Beauty and Essex
Beauty and Essex

Beauty and Essex

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beautyandessex.com/
  • Phone: 2126140146
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chris Santos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chef Chris Santos" sophisticated, mutli-ethnic sharing menu lends itself perfectly to celebrations and group dining for parties of 10 to 500 guests.


    Groups of twenty can enjoy a family-style meal in the private Vault dining room with its sparkling wine boxes and dedicated bar. Large parties of 10 to 70 guests can celebrate milestones and be part of the party with seated dinner reservations in the three main dining rooms The Grand and Rose rooms are perfect for a night out before the wedding or for toasting a special birthday. The Locket Room with its cozy banquettes and secluded view of the main bar is ideal for the annual company dinner or engagement party.


    The second floor has a private entrance for a group of up to 200 for cocktails and a passed meal. With three distinct areas including the Pearl Lounge and the Locket Room, the 2nd floor is versatile for every event, from bridal showers to movie premiers.
  • Private Party Contact: Abbi Miller 2126140126

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanton & Rivington
  • Public Transit: by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street.

    by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in the neighborhood. There is also a parking lot on Essex between Houston and Stanton Streets or a municipal garage between Delancey and Rivington Streets.
A word from Beauty and Essex
From the team behind The Stanton Social comes Beauty & Essex, a grand 10,000 square foot restaurant, bar, & lounge in the heart of the lower east side.


The atmosphere of the space is both grand and intimate, moody and effervescent. Various rooms for lounging and dining unfold on two floors, like a large turn-of-the-century townhouse. Each room has its own unique elements that celebrate timeless jewelry designs and upscale jewelry stores.


