When we were in the great city of New York earlier this winter the best thing about the trip, by far, was brunch at Essex on Sunday morning. I wish that Essex had a better website or that I were able to capture just how incredible the experience was but it just can't be done. Picture this though: Your fighting a hangover from the night before, it's 2 pm and all you need is some fuckin' breakfast. Essex is crazy and brilliant. It's loud and crowded but also serves you alchy to fight your hangover. GENIUS. For $18 you can get an incredible meal and three drinks (your choice of mimosa... these are heavy handed, screwdriver or bloody mary). Lia and I went with my cousins and I can say we were all extremely pleased with our meals. It's in a pretty cool space too (read: converted warehouse) and had an incredible candy store right around the corner to kill time while you wait to be seated. Apparently the best cupcake place in New York (shield your eyes Magnolia devotees) is in the neighborhood too but it was closed when we went. Any way! Check the menu here and then go to the Lower East Side and feassssttttt.