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  • American (New), Cocktails
  • 120 Essex St, New York NY10002 40.719416 -73.9877339
  • (At Rivington St)
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  • (212) 533-9616
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User Ratings (Based on 66 reviews)

Food 3.5 Value 3.6
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 533-9616
(212) 533-7413
Visa, MC, AmEx Brunch Cash Only Happy Hour Sun-Fri: 5pm-8pm
Mon-Wed: 5pm-12am Thu-Fri: 5pm-1am Sat: 11am-4:30pm+6:45pm-3am Sun: 11am-12am
Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Live Entertainment, Happy Hour, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010

    Buzzy brunch

    Go for the buzz and scene on a weekend. Ok food, nothing fantastic

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2009

    Like a restaurant inside a club

    This place is literally a restaurant inside a club. We didn't even sit down, it was incredibly noisy, and obnoxious. Trotted as the "it" brunch place, for the free drinks (so many places have free drinks!) I couldn't imagine staying inside another moment.

  • Essex

    Posted by PineappleCat on 06/30/2009

    Overrated, Overpriced, Overhyped

    I recently visited Essex for brunch ($18 for an entree and 3 Mimosas/Bloody Marys/Screwdrivers). My friend and I arrived around 11 AM and the place wasn't too packed, but they said we could either wait 20 minutes or sit at the bar. We opted for the bar, where we received unpleasant service. The bartender was very unfriendly, was slow to serve drinks, and seemed irritated by our presence. I had the potato pancakes with the hash and apples and I was disappointed. The hash and pancakes were flavorless. The apples were okay. Between the rude service and mediocre food, I see no reason to return to this restaurant. Also, the clientele was annoying. Too many 20-somethings in perfectly ripped $300 jeans and faded "vintage" t-shirts making every attempt to be oh-so-cool. No thanks.

  • Essex

    Posted by nmbn on 05/18/2009

    Come for the brunch

    two words = unlimited mimosas. Essex is great for brunch, and by the time you're into your third mimosa you don't really notice the quality of the food. Its a fun scene and definitely worth a visit if you don't mind the crowd on the weekends. Heres a hint - make a reservation and you won't have to wait 3 hours

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2009

    Good food ruined by extremely poor service

    We had the worst table service at this restaurant. The dinner lasted 2 1/2 hours as we waited what seemed like eternity for our appetizers and entrees. When our appetizer and entree dishes finally came out, 3 out of the 4 plates were cold. What would have been a great meal was ruined. The waitress was unattentive -- she did not provide cutlery for the entree after our first set was taken away. We noticed other tables were also waiting for their food. What was most disappointing was that the waitress and the hostess didn't care after we brought up the issue. The bar area is good if you're just looking for a place for drinks.

  • Essex

    Posted by foodlover on 04/30/2009

    nice atmosphere, mediocre food

    this is a fun place, but completely forgettable. sort of a 'last resort' to be honest. the all-you-can-eat mussels are meh at best. i have fun when i go, but i only go when others have already made plans to meet there. food is overpriced for what it is, and the drinks are standard. lots of other cuter and cooler places to try in the area.

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2009

    Not a Great Staff

    The food is just...okay...but the staff there are subpar. I just called to make a reservation for a party, and what I got in return was "Don't worry about it...I don't want you here. This is too much trouble for me." That's how you treat someone who is going to bring 14 people to your restaurant? Really?

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