Essex Restaurant

Essex Restaurant

New American Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Damian B.
    "The all you can drink brunch is a great value."(9 Tips)
    Alice L.
    "Sun - Fri, 5-8pm: happy hour, $1 oysters, & half-price drinks"(16 Tips)
    Monica C.
    "I recommend the potato pancakes as an appetizer to start!"(11 Tips)
    Jay P.
    "bloody marry and screwdriver during brunch."(7 Tips)
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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
  • 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 👍🏻
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Nadine P.
    Best bottomless brunch I've ever had. The drinks are mediocre, but strong. The cheesy grits and shrimp was literally one of the best meals I've ever had.
  • 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.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SchlossJanuary 30, 2012
    With a $22.95 brunch special that gets you 3 Bloody Marys, Mimomas, or Screwdrivers, Essex is probably the best brunch deal in the city. Awesome for big groups.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RJune 26, 2012
    If you are looking for a boozy brunch with a cool atmosphere look no further. Essex feels a bit like you've walked into a Sex and the City episode - a definite hit with first timers in NYC
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJune 20, 2016
    Come here for dollar oyster happy hours all week long (hours vary). The avocado and shrimp salad was also delicious. Skip the latkes, they were overcooked.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MaierFebruary 14, 2012
    For the love of bacon, try the bloody monty. A bloody mary with homemade bacon infused vodka, and a nice little slice of folded-up-bacon garnish.
  • Evelyn A.
    Evelyn AranaSeptember 12, 2015
    The chicken Fried Angus steak is delicious! The bread that comes free with every table is not that great....has too much onions/garlic and is very messy and not warm.
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveSeptember 18, 2012
    This is my go-to spot for potato pancakes. (Everyone has a go-to potato pancake spot, right?) Especially with goat cheese and arugula.
  • Bridget R.
    Bridget RyanNovember 8, 2012
    Great brunch eats. Bloody Marys are amazing. They have a drink "cap" but they don't follow it. Expect to get your glass refilled... A LOT!
  • Mattias P.
    Mattias PrielsMay 9, 2012
    Awesome vibrant place with plenty of specials. Currently trying the 1$ oysters, followed by amazing lobster and half-priced blood orange margaritas.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaryJanuary 10, 2016
    Jillian, Kate, and Mo were absolutely fantastic. Not only did they accommodate a group of 17 but they did it with smiles and hospitality!
  • Christie H.
    Christie HatgesAugust 24, 2014
    Happy hour is a great deal ..half price drinks (any kind) and amazing $1 oysters
  • 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
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiNovember 2, 2015
    Go here for brunch. The Mac and cheese is delicious and the bloodys are on point.
  • Gretchen
    GretchenDecember 29, 2016
    The brunch scene is intense - lots of big groups enjoying the unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary's. Not ideal for conversations.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    Essex is a rare gem in this coveted scene, shelling out $1 oysters long after other bars have bumped their prices back up.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails! I like the Honey Pot - it's essentially an old fashioned with a bunch of honey in it.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tanay J.
    Tanay JaipuriaSeptember 8, 2014
    3 drinks with any entree for brunch (though they keep refilling so it's actually just bottomless brunch)
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BoguszSeptember 9, 2014
    Awesome brunch menu with seamingly endless mimosas. It's always busy but the service and food are worth the wait.
  • 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
  • Jay P.
    Jay PuteraJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their Cheeseburger Empanadas is amazing, endless mimosa, bloody marry and screwdriver during brunch. Brunch is Cash only
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Order an espresso chocolate martini...the only place in the city that does it this right!!! Real espresso :) Yes and thank you<3
  • Roland C.
    Roland ChanAugust 8, 2014
    $1 Blue point oysters during HH with half off drinks. 5-8pm Sun Mon Tue Wed Fri. 5-Midnight Thurs
  • Claire B.
    Claire BridgerAugust 24, 2013
    So great. Get the filet mignon - best steak I've ever had. Cocktails are great too.
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionOctober 17, 2012
    One of the best brunch places to get a bang for your buck-- plus they have great drinks!
  • Devonta
    DevontaJanuary 2, 2016
    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.
  • D
    DAugust 3, 2015
    Lobster Benedict, the southern and grilled shrimp & avocado salad. Yum
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJuly 29, 2016
    1/2 off wines on a Tuesday! I recommend the potato pancakes as an appetizer to start!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoSeptember 25, 2016
    Amazing waitstaff for a rowdy brunch and a pretty good happy hour too.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good for groups, crowd can get pretty... rowdy. But food is great. Get the Aristocrat at brunch.
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YAugust 21, 2011
    The Wednesday lobster deal is one of the best in town. The hostess should learn to grin and bear it.
  • 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!
  • Starla C.
    Starla CosmicMay 12, 2012
    The brunch here can't be beat great cocktails and brunch for under $25/person.
  • Brittani H.
    Brittani HaywoodJanuary 1, 2013
    If you linger long enough at brunch they'll supply you with drink tickets for the bar as a bribe to leave.
  • Raymond B.
