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“Poor Brunch Experience”
Review of Essex Restaurant

Essex Restaurant
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Ranked #1,946 of 13,830 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Cross street: Corner of Rivington Street
Transit: Essex is located directly above the Delancey Street Station on the F,J,M & Z Subway Lines.
Description: LES pioneer famous for award winning contemporary cuisine, $1 oyster happy hour & NYC's longest running brunch party. A loft-like multi-level space in the historic Essex Market, its expansive layout allows for intimate balcony and banquette seating as well as festive group dining and private parties
Long Island City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Poor Brunch Experience”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

What drew me here was the brunch special that consists of a meal and three alcoholic drinks for $23.95, which is a pretty great deal in the city. So, I decided to have my birthday brunch with friends this past weekend. There were seven of us. First off, they won't seat you until your whole party is there even though there is barely room to stand and wait. Secondly, even if you have a reservation you still have to stand and wait for a table. The place was packed with barely room to move. When we were finally seated we got our drinks right away, then shortly after we ordered our meals, but then came the waiting. We waited so long for our meals. It seemed like forever!! Finally when our meals came it was like we were shoveling the food into our mouths. We couldn't even tell if the food was good or if we were just too hungry to know the difference. As we finished our meals and were waiting for the check the waitress told us that we can't sit there for too much longer because other people need the table. She came up to us and told us that twice. The first time we hadn't even gotten the check yet and the second time was when she was handing us the check. Excuse me, how rude!?!?!? It wasn't as though we were sitting and hanging out long after we paid our check. I will not be dining here again. There are too many other options around the city to deal with such b.s again!!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank R B
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Smithtown, New York
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Mimosas, Mimosas, Mimosas”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

I arrived at around noon on a Sunday, it was busy but we didn't have to wait for a table. It was a post birthday weekend, hangover recovery breakfast. We sat at the bar and ate breakfast, mimosas were included in the price fixe breakfast menu (it says limit 3 before they start to charge you but the bartender just kept filling our glasses). The Bloody Mary's were DELICIOUS, spice and delectable-best I ever had. I had the Mexican Brie Scrambled Eggs, WOW. Eggs and home fries were delicious with the beans. Mid meal the restaurant was packed, WALL TO WALL! Obviously a hot spot and a hidden gem, it has plenty of seating from the bar to the upper floor. The food offerings were endless and everyones plate looked amazing.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank SeafoodJunkie91
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Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Loved, will definitely Return. Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Yes, it's loud and yes, it's busy .... but when the Mimosa's are basically free-flowing and people are enjoying their visit, it's going to be loud. I had The Aristrocrat ... Salmon, Caviar, Poached Eggs ... and I'm still dreaming about it. The waitress was busy, but was still attentive and friendly. Kept our Mimosa's flowing, and topped them off again after we payed the bill. CASH ONLY (there's an ATM across the street). Had an excellent meal and will definitely return.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank teachskool
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great environment, very good food”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Went to have brunch and the place was fantastic.
Good music, good vibe, food and price were great, one of those nice places that you don't realize if you're outside of it. Small tables tough.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Danilo M
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disappointing service ”
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

The service was a little long but the staff was very short and rude. The brunch special gets a bit expensive if you want your included drinks with well products. 4.00 per drink up charge for even things like stoly vodka vs the bukoff vodka they use.

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