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146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #139 of 11,595 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $50
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Lower East Side
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Stanton & Rivington
Transit: by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street. by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
Description: Located in the historic Essex Street Market Building, Essex is a loft-like multi-level space with contemporary cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Lower East Side. Essex is known for its weekday dinner and happy hour specials as well as its lively weekend dinner and bar scene. The weekend brunch is a New York institution and is always a top pick on Open Table Diner’s Choice and other sites. The expansive layout allows for intimate balcony and banquette seating as well as festive group dining and private parties.
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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Ive been here for drinks but never for dinner. The food was excellent. I really enjoyed the ribs and the ruby mojito. Service was friendly and prompt but I wish I would have come on a slower night. The champagne in the women's restroom was a nice touch. We ended up chatting with some strangers which was cool. I would... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

I had booked my table a month in advance with open table after hearing about the restaurant from a friend and was very excited to try it. After we had arrived and I had given my name to desk, the hostess told me she couldn't find my reservation so I showed her the confirmation email I had received earlier that... More

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This place is where the cool people go to dine and dance. The food for these types of places is usually disappointing but we were pleasantly surprised that the food was just as tasty as we hoped it would be. Highly recommend it for a fun night out.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I am totally grateful to the friend that recommended Beauty and Essex to me. Out of four nights in New York, we ate there twice. Pawn shop entrance was unexpected but when the door opens to the dining room another world emerges. Fun staff, great food, fair value. So impressed I am returning to New York in March and will... More

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Bridgetown, Barbados
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited New York for a short trip and decided to dine here on the last night since it was my boyfriend's birthday. Firstly I would say that the reservation process was great, I booked on open table called the actual day to confirm and while the interaction on the phone was quite curt the reservation was there at the requested... More

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Miami, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Don't go here if you don't like noise. Great music and ambiance made going to this restaurant took away our desire to seek additional nightlife after leaving here. The food was amazing, although the plates were small. I had sweet potato ravioli and wished it never ended, The desserts are large and delicious. We loved our waiter. He was tons... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The pawn shop entrance is clever even though it seems kind of kitschy. The decor reminded me of The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland to a certain extent. Especially the hostess area. While the service was friendly enough, the food was disappointing. The tuna tartare was tiny, the lobster tacos were chewy and the Philadelphia pretzel, which sounded heavenly, was cold.... More

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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

You enter through an unimposing porn shop through a large heavy designer door into a bar area then into a large and vibrant restaurant. There is a nightclub upstairs. Great tapas style menu. Good food and good service.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Probably my worst restaurant experience ever. One of the employees was unbelievably rude. It's cool if you have never been to a speakeasy type concept before but it is definitely style over substance

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I totally agree with the reviews citing bad customer service. A lady who works here actually yelled at me very aggressively to 'get off this private property' when I held the door that she had just gone into to ask if it was open. The door was marked 'hot food' so it was an easy mistake to make and I... More

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