    Raymond BaróAugust 14, 2011
    The Bloody Marys are bloody awesome. The bartender uses cocktail sauce instead of traditional plain tomato juice. It's the Essex Bloody Mary just delicious.
  • Sassylee L.
    Sassylee LeeFebruary 24, 2014
    Shrimp, eggs & Avocado... food was great... Will def be back👍
  • 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.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CApril 15, 2015
    Trendy bar and restaurant. Fun to go with a group of friends.
  • Deema A.
    Deema AMarch 14, 2015
    My favorite place in New York. Good food, good drinks, good vibe and excellent service
  • Wineberry America
    Wineberry AmericaJanuary 3, 2012
    not just for drunken brunches on the weekends, this low key ev spot boasts some serious wines too *cough cough*
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanFebruary 2, 2016
    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.
  • Alicia
    AliciaAugust 23, 2011
    Unlike most unlimited drink brunch specials, these cocktails will actually leave you feeling tipsy!
  • Alice L.
    Alice LaiDecember 30, 2013
    Sun - Fri, 5-8pm: happy hour, $1 oysters, & half-price drinks
  • Bianca M.
    Bianca McLarenJune 12, 2015
    One of the best/best value brunches in the city! #boozybrunch
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MelcherApril 7, 2012
    Small place, vibrant atmosphere. Try the crispy potato pancakes! Yum.
  • Roger C.
    Roger ChenDecember 29, 2014
    Great service, food is fantastic, good wine service and not that pricey
  • thecoffeebeaners
    thecoffeebeanersOctober 27, 2013
    Come here after Nightmare Haunted House durin Halloween time and get %20 off with your ticket stub!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HarrisSeptember 23, 2012
    This place redeems itself - free round of drinks and amazing food. This place is awesome
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    Brunch here is like no other! Bottomless mimosas are clutch
  • 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
  • Rowena S.
    Rowena SahuleeMarch 3, 2013
    Always insane for brunch. Make a reservation with the whole party present.
  • Oleg A.
    Oleg AldekeinMay 25, 2016
    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 :(
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresNovember 7, 2011
    Get the burger and don't forget to order a fried egg on it!
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichSeptember 3, 2014
    Great for brunch and friends. It's kinda busy sometimes so don't expect great amazing services here.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SSeptember 12, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    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).
  • Trae F.
    Trae FDecember 11, 2015
    Had a great time at our company holiday party
  • 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.
  • Pennylane Y.
    Pennylane YilmazDecember 14, 2011
    $1 oysters and half off drinks after midnight! Oysters are fresh, don't you worry
  • Marq R.
    Marq RomeroOctober 23, 2010
    $20 brunch includes 3 bloody marys, mimosas, and screwdriver. Can't go wrong with that. Cure that hangover with more alcohol. Haha
  • Lara Z.
    Lara ZSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for brunch without a reservation and be prepared to stand for a long time. OpenTable is your friend.
  • Vince M.
    Vince MakSeptember 20, 2015
    If you come here be prepared to pay for three drinks because you HAVE TO DRINK THEEE DRINKS.
  • 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.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GatensJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch is now $23.95, but still well worth it.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneMay 16, 2015
    Food is decent enough to go with the booze at brunch. Lots to look at.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderAugust 9, 2014
    Great brunch (that included several drinks)
  • Armando
    ArmandoSeptember 25, 2012
    $22.95 for 3 drinks included with brunch (cash only)
  • 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.
  • Antoinette M.
    Antoinette M.January 21, 2014
    Shrimp and cheddar grits...that's all I have to say!
  • Greg W.
    Greg Wong 🎯March 27, 2013
    $1 oysters, available all night long Sunday through Friday, with half-priced drinks from 5-8pm.
  • 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.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MorrisJune 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All about the CEO. And don't forget a pancake for the table.
  • pdubdub
    pdubdubApril 12, 2014
    Fun ambiance but the brunch drinks are horrible (all 3)
  • Martin G.
    Martin GorrochateguiOctober 9, 2011
    Come right before 12 because thats when they allow alcohol to be served in NYC!
  • Perla B.
    Perla B.June 2, 2013
    If you're accustomed to eating Jewish food don't eat the brei or potato pancakes... They are sure to disappoint!
  • Reb T.
    Reb TaskApril 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.
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 11, 2015
    3 drinks with any entree (although they don't really keep track and you end up getting more than 3) 😊
  • Christina - E.
    Christina - Event DetailsFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place. But long wait, even w/ a reservation!!
  • 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!
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LamarJanuary 24, 2011
    Truly one of the best brunch spots in NYC...worth the wait!!!
  • Christine
    ChristineJanuary 19, 2010
    The manchego mac and cheese with citrus salad is a great combo of hearty cheese and refreshing citrus with a hint of garlic. Mmmm.
  • angelo w.
    angelo wAugust 31, 2010
    This place has a cool brunch atmosphere. Bloody Mary's can be a bit watered down though.
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreOctober 23, 2011
    Midnight happy hour!! Half off drinks except for bottles of wine and pitchers.
  • 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.
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