking details

    There is a large municipal parking garage around the corner from the restaurant as well as several nearby parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Essex is located one block north of the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    New York City's original brunch party includes choice of entree with 1-1/2 hours of Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (42.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (52.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.
  • NYC Summer Restaurant Week

    Jul 18 - Aug 21, 2022
    NYC Restaurant Week is Back! Special $45 Three-Course Menu served every night, including weekends. Choose from 17 creative American dishes, including our Angus NY Strip Steak, Seared Salmon, Braised Lamb Ravioli, Octopus Crudo, Duck Salad and Chocolate Ganache Tart, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Indoor and covered outdoor seating available.

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What 2,862 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LL

    LauraL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ended up being a smaller party and they were gracious about it. It was noisy in the main dining area with two large groups so we asked to move our table to a quieter area which was quickly accommodated. Food was delicious and the service was attentive.
  2. HM

    HaydenM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fun place, good food
  3. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner at the bar. Wife and I stopped by for happy hour at Essex bar and enjoyed delicious half-price drinks and a variety of reduced price small plates. Highly recommend the burrata flatbread and the duck meatballs. The bartender, Patricia was friendly and knowledgeable without being obtrusive. We'll be back.
  4. A

    Azub

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was served cold and the presentation was lacking. Also my daughter had the steak and fries and it was extremely salty.
  5. JZ

    JoeZ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of 14 for a work event and the food was amazing, everyone left happy and full! The waitress was amazing she made us feel welcome and did a great job of adding to the experience. Thank you, Krystal!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here a couple of times and recently went for brunch for my birthday. Always a vibe. Food on point. They are always filling your glass. When in doubt just go to Essex!
  7. C

    Cece

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I went for NYC restaurant week, felt very rushed, they offered to take our plates when we weren't done with the food. The meal was over in 30 min for 3 courses and food was room temp.
  8. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful NYC Restaurant Week Menu. Extensive options that don't skimp on quality ingredients, including a fabulous NY Strip Steak! The Tequila Shrimp and Duck Meatballs were both excellent appetizers and the Sticky Toffy Pudding is to die for. Plus, we ate at the bar and had half-price happy hour drinks. A definite top deal.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Came to commemorate my friend finishing the Bar Exam. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. While the duck meatballs and Spanish octopus were underwhelming, the steak, chicken, chocolate tart, and sorbet were delicious.
  10. AS

    AdamS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was fine and the steak was the highlight. Service was nice but there were some slip ups. Restaurant wasn't crowded on a Wednesday during restaurant week. Felt overpriced for what it was.
  11. M

    Maxwell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yesterday me and the wife went to Essex for happy hour where their very strong, unique drinks are only $8. Certainly try the mango lava lamp. Also sat for a Restaurant Week meal which was well worth the $45 cost. Second year in a row their Restaurant Week meal has been great.
  12. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibrant, Fun Brunch with really good food. Definitely a party atmosphere but Essex also doesn't skimp on food quality and portions. Bananas Foster French toast was out of this world! Friendly servers that are quick with a refill and great music made Essex a great place to beat the heat.
  13. H

    Hildegard

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The noise level at the Essex was so exceptionally loud that it made the dining experience a rather solitary affair as my partner and I could not hear each other across our little table. The ambiance is clubby, hence the stupendous noise of people shouting to be heard was amplified by loud dance music. There were lots of selections for the Restaurant Week dinner menu was good but the quality was uneven. The sliced charred octopus was tangy and delicious, the sliced Angus NY Steak was tough and tasteless. The desserts were good.
  14. M

    Mch18

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Wouldn’t recommend for vegans for restaurant week. Unfortunately the only decent vegan option was the starter and the dessert. The roasted eggplant left a lot left to be desired and several parts of the eggplant left uncooked and hard.
  15. NM

    NikkiMM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Essex is definitely my favorite bottomless brunch spot because the food and atmosphere are great, the service is fantastic and attentive — and they keep the refills coming and coming and coming!!.
  16. VR

    VeeRev

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The manager was rude and disrespectful. We had a table for six and refused to seat the remaining three of our party with us and made them sit at a different table if they wanted to eat. It was absolutely absurd. I will never be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Food drinks and service (loved our waitress so so much!)
  18. HS

