Essex Restaurant

Essex Restaurant

New American Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Alice L.
    "Sun - Fri, 5-8pm: happy hour, $1 oysters, & half-price drinks"(16 Tips)
    Damian B.
    "The all you can drink brunch is a great value."(7 Tips)
    Lilit
    "Best non-Hanukkah potato pancakes in town."(10 Tips)
    Jay P.
    "bloody marry and screwdriver during brunch."(7 Tips)
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  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJune 20
    Come here for dollar oyster happy hours all week long (hours vary). The avocado and shrimp salad was also delicious. Skip the latkes, they were overcooked.
  • Oleg A.
    I came to USA to visit my friend and we went to this restaurant and it sucks. So noisy and overcrowded, food 6/10, brunch drinks are the cheapest cocktails you can imagine. We've better stayed home :(
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanFebruary 2
    Brunch 3-drinks prix fixe is actually basically unlimited drinks. The food was spot on but the wait isn't worth it. Long line (even with a reservation), no appetizers, and not great onion bread.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaryJanuary 10
    Jillian, Kate, and Mo were absolutely fantastic. Not only did they accommodate a group of 17 but they did it with smiles and hospitality!
  • Devonta
    DevontaJanuary 2
    This place is a NO for me. The "unlimited" mimosas are made with CHEAP champagne and orange juice. The food was ok. The burger and the steak look the best.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneDecember 20, 2015
    If you get 15 people to show up for your birthday everyone gets a free shot AND you get a bottle of Grey Goose. A decent reason to plan a bar crawl around this spot.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiNovember 2, 2015
    Go here for brunch. The Mac and cheese is delicious and the bloodys are on point.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: B+. Essex was perfect for a large, boozy party. Our drinks were full, our food was tasty, and the service was accommodating. Read more
  • Evelyn A.
    Evelyn AranaSeptember 12, 2015
    The chicken Fried Angus steak is delicious! The bread that comes free with every table is not that great....has too much onions/garlic and is very messy and not warm.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaSeptember 8, 2015
    The all you can drink brunch is a great value. If you get there early, the bartender will honor your AYCD at the bar if you give him your party's name 👍🏻
  • Audrey S.
    Audrey ShiuSeptember 3, 2015
    An earlier dinner 6-7 is a good time to avoid the noise from large parties and from people at the bar. Cool restaurant decent food
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintAugust 20, 2015
    The food was great, the drinks were fantastic, creative, and well priced (happy hour! Don't sleep on it!) and the service was great - friendly and funny!
  • belle
    belleApril 5, 2015
    lots of variety for brunch food but the food is just okay - though the waitress was nice offering two sides along with the meal and providing quick mimosa refills. it does get really loud though!
    Upvoted May 25
  • Meli
    MeliSeptember 19, 2014
    This is such a great place for dinner or lounging with friends or even a date. The ambiance was perfect and service was top-notch. Happy till 8pm = 1/2 off. $1 oysters! Chocolate molten cake=delish!
  • Pia W.
    Pia WilsonAugust 24, 2014
    My friend and I had to actively ask for the third mimosa. Did not have my first one during the meal. When my server finally brought the third one, he said he was "trusting us." Not happy.
  • Christie H.
    Christie HatgesAugust 24, 2014
    Happy hour is a great deal ..half price drinks (any kind) and amazing $1 oysters
  • Christine G.
    Christine GrahamAugust 2, 2014
    Waited 45 minutes to be seated for no real reason, even with a res. Drinks were strong and plentiful. Mac and cheese was incredible. Ultimate verdict: go!
  • Xinyi C.
    Xinyi ChenApril 13, 2014
    Really inconsistent and horrible mimosas, very diluted Bloody Mary, OJ isn't fresh squeezed.Don't order the French toast! It's tasteless and looks extremely unappetizing. Worst brunch I've had in NYC!
  • David
    DavidFebruary 1, 2014
    $22.95 special at Essex that allows to order a meal along with three Bloody Marys, screwdrivers or mimosas. This brunch is one of the places to see and be seen at least once during your NYC lifetime.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy C.July 29, 2013
    Do not order the chicken friend steak. It was disgusting. Place is very loud. Table are close to each other. extremely disappointed with this place. I would give it a zero if not for the mimosas!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    Be sure to make brunch reservations here, as this place is always packed during the weekends. The brunch special is supposed to include three drinks with your meal, but really it's all you can drink.
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TaskinApril 3, 2013
    Eating at Essex Restaurant is akin to eating a meal on an plane - your food will arrive roughly an hour into your excursion and taste like it was reheated in a microwave somewhere over Ohio.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HeronMarch 17, 2013
    Unless you're going here for a drunk brunch, don't waste your time. The food is mediocre to bad, service indifferent. That said, $24 for unlimited cocktails is a good deal, if that's what you want.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 20, 2012
    Awesome value for quality & quantity. If in a group of 4 or more, you can get a dinner special with an appetiser and entree and 2.5 hours open bar for only $60! Wednesday special of 1.5lb lobster $20
  • Bridget R.
    Bridget RyanNovember 8, 2012
    Great brunch eats. Bloody Marys are amazing. They have a drink "cap" but they don't follow it. Expect to get your glass refilled... A LOT!
