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Beauty & Essex- New York, New York, NY

Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
4.6
9598 Reviews
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Beauty & Essex has an innovative design that starts in the restaurant’s entrance, a well-curated modern-day pawn shop replete with a saxophone, boom­box, quirky artifacts, vintage treasures, and an eclectic array of “one-off” pieces of jewelry. Continuing past the pawnshop, guests encounter a grand, circular staircase wrapped around a two-story custom chandelier, but only the adventurous will discover all that Beauty & Essex has to offer. With four distinct dining rooms (one private), two bars, a lounge, and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon including a luxurious sofa, and antique perfume bottles. The cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course. Chef Chris Santos was one of the pioneers of the small, share plate dining trend that has swept the nation, and with the Beauty & Essex menu, he once again has created waves on the food scene.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 614-0146
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chris Santos
  • Private party facilities
    Chef Chris Santos' sophisticated, mutli-ethnic sharing menu lends itself perfectly to celebrations and group dining for parties of 10 to 400 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Natalie Barragan: (212) 614-0126
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Cross street
    Stanton & Rivington
  • 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.
  • Public transit
    by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street.<br> <br />by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,598 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Manhattan

    Unspecified

  • Manhattan

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

9,598 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. The host and server were amazing.

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  2. MarcoL

    Denmark

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a fantastic experience. Food was great, service excellent. But we were not used to loud talking Americans. A big plus was the cake for my wife’s birthday. She was so surprised.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vibes? Immaculate. Food? Delicious. Drinks? Crafted to perfection. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

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  4. KellyK

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. The food was outstanding! Beautiful ambiance!

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  5. Marielovescats28

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don't know how Beauty and Essex does it but in the nine years we've been going there we've never had a single bad meal or service. The food is always so delicious and varied and the service friendly and super efficient. I highly highly recommend the truffle mac cheese, tomato soup dumplings, and avocado lemon esplette. My partner loved the buttered chicken. They had an unusual dessert on offer this time, an interpretation of a black forest gateau, which was so divine and creative I wish they'd offer it on their regular menu. I love their garden party mocktails. I can't fault this restaurant on anything.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was lacking a bit for the price … didn’t have anywhere to put our jackets tried asking everyone was rushing around too much to give appropriate service food was good otherwise … asked opinion for a non sweet drink got a very sweet one second option was a little better but overall more hyped than worth the price

    1 person found this helpful

  7. JenniferC

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were having trouble catching an Uber, called the restaurant ahead of our reservation time to let them know we'd be more than 15 minutes late...arrived 4 minutes after the window (19 minutes late) and had to wait an hour for a table. Not sure why it says to even bother calling if running late. And we never got a text that our table was ready for the actual reservation time...but got one for the table we waited on, making me wonder if it was our original table, just an hour late. Don't go here if in a hurry. But once we sat, the food and service were fantastic!

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  8. Ritz

    New York City

    203 reviews

    5.0

    203 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Have been coming for years. Food is always tasty and creative. Cool vibe great bar. Fun spot. 

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  9. Warren

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place, great food and service. Second visit and we'll be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks…starters…entrees & desserts…ALL AMAZING. Highly recommend the grilled cheese bites in tomato soup…scallops…lamb chops & mini milkshakes😍

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good although I think their appetizers are way better than the entrees. We also asked for casamigo shoots and it tasted like water . But overall nice experience and a beautiful restaurant

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal, and great service! We would highly recommend.

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  13. Mark

    New York City

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not as good as it used to be. Food is good but not very good. Chairs sre rickety. Service was fine c

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  14. JayDee

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. I will definitely go back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational experience. An elite and dope environment.

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  16. YveMarie

    Charlotte

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, food and atmosphere was quite appealing.

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  17. Hkny

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The manger and server there were amazing Even after bringing out the wrong order twice to my girlfriend it we still had an amazing experience

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  18. KashawnC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The portions could’ve been bigger but they were delicious.

