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Restaurants, American Lower East Side
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

Though this Lower East Side spot also serves dinner, it’s best known for its boozy brunch. For just $31.95, you get a choice of entree and as many mimosas, screwdrivers or Bloody Marys as you can drink in an hour and a half. Brunch entrees include The Aristocrat—potato pancakes topped with smoked salmon, sour cream, caviar and poached eggs—and Mexican matzo brei with scrambled eggs, black beans and avocado pico de gallo, in addition to more traditional options like omelets, eggs benedict and avocado toast. At dinner, choose from entrees such as gnocchi with tomato cream sauce and shrimp ($21), duck leg confit with baby bok choy and parsnip mash ($24) and blackened catfish with shrimp, potato and scallion hash ($22).

Essex says
Lower East Side pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, dollar oyster happy hour, and NYC's longest running brunch party!

We offer happy hour with half-price drinks Monday-Friday 5-8pm, Thursday 5-12pm, and Sundays 6-10pm.



Address: 120 Essex St
New York
Cross street: Entrance on Rivington Sts
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, DC, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon-Tues: 5pm-11pm; Weds-Thurs: 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-11pm
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Users say (3)

3 out of 5 stars

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Boozy brunch baes unite! Brunch options range from a healthier pairing of lox, poached eggs, caviar and potato pancakes to heavier selections like cheesy shrimp and grits. Which brings me to my main points: CHEESY SHRIMP AND BACON GRITS. I could binge eat these cheesy bacon grits like I binge ate cookie dough at middle school sleepovers. The accompanying biscuit is fresh and steamy. Essex is a fun vibe wit yummy bites.


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. 


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.


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.