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Essex, New York, NY

Essex

4.5
4.5
2847 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Lower East Side pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, oyster happy hours and NYC's original brunch party. A vibrant multi-level space in the historic Shapiro's Winery, Essex offers intimate seating as well as group dining and event spaces. Enjoy outdoor dining rain or shine on our covered decks.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-9616

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Steffen Sander

  • Private party facilities

    Essex has a mezzanine with a private bar that seats up 75 guests and 2 ground-floor dining rooms with 50 seats each that are available for private dinners and cocktail parties. The entire restaurant, including our main bar room, is ideal for dinner and cocktail parties for up to 225 guests.

  • Private party contact

    David: (888) 480-5602

  • Neighbourhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross Street

    Corner of Essex Street

  • Parking Details

    There is a large municipal parking garage around the corner from the restaurant as well as several nearby parking lots.

  • Public Transit

    Essex is located one block north of the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Champagne Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    New York City's original brunch party includes choice of entree with 1-1/2 hours of Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers and Narragansett draft beers (42.95). Special 2-hour package for parties of 8 or more (52.95). All outdoor seating is heated and covered.

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What 2,847 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. HS

    HughS

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I mean everything in the US is expensive for people coming from the UK hence the value score but for New York the value is fine. Really beautiful room, friendly people - there is an outside area if you prefer not to sit inside. Food was really excellent - flatbreads and calamari to start and then lamb ravioli, steak and salmon to follow for our party. Couldn’t fault any of it. Servers were lovely. USD 325 for 4 people with drinks and including tip. Best meal we’ve had in NYC to date.
  2. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent July 4th Dinner. Steaks and burgers were cooked to perfection. Wonderful Happy Hour oyster special and well-balanced drinks. Highly recommend!
  3. d

    dee99

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Food wasn't good and didn't even have ham. There wasn't even a bartender when we got there.
  4. JB

    JewelB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    So much fun! I went for their NYC Pride Party in the Lower East Side event. They ran out of mules so I didn't get to try them. I had the parmesan truffle fries and mango lava lamp drink, it's a sweet drink.
  5. TW

    TaraW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first but definitely not last time at Essex! The service was great and we LOVED the food.
  6. BS

    BarbaraS

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Father’s Day Dinner. So glad this restaurant is in my neighborhood! Great service too.
  7. CR

    ChristineR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there for Father’s Day and the service and food was great. It was a tad too noisy for us but if you go to a place that has a bottomless brunch, it’s expected. We will definitely be dining here again.
  8. SE

    SaraE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my birthday and had a big group! The staff was so friendly, food was delicious and we had the upstairs to ourselves! Def recommend!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic spot for brunch! would highly recommended their deal, the food is delicious :)
  10. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Essex Brunch! We ate the bar so our champagne glasses were truly never empty. And, unlike some bottomless brunches Essex does not shortchange on the food. I had the Essex Burger and my partner had the Bananas Foster French Toast and both were top notch. Friendly and super-efficient service.
  11. z

    zabel

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t usually leave reviews but this place was amazing. We had the bottomless mimosas with the entree and everything tasted amazing. The service couldn’t have been better. If you’re looking for a fun brunch spot with good food and service then look no further. Going to make a point to come back here.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, okay food. The appetizers were tastier than the entrees.
  13. L

    10isLaw

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was decent, but nothing groundbreaking. Service was a bit slow and missed a few orders while adding extras.
  14. K

    Kaz070

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great drinks. Love the happy hour specials . Service was top notch, from hostess, server and bartender. A hip fun environment. I ordered briskets sliders from happy hour menu and ATR AHi tuna for dinner. YUMMY!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food2service1ambience5
    Waiter was not kind, rude actually. Messed up order, handed us wrong check, place was empty
  16. Z

    Zach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best essex in all of essex. Great experience for a party of 4.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff. Our server was amazing. Food super yummy, cool vibe and awesome bottomless brunch!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and the place is so spacey! Great presentation of the food too, we had the hamachi crudo and the shrimp wontons, to the point. My wife got the Tuna and I had the steak crispy on the top and (mr) bloody on the inside , lots of flavors and taste. The music was up beat , it was the impression that its one of those places where you can dine and Party (no need to look for a after dinner place) . Kudos to the staff very friendly and attentive.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Celeste went above and beyond during my birthday brunch! Although the quantity of my party decreased, she was attentive and very accommodating to my little group. The location may have changed but service was top notch.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Bottomless brunch is a pretty good deal, chaotic energy, lots of fresh to New York girlies and their crews having bottomless brunch and having a good time lol. A fun vibe but definitely a mess, the host seemed really stressed as anyone would be with that many parties. We had a reservation and waited 30 minutes to be seated. Service was attentive.
  21. CM

    CarolineM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Went for a 1.5 brunch for $42. My meal, out of the 3 of us, was the only OK one. The staff also rudely made us get up from our table 30 minutes early and completely cut off our time because they needed our table for a birthday party. Handled extremely unprofessionally & we didn’t get our moneys worth in the slightest. Won’t be going back.
  22. E