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveSeptember 18, 2012
    This is my go-to spot for potato pancakes. (Everyone has a go-to potato pancake spot, right?) Especially with goat cheese and arugula.
  • Claire J.
    Claire JosephSeptember 2, 2012
    Cash only and drinks served only after 12 so time your reservation accordingly. Can get really crowded by bar/waiting area.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaAugust 15, 2012
    Most people know about this place for their unlimited mimosa/bloody brunch but their food is good! And LOTS of options. Rent one of the upstairs areas for a private party & it's a really great deal!
  • citichik c.
    citichik chickpeaJuly 21, 2012
    Frequent Brunch spot w/friends. $22 gets 3 drinks & a tasty meal. Staff can be pretentious but not always & once you're seated everything's dandy-if they kick you out you get drink tickets for the bar
  • Laura R.
    Laura RJune 26, 2012
    If you are looking for a boozy brunch with a cool atmosphere look no further. Essex feels a bit like you've walked into a Sex and the City episode - a definite hit with first timers in NYC
  • Tony
    TonyJune 13, 2012
    This place is one of those NYC places everyone loves but I don't understand why. The food is overpriced ($13 for grapes and cheese) and not that great. Avoid.
  • Mattias P.
    Mattias PrielsMay 9, 2012
    Awesome vibrant place with plenty of specials. Currently trying the 1$ oysters, followed by amazing lobster and half-priced blood orange margaritas.
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusFebruary 24, 2012
    Boozy brunching at Essex in the LES is fantastic. For just $22.95 you get a brunch entree and 3 bloodies, screwdrivers, or mimosas. The perfect spot for a brunch-time birthday. Great Happy Hour too! Read more
  • Zach M.
    Zach MaierFebruary 14, 2012
    For the love of bacon, try the bloody monty. A bloody mary with homemade bacon infused vodka, and a nice little slice of folded-up-bacon garnish.
  • Three Jane
    Three JaneJanuary 30, 2012
    With a $22.95 brunch special that gets you 3 Bloody Marys, Mimomas, or Screwdrivers, Essex is probably the best brunch deal in the city. Awesome for big groups.
  • Assaf L.
    Assaf LamdanDecember 4, 2011
    Nothing to write home about. The service was not up to par at all. Too dark to see the menu and way too loud for a romantic evening. Good for bar Scene
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongDecember 4, 2011
    Came here for dinner. It was hella good. The famous potato pancakes were basically really good hash browns. Did not enjoy the sangria. Otherwise really good. Large potions.
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    The space that Essex Restaurant has occupied for the last decade was once used as part of Essex Market. Now, it just overlooks Essex Market. In case you find evening grocery shoppers entertaining.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonAugust 10, 2011
    You're supposed to get 3 mimosas or bloody marys with your entree, but it's basically all-you-can-drink and they do not mess around w/ the pours. Beware.
  • Nathalie C.
    Nathalie C.May 22, 2011
    Great brunch but the wait it horrible! Took an 1hr30m to seat us (party of 3). Food was delicious but beware, cash only during brunch time!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SMarch 13, 2011
    Some of the best brunch in the city. You can't go wrong, but the mexican matzo brei in particular is amazing. Bottomless drinks aren't conducive to a productive Sunday, but they're damn good.
  • Mary E.
    Mary EFebruary 6, 2011
    Great brunch.. $20 for food and 3 brunch drinks.. sooo inexpensive! Beware though, it gets extremely packed between 12 to 4!
  • Jose Z.
    Jose ZarzaNovember 20, 2010
    Burger is amazing! Manchego Mac n Cheese is great too. Don't show up before noon on Sunday cos they don't start serving alcohol until then
  • Paige H.
    Paige HoffsteinAugust 2, 2010
    One of the best brunch places in the city! Crazy busy in the early afternoon, but calms down a bit after 3pm! The Mac and Cheese is AMAZING
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkJuly 2, 2010
    Do yourself a huge favor. Just wait until Sundown Brunch (4pm-8pm) instead of trying to squeeze in there early. Same exact specials, a calmer wait staff and alot less noisy.
  • Kat C.
    Kat CairdApril 26, 2010
    The challah french toast is to die for... and between you and me, the three drinks that come with brunch might just end up being many more than three drinks that come with brunch. Read more
  • Maggie
    MaggieApril 6, 2010
    Get the Green Zinger cocktail. Monday - Thursday drinks 1/2 off... $1 Oysters on Mondays too. Potato pancakes are fantastic. Read more
  • Topher B.
    Topher BurnsMarch 28, 2010
    Essex didn't ruin my one year anniversary, but it certainly gave it a solid try. Food - oversalted, overcooked. Service - rude, inexperienced. Even after a coupon removed $30 from the bill, I still fe
  • Kristin F.
    Kristin FilipovitsJanuary 12, 2010
    Don't wait for the $16 Mussels night on Tuesday. The everyday $10 portion is HUGE and mixed with a 1/2 price drink, you're in for an amazing dinner.
  • Michelle Y.
    Michelle YSeptember 12, 2009
    Go on Mon or Thurs for $1 oysters (pick a local variety!) & half-priced drinks 'til 9. I like the watermelon or white grape martinis (made w/fresh juice).
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