Essex

4.3
2798 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Lower East Side pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, oyster happy hours and NYC's original brunch party. A vibrant multi-level space in the historic Shapiro's Winery, Essex offers intimate seating as well as group dining and event spaces. Enjoy outdoor dining rain or shine on our covered decks.

Experiences

  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    New York's original Bottomless Brunch includes entree with 1-1/2 hours of unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (39.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (49.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2798 people are saying
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JasminS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and it was a wonderful experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Worst waitress ever, it was 10pm and she was rushing us kitchen gonna close, calamari appetizer was horrible barely any calamari a lot of big jalapeño pieces and whatever else it was mixed with. LITERALLY I COUNTED 7 I complained and she did nothing about it . Not to mention she didn’t give us napkins or tableware I had to get up to get it. I asked for an apple martini on the rocks and she said they don’t have that there… IN NYC ON A SATURDAY.

Don’t waste your time,

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MLoA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great for a date night! The server was amazing. She was so attentive of our needs. I will definitely visit again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast! Thank you!

LT
vipLindseyT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I came here for brunch & the brunch is such a great deal but the security and waitresses just seemed very condescending.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If your looking for a very beautiful well cooked meal while your having drinks and fun this is the exact place to go! It’s very nice inside and outside and filled with people having such a good time at all times! Great place and great food :)

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Gabrielle
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

I had a great time enjoying the food and drinks for my birthday here! We were a group of 15 and food and service was great however I was disappointed because they sat us outside towards the end of the block in an area with no decor/music which was the only downside.

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vipTrePazzi
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had dinner with Friends on Saturday, and only Restaurant Week menu was available. Food was good, but not great. Recommend the duck and the NY strip.
Service was really good and prices reasonable.
Oysters highly recommended

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vipjmwc42
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

food for restaurant week was terrific, the meatball with whipped ricotta, the long island duck breast with the blue potatoes and the broccoli rabe, but the service slowed to a crawl as the night wore on the rain picked up and the indoor space became packed, so the charged me for the dessert, the appropriately cold chocolate mousse and tried to get us to leave before serving it, so very good but not great

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vipPdiddy
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a phenomenal experience. The staff, food and ambiance was pitch perft. The selection of drinks definitely was a plus. The service was great and the music was nice as well. I enjoyed the meatballs, salmon and chocolate mousse.

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MariaV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Essex had an incredible menu for restaurant week! Oysters, octopus, risotto! Amazing! I will definitely return!

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TinK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, has outdoor dinning. Staffs are friendly. Price is right for restaurant week.

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viplongisl
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked Essex because it was located near Pier 36, and of course, participating in restaurant week.
What an outstanding experience, between the service and wonderful waitresses, and delicious food.
Would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was great. Indoors was very loud, glad we were outdoors.
Good and service were good. Enjoyed the lunch!

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foodlover
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good brunch food with unlimited brunch drinks. Great morning!

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FrankC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

very nice except for slow service, but very nice waitress

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service . Food was solid, everyone has a good time but it was Extremely hot . We were in a corner and everyone was sweating. Couldn’t get any ac.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great bottomless service. We had to wait over 30 min for our table but it seemed like the fault of other customers and not the restaurant. Good food and good drinks. Would come back!

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Anonymous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Brunch! Essex certainly lived up to its reputation as a brunch party destination but what surprised us was how good the food was! The "Aristocrat" with house made lox and caviar was unique and beautifully presented. Steak and Eggs was with a thick NY strip and not a skinny breakfast steak like you get in some places. We liked home fries so much we got extra orders. And yes, it certainly was a party--dance music was playing and mimosas were endless. We'll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Extremely disappointed in the service. I booked a table for 15 people to celebrate my boyfriends birthday - we were made to wait an hour past our booking time outside in the heat because staff refused to kick the table before us out, despite them paying the bill prior to our booking. The table wasn’t cleaned properly, and the food was sub-par. We had reservations following our booking which we missed due to the length of time we waited to be seated and for our food to come out. I will not be returning for a large group booking, despite this restaurant being infamous for a ‘vibe’ - the only vibe I felt was disappointment.