The cuisine is multi-ethnic in inspiration, casually elegant, and designed for sharing at the table among friends and family. Where the Stanton Social"s menu is Chef Chris Santos' take on cocktail party classics and street foods from across the globe, Beauty & Essex is rooted in a bold bistro direction focusing on the reinvention of modern family style dining that is both whimsical and sophisticated.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Beauty and Essex reviews from OpenTable diners
593 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (414)fit for foodies (309)special occasion (303)good for groups (293)vibrant bar scene (279)late-night find (170)neighborhood gem (157)romantic (147)great for brunch (75)notable wine list (52)great for lunch (22)scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Among the best meals I have eaten
    Luv2eat12
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Fantastic! Ate for hours .. Every bite was outstanding - perfectly presented - hip decor ... What's not cool about walking through a pawn store to eat in a beautiful NYC restaurant ... Loved everything about it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I loved everything about it - the food, the service, the ambience. I heard good reviews about it and was not disappointed after my visit. The menu had a great range of food, and the 5 dishes we ordered were all exquisite. Service was impeccable, the place was beautiful and the prices were reasonable at just over $30 per person for s group of 4 at brunch. One of my favourite places in New York now. I would recommended it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My reservation was at 11 pm i got seated At 11h50 !!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is fantastic, but bring a sweater (it was very cold at the dinner table)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls night out!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I came here for my birthday this past Saturday. I've been before 9 months ago for a friends bday celebration and we had an amazing time! I had no Idea it was that huge because the lower level wasn't open. Well this past Saturday I made reservations for 9:30pm and It was a full house!! Amazing décor and ambiance as usual..Dj is out of this world...insane. This is not a place to go if you want a quiet romantic dinner. This is definitely a place to go in a group and to have a loud hip and trendy fun night out! The food is ok but not worth the price you pay for those tiny portions. Better off getting appetizers and cocktails. The entree's are the same size anyway. All in all a wonderful night in a beautiful place..Beauty on Essex yes!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yes for girl's night out,not a date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went here expecting a fantastic meal and cool ambience. We got a crowded, very noisy scene where the food is not the focal point. Despite the meals sounding great, they underwhelmed on delivery and we really couldn't hear each other over the blaring music and noisy clientele. I would def say start out here if you're out with your girlfriends and want to grab some snacks and a few drinks/ celebrate a birthday and then carry on with your night. I wouldn't recommend for a date night though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AN amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything was perfect no complaints food was amazing!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beauty and Essex is quite a show. Chest thumping music. All of the beautiful people being seen and acting opulent. Beautiful building and decor. Food is intended to satisfy foodies but it is a big restaurant and they are putting out a lot of volume with a diverse and complicated menu. So it is very good but probably falls short of the highest standard. I would never go to this kind of a restaurant very often. Too many sensory inputs. But it was exactly the glitzy, clubby, self important atmosphere you want to show someone about New York when they have not visited before. They do a great job. But i was ready for a quieter wind down spot when we left. (though i am a couple decades older than their target cline…which much be mid twenties
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    thediners
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our second time at Beauty & Essex and we enjoyed it even more this time. It is the whole package. Food, Service, and Atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with a difference
    carat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The menu was great and the food was interestingly delicious. I loved the atmosphere and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites
    LA2NYC
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was excellent. Restaurant itself is very noisy, difficult to have a conversation if your group is larger than 4 but we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprising elegance in Lower East
    Chocolatelover
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    First it looks like an abandoned furniture store, then a jewelry shop. Then you step through the back door and enter an elegant room with a wonderful, diversified small plate menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Fcoppel
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The service needs to be more personal. Steak dish with a lot of fat. Good service at the bar but not in the table
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud to talk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Service so slow we had to hunt down waiter Food mediocre at best
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beauty
    Eatable
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    At first sight this place looks just like a pawn shop, oh wait, it is a pawn shop that opens up into the most amazing restaurant. Our experience was fun and delicious, we had a fantastic waitress that couldn't do enough for us. The food was so good, especially the salt and vinegar fries and the bone marrow on toast. We also tried their donut jewel box which we could have had two serves of. The only thing I would like to add is that the music is quite loud but it adds to the experience and vibe of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Diningstar
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had very high hopes for this place considering who the executive chef is. Although the decor is fantastic and the salmon ceviche was a plus, it is EXTREMELY loud (I might as well have come alone, I couldn't hear anything!) and the other food was nothing to rave about. Specifically, the scallops were cold and had an odd smoky flavor, the lobster squid ink pasta was so runny that when you ate the noodles it was difficult to taste the broth-like "sauce", foie gras appetizer was so sweet that it should be categorized as a dessert, and peaches toast had so little burrata thinly smeared on the bread, that it could be easily confused for ricotta or cream cheese. Service was top notch but the overall experience was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 2ndtimearound
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our 2nd time visiting. What made our service so amazing was our server, Hannah. She was very attentive, easy to talk with, and wanted to make sure our experience was the best. She gets 10 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    NSCarroll
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Absolutely stunning!!!!! I was in awe when I walked in. Very posh and chic. I will 100% recommend this place and be back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uber impressed!
    Nancar
