Sons of Essex

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$30 and under
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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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Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 5:00PM - 7:00PM

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4.4based on recent ratings
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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you want to go to a very high energy brunch where the music is great then come here. The staff was super friendly and attentive.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun brunch environment. A must go if you like fried chicken and drink specials with a live dj. Highly recommend for big groups/special occasions

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Sons of Essex was cool for brunch if I would’ve known it was an unlimited boozy brunch I would’ve have gone though. The website is a bit misleading! Also the food could’ve been warmer but DJ was lit!

TB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

While the servers were friendly and nice, the food was average and it was extremely loud could not have conversation at the table. Wouldn’t go back.

V
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place is a hip hop brunch place. Very cool, delicious, but super loud. I went with family (teenagers) for brunch and we couldn’t hear each other at all.

l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect spot to celebrate a bday. Food & drinks are great. Music is lively. Then DJ comes on around 10/10:30. Kitchen closes and this place gets very crowded. Nice crowd.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the Dj was amazing. We had a blast!

HK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place. 5 stars for customer service, music, and food. Always have a good time when we go here

YG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Group of friends and I were visiting from Chicago for the weekend and went on a Sunday for brunch. The music was great, food was pretty tasty, and the ambiance was lively. Our waitress was nice but the staff seemed like they were in a hurry to get us to leave our table. Some guy kept trying to take plates away when we weren’t done, and my friend asked the waitress for a small dessert for my bday and she did a little eye roll. Besides that we had a lot of fun!

DO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The this place is awesome. I loved the food, service and crowd.

j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A really fun place - very loud, great people watching and the perfect place for a birthday etc.

JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, old school hip hop music did not disappoint. They offer a limited menu for brunch, but the food was awesome!!!

AL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and polite. Food was good value for money. And loved the vibe of the place!

h
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

So unimpressed with the burger. It just...wasn't good. And the "truffle" fries were nary even a trace of truffle. The server was overeager but her timing was all wrong, asking us if we wanted another drink when we had an almost full current drink and asking us how everything was a second after we got our food (and not returning once we actually tasted it). Someone else swooped in to take my husband's plate away literally as he was finishing his last bite. I guess they wanted us out of there quickly!
I used to love this place and was really disappointed by this experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A awesome spot great music

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Emme, was so professional and treated us like a wedding planner. Every aspect of the time spent there was first class

The place was first class and the atmosphere truly exciting. That , and good food and drink, we could not ask for anything more

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch

ML
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Sunday brunch. Try the lobster eggs Benedict.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Was expecting more. About five minutes after I got there my jeans ripped brushing up against our table. There was sharp meter edge - and honesty if it was a bare leg or hand the situation would have been much worse. Manager didncome over - but what do you do really? Ask him to buy you jeans that would be way more expensive than any thing you would orde? He suggested a tailor and a patch - but that’s really not going to work at the end of the day. He bought us around of drinks and turned the table around to conceal the sharp edge -I mean what else can you do at that point - but I fed don’t think he understood how much worse that would be with a slit leg, hand or wrist. I would just avoid the place. Sloppy management and really didn’t do much to deal with a bad situation

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place. Once it started picking up, it was more difficult to get my waitress' attention but that is to be expected. They were incredibly kind and accommodating for my friend's 30th Birthday party.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bouncer at the door was super friendly and helpful. The hostess very polite always smiling. Our bartender at the bar Eddie was the best very social which is a big key for me because it makes us want to stay more we had reserved a table and we didn’t even want to leave the bar he was great. Our server was on point with everything never had to call her over to ask for anything. There was also a gentleman who would come and ask if we needed anything . Our overall experience was great the music I loved.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, old school tunes were dope. Food tasty and good drinks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was subpar and so was the service. I had been there in the past and expected a similar experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. We ended up in between 3/4 bachelorette parties but the staff made sure we were comfortable. The food was outstanding! We had the avocado toast and the steak & huevos! It was all really good. The music was maybe the highlight as it provided great ambiance! Highly recommend this place

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nice experience

ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I decided to do a date night here. We ordered their whiskey wings for an appetizer, they were pretty good but you could taste in certain parts the liquor they use in the sauce and it was a little off putting. I ordered their roasted chicken, it was delicious! My boyfriend had their fried chicken with cornbread, he wasn’t satisfied. The wings were bland and very small for 3 small wings and 3 mini cornbread’s it was $24 so not happy about that. But our waitress and the rest of the waitstaff were super nice and fun. We would come back but wouldn’t order the wing entree again.

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch

GW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good the service was great. It was nice eating brunch early before the crowds started. Would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I was completely turned off by the poor service from the chef and management. The menu is not very extensive. I chose a Caesar salad which was $15 and then to add grilled Shrimp for additional $8. When they returned with my salad there were only 3 grilled shrimp. I am not sure what Market price they were using for only providing three grilled shrimp but I asked the server who then went to the kitchen to inquire. The chef did not provide her with an adequate answer. She then went to management, who then told her either I could eat the salad with the three shrimp or choose something else. I thought that was crazy so I decided not to eat at all. I wouldn’t recommend this because I felt that was extremely poor customer service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a lovely dinner but the bartender was incredibly rude

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The food was amazing and the zucchini noodles were to die for. The drinks are also really good and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone! I will definitely be back!

LE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you're aiming to have a real conversation, it's a bit too loud. We were there pretty early, before it got really crowded, but even then it was a little hard to hear one another with loud music playing. Meanwhile, it's a fun place, and the food is good.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! The vibe was everything! Food was delicious! I would highly recommend SoE for a upbeat brunch environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing—food, service, ambiance, drinks, etc.. only complaint is the noise level was LOUD. Guessing people come in after boozy brunch at Beauty and Essex across the street? We went on Saturday night at 7. I’d advise going mid-week if you don’t want to have to yell over the crowd.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I would Only recommend because of the DJ and the Birthday stuff they have to offer. Our waiter was horrible!

VL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great time here! Music is always good. Food is delicious. Energy is through the roof!

P
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I made reservations for 11am and doors didn't open until 11:05am. It was about 90° outside and the air conditioner barley kicked in. The first time I came to Sons of Essex was in February which was the reason why we came back a second time. I was a little disappointed about my second impression. Staff should be a little bit more upbeat and welcoming. I didn't feel that energy or staff were still trying to wake up. I honestly don't know what changed since the last time I was there, maybe new staff but I think you shouldnt have 11am reservations if you can't make it on time.

NN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a quiet brunch this is not the place for you. It's very lively and entertaining. The crowd is loud and having a great time! It's like a night club in a brunch setting. The staff is incredible and very accommodating. The food is incredible and the seats are comfy! Very reasonable pricing for the L.E.S. You can easily get a meal for $20. They have great sharing options for drinks too. I'll definitely be coming back!

KL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food especially the lobster mac and cheese. Good mix of hip hop music, not too noisy, great vibes. Our waitress Sam was very attentive, she was sweet and gave us excellent service! Will definitely be coming back.