Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
6426 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena atención y comida. Recomendado

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JR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Too expensive for too bland of food. Nice decor, but there are much better restaurants in NYC.

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f
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible meal - inventive cocktails and dishes - a cool, innovative experience overall !

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F
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Enjoy coming here every so often! Lots of compliments but one complaint is the server has too many tables. I understand its lucrative for server but not for the customer. I think it hurts the business as well as you can't reorder drinks before waiting 15-30 mins after you've finished. Service is great just too busy!

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RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings & great service.

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

Went with friends .. food was good, drinks were imaginative and the ambiance was fun. Highlights ... scallops, broccolini, clams, soup dumplings, fries, boolkogi tacos...

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

The food, service and atmosphere was amazing, I will definitely visit again. Very soon.

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d
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The smell is trainable and the bathroom cabins are wet

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

The food is always so good, and the service is amazing. They are happy to adjust the order size of small plates to accommodate your party. So if a dish has 4 pieces, and you have 6 in your party, they'll bring 6 pieces and adjust the price to match. Our waiter was exceptional and even made sure to put a cake topper I'd brought into my friend's cake to make her birthday extra special!

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

Amazing food, service and atmosphere

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The soup dumplings and empanadas are a must.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been to Beauty and Essex many times and normally love everything about the restaurant. This past Wednesday was not a good night there. Our waitress while very nice did not seem to be around a lot and at one point we had to go find our wine in the ice bucket and pour ourselves since no one was around to do this for us. In addition, our food came before we were served any wine and on this note I had my biggest problem. I was entertaining 6 people for business so maybe that was the reason but I was told the $70 bottle of wine I had ordered (2 of them) was not available but they recommended another that was very similar. We ended up liking it and ordering a 3rd bottle of this red to go along with one bottle of white. When the bill came I realized that the "similar bottle" was in fact twice the price which I thought was not very cool and when I said something the waitress said she had no idea and went to talk to a manager and she then came back saying they would not charge me for the white bottle which I believe was $56. Doing the math they still came ahead $154 and I decided not to make a big scene about this because I was with clients but now will be hesitant to come back with clients. Keep in mind our bill still came out to about $1000 so seems like a poor move to lose this kind of business. I know the place is always packed so they will not notice if I do not come back with clients but it still was an action that leaves a bad taste in my mouth

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W
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had our reservation at 9 and we were sitted at 10.15.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Made us wait for our reservation for 30 minutes. It was our 10 year anniversary, no mention or any special suggestions. Food was very over seasoned and salty. Waiter was super friendly and nice but overall it is super loud, feels like a tourist trap and quality of the food is subpar.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here over the weekend and it is a perfect place for a celebration! The desserts make for the perfect birthday treats! I had the "Birthday Shot" and it was delicious! Will be sure to come back the next time I am in NYC!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was surprisingly different which I love! Delicious and innovative !

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Birthday. They didn’t do anything special for my husband though. Even though I told them in advance. Not even an offer of a small dessert or something?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Service is awesome and food is beyond delicious. The kale and apple salad is one of my favorite things in the world, and I am not into salad at all. The bar staff is awesome too - Amin is always super friendly and personable every time I’m there.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit noisy... but fun atmosphere

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great night out with fantastic food and outstanding service. From the interesting entrance through a store front, to the elegant surroundings, it will be a night to remember!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has character, in the greatest way possible. I would go there again in a heartbeat!

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing I can’t not wait to come back and try some more things ! Amazing !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente... very nice...

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c
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The 1 and only issue we had (that left a big impact) was that we were about 13 minutes late to our reservation and had to wait 40 minutes before getting seated. Everything else was pretty great!

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress - made us feel comfortable in the setting despite having a 2 year old in the party.

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to go for a fun night out in a trendy atmosphere. Fast music plays in the background so noise level is high but great for a night out celebrating with friends. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive without being intrusive. The food was surprisingly VERY good. They have small plates meant for sharing. Everything we ate was delicious. Doughnuts for dessert were to die for!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

I unfortunately found the food to be salty.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Waited 45 mins for my table and had to chase it up to see many other people making the same complaint unfortunately but otherwise it was very good

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AJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, Love, LOVE!!
Totally reccommend this lovely and unique restaurant to all. Chic and very New York, I enjoyed everything about it. Definitely not inexpensive but worth every penny. Can't wait to go back.

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DJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The places is very eclectic and beautiful, and the food was great but I felt the real outstanding quality to mention is the service. They make you feel so welcome and taken care of, and they make atmosphere extremely professional yet genuinely friendly. That’s not to say the food isn’t great, it’s just that they’re so dedicated in helping you enjoy yourself.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This place i will really recommend! Perfect in every ways.

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KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overpriced, very small portions, high prices, that leads you to order multiple entrees, more than you would at expensive restaurant

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and drinks.

Loud, crazy and fun!

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S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Cool spot to impress. Food was hit or miss. Tuna and Lobster mac was good.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and incredible experience.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. I can get a bit noisy, but overall a good experience.

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JR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very very cool concept and ambiance. Place was beautiful and full of energy. The food is good not great and is expensive for what it is but the atmosphere overrides the just okay food. Go! It’s fun!!

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GL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Highly recommend for any occasion

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M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend but we could not get a dinner reservation. So made arrangements for Sunday brunch & was so in love! Celebrating our daughter’s 17th bday, it was perfect! The small plates to share, like red velvet waffles, dounuts w/ dipping sauce, tomato soup & grilled cheese dumplings ...I could go on. One has to experience. .
It is pricy- especially the drinks but for a special occasion, it’s worth it! Such a cool place. Loved it all & can’t wait to try dinner!

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