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Beauty and Essex
Beauty and Essex

Beauty and Essex Details

  • 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: Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
  • 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 (212) 614-0126

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 WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Great place for an amazing meal in a fun atmosphere. The grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings are wonderful as is the spaghettini and lobster tacos. I've actually never had something I didn't like at Beauty & Essex. The cocktails are also phenomenal!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I've been here several times. Ambiance and decor is great! The good is hit or miss. I've ordered the same app and entrées and sometimes it is great and sometimes it is lackluster. Drinks are creative and awesome. I'd say go at least once!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Beauty & Essex was a fantastic experience. We were a tricky bunch - we changed our reservation time, our party size (twice), asked for a different seating area and special special service and had some extreme food allergies, and Beauty & Essex staff handled it all with grace, friendliness and without a hitch in their stride. The decor is stunning and the food was fantastic. Everything I ate was phenomenal, and I would recommend their red velvet waffles with cream cheese icing to anyone. The 'pawn shop' entryway is a cute concept and the speakeasy atmosphere really made it an entertaining spot for my out of town guest. This is going to be one of my go-to brunch locations!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was recommended to me by a friend and it met all expectations. I have since recommended to others. I went for brunch with my daughter and would like to go again for dinner."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Ive been here 4 times now. As always it has a great vibe, great food and the ambiance is always nice. A little loud at times but a great great great place."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great place to go and feel like you are in one of the hot spots in NYC. The food does not disappoint either! It lived up to what I expected from Chris Santos's restaurant! My kale salad was one of the best I have ever had! The combination of apple, pancetta, candied pecans, and shaved goat cheese was like perfection with just the right amount of salt, sweet and crunch. I had a side of roasted asparagus, and although it was simple it was delicious. My daughter had the Duck Pizzetta and it was served with tamarind and salsa verda and topped off with a sunny side duck egg......double yum! We both enjoyed two virgin cocktails that were so good I didn't miss the alcohol (well almost)!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was such a great restaurant for my wife and I to have our fifth anniversary celebration. It was lively and trendy. The music was good and the food was amazing. The whole restaurant is really sexy and I can't wait to go back again. The cocktails were very good and the spicy tuna tacos are a must try. Love the speakeasy theme behind the pawn shop facade."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a terrific evening at Beauty and Essex. The service was one notch above excellent, the food was spectacular and the ambiance was lively. It was fairly noisy but we had expected that. This is an absolute must for those visiting NYC. Well done, Beauty and Essex....well done....."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I came from out of town to celebrate my birthday and was looking for a place with great food, nice atmosphere and decadent desserts. Beauty and Essex exceeded my expectations and was a memorable experience for me and my friends. The scallops in particular were amazing!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great restaurant in NYC. Definitely worth the cab ride there."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Love everything about Beauty & Essex! Service staffs were prompt and welcoming. Every dishes were delish! And I love their Smores dessert and this other dessert strawberry & mango! Sorry can't recall the dish name, cos I was on food high! : )"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Noisy, we were seated pretty close to the speakers. More little ones than a big one would be great. But, beside that we had enjoyed our evening. All the dishes were so marvelous, tasty, well presented, creative, colourful. Impeccable service and great wine. A very nice dinner. We recommand deeply."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Whether for brunch or dinner, this is the place that consistently delivers imaginative and delicious food. I brought globetrotting friends visiting new york again who have probably eaten at every top restaurant in new york. They were surprised that they never came to Beauty and Essex. It is a gem of a find for them and my default place for a "hip cool spot" with great food. Those two combinations are usually mutually exclusive. Kudos to the executive chef."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great vibe. Good music, amazing food, great service..what more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "you really don't realize how beautiful the restaurant is until you go through the big door from the pawn shop in the front. Food was excellent, service very good. Really enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We let our server choice our dinner. "Peru" was attentive, made fantastic selections, and we enjoyed our interaction with him. Highlights were the tomato soup, tuna poke salad and the chocolate dessert."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is really chill! Great atmosphere, food and good service. Definitely a hot spot and place to be seen but with really divine food!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "hidden in the back of an old store, beauty and essex charms and delights you from the moment you realize you are in the right place. romantic, yet vibrant, with great drinks, food, service and vibe. Ask to make sure they don't "rush" you however, that was the only fault we could find in our experience."