Food & Drink

Happy hour plus food, minus five hours

Published On 06/10/2005 Published On 06/10/2005
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1. Essex Restaurant 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Bivalves and brunch are the main draws of this airy bi-level spot in the Lower East Side. Essex is beloved by regulars for it’s formidable oyster happy hour (think Bluepoints, freshly shucked and irresistible with shallot mignonette) and ever-popular Sunday brunch, where guests can select any entrée (pro tip: regulars opt for The Aristocrat, a winning plate of crispy potato pancakes topped with house-cured salmon gravlax, finished with salmon caviar-kissed poached eggs and sour cream) and imbibe on unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, and Bloody Mary’s for a mere $29.95 -- providing they did their homework and made a reservation, of course.