[New York] Essex Restaurant
Essex Restaurant | www.essexnyc.com | Yelp
Address: 120 Essex St (Lower East Side), New York, NY 10002
Date visited: 2013.07
Total bill: $24 + tax and tip per person (brunch is cash only)
Will return: Yes
What to get:
– Brunch Special
– Potato Pancakes
The $23.95 brunch special technically includes 3 bloody marys, screwdrivers or mimosas but no one is counting. Our table was right by the bar so empty drinks were immediately replaced with new ones. It’s a bustling place–very loud, crowded, and hectic during weekend brunch–the servers wouldn’t be able to keep track of every person’s drink count even if they tried. So really, it’s free-flow cocktails.
Heads up: even if you have a reservation, they still make you wait past the time of your reservation. Literally happens to everyone every time. BRUNCH IS CA$H ONLY
Onion Bread (Complimentary)
Not that great. Take it easy on the bread so you have room for more drinks.
Omelet ($23.95 brunch special) with spinach, tomato, sheep’s milk cheese
A hearty dose of fluffy omelet. It’s a perfectly fine omelet if you are in the mood for one.
The Aristocrat ($23.95 brunch special) with potato pancakes, house-cured salmon gravlax, salmon caviar, sour cream, poached eggs
My personal favorite here. There is another entree with potato pancakes (Essex Famous Potato Pancakes with sautéed apples, honey cream sauce, and spinach-shiitake-black bean hash) but I wanted the poached eggs and salmon so this was the best route to go. The potato pancakes were so crispy! I don’t like salmon roe in general but everything else together was very good.