Beauty and Essex
Beauty and Essex

Beauty and Essex

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beautyandessex.com/
  • Phone: (212) 614-0146
  • 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
633 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (466)fit for foodies (369)good for groups (341)vibrant bar scene (319)special occasion (281)late-night find (186)neighborhood gem (170)romantic (150)great for brunch (93)notable wine list (60)great for lunch (34)great for outdoor dining (15)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Hipster trendy!
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was a very fun spot! We came here with our two kids for a special anniversary! We had a reservation, yet we were given a beeper and were told it would only be a few minutes before we were seated. At the 30 minute mark, we went to the host and asked when we would be seated. They seated us immediately at that point. From that moment on, we were very pleased. The food was tapas-style- small portions in multiples of three of four servings for each entree. Everything we ordered was delicious. The noise level in the restaurant was high but the whole place was fun! When you enter the restaurant, you enter through a pawn shop- very cool. The whole decor and ambiance was very fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service when arrived at booking time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Poor service when arrived at booking time as we waited 30mins to be seated. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food and service. But WAY too loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Solid menu and service, particularly for late night. But the noise level and the music was off the charts. I can understand that in the bar and the adjacent areas, but the main dining room was too loud to converse at all. A shame, because it would otherwise have been a fine evening. The food is really worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    Flawless
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Love the ambiance and decor of this place. Food was amazing, no complaints at all in that department. Make sure to save room for dessert because their selection is great! My only complaint is that it took a long time to be seated even with our reservation but once we got to the table it was an amazing experience from there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cannot wait to return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were i love. Music was bumpin', beautiful people, friendly door staff, food was delicious, would most recommend the Chicken Meatballs... still salivating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost entirely awesome except for the wait time
    lmnopVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We came in for my boyfriends birthday on Friday. We had a reservation for 9pm. We were seated at 9:55pm They didnt apologize, nor did they show any recognition whatsoever of outrageously long delay on their behalf. I was extremely peeved but didn't want to throw a fit as I didn't want to put a damper on my boyfriends mood - but on the other hand it was HIS birthday???!!!! So maybe it would have been appropriate to lash out. Anyway, moving on. Upon sitting down things took a sharp turn for the better. Our food, drinks, and so on was fast and on point for the rest of the evening. And about the food alone - delicious. I highly recommend the NY strip pretzel toast and the burger (highlighted by the phenomenal fries). Cocktails were great. Earl the pearl is a nice warm up if you're down with vodka. The levee and woodsman are for the stronger preferences. All in all, I'd like to return but I'd still probably think twice if we were going to have to wait an hour again to be seated for a RESERVATION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This was a lovely dining experience, great service at the restaurant and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Up4anything
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Awesome! Never disappoints!! Great for impressing out of town guests or anyone who hasn't been here before!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience!!!!
    Stevenvw
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Arrived late to my reservation and they were extremely accomodating to seat us when we arrived. Celebrated my girlfriends birthday and we were extremely satisfied with everything brought to our table. The Lamb is to die for perfectly cooked and flavored!! The bomb! One negative!!!!! NO MORE LOBSTER MAC N CHEESE!!! WHY CHRIS, WHY???? Other than that from the onion rings to the steak tartar, AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Birthday
    Moonshine
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We took our 28yr old daughter for dinner as it was her birthday. The place is facinating, especially as you have to walk through a pawn shop to get to it!!!! We were well looked after, the food was great, full of young people having a fun time.Would recommend it for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Lizzy1611
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had an amazing time! I was there to celebrate my birthday with a small group of friends. Everyone was so nice and energetic. Also the tables next to me were so awesome! Everyone in our area was there to have a great time and we somehow ended up doing it together! Love this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Great Time!
    Poochy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Thank u B & E!! Always a blast! Great food, DJ and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We came here for a ladies weekend away in NYC. The food was good. Tapas style, so not overly filling. Champagne bar in the washroom was awesome. Very vibrant scene over 30 scene which was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Julie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Trendy place, but horrible food and service. Our server was condescending. We didn't like something and she refuse replacing it. Actually we didn't like most of what was in our plate...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Recommend to everyone.
    RutalVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The place is beautiful, the service is great, glamorous atmosphere and to top the spectacular food. Recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place but...
    NYCGirl
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The music got turned up to a very high level on the main floor when the DJ got there. It made conversing with everyone challenging at best. But for the music, the ambiane would have been FANTASTIC!. This place is AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible hosts, a fun drinking spot
    Sjjjjjjjjjjjj
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This place is DEFINITLY a lot of fun for drinks, the food is average. The only thing I was upset about was that I was seated 30 mins after my reservation and not one apology. The place was so crowded there was no where to wait and everyone kept telling us to move. So that was unenjoyable. Our waiter was a delight, and I did have a good time. I just know what I'm getting myself now. This is DEFINITLY a place to drink! I know now for next time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food only So-so
    NuLux
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The scallops were not available. Ordered scampi- it wasn't warm enough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomen
    AJH76
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Wow. Great experience. London has some seriously competition at last
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodanddrinklover
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Fantastic cocktails & loved the Box of Donuts desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaraVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    First time there, we loved everything we tried -- all seven dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and different
    Beachside
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Waited about 20 minutes for our reserved table. The food was good, not great. Service was indifferent. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this spot!
    FoodieDivaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Not only did OpenTable afford us a last minute change in the amount of our guests...which is why we love making our reservations through them. Our brunch was just lovely! Great service, delicious dishes and a wonderful atmosphere. A true Sunday gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Really Great Brunch
    MattVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a really great brunch here to celebrate a friend's birthday. Make sure you try the tomato soup dumplings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Final Dinner in NYC
    MilwaukeeFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great spot to take a date or a group. In my case it was a date night and we ordered five of their small plates to be shared and every bite was magical! The flavors that they made work, were just incredible. The Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings were like an explosion of flavor in your mouth that left you wanting more. We didn't even order an entree because the small plate selection were plenty for the two of us. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sisters' night out.
    LizFerFrut
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, wine. Excellent service. Perfect for a night out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gorgeous restaurant
    carolg
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    You cant tell from the outside, but this place is beautiful. Perfect for a date night. Very attentive service, almost to a fault. I really enjoyed the ambience. The food left a little to be desired. The coconut fish ceviche didnt have any flavor. The chicken meatballs were a tad bit dry. The cocktails are awesome. The dessert however was decadent. The mousse cups and jaeger hot chocolate were both great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carolVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food and service were very good, but all the white wine was served too warm- When we mentioned this we were told that they don't have enough refrigeration space. They did comp the wine, but they need to resolve the issue.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NYC experience for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    For an out of towner this place is great, probably great for a local too. The food was really good an the ambience great. I loved the way the place looked and the pawn shop out the front was fun. What could do with improvement is the bar to table transition. We were seated 15 minutes late but we didn't mind as we were at the bar having a drink, under the normal impression that when our table was ready we could transition over and bring the wine tab with us, nope, not here. We needed to settle the bar tab first. This concept was a little behind the times in my opinion so if they could sort that out it would be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must do
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This is probably one of the coolest restaurants I have been too! The food was excellent! And the location itself is unique (I don't want to give anything away). My only complaint is the music was so loud it was like being in a club! Which is fine as long as you don't need to hear what the specials are or who you are talking too! I could have gone 5 stars if they turned down the tunes. I would still go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We got there at 7:15 but by the time we got left at 8:30 it had gotten very loud a little too noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were recommended The Beauty .and it was as good as told . Fancy indoor area and very friendly staff . The food was great and tasty . I Will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rudi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This came so highly recommended. We received a telephone call that we had to be within 15 minutes of our reservation or lose it. We arrive 20 minutes early to have drinks and await our dinner guest. Our guest arrived 5 minutes late but well within the appropriate time. An hour and a half later, large parties and small parties passed through the bar to be seated, and we were still sitting there. We checked several times with the hostess stand and all they did was tell us that they were waiting for tables to pay their bill, and stall us. After an hour and 15 minutes, we were compted three appetizers and a round of drinks. Once seated, the service and food were great. Was it typical of this restaurant, or just bad luck?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique experience
    Mimi4socal
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We enjoyed the restaurant, the staff, food wine selections, everything was quality. However, it was so loud that we had to raise our voices to hear each other at our table, a small table for 3. That wasn't pleasant after about the first 10 minutes. There are space-planning methods that can minimize such problems and still allow people to laugh it up and party without obliterating any chance of conversation for other diners. It is pricey but maybe that's what comes with the hot, new, trendy Manhattan eatery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude hostess
    Fiercebeauty143
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The hostess were rude did not acknowledge customer. But food was amazing. Our waiter was very polite and knew the menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lisa
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love the food, dancing upstairs afterwards, beautiful people! Always a great choice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been a couple of times before, sadly this time the place was very overcrowded an noisy - our table was available nearly an hour late and as a group of 4 we were asked to sit at a table usually reserved for 2. We were moved to a table upstairs and given complimentary drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat before you go
    TolacheVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food is great but we had 7:30 res and they didnt seat us til 8:45
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome option for Sat dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Really great Sat night experience, right from the get go. Wait staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. Venue is awesome. Started with delicious cocktails at the bar. Then food and wine were amazing. Great sharing options or full plates for yourself. Delightful flavours that to think about would make your mouth water. All in all, 5/5 for all. Would definitely recommend it, and make sure you book in plenty of time as it's a popular place :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Ethjaklaurdi
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Found this place online & so wanted to check it out. It was a birthday celebration for my 16yr. old nephew & I was very happy he wanted to go. Decor is lovely, smooth atmosphere and the food was fantastic. Four different main courses plus five different apps.....every single bite was superb! Our server could have been a little more attentive but the service from the bus-boys made up for it(one fellow happily changed some bills for me so I could have appropriate tip money for the "champagne girl" in the ladies "lounge" We all had a great evening....even made some purchases out front in the Pawn Shop! If you visit NYC.. u gotta check this place out! p.s Never thought I'd tell strangers(women) to.... "go check out the ladies room!" ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.