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Posted by BYNYC on 11/12/2012
Wanted to really like SOE, but difficult due to the surprisingly bland and inconsistent food and drinks. First reaction was highly positive - cool looking old world theme/style that is inviting and comfortable. We sat in a spacious booth in the back and were able to peruse the interesting knickknacks assembled on the bookcase and admire the fashionable crowd. Staff is pleasant, patient and generally helpful - we didn't feel rushed (was a Sunday night). However, some of the drinks took too long to arrive and they attempted to bus several half full drinks (something noted by various other reviewers). Main issue was the generally forgettable, and somewhat tasteless fare. We had various items - mac & cheese, beet salad, truffle pizza, ribs, salmon, Brussels Sprouts - and nothing was demonstrably satisfying or noteworthy that would highly recommend; many items were noticeably underseasoned, and the salad and pizza were mostly a heap of arugala (once you stripped off the rocket, the pizza was decent enough despite few mushrooms). The salmon was crispy and fairly appetizing, but has a garnish of sliced cherry tomatoes and scallions which is boring and odd pairing. Another disappointment were the drinks - some were pretty good (Bowery Mission) but others were either undrinkable (Moscow Five Points) or horribly inconsistent (Margarita - one person had one which was great (strong, spicy, balanced) but next one was weak and lacked flavor, and third one was made incorrectly and poor). For the prices they charge, expected much more from this restaurant. Overall, great concept and ambiance but disappointing execution and not worth a return.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2012
Went once for brunch and once for late night/dinner. Was disappointed with the food both times. Their concept is great but the execution is lacking. For example, I theoretically would love poached eggs on potato pancakes but what they delivered was poached eggs on massive thick potato cakes that were overcooked on the outside and undercooked in the center. They should bring in my grandma to show them how to make a latka. It has potential but needs serious improvements to food quality. Also, the late night model/waitress seemed pretty bored and perhaps inconvenienced by having to wait on us. Brunch service, however, was excellent (I forget our waiter's name).
Posted by Katie B. on 08/07/2012
...but the food DELICIOUS! I ventured into Sons of Essex for the first time this Sunday with a group of my girlfriends for brunch. I have to admit, when I first saw the man with the handlebar mustache who greeted us at the door (the manager, I'm guessing?) I was a little freaked out and wondered where my friends had dragged me. My worries soon vanished as I took a look at the menu. What an array! I had a hard time deciding between savory or sweet but ended up going with savory. I tried a sandwich called the 'Sloppy Judah' and it was heavenly. My friends were also satisfied with their meals as well. My friend Sarah tried the Mac 'N Cheese omelette and I will definitely be coming back to try it! The restaurant was moderately packed but our server was quick to return with refills of our bottomless mimosas. I find that a lot of restaurants that offer such a deal skimp on the champagne; not the case at Sons of Essex. We definitely got out money's worth. The restaurant has an interesting vibe to say the least. It's a little dark for my liking but I suppose that is the ambiance they are going for. The music switched up between a jazz trio and some sort of hip-hop. I definitely preferred the jazz. Overall, it wasn't what I was expecting when my friends said we were going out to brunch but I was pleasantly surprised. I intend on going again and would like to hit it up for dinner one night as well.
Posted by anonymousny on 05/06/2012
but it was trying way too hard. Overall very disappointed with the grilled cheese- which is hard to do.
Posted by Cnde32 on 04/22/2012
I am usually not a fan of brunch. Decided to meet up with some friends in NYC this sunday for brunch. Let me tell you from our service, to the awesome atmosphere, excellent music ..I got the stuffed french toast (Out of this world!) and irish hasbrown with cheddar cheese and chives. everything was excellent... this is a great spot to kick back have a great meal with your friends drink coffee or cure a hang over with one of there great brunch drinks! I will definitely be returning. Our server was a thin girl with long brown wavy hair, didn't catch her name but she was a sweetheart and gave us chocolate cake at the end for "being awesome" well the feeling was mutual! Sons of Essex.. see you soon!
Posted by Yuck on 02/18/2012
This may have been the worst meal of my life. I am a pretty optimistic person and can usually find something nice to say, but nothing was good (steak tasted like dishwater, chicken paillard was super thick, scallops were raw, bacon on chocolate bar was soggy, drinks were crazy weak...) Life is short and each meal should be fabulous.
Posted by BP on 02/15/2012
Once again, hype does not equal quality. The food is only average - though the butterscotch pudding is quite delish - and the service needs much improvement. It was not even busy and bus boys were clearning the plates while we still were chewing our food. Way too expensive for what it is! Will not go back and absolutely will not recommend. Too cool for school and I've learned my lesson.