Restaurants, American Lower East Side
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A slick, sexy refuge for subscribers to the “I am where I eat” school of dining out, Essex can be surprisingly intimate on weeknights, when the lull provides a little breathing room. The corner location is prime and the brunches are mimosa-soaked. The food is not really the point, but it’s fine: Upscale takes on LES staples like potato pancakes strive to give the menu some local cred, and Wednesday’s lobster night is a reliable crowd-pleaser. It’s not the cheapest place on the block, but when you’re arriving from the Upper East Side in a taxi, money’s probably not much of an issue anyway.


Venue name: Essex
Address: 120 Essex St
New York
Cross street: between Delancey and Rivington Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 6pm–1am; Fri, Sat 11:30am–2am; Sun 11am–4pm
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Meredith R

This place used to be my go to when I was an intern on the hunt of a bottomless brunch. That being said, it's a great deal if you're an intern trying to have trouble walking away from the table. 

If you have any sort of wait for your table, they hand over drink tokens so you can start up mimosas on an empty stomach, and then during brunch it's all you can drink (or all you can get them to refill from the giant pitcher). At the end of the meal, they typically turn the table by dropping off a few more tokens. All in all, not a bad way to spend Saturday/Sunday. 

Lindsey W

I always have a hard time judging brunch places because every time I come I get too drunk to realize and/or think about how good the food is. With that being said this place was pretty tasty. Not the cozy atmosphere I would necessarily seek out for a brunch spot but it got the job done. Drinks were good, service was pretty quick. I don't think I would come back based on the vibe alone. It felt a little cold and industrial but apparently if you are having a large party you can rent out the entire top floor.

Moriah S

I came with friends for Restaurant Week dinner and was a little disappointed by the options. Perhaps dinner isn't the best here anyways but I initially wanted the steak then the waiter told my friend the salmon was better so I switched. Definitely better - in fact, surprisingly great! I also had the tuna tartar which was really fresh and came with this kale salad that I'm still trying to replicate. I think this is one of those LES places that everyone has to hit up at least once but I really don't think it's that worth it for the price.