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2nd Floor Bar & Essen

4.8
4.8
50 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The 2nd Floor Bar & Essen is a speakeasy style cocktail bar serving a twist on classic Jewish Deli favorites.

The 2nd Floor Bar & Essen is located on top of the 2nd Ave Deli at 1442 1st Avenue with a separate entrance on East 75th Street between 1st & York avenues. Tel: (212) 737-1700

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Kosher

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 737-1700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Teyf

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at reservations@2ndavedeli.com to book our private party room for your next event or celebration.

  • Private party contact

    Lesley or Jason: (212) 737-1700

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    75th Street between 1st Avenue & York Avenue

  • Parking details

    We have arranged a special promotion with Champion Parking. 2 hour parking for $10.00 (tax included, oversize additional) with validation at Champion’s garage less than 1 block from the 2nd Floor at 341 East 75th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues).

  • Public transit

    We are located blocks from the Q train (72nd Street station) and 6 train (77th Street station)

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 50 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. b

    booo

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Nice space, good cocktails, very uninterested serving staff
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    They have no food and the drinks are pricey and don’t taste good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad they’ve reopened!
  4. NL

    NLee

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for some cocktails before valentine’s dinner. Cocktail menu was creative and tasty, will definitely come back again.
  5. VP

    ViniciusP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One of the best bars in UES - great food (creative spin on typical jewish dishes) and cocktails
  6. WS

    WilliamS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find. Casual, cool and they have great food from the Second Avenue deli downstairs.
  7. Y

    Yummytummy

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We were one of the few tables in the place. Service was good. Drinks were good. The menu is very unique so definitely look that over before booking. It was super dark which didn't negatively impact our experience but again a heads up if you decide to book.
  8. V

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I did not try any food during my visit but the drinks were amazing. I wanted a low key, romantic setting to say goodbye to a visitor and this was perfect.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Table distance isn’t the best but still a good date spot
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated
  11. G

    Goober

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic little gem in the upper east side. Highly recommend the sliders and the pigs in a blanket!
  12. NY

    NYCFoodie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Pretty cool - off the beaten path... Good ambiance
  13. g

    gourmetgal

    New York Area

    400 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    400 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    More fun than fabulous, this is definitely more of a bar than a restaurant. But the manager was extremely accommodating and our waitress was terrific, so overall we had a good experience. Drinks are front and center and they are all delicious. If you are hungry, the best bet is the Happy Hour deal which features a 1/2 a classic deli sandwich. Other plates are creative, but small. Options are very limited for those with dietary restrictions.
  14. K

    Kerner5000

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    This place is set up as your ideal date spot. The music is loud and does not match the vibe! This is not a night club and i’m unsure why they continue to play loud pumping music. I could hear every table next to me complaining about how loud and terrible music was. it truly ruins the overall experience of how wonderful this place could be! i’m finally writing this review after having the same experience over 5 times!
  15. MV

    MichelleV26

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. It’s one of the few authentic cocktail bars on the Upper East Side and it never disappoints. The food and cocktails are both great.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience2
    Music was way too loud!
  17. D

    Daniellem

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The bar is nice but it was so dark in there Food was ok but mainly meat Service was good
  18. AB

    AndrewB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this "hidden" bar and had a great time. Music was on point, service, food, drinks were all that I expected. Will definitely be back.
  19. s

    sjord

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our first anniversary there and they made sure to make it such a special occasion. The food was delicious and it was pretty crowded for a Monday evening- we were happy to see it doing so well!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Entrance is on 75th st between York and 1st.
  21. PB

    PatB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fun place. Different and hip twist on standard deli offerings. Fun cocktails. Great place to bring a friend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    He smoked grapefruit was amazing.
  23. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd Floor and Essen was a lot of fun. The staff were very attentive. The food was extremely tasty and interesting. The atmosphere was chilled and enjoyable. Will be checking it out next time I come to NYC
  24. C

