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)
    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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 👍🏻
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SSeptember 12, 2009
    Go on Mon or Thurs for $1 oysters (pick a local variety!) & half-priced drinks 'til 9. I like the watermelon or white grape martinis (made w/fresh juice).
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaryJanuary 10
    Jillian, Kate, and Mo were absolutely fantastic. Not only did they accommodate a group of 17 but they did it with smiles and hospitality!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RJune 26, 2012
    If you are looking for a boozy brunch with a cool atmosphere look no further. Essex feels a bit like you've walked into a Sex and the City episode - a definite hit with first timers in NYC
  • Audrey S.
    Audrey ShiuSeptember 3, 2015
    An earlier dinner 6-7 is a good time to avoid the noise from large parties and from people at the bar. Cool restaurant decent food
  • belle
    belleApril 5, 2015
    lots of variety for brunch food but the food is just okay - though the waitress was nice offering two sides along with the meal and providing quick mimosa refills. it does get really loud though!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiNovember 2, 2015
    Go here for brunch. The Mac and cheese is delicious and the bloodys are on point.
  • Mattias P.
    Mattias PrielsMay 9, 2012
    Awesome vibrant place with plenty of specials. Currently trying the 1$ oysters, followed by amazing lobster and half-priced blood orange margaritas.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Christie H.
    Christie HatgesAugust 24, 2014
    Happy hour is a great deal ..half price drinks (any kind) and amazing $1 oysters
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzOctober 16, 2014
    Great cocktails! I like the Honey Pot - it's essentially an old fashioned with a bunch of honey in it.
  • 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!
  • Jay P.
    Jay PuteraJuly 20, 2011
    Their Cheeseburger Empanadas is amazing, endless mimosa, bloody marry and screwdriver during brunch. Brunch is Cash only
  • 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
  • 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.
  • D
    DAugust 3, 2015
    Lobster Benedict, the southern and grilled shrimp & avocado salad. Yum
  • Monica C.
    1/2 off wines on a Tuesday! I recommend the potato pancakes as an appetizer to start!
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanDecember 5, 2011
    Order an espresso chocolate martini...the only place in the city that does it this right!!! Real espresso :) Yes and thank you<3
  • Tanay J.
    Tanay JaipuriaSeptember 8, 2014
    3 drinks with any entree for brunch (though they keep refilling so it's actually just bottomless brunch)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanSeptember 12, 2015
    Good for groups, crowd can get pretty... rowdy. But food is great. Get the Aristocrat at brunch.
  • 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.
  • Claire B.
    Claire BridgerAugust 24, 2013
    So great. Get the filet mignon - best steak I've ever had. Cocktails are great too.
  • 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.
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