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Essen Slow Fast Food

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515 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10022-5403
+1 212-207-4566
05:00 - 18:30
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Essen is the place we go to for lunch almost every day. The variety is excellent. One of the best take-out places near our office.

Thank Rosaria33
Santa Rosa
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285 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

My daughter works just around the corner from this place. With limited time to meet up for lunch, this was perfect. It's a cafeteria-style place where you go to the "station" that has the food that you want, and then you pay at the register. Our whole group went for Udon and sushi. We were not disappointed. The Udon bowls... More 

Thank Wildwoodatheart
Clemson, South Carolina
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257 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place reminded me of Marche in Boston--multiple different stations with a central pay location and a foreign word for the name. :) But Marche had lots of choices and many ethnic foods while this was just pasta, sandwiches, burgers, and I guess salads. And getting a burger takes a LOT longer than getting sandwiches. I guess if it were... More 

Thank SCDad
New York City, New York
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1,420 reviews
827 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Was looking for a new place to buy lunch at and tried this place. Many choices from the cold buffet, hot buffet, grilled meats and fish, sandwiches , panninis and I chose shrimp teriyaki bowl. It was okay but not high quality shrimp. Crummy limp veggies and a ton of rice with sauce is not my idea of a good... More 

Thank Allan S
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

They live up to the name and I have been a customer for years. I have been going in the morning and occasionally late night. Lately while dining in I have been harassed and followed making my dining experience unsafe. I noticed the people begging for money are staying at the MAve. Try to avoid walking on this corner or... More 

Thank NYCReport
Ramat Gan, Israel
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

You have here breakfast not expensive, fresh juices, coffee capucchino, fresh salad bar and desserts.I think that hot food also.You have also yogurts.

Thank 4299103
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by folk at our hotel. We tried it for breakfast and found it to be perfect. Incredible range of hot or cold food and drink. Some on hot plate. Some cooked to order. Grab what you want, pay at the counter, then either eat upstairs or take away. Open all day. Perfect.

Thank qwerty1978
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Love this place. First time i am visited this place. Definetly will come again. Great susi great salads

Thank Elina S
Darien, Connecticut
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191 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is a very popular place for local business-folks to grab lunch, so be prepared to get jostled if you're there between 11:30 and 1:30 on a weekday. The buffet is your best bet, lots of variety mostly well done. My last lunch was a flat-bread that sounded great (chicken with grilled eggplant) but it was actually not very good,... More 

Thank Chaz B
Toms River, New Jersey
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Essen has quality quick food. The sushi is fresh. The soups, sandwiches and salads are made to order. Very quick service and clean. Definitely recommended for days you have to grab something quick and get back to the office.

Thank DownShore888

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
05:00 - 18:30
05:00 - 18:30
05:00 - 18:30
05:00 - 18:30
05:00 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10022-5403
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-207-4566

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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