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
585 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (406)fit for foodies (305)special occasion (301)good for groups (286)vibrant bar scene (280)late-night find (165)neighborhood gem (155)romantic (147)great for brunch (77)notable wine list (45)great for lunch (21)great for outdoor dining (10)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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.
  • Service Was Horrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was decent and atmosphere is exceptional but the service from the hosts to the server was among the worst I have experienced in New York City.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday dinner - pushy service
    JohnN76
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday. we had never been, and when our waiter learned this, we feel like he tried to up-sell us at every chance. We asked for the wine list, he said "what kind of wine do you want...Rosé, Pinot.." rather than handing us the list. In the end he talked my wife into a $18 glass of wine...thanks dude. then when we ordered food he insisted the plates were "quite small" and that we weren't ordering enough, saying the entrees weren't very large. As it turns out, we had way too much food, and the entrees were definitely large enough. Other than that experience, the place was great. lively, tasty, quick service. if you're hungry, you'll love it. just watch for the pushy servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent Meal as always. This is always one of my favorite places. They were out of a few dishes however, which was the only downside
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy and Fun
    Haley
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Definitely a cool vibe to the place -- you have to walk through a little jewelry/pawn shop to get into the restaurant. The food is very interesting because it's new takes on classics like their famous grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings! The word I kept using over and over was "trendy." Came here with a girlfriend to celebrate a 23rd birthday and it was definitely the place to do it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We wait 2hours
    Rousse
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We wait 2 hours befor they have our table We suppose to eat at 9:30 and we site in a table at 11:30 it's to long
    • Food
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  • Quintessential New York
    Susi
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Looking for a fabulous NY evening experience? Beauty and Essex has it all - delicious cocktails, gorgeous old world atmosphere, divine food and fabulous wait staff. And the vintage store out front is worth a look.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas
    klondike177
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great venue for groups to go sit and enjoy a fun tapas style dinner for a great price! Drinks a very reasonably priced and so was the delicious food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like it cold in here!
    AngieQVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Unfortunately Beauty and Essex didn't live up to the hype. It is a nice looking place and that is just about where the niceness stops. The lobster tacos were the only tasty dish we had on the menu. Chicken biscuit lacked taste! Just hard, cold and dry. The other dished were uneventful and I can't even remember them now. However, I remember the waiter's attitude when when told him it was a bit too cold in the restaurant. He said to us, "Well good, because it is really hot when you go outside!" He added, "I like it cold in here." Clearly customer feedback doesn't matter here. Well, the attitude did suck and soon people will catch up to that too! Wasted our time and money here. Never again!
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  • LOVED IT!
    AshEats829
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I celebrated my birthday on sunday with some out of town guests and we all loved it! I will definitely be returning. I love the tapas style brunch, very filling and an amazing way to taste the various DELICIOUS dishes on the menu. Everything was VERY tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Awesome first time experience. Great and fast service,good food and fun atmosphere. Champaigne in the bathroom and a lounge area on the 2nd floor add to the ambiance. Will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    NandD
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unique and fun. With an incredible staff. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    GreglMtl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went there for my wife's birthday. Awesome experience from the moment we entered to everything we had for supper! Try the tuna tacos
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donnymikeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great fun! Excellent for special occasion! For a place this size, food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to check out in NYC
    MF2014VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great selection for small, sharing plates. The beef marrow was probably the best selection. We went on a Friday night - a fairly loud restaurant, but decent music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Emfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing food, great decor and ambiance, very classy and sophisticated. Free champagne in the ladies room is a plus. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was amazing and the people watching was incredible really good vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun and Delicious
    Robcully
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After you get over walking through a pawn shop it's all up hill from there. Creative food, deliciously served, eye catching. Fun atmosphere. Great music. Try the smoked tomato soup spoons with bacon grilled cheese dumplings, tuna poke tacos, everything was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but stressful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food and atmosphere is awesome, but everything goes to fast. Its nice if you are in a hurry because you dont have to ask for anything, when the plate is empty it will be removed and you will get the dessert menu right away and when that is done the check will be handed to you. This is not a good way to handle a romantic couple. We dont want to feel is stressed. Fix this and i will glady come back another time. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I always take people here when they they visit NYC !! Great food, interesting decor and great experience. If you're penny pinching go somewhere else. Cost is approx $100/ person on the low side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    Tourer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were recommended by our local restauranteur in Melbourne, Australia as a place to go. He said we would be amazed and he was right. Stepping off Essex St into a pawn shop has one thinking their at the wrong place but once you pass through the door at the back off the shop this amazing and vibrant restaurant reveals itself. The service was proficient, the food delicious and the setting/decor eclectic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was over charged at the time I corrected at the time. However since checking my balance I have been charged twice very disappointed as we left a generous tip too
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    NeilZ1VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have always loved Chris Santos' The Stanton Social, but Beauty and Essex takes his craft to the next level. Everything about this restaurant is amazing. I could not find a negative thing to say. Fantastic food, great service and beautiful atmosphere. A real gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Essex
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent, Excellent and Excellent. Amazing place, awesome food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    ChefmomVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fun, great food, great service! This is truly a neighborhood gem and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Gilbert
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Beauty and Essex. The food was great. Good concept - tapas/family style. Excellent salt and vinegar fries!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.