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Posted by WTT on 03/21/2010
I wish I went to the brunch which seems to get all the praise because this was hands down the worst dinner I've ever had in NYC. I was amazed to see a table available on a Saturday night somewhat last minute given the relatively inexpensive menu and great location, but now I understand. After struggling to find a host/hostess to be seated for my reservation, I waited over an hour to receive my appetizers that were cold and subpar. I would have called out to the waitress, who was nowhere in sight, but she probably wouldn't have heard me over the 1980's themed music that was deafening (this coming from someone who enjoys hot spot places in LES/MPD). The entrees believe it or not were just as bad. I'm petty sure that my pork was raw despite having been asked how I want it prepared (pork tartare)? I mentioned to the waitress after receiving my check how awful the meal had been, to which she responded with a rude, condescending tone that I should have mentioned something sooner and that "next time" I need to speak up. Clearly there won't be a next time, not that I'd imagine they care. I was never asked how either of my courses were, nor did I receive an apology for how long it was taking. This is the first time I have ever written a review on any restaurant, and I wish I could get two hours of my life back and gladly would pay more for the location if the food and service didn't completely suck.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010
Go for the buzz and scene on a weekend. Ok food, nothing fantastic
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2009
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.
Posted by PineappleCat on 06/30/2009
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.
Posted by nmbn on 05/18/2009
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
Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2009
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.
Posted by foodlover on 04/30/2009
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.