Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
6040 reviews
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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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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place and overall exceptional - just felt very rushed.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was far better than I’ve heard and expected!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The chicken meatballs and brcolli are amazing!!!!!!

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NM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went on a recommendation but was pretty disappointed. Two of our food choices were off the menu that night and we ended up having to go with our fourth wine choice, as their menu was also very limited that night. Not worth it for the price TBH. Might be better groups but I won't be back

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent experience

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice place to dinner

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my daughters birthday and had a great experience. Upon entering, we were so blown away. Love the entrance and decor. Waiters were so friendly and helpful and food was delicious! I wrote a comment when I made reservation, stating we were celebrating my daughters birthday and they brought over a small cake to mark the occasion! I would highly recommend Beauty and Essex! 5 stars!

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was done perfectly. Our waitress was excellent and attentive, gave us suggestions. Cocktails were delicious and crafted well. The food was as good as the cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals In NY.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and great food. I will be back

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our 10 year wedding anniversary and had a great time! The food was amazing and the waiters brought us two glasses of Champagne and a cupcake with a candle to celebrate. Will love to go again!

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SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the surprise cake and candle to help celebrate a birthday! The food was unique and delicious. Very memorable atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful service... champagne in the basement was over the top perfection!!! everyone was so nice, and catered right to you! music was wonderful at the 10:15 dinner!! FOOD IS AMAZING AND FLAVORFUL!! perfect for sharing lots of appetizers, price is worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great the dumplings in tomato soup is outstanding ! And the 24oz ribeye is not to be played with I enjoyed every bit of it!...

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically cool place. Great cocktail menu. Very reasonably priced yet really tasty and filling. Would definitely recommend the Ferris wheel dessert which was amazing. Overall I would highly recommend this place as it ticks all the boxes

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FN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue, great food, very attentive service. Such a fun place to celebrate a birthday!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything. The wait was just a little long but not a big deal. The hostess was checking in on us.

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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are awesome, the servers are pretty rude

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cute place. Tiny portions, big prices. Everything we ate was great. Service was good. 25-35 year old vibe.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation here for a birthday dinner and everything was as expected. The drinks were definitely amazing and every food choice made off the menu was outstanding.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food nice place

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun! Great food and overall just a good time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a secret hidden hide away with a big shock when you go through the door ! Amazing hidden gem !

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ND
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I took my boyfriend for his birthday. We didn’t like it at all . The food is completely bland and have no taste at all. The drinks is nasty and you might as well drink a beer . We was ready to go , I ask for the tab and left . Then we went somewhere else after . I don’t recommend any of my family and friends here at all.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed this bar/restaurant (we did not order any food). It was recommended by a local. The cocktails are great- the bartender made us a few of his own concoctions. Very strong but great drinks! Love the vintage shop in the front too

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NY
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Its a scene and can get very crowded in the bar area while you wait with the beeper for your rez. Food is great and service is excellent.

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JD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great birthday dinner for my friend! Everyone loved the food and atmosphere!

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BC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. The food was perfect and the service was professional and spot on!

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RM
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beauty & Essex in NYC is incredible. If you are looking for a place that has some of the best food found anywhere and a lively atmosphere, then this is it. Don't leave without trying the incredible desserts. The donuts are off the chart.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It's been a few years since I was here last. Sadly not as good as previously. I was excited to return, but disappointed. Some food was very good, but several were just okay. Service was attentive and nice enough, but inexperienced. For instance: first ginger ale, was mostly water, then fixed, but then mistaken for water glass.

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CN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!!!! Thanks for making my friend’s birthday so memorable.

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JS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for Saturday brunch and was very impressed. The eggs benedict was perfectly savory. Overall cool dining environment too. Will definitely return.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place, I first came to visit from Australia five years ago and have raved about it ever since. Now five years later, on another trip to NYC and after visiting several trendy bars and restaurants later, it’s still my favourite restaurant/bar. I brought my Aussie friends to share in the experience and they LOVED it. Great vibe, good food and beautiful environment. If I had 1 small constructive criticism, it would be that the hostesses were a little dowdy/under dressed in their attire, which didn’t fit the venue ‘s otherwise glamorous feel.

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EP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The foods and drinks was really good. So excited experience.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another fantastic experience!!

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MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Beauty&essex is still one of the best place in town. Still amazed by the venue and the food. The ravioli were to die for !

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Beauty & Essex and the food was some of the best we have had here in NYC. Servers were attentive and informed of the menu. Ambience great and we loved how the people working in the front pawn shop were really in character! Super special and a must do in NYC.

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E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is free champagne in the women’s restroom. Five stars.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Beauty & Essex! It was very cool walking into pawn shop and behind the door was a great vibe! Food was excellent, decor very sheek!

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JF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Was nice, but not as wow as we expected in regards to the food

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