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I'd heard so much about this restaurant and was looking quite forward to it. The food is yummy but I've had tastier food, especially for the price other places. The drinks were delicious. The ambiance was pretty and quirky which I liked. The hostess were slightly snobby but thankful our waitress was very cool.I'm not opposed to going back but I'd probably pick a different restaurant first."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I never find chilaquiles that are worth eating, but these were amazing. Also, the grilled cheese dumplings are magical."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Only had 48 hrs in NYC and knew B&E was one place i had to check out. It exceeded my expectations! Lively, beautiful, trendy.... I cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "If you are older than the average age you will immediately feel young again. The atmosphere is full of energy and fun, the food is fantastic. It is not a place to go for a good conversation."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My son, Joshua Schwartz, is currently starring in Whiskey Jack, part of the NYC Fringe Festival. We planned to attend opening night and wanted to have dinner nearby. He recommended Beauty & Essex. Our party of 5 had a lovely time. We made a reservation and were seated right away. Cocktails were pretty and yummy. Dinner was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food and service were both great but it's the atmosphere that really impressed me. Very cool and funky place that I'll go back to for sure. Would be great to go as a group too."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fantastic food... Great service and great ambiance... I fall in LOVE with it EVERY time I go!!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "food was excellent as was the recommendations of choices and service"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was great although quite expensive but the music is just way too loud. I couldn't hear my husband sitting across the table from me or anything our server said at all. It's just not as nice enjoying a meal without being able to have a conversation."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great concept and what was more rewarding was the FOOD!!! Great space, but the food was amazing, server incredibly attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food excellent. Bar service excellent. Atmosphere/Decor excellent. A little loud."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Beautiful spot, great service, you feel like you are back in the great era of yesteryear!! Lots of fun, food good too!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "What a great surprise! From walking into the establishment to the phenomenal food. We couldn't wait to try the next plate? Definitely the best meal in the last decade! This is our new "go to" in NYC! No more Jean George!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "First experience--this is a find. Interesting, tasty variety of tapas-style brunch items. We especially enjoyed the tomato-cheese-dumpling soup and the shaved beef on pretzel. Cudos, especially, to our server, Veracity, who was very helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Pleasantries: -Great ambience and food (Mac & cheese dumplings, beef carpaccio, spaghetinni, ribs, house salad) -Our out of town guest enjoyed the atmosphere -Friendly waitress Unpleasantries: -Reservation was at 10:30pm, arrived on the dot, not seated until 11:05pm -Hostess didn't ask us to close bar tab until we were about to be seated, took another 5 min -Could not substitute fries for any other side with burger -Could not add chair to table when a friend at bar wanted to join for a drink"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Beautiful night. Food came fast though 2 hours to finally reach our table. Bar staff superb, all staff friendly and attentive from hostesses, security, bar, wait staff. Would go back for a fun, festive and interesting venue and great food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My friends and I could not have chosen a better restaurant for our yearly get-together. Our waitress Stacey was attentive, informative and lots of fun. The food was unbelievably delicious. Our favorites were the chicken dumplings, baby back ribs and fries. There were many bachelor/bachelorette gatherings that night, so the place was busy. It was a little noisy, but not so much so that you couldn't hold a conversation. The pawn shop is an interesting addition and when you enter the restaurant, it makes you feel like you're stepping into a secret meeting place. I highly recommend Beauty and Essex."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This place is one of the fanciest restaurants I've ever been in my whole life. The decoration, the environment, the music... everything makes it special and sophisticated. The bar attenders are great. The drinks are different and delicious. And the food is amazing. Probably, because of all this aspects guests will pay a considerable expensive bill. but it's worthy it. It's great to celebrate special occasion and perfect to meet people."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Knew this was a NYC hotspot. But the food and service just blew me away...."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We absolutely loved Beauty and Essex and all the reviews were right on. This restaurant is a very beautiful place and the food and service were perfect. It was highly recommeded by many friends who have dined there and we were not one bit disappointed. Any visit to New York would not be completed without having a meal here."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I came here last Thursday around 9:15 PM for dinner with three of my girlfriends. The place was pretty packed, but we were seated fairly quickly. The nose level was definitely "energetic" -- we had to yell at each other across the table. But, the ambiance was cool/trendy, the drinks were good, and the food was better than expected (except the eggplant pizza -- not a fan). Our waitress wasn't great (forgot to bring us our oysters and then accused us of never ordering (instead of just bringing them), and then it took forever for her to bring our bill. I would probably still go here again -- but not for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Noise level was way too loud. Could not have conversation with others at my table. Service was extremely rushed. Plates were taken away almost as quickly as they were placed. Food was very good, but wouldn't go back. Good place to go if you are under 25."
    Dined on 7/30/2014