    HughS

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I mean everything in the US is expensive for people coming from the UK hence the value score but for New York the value is fine. Really beautiful room, friendly people - there is an outside area if you prefer not to sit inside. Food was really excellent - flatbreads and calamari to start and then lamb ravioli, steak and salmon to follow for our party. Couldn’t fault any of it. Servers were lovely. USD 325 for 4 people with drinks and including tip. Best meal we’ve had in NYC to date.
  19. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent July 4th Dinner. Steaks and burgers were cooked to perfection. Wonderful Happy Hour oyster special and well-balanced drinks. Highly recommend!
  20. d

    dee99

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Food wasn't good and didn't even have ham. There wasn't even a bartender when we got there.
  21. JP

    JeffP90

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience no complaints
  22. JB

    JewelB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    So much fun! I went for their NYC Pride Party in the Lower East Side event. They ran out of mules so I didn't get to try them. I had the parmesan truffle fries and mango lava lamp drink, it's a sweet drink.
  23. TW

    TaraW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first but definitely not last time at Essex! The service was great and we LOVED the food.
  24. BS

    BarbaraS

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Father’s Day Dinner. So glad this restaurant is in my neighborhood! Great service too.
  25. CR

    ChristineR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there for Father’s Day and the service and food was great. It was a tad too noisy for us but if you go to a place that has a bottomless brunch, it’s expected. We will definitely be dining here again.
  26. SE

    SaraE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my birthday and had a big group! The staff was so friendly, food was delicious and we had the upstairs to ourselves! Def recommend!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic spot for brunch! would highly recommended their deal, the food is delicious :)
  28. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Essex Brunch! We ate the bar so our champagne glasses were truly never empty. And, unlike some bottomless brunches Essex does not shortchange on the food. I had the Essex Burger and my partner had the Bananas Foster French Toast and both were top notch. Friendly and super-efficient service.
  29. z

    zabel

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t usually leave reviews but this place was amazing. We had the bottomless mimosas with the entree and everything tasted amazing. The service couldn’t have been better. If you’re looking for a fun brunch spot with good food and service then look no further. Going to make a point to come back here.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, okay food. The appetizers were tastier than the entrees.
  31. L

    10isLaw

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was decent, but nothing groundbreaking. Service was a bit slow and missed a few orders while adding extras.
  32. K

    Kaz070

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great drinks. Love the happy hour specials . Service was top notch, from hostess, server and bartender. A hip fun environment. I ordered briskets sliders from happy hour menu and ATR AHi tuna for dinner. YUMMY!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food2service1ambience5
    Waiter was not kind, rude actually. Messed up order, handed us wrong check, place was empty
  34. Z

    Zach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best essex in all of essex. Great experience for a party of 4.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff. Our server was amazing. Food super yummy, cool vibe and awesome bottomless brunch!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and the place is so spacey! Great presentation of the food too, we had the hamachi crudo and the shrimp wontons, to the point. My wife got the Tuna and I had the steak crispy on the top and (mr) bloody on the inside , lots of flavors and taste. The music was up beat , it was the impression that its one of those places where you can dine and Party (no need to look for a after dinner place) . Kudos to the staff very friendly and attentive.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Celeste went above and beyond during my birthday brunch! Although the quantity of my party decreased, she was attentive and very accommodating to my little group. The location may have changed but service was top notch.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Bottomless brunch is a pretty good deal, chaotic energy, lots of fresh to New York girlies and their crews having bottomless brunch and having a good time lol. A fun vibe but definitely a mess, the host seemed really stressed as anyone would be with that many parties. We had a reservation and waited 30 minutes to be seated. Service was attentive.
  39. CM

    CarolineM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Went for a 1.5 brunch for $42. My meal, out of the 3 of us, was the only OK one. The staff also rudely made us get up from our table 30 minutes early and completely cut off our time because they needed our table for a birthday party. Handled extremely unprofessionally & we didn’t get our moneys worth in the slightest. Won’t be going back.
  40. E

    Eatoutallthetime

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Entertaining out of town guests from California. Needed a big table. Didn’t expect much, noisy, boozy. Rude management, obnoxiously insisted that they we right (about pico de gallo, of all things). Except they weren’t. Over-priced and rushed. From a lifelong NYC resident’s perspective: there are far better mediocre restaurants than this.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Essex using the Order Online button. Essex also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Essex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 533-9616.

Essex is rated 4.5 stars by 2862 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Essex

124 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of Essex Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a large municipal parking garage around the corner from the restaurant as well as several nearby parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Essex is located one block north of the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Steffen Sander

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-9616

  • Private party facilities

    Essex has a mezzanine with a private bar that seats up 75 guests and 2 ground-floor dining rooms with 50 seats each that are available for private dinners and cocktail parties. The entire restaurant, including our main bar room, is ideal for dinner and cocktail parties for up to 225 guests.

  • Private party contact

    David: (888) 480-5602

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