Sons of Essex

4.6
786 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Sons of Essex menu is a reflection of the diverse melting pot of cultures within the Lower East Side. The old school 'Bowery Boys' atmosphere and 'Gangs of New York' vibe pay homage to the history of the Lower East Side, fusing a traditional american comfort food menu with a range of spices from LES immigrants of the past and local ingredients including Essex Street Market fruits & vegetables. Grub on!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 786 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great vibe

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It is a very lit spot great for a date night food was ok not to bad but I have had better. I had the chicken and waffles. Bellini’s were great and I’m not a drinker so that says a lot.

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EmilyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

All good, chicken and waffles a bit disappointing but the steak and eggs were amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Rlly bad food… j overpriced as hell. Service took forever to come over. Would not come back, especially bc we almost didn’t get in bc we were underage and had to argue w the manager to get in bc there was no posting that said it was 21+ after 8:30. Phone was off the hook when we tried to move up our reservation - tried calling 9 times. Don’t come here.

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RashiedaT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came for my bday and I had a great time the music and vibe was great just which we were able to stay longer but definitely plan to go back once are back to normal.

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WendyQ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always! The staff was very accommodating for our party and made our special day that much more memorable! Awesome job!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Amazing food and ambiance.

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vipGreg
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waffles and Chicken was amazing. Service was great, music was R/B greats from the past. Exactly what we were looking for. Super fun. Can’t wait to come back.

JN
JenniferN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We have to change our reservation 3x as we were stuck in traffic due to an accident and the hostesses were truly so incredibly nice!! The entire experience awesome music ofcourse was lit!! Def a birthday celebration restaurant we had so much fun.

JE
JEANETTEH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host Emmy was awesome. The food and drinks were delicious. Most importantly, the music as always, was on point. I always enjoy myself when I come to Son’s of Essex.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it there not my first time, but it was the first time for others that were in party and I wanted them to experience it. Even though they didn’t get the full experience ( pre COVID ) they enjoyed themselves very much

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience, rude manager as well!!!

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AshleyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

The vibe was great, however the food was horrible. I asked for a medium-well steak and it was burned to a crisp. My guest ordered chicken and waffles and his waffles were over cooked and hard. I wouldn’t return as the food was not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were hurried through brunch at every turn - was 5 minutes late for booking and was berated about being late. Didn’t get our full 90 minutes - staff were rude about saying time was up. So loud and couldn’t hear a thing. Would NOT go back.

KS
KaylaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All staff members were amazing! To the security guard, the manager Ema, and my waiter (forgot the gentleman's name). I had a great birthday experience with a few friends!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my husband birthday very special

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location ALWAYS DELIVER GREAT FOOD in a SUPER CHILL ENVIRONMENT! The wings, mac n cheese, salmon, roasted chicken, drinks EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is so fun and lively and beautiful
The staff is attentive
The food was great!

NI
NICOLED
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love, this spot!!! Highly recommend if you're a 90's hip hop head! Super dope!

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foodiebynature
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The place is great if looking for a party atmosphere for brunch. The food is absolutely delicious and dj selection was on point. My only complaint was that the music was TOO loud; otherwise, good place

J
vipJdiaz
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love Sons! Great food, music and ambiance! No complaints here.

JN
JoyceN
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though with Covid restrictions and rules, everything was great.

AB
AnnieB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really cool atmosphere, and great music. The bottomless brunch is quite pricey, but worth it. I got the steak and eggs and it was absolutely delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The vibe is fun, awesome DJ, delicious food.

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Teee
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I ordered French toast and chicken instead of the chicken and waffles but the chicken had no flavor and we we didn’t find out until the bill came that the drink we ordered was not bottomless despite the set up of the menu.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The waitress was in a bad mood. She did even say hi to us

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lmns
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great DJ and drinks! The food and service was good, too.

JG
JenniferG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Was just the atmosphere I was looking for for my birthday brunch, had a lot of fun with my friends eating, drinking and dancing. You only have 2 hours for the table and it did take a little while for mine to get our menus and food, but we ended up staying for almost 3 hours, if not more, so it made up for the lost time. The food is average, nothing special, so you go more for the atmosphere rather than the food. Overall had a really great time!

GA
GinaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d recommend this place over & over again! From the moment I walked in, the music was bomb. Food was good. Good vibes all around. Loved the diverse crowd

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vipROSEG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in NYC! DJ was playing the best hip hop & R&B. The crowd was beautiful and vibrant. Great food and excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! I wish I lived in New York so I could go every week. We went here for brunch and had a great time. The vibe is cool and the dj was great! It was like a big party with amazing food and drinks. I will def go here everytime I'm in nyc.

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NadiyahB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The music and vibe were perfect! I can’t wait to come back!

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Grey19
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Will definitely recomend this to friends who likes rnb song and would not mind loud music, the music is really cool , food is good and service is great.

KY
KatiaY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere... nice hip hop music .. great customer service.. staff catered to our needs and wAnts

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came for Brunch on a Sunday. Food was decent, mimosas were as expected, and the playlist was awesome. The overall experience was good, and I would recommend this restaurant to friends. I felt like it was a slow morning overall though. Everything just felt average when my expectations were high. I look forward to coming back and giving the lunch and dinner menus a try

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and food was amazing.

DM
DomMara
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I definitely recommend the Birthday parade! If you are a lot of people or there are bigger people in your party ask for a table in advance not a booth. The parking was easy to find on the street and one block over was municipal parking. They were accommodating if you call and you know your beyond the 20 mins grace period they figure it out. Beware kitchen closes at 10pm although they are open significantly later; so don’t book reservation after 8:45pm or arrive later than 9pm. The food was good although not many options so look before you go because they ran out of the Salmon; so many of us had to go with our second choice. The macaroni and cheese is the best dish on the menu, they have 5 different versions we had plain. So good one of my guests ordered one to go.

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IbnD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. Hip-hop music was perfect. No complaints at all. Love this place.

LH
LinaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would definitely recommend Sons Of Essex. The food and drinks were excellent. Music was great too bad we left when DJ arrived. But overall no complaints.

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Lenii
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here for happy hour & Sunday Brunch. Great music and food. Must try the truffle Mac n cheese !!!

FAQs

Sons of Essex does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Sons of Essex is rated 4.6 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.