Sons of Essex

4.7
650 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner:
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00pm to 11:00pm (kitchen closes at 10:00pm)
Thursday 6:00pm to 1:00am (kitchen closes at 11:00pm)
Friday 6:00pm to Late
Saturday 6:30pm to Late
(Friday - Saturday kitchen closes at midnight)

Brunch:
Saturday 11:00am to 6:00pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
Sunday BRUNCH 11:00am to 4:45pm

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Phone number
(212) 674-7100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We have several options for private dining and off-site catering at either one of our private venues or anywhere you desire. Please contact jc@thelinegroupnyc.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stanton & Rivington
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F,J,M & Z Delancey/Essex
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Entertainment
Throwback Hip-Hip Hop & Party Jams Every Night
DJs on Friday & Saturday Nights
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Special events & promotions
We have several options for private dining and off-site catering at either one of our private venues or anywhere you desire. Please contact jc@thelinegroupnyc.com for more information.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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

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

What 650 People Are Saying
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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
25 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
1 review
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
5 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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OT
Montreal
1 review
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
11 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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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music, food and vibesssssssssssssssssssssss.

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was fun atmosphere with great music. The food was delicious too. I enjoyed the mushroom arugula pizza.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

My gf and I went to brunch here. I am a cook my self and I know when food is made with care and precision. My steak was overcooked and I had to send it back, I asked for over easy eggs and they were done at medium. My girlfriend ordered eggs Benedict's and her egg whites were still runny. The worst part of it was the hollandaise sauce. Not your traditional hollandaise made with eggs yolk. This was made with MAYONNAISE, at least thats what it tasted like. I was not happy with our over priced meal. I'll only advice to go for the vibes. Music and drinks are good, but not the food. Its more of a party house than a restaurant.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our son who’s 26 highly recommended this restaurant which was fine so we attended Sons of Essex for Brunch on Father’s Day. I enjoyed the ambiance, food and the service. Just didn’t think we should’ve gone for Dads day 👍

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my cousin for his 21st birthday at this place. The food was rustic and comforting. The truffle mac and cheese with bacon. The burgers were really good. The cocktails were good too especially for Happy hour.

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ID
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for brunch! Great music and a fun vibe. The staff there are always so fun and nice.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The steak tasted like charcoal & the fried chicken comes with no sides. But the drink was nice and strong. They also play good music.

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b
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

a throw back to another era: walls covered with black and white photos, knotty pine feel, corner, cushy booths and, of all things, a below floor level conversation pit. fresh food, well prepared and tasty. an interesting experience.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sons of Essex is definitely a MUST go!
Service, food & our waiter, Alejandro were ALL beyond exceptional!!! Can’t wait to go back! 😃

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CA
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food came out almost instantly, which is never a good sign. Maybe we caught them on an off night, but everything was pretty bland/like cardboard. Wouldn’t rush back.

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UG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Son Of Essex on Thursday. I have a 4year-old son, it’s not a place where you see kids. The stuff made sure my son has everything he needed. Soon as I sat down the placed an order of French fries for him. The food was great! The music was great! I really was relaxed. Me & my husband are coming back soon as we get a babysitter lol

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great vibe if you’re

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ER
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lively brunch spot. Food was just okay, but I think most people go here for the music and social aspect. DJ was great and really had the place pumped. There is a small area that become a dance floor later in the afternoon. I would go back to this place the next time I feel like letting down my hair for Sunday Funday.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved Sons of Essex. Ive been there a few times and this time decided to bring my two best friends. They both LOVED THE FOOD! The music was great as always. The waitress seem to rush us a little but we were too busy enjoying our food and the ambiance and didnt let that distract us from having a good time and enjoying the food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service were very good. Definitely a fun place to be. Food was very mediocre and way overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, I believe it was Alejandro, was so helpful and super attentive. He was so friendly and was able to answer any questions we had.

The food was delicious. I would highly recommend the mushroom truffle pizza and the crispy chicken sandwich.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I love coming here for brunch. Food is great, atmosphere is fun, and the drinks, while not bottomless, are pretty reasonably priced

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. If you want to have dinner while listening to great music, come here

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service!!

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ER
New York Area
237 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exception excellent good... service and staff friendly and professional....5 Big Stars to the establishment...Our group had a great time together dining....See you all soon

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with the quality of the food and service we received for my birthday dinner. Everyone in my party raved about the truffle mac & cheese. Hands down probably some of the best I've tried in the entire city. The drinks were really tasty and our waiter was very friendly and accommodating.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't of had a better evening ! The food was enjoyable and the music kept me rocking the entire time I was there. It was a great way to start my friends bday off. Special shout out to our server Alexis. She was super cute and extremely nice and even spiced up the birthday song for my friend. I will be back for sure.

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KK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The woman who seated us was very rude and told us our party of four was not big enough to sit at the booth. Moments later a party of three was seated into the same we were denied. Other than this our actual waitress was good and it is a fun environment with good music and decent food

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OF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Ambience great, awful food.

Dry fried chicken, tough lobster roll, lemony avo toast and vinegar/onion heavy salad.

sadly was the worst meal I can remember in nyc for almost $250 for two.

Hard pss

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was nice however drinks were light and a little to sweet

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food in a nice atmosphere with friendly staff!

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RT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with family & friends.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall really terrific food and service. Highly recommended

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about the restaurant ❤️. The shrimp Mac and cheese was awesome, drinks were good and the music was up to date which made it fun .

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h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

So I don’t know if I just happened to be have been there on off day it was mediocre at best. Went for brunch , was underwhelmed by the food. their signature dishes Were unimpressive. Service felt nonexistent. The DJ played good music. It was very chill and relax & Casual. If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere this is the place to go but like I said the food wasn’t anything special and I probably won’t be returning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrated my husband's birthday during brunch. Had a great time, excellent DJ that played old school hip hop. Will definitely recommend.

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