Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.7
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TP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome first stop for our 15th anniversary. Food portions are perfect if you want to try a lot of things and still have room for drinks. We will def go back. So happy our friends recommended this to us.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Its cool. Fun time, great waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out trip to nyc was bumped up 2 notches by our food and experience at Beauty and ESSEX.
Absolutely awesome. The entrees were fun, different and delicious. I mean delicious. I have traveled a lot of the world and this meal is one of my top 10.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, delicious and tasty yet unique tapas selection.

MK
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. It's a great place for groups as there are many menu options.

S
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Great food snd wonderful service. Definitely recommend.

CC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing. My cousin and I dined here tonight and it was perfect in every way! All the food was delicious and the atmosphere was incredible! We will be back for sure. I would travel from Canada just for dinner! 😉

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We were visiting from DC and my partner surprised me with reservations to this place. I definitely thought we were going to a fancy pawn shop. I was so confused. I wish this place was in DC! Thanks for an amazing experience!

DH
Key West
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant - always try to make it on each visit to NYC

n
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent character and food was outstanding. Try the bone marrow.

N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG ! What is there to say ! They accommodated my party of 9 effortlessly and expeditiously, even though we were late to the reservation. Food and ambiance exceeded my expectations beyond belief! The drinks were on point and our server Adella was attentive and efficient ! I had an AWESOME dining experience and I’m sure my girl will attest to this. Thank you so much for making my 28th birthday GREAT.... I’d highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about B&E from my friends in Ireland, tried in several occasions to book it but no availability until last Sunday. Fabulous experience, food ambience service and hospitality from our gorgeous waitress who was the ultimate professional

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Adam was awesome ~ burger was raw. He fixed it. Delicious

F
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and music. We had a blast!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

In some moments Music was so loud that was not possible to hear Who was sitting next to me.
Disturbing.

OM
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great place with a lovely atmosphere- let down we feel by indifferent service leaving us feeling we were rushed through -

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was Amazing! Service was amazing! Cool, trendy vibe! Next time I’m in the city, we will definitely be dining at Beauty & Essex again!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Terrible. Food was not good at all.

JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to enjoy incredible but don’t want the scene that hits around 9pm, just go early. Every bite was delicious. If you want a hot spot AND great food, go later!

DA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and worth the cost. Cocktails were also incredibly delicious. The Woodsman in particular was excellent. The ambiance is lovely, and the staff are all friendly, attentive, and considerate. Our waiter even asked about food allergies and checked with the chef to be sure all of our dishes would be free of allergens. Would highly recommend for a nice night out. We had 5:45pm reservations, were seated immediately, and were out by 8pm, after spending a half hour or so finishing our cocktails by the bar. By 8pm it was really crowded though but not uncomfortably so. The coat check is oddly placed however (check your coat to the left as you enter which is by the same stairway down to the restrooms). This made for a lot of congestion when trying to reach the bathroom. Will definitely return for our next special occasion!

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and service were absolutely fabulous. Would certainly come back and recommend to others!

ME
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came from Montreal and we loved our experience! Food was amazing!

SL
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there and it was even better this time around! Definitely go for an amazing meal!

LM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a hidden gem! It was excellent and would definitely go back when I’m in town again!

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a really hip trendy place with good food and good music this is the place. Music is pretty loud, if that is a problem for you, but we loved it.

BI
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place , fun and I would go again. We ordered drinks without food but next time we will try all menu

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was very great! It was a little hard to get the waiters attention at times but it was still amazing

PJ
Miami
65 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Te restaurant was was great.
A perfect evening

LH
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a amazing experience to dine at Beaty and Essex. The food was delicious and the price is fair.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, we were from out of town and felt at home, great experience! Definitely would come back!

SE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

It’s beautiful in pictures but in person it’sa run down and smells like the fish dishes they’re making. Server was awesome but the value isn’t there unless you’re looking for a scene and don’t care about much else.

ET
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite spots to go in the city, especially with people from out of town. The food was fantastic, I highly recommend the chicken meatballs and tomato soup dumplings. Only complaint would be that the lighting at the table we were at was quite harsh despite the rest of the space being dimly lit. Most people probably wouldn't be bothered by that. I highly recommend the dessert carousel- don't skip that.

AP
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fun cool place. Buzzing atmosphere and a special night out

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was quite good; cocktails were excellent, as was the unexpected birthday surprise. Only downside was that it became VERY cold in the restaurant after our food was served, which made for an unpleasant experience.

AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely.

k
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host was fantastic that night and deserves 5 stars! She was great at getting us veg options and advising on food! She was also great to speak to and had a great energy! I wish i had taken her name. She was amazing!!!!!!! Great food and perfect venue.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We got a reservation at 1:45 and they wouldnt give us a table until 2:30 and let other parties in. It was hard to find the waiter to take our orders and when the food did come, they switched up the orders and gave us the wrong ones.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about Beauty and Essex three or four years ago and make it an absolute must visit when we come to NYC. You never fail to make our hearts and stomachs smile!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great music
Food is exceptional- especially the Broccolini’s OMG!

A
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience again as always. - fantastic

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