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I read about this restaurant, and was excited to try it - the ambience, decor, service and food all were outstanding! The art deco and kitschy feel of the place is very hip. The food was excellent, all dishes are meant for sharing and it was very delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Second time...awesome as always. Food , service, atmosphere. Guaranteed fun night out for a date or group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great night!
    jml2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    enjoyed the delicious meal and choices that my friend and i chose- the service was a bit frustrating at first as we weren't ready to order immediately and the girl walked away and it was about 20 minutes before she came back to take our drink order - besides the rough start great night out for sure! love the music and scenery :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never forget
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I wish we would have something like this in miami!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    explorer4food
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    OUr friends visiting from out of town were mesmerized by everything, they could not believe the quality of the food, and the artistry. Our waitress was so helpful, and we were not rush at all (many hot spots in nyc are doing that). Highly recommend this place for a fun night with great food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Awesome
    belbaleta
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The title says it all. We went in a group of 8 people, the food was great for sharing and staff were knowledgeable and helpful in recommending good dishes and were able to adjust each dish so we had enough for all of us. It was great food and cheap for the quality. I would go back anytime. Make sure you book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great night out
    Britdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The atmosphere in this restaurant is great, a fun 80s and 90s soundtrack was on in the background when we visited on a Friday night. Great food, cocktails and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome
    Texas
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Whenever I travel to the city for work Beauty and Essex is always in the list! I always enjoy taking people who have never been, so it can be their favorite as well! Great time is always had by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place with decent food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Beauty & Essex is a good place. Our server was lovely and the food was good. My only complaints are that the corner tables are too small and awkward for four people (we have been seated at them several times), the music is too loud, and the DJ couldn't mix. One more thing...the servers should take and replace flatware when clearing plates, not set it on the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
    Lukeyluke
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Made the trip from Australia. So worth it!! From the moment you walk through the door everything was spot on. Ambience. Music. Service. Food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love.. but service needs some help
    nycgirl4491VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I go to beauty and Essex at least once a month. It is, right now, my favorite restaurant. Everything about it is great but the service needs some improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Cal2NYCVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love Stanton social club. However Chris Santos has out done himself. We tried 9 tapas and everyone was better then the one before. Hands down the best overall meal we have had in NYC
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a hurry?
    Eivor
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delicious food; love the concept with sharing it! We shared six dishes and would specially recommend the salmon ceviche, the beef carpaccio and the tomato gazpacho. The only thing we didn't like in this restaurant was that we felt they were in a hurry with getting us out of there. Why? Well, new dishes were put on the table and the old ones were removed before we had finished with it. We had to snap the food of the plates after the waiter had lifted them off the table. Same thing with the dessert. The bill was put on the table before we had finished eating. We could have wanted more, but weren't given the opportunity! That said, I have to mention the lady toilet. Make sure to pay it a visit together with a girlfriend or two :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Couldn't hear anything.. Food was good as usual but it felt like I was sitting at a table eating in the middle of a club.. Done with this place
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pawn shop site, pawn shop service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was fast and good, but this place is way too loud to enjoy it. My date and I had to scream back and forth to have a conversation. We asked to be reseated and were stuck directly next to huge speakers both times. Our waitress claimed they'd turn them down, but that was a bold faced lie. Frankly, this place is more concerned w/ having a posh club atmosphere then being a legitimate restaurant. The hostess and servers were overwhelmed w/ the ridiculous amount of foot traffic and they clearly over booked their tables. If I wasn't more concerned w/ getting the hell out of this pretentious place, I would have complained to the manager. I expected more, especially given the hefty price tag.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We celebrated our 15th anniversary with Beauty and Essex and it was great. A nice suprise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    They were an hour late to seat us and they canceled my open table reservation accidentally before I got in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Morgs713
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We absolutely loved this place. Starting from the uber cool walk in through a pawn shop that is so deceiving, into this very cool and quirky and very large restaurant. The food was beautiful and I love the idea that you all share the amazing array of food on the table. The service was great and very efficient. Definitely be going back there and recommending this place far and wide. Thank you for a wonderful experience and night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed-
    BiggerFigure
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Over priced mediocre food and drink. Desserts were very good. Staff looked overwhelmed to attend to our needs, ordered 2 items that never came,
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food experience
    novicefoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I love testing out restaurants around the world, and I would put this one near the top of my list. From the uniqueness of the place and ambiance combined with the sensational food experience (which we opted for the Chefs recommendation on selection of food due to fashion week - which enabled us to have a selection that maybe we would have not chosen, but found the combination (entrees) worked so well together) was an explosion on our taste buds, that was hard to compete with. If you get a chance to go here, based on our experience you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Setting, food, service..all 5 star..amazing dining experience in beautiful interior...loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for vegetarians as well
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I took my sister in law who is vegetarian & she loved the food. There is a section on the menu for small plates. This is where we ordered from. We could try many dishes. I think most of the dishes on the menu are pretty good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.