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  19. AdrainG

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the experience. I will be returning. Food was great. Service was timely and respectful. Ambiance was perfect. Seating was spacious

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food in a swanky atmosphere! The dining experience was a treat albeit a little pricey for some of the dishes. Our table was wobbly and needed to be fixed, and we weren’t alone - multiple times the wait staff helped to stabilize the table for us, and other guests dining had the same issues with their tables. For such a fancy spot this seems unnecessarily cheap!

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  21. Julies

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow !!! Will definitely return. Home run on all levels. Absolutely a treasure in the big apple !!!

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  22. mingw

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food cost too much for what I am getting. It was like feeding a baby I would have to order more than six plate each person in order to be full. I guess is more of experience and unique store front.

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  23. AndresD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was definitely an amazing place to visit and enjoy the ambiance, especially on Valentine’s Day! They made the experience a memorable one and definitely take care of their guests. The service was even better! Everything was carefully explained and the food was definitely delicious!!! I would truly recommend and definitely go there again!!!

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  24. MrJones

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the B&E.. one of my favorite places to go everytime I'm n the city

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  25. edwardh

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter smelled like excrement which detracted from the experience. The bathroom was not properly stocked with paper products, no toilet covers and was filthy.

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  26. SZA1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was nice but had bad breath which negatively affected my senses. He also recommended the fish tacos which we ordered and did not like. They were very salty. The other dishes we ordered were delicious. Sitting with my back to the aisle was very uncomfortable as my chair kept getting bumped every time someone walked by. This was the same situation I encountered when I dined there a few weeks ago.

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  27. DrEd1

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun and tasty experience!!! Will definitely be back!! Great food and ambience!!!

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  28. LynB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always!!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was amazing!! They were able to accommodate my allergies.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a late reservation and my wife and I were worried about being too late. We we’re running across the street to get into the place where the guard greeted us by saying “don’t worry guys there’s still time.” So that made us feel so much more at ease. The place was great the food was great and Safi who took care of us was excellent. Great recommends, very nice and polite. Made our night very special. Also my wife is from Peru and said the leche de Tigre was authentic and delicious. Great place will be back to eat more !

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  31. Heatherd

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our brunch was fantastic. The place was super cool, as we expected. The service was excellent and everything we ate was also excellent. We had picky teenagers with us and they all loved their food. I would definitely recommend it!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for brunch and a really good time. Food was good but coffee was bad.

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  33. KingMott

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to Beauty and Essex a few times in the past, this time yesterday it took 50 minutes to get a drink. The drink was ok, nothing special.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibes, great food, & good drinks! I love it!!!

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  35. LaurenB

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating my son’s birthday and had a group of 8. They gave us a round table and helped us order a great sampling of the best items to enjoy family style. All dishes were delicious, and the service was excellent! A wonderful evening all around!

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  36. JillD

    New York City

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here! We had a great dinner with friends & enjoyed everything we ate and drank! Great dishes included the little French dips, wild mushroom ravioli, the nori tuna & scallops. The only negative was that the burger was served raw. Not rare, literally raw! Had to send it back, but it came back out much better. Also we felt time pressure to finish our meal, which bothered us. Otherwise a great dinner!

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  37. Shamyra

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1000/10 recommend the food was amazing, drinks were made with love the service was amazing I’ll be visiting again for sure !

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  38. SheenaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening from start to finish. Food was excellent, cocktails were great and service was outstanding. Loved the entrance through the pawn shop.

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  39. AnilS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service and music at the right level!! Cocktails

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very touristy. Service is impeccable. Great drinks, with parts surprisingly but happily meant-to-be together. All foods (except Bronzino) read great on paper, looked great in person and tasted room temperature/slightly cooler than room temp.(but not cold, so ok)

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Beauty & Essex- New York using the Order Online button. Beauty & Essex- New York also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 614-0146.

Beauty & Essex- New York is rated 4.6 stars by 9598 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Beauty & Essex- New York

146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Stanton & Rivington
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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.
  • Public transit
    by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street. by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Santos
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 614-0146
  • Private party facilities
    Chef Chris Santos' sophisticated, mutli-ethnic sharing menu lends itself perfectly to celebrations and group dining for parties of 10 to 400 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Natalie Barragan: (212) 614-0126
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