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Posted by Anonymous on 09/11/2006
My fiancee and I got to Essex, had a couple of drinks and some appetizers, which were all great. The space was very nice. Then the dinner came. I got the wasabi-crusted salmon. She got the goat cheese-filled chicken breast. Both dishes were so bland and boring. I couldn't believe that MenuPages had as high a listing as it did for the food. I'd have been happier eating rice cakes. But no problems, we were still having a great time, so we didn't mind too much. Then it's time to pay, and the credit card machine is broken. We wait about 25 minutes while they try to fix it. Then, the hostess comes over and asks if we would mind giving up our seats and sitting at the bar while we wait! Mind you, there were no seats available at the bar. Talk about rude and inconsiderate! We're already being inconvenienced by having to wait so long to pay our bill (we ended up late for a friend's party), and then she asks us if we'd mind being even more inconvenienced?! I asked the waitress to speak to a manager, and after 15 more minutes, to NO surprise, none came. The waitress didn't even offer us free drinks, dessert, nothing. We sat there uncomfortably for 40 minutes until we got so fed up, we scrounged our cash together to pay the bill and walked out.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2006
Tuesday = all you can eat mussels for $14 plus half price drinks - Get there early or they run out of mussels. Wednesday = $14 lobster - The lobster was tiny, maybe a 1 pounder. Must order appetizers to feel full from the meal. Thursday = $1 Oysters - Surprisingly fresh oysters, great selection.
Posted by A new local on 08/17/2006
After reading the reviews here and checking out the website, I was very excited about trying the Maine Lobster on a Wednesday night. They do lobster, corn and your choice of potato for only $14 on Wednesdays. The lobster was delicious, the corn sweet and juicy, and the baked potatoes crunchy. It was tastier than I had expected and I was happily surprised as so many of my other choices this week fell flat. Having just arrived from Australia I am looking for restaurants to call home. This has made the list.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2006
After wanting to go to Essex for quite some time, I went with a group of 5 friends for Saturday brunch. Not only is the food fabulous (I had potato pancakes with apple and honey cream sauce), but the fact that for $15 you can get a filling brunch along with 3 mimosas/bloody marys (which were fabulous and spicy)/screwdrivers is one of the best deals I've found in NYC yet! Great atmosphere too! I can't wait to come back with more friends and family!
Posted by SB on 03/24/2006
Brunch is awesome, but try to get seated before noon. The wait can be really heinous and the front of the restaurant gets packed. I've noticed the food is also better before 1pm. After that, the food becomes assembly-line, omelette slinging mush.
Posted by nyc foodie on 02/13/2006
Came here with a friend who is a seafood fanatic. We started with a seafood soup that had lobster pieces and mussels. Awesome. So was the scallop appetizer. Very good. For our main course, I had the blackened catfish and my friend had the catfish special. Both were divine! We were so full afterwards, there was NO room for dessert. I think that for all of the food we had, our check came out to about $60. A great value for the LES. Waitress was very attentive. Our water glasses were never empty. Highly recommended.
Posted by Sully on 12/30/2005
Essex is wonderful. The food is delicious and the service is friendly but not overbearing. The brunch is the best in the city.