Sons of Essex

4.6
832 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Sons of Essex menu is a reflection of the diverse melting pot of cultures within the Lower East Side. The old school 'Bowery Boys' atmosphere and 'Gangs of New York' vibe pay homage to the history of the Lower East Side, fusing a traditional american comfort food menu with a range of spices from LES immigrants of the past and local ingredients including Essex Street Market fruits & vegetables. Grub on!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 832 people are saying
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tinaM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a fun vibe going for brunch. I love it

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MahaA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food but limited menu. The ambience is a lot of fun and the people are so nice! Only down side was the noise level with the music, hard to talk so not a great place to catch up with friends but a good time for partying!

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ALexJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great Service, ultra Friendly hostess and waitstaff. Made us feel welcome.

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vipiEat
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch!!! Come here for high energy and a truly crispy chicken sandwich!
Truffle fries are fire!

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MonicaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The DJ and music was on point! Food, drinks, and service was good. Will most likely return with a bigger group next time.

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EdwardR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food! Would recommend to family and friends.

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RoseL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a fun place if you love 90s hip hop! Great service and the food is delicious! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a good time whenever I go, the staff is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was everything great food great vibes great people … but mostly exceptional staff!! They made sure we had the most memorable experience and for that I will forever be a loyal patron. The manager is so freaking beautiful inside and out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing music and atmosphere. Service was excellent and food was on point.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the environment and the servers were so nice!! We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate a birthday and had the best time ever! It's definitely a turn up spot where you can add extra Bday things like a sign, sparklers, dessert and champagne. The music was awesome and the staff is beyond nice and accommodating. I highly recommend for a brunch.

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vipMRBran
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff are great and very attentive coupled with the food and ambiance makes it a fun place to dine.

Thank you to the general manager, Emmy and my server Angelica, Angelique. I know your going to get upset but I hope I was close to getting your name right.

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Sim1
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary, our server, was so warm & welcoming. Mary added to the ambiance by sprinkling her spunky personality into each interaction we had. It’s safe to say I’ll be back.

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JoRey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Awesome vibes with great music. Staff is friendly and want you to have a great time. The bellini pitchers were quite small and only served one round of drinks for 4 people. I would’ve preferred a bottomless price for drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was a great time with awesome food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Love it and want more of it!

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TheFoodSage
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope spot for Sunday brunch. Food was very good. Service was great. Also DJ was on point and even though there's a DJ it's not too loud that you can't hear people talk to you unlike other places in the City.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was LIT!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible!!!

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WillyR
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emma was the best hostess. Everyone was so polite and the vibe was the best. DJ played great music, highly recommend for brunch!

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ShannelN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is as amazing as good as well! Definitely come here for brunch and opt for the spiked mimosas and the chicken and waffles ! Will be returning as soon as possible!

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JalenR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My cousins and I had such a great time here! The music was great, the people were great, the server we had checked on us to make sure it wasn’t too “rowdy” for us (which is definitely wasn’t). The atmosphere was amazing! Definitely a great birthday brunch spot! We’ll definitely be coming back here!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Awesome music!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for brunch if you love listening to music. The vibe was nice, multiple selections for food and the mimosas were strong.

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RaeB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First time here for brunch. Turned into a party around noon! Manager was amazing and customer service was great. There was something in our mimosa glass and she replaced it and gave us a complimentary shot. Dj was amazing and kept the hits going non stop! I had the chicken sandwich which was solid but the truffle Mac and cheese was the true winner. If I’m back in NY, I’d definitely come back again

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ExploringNeighborhood
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Made reservations here for my brother's birthday, not a huge celebration but there were 4 of us. My brother and his friend arrived over 30 minutes late, but thankfully tables weren't packed and the host/ bartender kept my boyfriend and I occupied at the bar with no extra rush to get our reservation going. We weren't kicked out either. They were awesome! It was a Saturday night and we had a table right near the DJ by the pit. We legit stayed there all night and when we left there was a line to get in! Loved the experience, thanks crew! Much love.

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johnb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly good food. They must have a 5 star chef back there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my cousins Birthday
1st of all the customer service was like No other!!!
The host was Very accommodating Mary aka Ginger the waitress was fantastic and busy at the same damn time!
Food was good the parade was awesome and a great price!
At I wouldn’t have changed anything

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AlexisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing time, food was great with a great menu choice, drinks were so good and reasonably priced special when you get the pitcher for brunch. Definitely will be back soon

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RHR2008
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Truly one of my favorite brunch spots. Great music/dj! Wonderful bellinis and food. Def do it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a simple brunch with friends. It was an excellent time.

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MichaelW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my son and my father here to celebrate Father’s Day and we all immensely enjoyed every aspect of the experience. After being greeted warmly by Emmy, who sat us at a large, lovely table, we were waited on by the cheerful, attentive and generally delightful Mary. The food was outstanding - each of us ordered different dishes (steak and huevos, Essex burger and crispy chicken sandwich) and all of us devoured every bite. The table ordered the Stanton Spritzer cocktails and drank down multiples of those as well. The atmosphere was cool and lively, and it quickly became clear why this has become a mainstay destination of the LES. Highest possible recommendation here, I’m certain you won’t be disappointed either!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Ambience was strange with disco balls next to the leather tufted furniture. Food was cold when we received it and waitress didn't check in with us for drink refills. Also the soda tasted terrible. The carbonation was flat and the lines needed to be washed.

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JanB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

I use to go here a lot and the vibe is different now. The drinks were pricey and weak unfortunately. My season of coming here is over!

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jkoolie
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a great vibe, great music if you are into hip pop, dance hall, mimosa brunch vibes. Loved celebrating my birthday there and the price was not bad either !! The food was pretty good and the waiter was so nice. Such a great experience 💛

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of New York City's classic restaurants. From the street front, you have no idea what a wonderful experience awaits you inside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re visiting NYC make sure you come to this place. The manager was super friendly when our table time was up she reserved seats for us at the bar so we can continue enjoying the music and our drinks. Food was excellent , vibe was a 10 , if you like throw back RnB and hip hop come here ! Loved it . Oh and I think our servers name was Angela ? Dark hair from Florida she was awesome ! Also order the French toast and Mac n Cheese ‘

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The staff was very rude. They sat my cousin and I (two females) in the middle of a group(12-15) drunk college dudes. We asked to be moved and they sat us at the bar in which the men found their way to us . It was very uncomfortable. The waistresses are nasty and rude. Over it never coming back. It’s dark and dirty.

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Melo
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Vibe was nice but the food quality wasn’t the best.

FAQs

Sons of Essex is rated 4.6 stars by 832 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.