    Chuckk

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Obviously not a happy hour locale - nobody there at 6:00. A few there when we left at 7:30. Creative cocktails, creative menu, ambiance terrible - dark, no excitement. Bartender called it romantic; me not so much.
  25. d

    darcyd

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great spot for a late night drink and snacks (good that it is Kosher!) Had a small group of friends for a birthday gathering and it was really nice.. Food was good and ambiance was fun. would go back again.
  26. a

    aiproduction

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    It's really cute. It's hidden, it's fun to go because it's hidden :) It made me feel like a kid going in. The place is fairy large, it looks like somebody's living room somewhat. Very casual and cozy, the service was great and we go to try sips of other cocktails, waitress was so nice, it's a cute little neighborhood place to go, great for causal date night, or just with your friends.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Interesting concept kinda dull and underwhelming though. Maybe I went on an off night
  28. SC

    ShanaC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Interesting, creative menu, but didn't like the food. Owner tried to make it up to us with complementary dish, but unfortunately didn't like that either... deviled eggs were good. Grapefruit way over infused, dumplings over fried, jerky is tiny portion. Perogis ok. Cocktails decent, but wouldn't go for food.
  29. e

    exceptiontotherule

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Great food and cocktails!
  30. b

    bridget

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot for fun drinks and some bites to eat. We ate dinner here and there were some heavier options but a bit overpriced for the food. Their 1 deviled egg was $11
  31. CM

    CMBG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This had been on my list for a while and Saturday night was the perfect opportunity after getting out of a Broadway show and wanting to go somewhere for drinks and snacks closer to home. We got there around 11:15pm. It wasn't super crowded but there were a decent amount of people there. After studying the menu for 15 minutes before a server came over, I went to order the drink I decided on and she said they didn't have it. Would've been nice to know ahead of time when we were handed menus, or been provided a recommendation to something similar...I felt pressured to choose another cocktail on the spot otherwise I wouldn't see her again. I picked something hastily while she stood there but ultimately regretted my decision. They were playing the Cardi B album and after it finished, there was just zero music for about 5 minutes until they put something else on...totally killed what little ambiance there was. Overall, I was super disappointed. Food and drinks were overpriced and service was terrible.
  32. RJ

    RachelJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Check this place out. It is definitely worth a visit.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Music was way too loud, causing everyone to be screaming to be heard by the person next to them. Everything else was great!
  34. JD

    JDD7

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Loud as all get go.
  35. D

    Daniel

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amongst the best bar food in Manhattan. Food and drinks both excellent.
  36. j

    jameslucas

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    This bar has fantastic potential: better-than-average drinks, impressive snacks, and a knowledgeable and seemingly talented staff. That talent, however, was not enough to over overcome the significant manpower shortage. To have run the place properly the evening we visited, it would have taken double the number of staff-members. Our server was covering over a dozen tables, and a single bartender was making drinks for the same zone. We averaged one drink an hour for three hours, and the staff was so apologetic they comp'd an entire round including food. One table next to us turned over twice because the guests seated there kept giving up without being served. The table on the other side of us had regulars who ordered a bottle of wine because they knew the service is regularly too slow otherwise.
  37. CR

    CoriR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best! Delicious, attractive and super fun! Go now - go every night.
  38. FG

    FatimaG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Service was terrible. Host was rude after receiving us. Waitress would stay only around the bar and pretend not to look at the tables and booths. We felt utterly ignored. What a shame since this is a beautiful hidden gem but it is just not worth the wait.
  39. LM

    LottaM

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks menu and their small nibbles menu was delicious. Loved the decor and staff was very freindly.
  40. J

    James

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    It's really ok, nothing special about the place. Other restaurants in the area would probably be a lot better.

FAQs

2nd Floor Bar & Essen is rated 4.8 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for 2nd Floor Bar & Essen

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Additional information

  • Cross street

    75th Street between 1st Avenue & York Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Kosher

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have arranged a special promotion with Champion Parking. 2 hour parking for $10.00 (tax included, oversize additional) with validation at Champion’s garage less than 1 block from the 2nd Floor at 341 East 75th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues).

  • Public transit

    We are located blocks from the Q train (72nd Street station) and 6 train (77th Street station)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Teyf

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 737-1700

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at reservations@2ndavedeli.com to book our private party room for your next event or celebration.

  • Private party contact

    Lesley or Jason: (212) 737-1700

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