Sons of Essex

4.5
725 reviews
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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

What 725 People Are Saying
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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Brunch

GW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Had a lovely dinner but the bartender was incredibly rude

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome! Great food and great music. Super lively the way a party brunch should be!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time with great drinks and amazing food. The truffle fries are everything

N
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe. The food and drinks were great. The music wasn’t too loud so my friends and I were still able to carry a conversation. Waiter was awesome! My friends and I had just checked out of our hotel with all of our luggage and the owner/manager was able to store it away for us while we enjoyed our time there. Will def come back!!

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time!! Great food and great staff!!

GV
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation for 8, only 6 showed. They put us in a table way too small for the 6 people. I asked if we could be seated at the original table intended for the 8 but it was not available. We were way too crammed in the booth we sat in.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great ambience and something different!

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch Place! The music, the ambience, the service, all cams together to create a amazing experience. If you want a brunch to remember then this is the place!

A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went for brunch with family.
Maybe it’s great of you want to drink and not eat anything.
The food for NYC standard was poor. Especially for brunch. A deli next door would probably make better eggs

AJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We came for the brunch as we'd heard it was a great atmosphere, but were in from 11am-1pm and it was fairly quiet. We had to wait 30 mins after we'd been seated for our order to be taken and even then had to ask for it.
Food was good.

AM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

They were very accommodating to my party and very tentative. I would go back.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WAITRESS WAS AMAZING - ATTENTIVE TO OUR GROUP AND PERFECTED HER JOB!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced for under quality

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for a birthday party - amazing food, great energy, amazing DJ

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for birthdays! Lots of fun :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always loved Sons of Essex! The food is always delicious, the drinks are amazing, the ambiance is hyped and the DJ is just way to good! I am NEVER disappointed whenever I am able to come. I always look forward to my next visit!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. Could never find our server. We couldn’t order more drinks. He forgot to put in food we ordered. We had to ask other servers multiple times for help. I had to ask for my check three times to get it. Food was ok. Truffle fries were great. Chicken sandwich was very dry.

KL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Booked here as I heard it was supposed to be a fun upbeat vibe, it was almost totally empty on a Thursday night which was disappointing. Food was average, service the same. Wasn't what I expected at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, wish they would have stuck with 90’s music a bit longer. Age of crowd was mixed. Loved that.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch/party atmosphere! Food was good. Drinks were priced accordingly. Great music!

NC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a dream if you love hip hop and want to dance eat and have a fabulous time! I would go back for any celebration. Loved the service the food is amazing the dj and music is ON POINT!

You just must go to experience it !!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had fun. People were nice , service was cool and quick. DJ was cool.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Def a fun place to be for brunch. Food was good I had the lemon ricotta pancakes but they were more like cakes, still good. My bf had the steak meal he liked it. The mimosas had a weird after taste maybe it was the champagne they used but I wasn’t crazy about it. The partying and atmosphere was fun. The dj could be better he would have a a good vibe going and then cut to a random wack song. But overall still would go again. The place is nice.

PO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Bartender with the black hair and black bandana has a HORRIBLE attitude. We all have problems but leave them at home; if you do not enjoy your job, please switch fields. He’s horrifying and made the bar area super awkward.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was SO much fun! I had 2 friends visiting and wanted to take them to a classic brunch spot with good music and fun atmosphere. This was exactly what I was expecting. Everyone eventually got up and started dancing and my friends really enjoyed their time. I will definitely be returning!

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DJ was really fun, Dominican, and had a great mix of flavors from Freaknik to Future. We wished he would have played each track for at minimum 2 minutes, as we weren't able to get into what exactly happened to Lil' Wayne after his arrest...only the arrest itself (doin' a buck in the latest drop). Thanks 4 the memories and that three piece dinner was great, nephew.
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