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JakeD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good options for brunch with good food. The service was good and kept us updated on our remaining time for unlimited Mimosas during our 90 minutes.

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Stephanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The steak was not good. It was tough, and cold, and when we sent it back to have it warmed up, it came back over cooked and dry. They did not charge us for it, so that was nice. Even though the manchego mac and cheese and oysters and sorbet were good, this place is overpriced.

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AnnetteH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an early dinner, not crowded, lovely outdoor seating, delicious food.

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vipalisat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

service was slow given that it was NOT crowded. Food was quite good

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StefanieW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week menu was comprehensive. There was something for everyone. The food was good.

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RoseW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Food and atmosphere was very pleasant, the server wasn’t very attentive or good. I would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Drinks were horrible. Ordered 4 different cocktails between myself and my best friend. Appetizers were delicious but main course was disappointing. Service was non existent, almost an hour wait between appetizers and main course and then was brought out the wrong desserts. Was checked on twice and had to flag down the waitress the entire meal. Will not be back.

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vipAsianSpeedy11
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The steak was overcooked. The appetizers were very good, but desserts 🍨 were so-so

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, outstanding value

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JamesR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

At first, the service was a bit shaky, but the restaurant self corrected, and a more experienced server took over. The food (all three courses) was excellent. The Bluepoint oysters were first rate, as was the Long Island duck breast, and the salmon was done to perfection. The desserts were excellent, also. Good wine values are available.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Restaurant Week Menu--One of the best restaurant week menus I've had. Varied choices including vegan and high end dishes such as NY Strip. The Hamachi Crudo was outstanding. My partner enjoyed his Arctic Char and Veal Meatballs. Small, but well-chosen wine list at reasonable prices. Servers were were very friendly without being too obtrusive. Would highly recommend.

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AyaA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for restaurant week, and their menu was much more varied and bigger than most menus I've seen! It wasn't packed, so my friend and I felt very comfortable eating indoors, and the tables were fairly spread apart. The service was great, the food was delicious, and would love definitely love to come again.

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Bklynfoodie415
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu had so much variety! The servers were wonderful and accommodating. Will be back again.

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MariaS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner on restaurant week was terrific on a Monday. The choices were very good. Enjoyed the evening with friends.

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ImaniR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Came here for brunch (this wasn’t the first time), and while the food was good, the service was lacking. Our server kept checking in every 5 minutes where we felt rushed to place our orders and not enjoy the FULL 1.5 hours of bottomless brunch. Our check came an hour into our reservation, and the server didn’t ask about any last rounds. She asked another server to check in about the bill, but again nothing about drinks. Upon asking about a final round they said no, and i mentioned we still had 15 minutes of the reservation and they came back with our drinks. Really turned us off considering there were tons of empty tables and clearly it wasn’t an issue of someone needing our table.

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NilsaR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great. Only thing is the noise is crazy but overall always great. Nothing they can do about the noise.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came here during restaurant week to give it a try and it exceeded expectations. The food came out quickly and was excellent. Everything we tried from appetizers to dessert was prepared perfectly and was delicious. There was a lot of space inside and the wait staff made us feel welcome and ensured we had everything we needed. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked at the last minute. Pleasantly surprised. Beautiful outdoor setup. Food and service were really good.

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StephenR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had veal meatballs appetizer and the duck entree and both were outstanding. A great restaurant week menu. They put their best foot forward for restaurant week (unlike so many now that offer a chicken-salmon-veggie pasta entree that are just cheap and not on their regular manu). Furthermore, they post their restaurant week menu online so you know what you'll be getting. We will be returning to this restaurant. Our waitress was also courteous and attentive.

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vipCristinQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great outdoor area, great food, service slow but worth wait.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Essex using the Order Online button. Essex also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Essex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 533-9616.

Essex is rated 4.3 stars by 2798 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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