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  • American (New), Cocktails
  • 120 Essex St, New York NY10002 40.719421 -73.987759
  • (At Rivington St)
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  • (212) 533-9616
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User Ratings (Based on 67 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
Brunch, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Catering, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Essex

    Posted by leone on 09/10/2007

    Solid Brunch

    Food was great. It was and is always very busy for Sunday Brunch, so for as busy as the server was, she was very attentive, not overbearing and not rude. Great atmosphere too. Bottom line - its $16 for brunch and 3 drinks. Solid.

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/04/2007

    Over Essex

    my roommates and i used to come to Essex as often as we could, for brunch, despite the crowd and cold shoulders from the staff. i know in ny you can get away with being bitchier than most places, but there's plenty of nicer brunch spots to go to with all you can drink mimosas. on a plus side i have to say that the food is delicious, i've always enjoyed that at least!

  • Essex

    Posted by mike on 08/15/2007

    over hyped!

    I have eaten here twice, once for dinner and once for brunch. Both times the service was sub-par. The food is good but not great. The atmosphere for brunch puzzles me; the women/local hipsters get way to dressed up (it's brunch, people). Dinner was a much better experience than brunch; less crowded and the $14 all you can eat mussels is a good deal.

  • Essex

    Posted by ripped off on 08/15/2007

    Overcharged on the bill

    If you're with a party of 4 or more, make sure you double check the bill. They don't break down the cost on the bill and only write down a total for Food, Drinks, and Tax. I realized on the morning after, that the bill was a bit high. I recalculated because I remember exactly what the 4 of us had, including the number of drinks, and we were definitely overcharged by 10 to 15 dollars. I know it's not a huge amount, but it's the principle! Maybe it was an honest mistake on their part. I really hope so 'cos I do enjoy their mussel night!

  • Essex

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2007


    I have been back to Essex 3 times in the last 3 weeks. Their thursday $1 oyster special is amazing and the half off all drinks happy hour is the best! My favorite is definately brunch where with all the refills its basically all you can drink mimosas and the food is really good!

  • Essex

    Posted by mikael on 06/28/2007

    Not recommended

    If you just like to sit in a place and stare at the walls waiting for one of the service staff to acknowledge your existence, then this is the place for you. I've given this place 5 chances at seating me and only on the sixth did I manage to 'talk them into' giving me one of the many open tables for Sunday dinner. The overall wait time for our menus-25minutes, the wait for food-45, the quality... well, not that good.

  • Essex

    Posted by LES Girl on 06/23/2007

    Is Brunch Different?

    I was encouraged by the reviews to give this place a try. It's an interesting space but needs a little sprucing. The service was not exactly spot on, for example, we had to ask about specials, our entrees arrived while we were still working on our apps, etc. The menu is really intriguiging and does have good selections that most people would enjoy. I ordered the trio of steak, salmon and tuna tartare. Hmmm. Rather than diced chunks, each tartare was a mound of sinewy, mushy flesh and the colors were not brilliant as one would expect for tartare. In all fairness, my husband did point out that for nine bucks, what kind of tartare did I expect? Good point. His lobster summer roll was good but no one explained what the three sauces were (even though I will say they were good, but again, my point about service). I ordered the mac and cheese and I must say that was VERY good. My husband's chicken and goat cheese was good not great. It was an okay place but I don't think we would go back. Just average.

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