    Eatoutallthetime

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Entertaining out of town guests from California. Needed a big table. Didn’t expect much, noisy, boozy. Rude management, obnoxiously insisted that they we right (about pico de gallo, of all things). Except they weren’t. Over-priced and rushed. From a lifelong NYC resident’s perspective: there are far better mediocre restaurants than this.
  23. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love dining at the Essex bar. Bartender Narada is a gem! Small but seasonal menu so we always have something new to try. We loved the lamb ravioli and they have the best calamari anywhere hands down!
  24. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Mother's Day dinner! Menu has something for all tastes: Delicious NY Strip Steak and Burgers for parents and creative small plates for wife and me. We loved the burrata and prosciutto flatbread and the seared yellowtail crudo. Our server, Alfonso, was very friendly and knowledgable. Great value wine list. Highly recommended.
  25. MP

    MichelleP

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As an expectant mother, I was beyond disappointed to learn that the Shrimp and Cheesy Bacon Grits option was no longer available as that pregnancy craving was why I came to brunch at Essex. That was my only disappointment, luckily. My sister did not enjoy the mimosas with her unlimited brunch but her food was excellent. Overall, a good Mother's Day experience was had.
  26. TN

    ThatNYCSavvyLady

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My mom, sister, and I visited here for Mother's day 05/08/2022. The restaurant moved across the street. I haven't been here since prior to the pandemic. The space is well appointed with two levels and an outside eating space. This is a hot spot in the LES, so it's always busy and the perfect after work or brunch nook. However, on this day it was particularly loud. I couldn't hear anything my party said. There were two particularly loud parties. When they left the noise level, although still loud, was acceptable. The hostesses, waiter, and servers were professional. When our waiter got occupied, there was another person to take our orders. She was probably the shift taking over. However, we did wait quite some time for the food. Perhaps because it was a holiday. The food was great, and doesn't disappoint. Good sized portions. No complaints. The mimosas were free flowing, well past the allotted time since we were waiting for a while. It felt good to be out. It's been much to shoulder these past couple years. I do see the hospitality business in a different light, and have fonder respect for it. During these time we do need support or community businesses if we want them to last and be staples.
  27. A

    Alicia83

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Once again the food/service was exceptionally good. I enjoyed my beyond meat burger!
  28. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Went for the Mother's day brunch. All was going well until we were about to leave. Had to go on a bathroom run. After settling our bill, the server returned to tell us to vacate the table because they need the table in five minutes. I'm sorry, we weren't there even a full hour. I found it disrespectful. We were already leaving, but waiting for the rest of our party to return from the ladies room. I prefer Beauty and Essex anyway.
  29. L

    Love2goout

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the restaurant and food and outdoor seating. Our server Krtsyal was awesome!! so friendly and directed us to the best options for our large group. soooo nice. The only thing i felt was a bit much is the price way too much for the portions... but we had a blast nonetheless.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celeste is amazing and we love coming to see her!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Was underwhelming.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! The service was impecable.
  33. CS

    CarolS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really awesome waitress. Brown hair. Large hoop earrings. Thank you!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Buena atención, buen servicio
  35. LH

    LH2022

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My family and I went here for Mother's Day brunch. The place opened at 11am which is also the time of our reservation. The staff seemed very disorganized and were not ready for the large Mother's Day crowd. All the staff members seemed to be rushing around trying to prep for the crowd. Our waitress was nice and attentive. The food was pretty good but definitely did not justify the cost of $46 per person. The place was clean and ambiance was nice.
  36. BP

    BillyP

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    We were going to order appetizers and entrees, but the appetizers were so bad that we left and went somewhere else for dinner. The Mac-n-Cheese tasted sour. No one at the table could stomach more than 2 bites. The calamari had a strange spice added to it that tasted like Christmas. And the yellowtail crudo was COOKED! Crudo means 'raw', so that was a huge disappointment. This place shouldn't be in the food business.
  37. VQ

    VegQueen

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Service! Fun Brunch!
  38. KW

    KristinW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service what great! Food was excellent and I loved the overall vibe!
  39. K

    Kamni

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was ok. Bare minimums were met. It wasn't bad.
  40. F

    Foil

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Restaurant had not not seen our reservation for 14, but was able to accommodate my group. Service was OK. Food was good, not great—basically, as expected.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Essex using the Order Online button. Essex also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Essex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 533-9616.

Essex is rated 4.5 stars by 2847 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Essex

124 Rivington St New York, NY 10002

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Corner of Essex Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is a large municipal parking garage around the corner from the restaurant as well as several nearby parking lots.

  • Public Transit

    Essex is located one block north of the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steffen Sander

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-9616

  • Private party facilities

    Essex has a mezzanine with a private bar that seats up 75 guests and 2 ground-floor dining rooms with 50 seats each that are available for private dinners and cocktail parties. The entire restaurant, including our main bar room, is ideal for dinner and cocktail parties for up to 225 guests.

  • Private party contact

    David: (888) 480-5602

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