Sons of Essex

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682 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

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MJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waitor Alejandro was great. The food was good. The buffalo chicken sandwich was excellent. The hostess were great. Drinks were phenomenal. Get the Kentucky Mule

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VV
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Had dinner reservations for 2. Very loud, minimal staff for such a large crowd. Waited over 15 min each time for drinks. Had to get up multiple times from my seat to find waiter to place my order. Waitresses were too busy mingling with guests and joking around rather than take their job seriously. Spent $100 on a semi cold chicken sandwich and very light drinks. Will not be going back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband for his Birthday we had an Amazing time. Actually planning another reservation for two weeks. We will be frequent customers. Love the place and absolutely recommend!!!!

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MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot! Good vibe, delicious food, yummy drinks, great staff and great hip hop DJ. DEFINITELY COMING BACK!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Barely any food to order, not at all what is on the website. It is obvious that it is about drinking and not eating.
Got the impression if you are over 25 stay out. I had eaten there years ago, it was quite good. They should change the name as it is not the same. Grrrrrrr......

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The staff was very attentive.

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MJ
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! The hostess and manager was great, very accommodating and service was excellent! I love sons of Essex when visiting NYC.

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Quality of food is just terrible, the mimosas where probably the worst Ive had. Music is too loud to even hear anyone speak. Service was good, but with everything else at such low quality going somewhere else is a better idea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for the quality. Mimosas were horribl. Food and ambiance was OK.

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed my time here. It wasn’t too crowded. The only unfortunate reason I didn’t give 5 stars is bc my steak wasn’t cooked to the correct temperature. But when I told the servers and who I assume to be the manager, they were extremely accommodating and asked if I wanted another one. I told them I’d had enough to eat and they compensated me very well.

I will say that besides my steak not being the right temp, it was the best brunch meal I’d ever had! Usually places who have “party brunches” focus more on the party than on the brunch. But the flavor that was in my food?... omg, he put his foot in it! I even ate the pico de gallo and I NEVER eat pico!

The music was great! Old school and present day hip hop. Loud to some standards, but I was able to have a full conversation without struggling so I thought the noise level was just right.

It’s a little pricey. The kind of brunch you go to during pay week. But I will say i wasn’t dissapointed so I don’t regret the money spent.

I’ll definitely be back!

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was my first time here, it was really nice and the food was okay..it wasn’t the most live brunch I’ve been to but I would go again.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The host was amazing. Friendly, funny, and helpful. Food was also amazing and so is the look of the place.

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HT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a Sunday brunch at 1 and it was great fast service with delicious food.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the bartender to the waiter everyone was attentive and helpful. The food was great and the drinks were strong. It was a wonderful Sunday brunch experience

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall nice place the food and service was great! My only concern is the cleanliness of the restroom it could use a thorough cleaning.

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RG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Fun decor and lively atmosphere are the only really positive thing I can say about our experience at Sons of Essex. The music was very loud, so you could really only hear the person next to you. The food took over an hour and our appetizer came at the same time as the entrees. One of the burger entrees had to be sent back because it was missing all of the requested toppings. All in all a disappointing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette

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CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday . He enjoyed how lowkey is was and the food/drinks was excellent!

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Meeting old school friends for a good meal and conversation. Food, wine and service were excellent, noise (music) level was so high we couldn't hear a thing. My ears are still ringing. Not sure why good music in a restaurant needs to shatter ones ear drums. It's not a club, it's a RESTAURANT

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DN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a Nice Hang out Spot!!!Great Atmosphere!!!!

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FG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed the food at Sons of Essex. I had the shrimp Mac and cheese and signature truffle fries. I enjoyed the Mac n cheese but the truffle fries seemed like regular fries to me. There wasn't anything too special about them, in my opinion. Also, the environment was chill and waitresses were fun but at one point it got sooo cold. The music was so loud. This is more of a place to eat and party. Having a conversation will make your voice hurt. I left with a coarse throat. I couldn't speak. I would recommend for food and birthdays.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

They are very strict about their 2 hour table limit and will have staff hover to 'encourage' you to leave. Part of our group was late and despite the bar being pretty empty, the hostess was going to move us and cancel our reservation due to a party that would arrive 2 hours later. It was so bizarre, especially since the place was not full.

No one was impressed with their foods or drinks.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Love the 90s hip-hop and R&B brunch. Great food, music and the environment, you can't go wrong.

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DN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Music(Too Much Jay-Z, Drake And Kanye thou))Nice Location

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My biggest problem with Sons of Essex was the noise level. I know I'm old but the music was turned up so loud that my friends and I had a lot of trouble hearing each other and catching up with each other was one of the main reasons we went out to eat. Otherwise it was a very good restaurant.

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SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my out of state friends here for brunch and to celebrate her little sisters birthday. We had a blast! Great music and the birthday sundae was amazing!

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LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

horrible experience on a Friday night. 8pm reservations for 4. Server did not come to our table for 15 minutes. After giving our food and drink order we waited over 20 minutes with nothing but water. After flagging manager and staff the server came back to retake the order. It was not busy enough for this to be remotely excusable. Other tables around us ordered and were served before us.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I like taking friends here for brunch because it has great tasting food and great specialty drinks. They also have a nice selection of bourbons and a well stocked bar overall. The crowd is energetic and everyone is dressed to impress but not too serious. It's a fun place and the staff is friendly and professional. My only complaint is that bottomless mimosa's are only available to parties of 10 or more and the "pitchers" are a little on the small side IMHO more like a carafe.

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CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They gave me a surprise on the house because it was my birthday . The food , drinks and the music was amazing. I definitely recommend for birthdays or even a pregame for a night on the town !

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R
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

They changed the cooks and took changed to pancakes ( used to be the best thing on the menu . Food wasn’t flavored , not coming here again

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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good time at Sons of Esssex! Must try the lobster mac and cheese its awesome

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Happy hour

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CP
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was tasty. Nice bar. Clean rest rooms

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The waiter came and we ordered drinks and food.

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CS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service around!!! #everydaywelit

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch there for my birthday on a Sunday with friends. Staff was EXTREMELY kind!! One waiter walked by noticed we didn’t have a chair for our bags and gave us one without us asking. The staff was very attentive, they had a full room, but they did a great job at making you feel special. They took pictures for us (good ones) and didn’t make us feel as if we were a bother! The food was good could have been seasoned better but it wasn’t bad at all. Music
Was EXCELLENT!! Overall great atmosphere! I can’t wait to go back for dinner!

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J
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for birthday and for groups of people. we had a BLAST!

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun dinner. Good music. Shared tapas. Lobster Mac & cheese was to die for.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with friends. Emmy was our server and she was outstanding! She was quick to give her opinion on food and drinks & was always around when we needed something. Our drinks were delicious as well as the food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites when I come to the lower east side! Great food, fun atmosphere, and terrific staff.

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