I was in the City for business meetings all week, a couple of doors away from Essen. The local guys suggested we get take-out at Essen, which we did two days in a row.
When you first walk into Essen at lunch, you're immediately bombarded with frantic, somehow organized chaos. Regulars are dancing around each other (and you), grabbing hot and cold food from a multitude of serving counters. The cashier is checking people out at a frenzied pace. I didn't see any seating or counters for eating in.
I figured, okay, this will be fast, but will it be good? No worries in the end. I filled a box with a good assortment of hot items, which turned out to be quite tasty at a very reasonable price.
If I'm ever back in that part of NYC, I'll be stopping in to Essen again. Very satisfied.
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