Sorry BATF’ers. I was SO tired this morning after staying up all night trying to book my vaca tickets, but I’m finally caught up!
Have you ever been to Essex Restaurant for brunch? It’s probably the loudest meal I’ve ever had in the AM with a DJ spinning while you’re having your tea. Makes it seem like the party is carrying over to the morning. The food is actually an interesting mix of Latin-Jewish fare, and the bi-level space used to be an elementary school gym (true story).
They have an all-weekend brunch special for $16 which is probably a little expensive if you’re not drinking (if you are, this includes 3 bloody marys, screwdrivers or mimosas. We just had a couple glasses of orange juice, but the portions are big so makes up for the price if you’re not drinking).
Above is our meal, Crispy Potato Pancakes with sauteed apples, honey cream sauce * spinach-shiitake-black bean hash, and the Mexican Matzo Brei, which is scrambled eggs and tortilla chips, monterey jack, avocado, black beans and pico de gallo.
Definitely try the side of chicken apple sausage ($4 more) if you eat meat. It’s sooooo good.
So I’m thinkin: Fun atmosphere and good music, unless you like you’re into a quiet brunch. Food is different than your average omelette and worth trying, even if it’s a little more on the expensive side for you non-drinkers. Service is just OK, otherwise, if you’re having a drink, it’s a deal.
120 Essex St.
New York, NY 10002