Beauty & Essex- New York

4.7
7882 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off of the bill at the end of your visit. Dress to impress! If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • Brunch Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off of the bill at the end of your visit. Dress to impress! If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • NYE Dining Experience

    $25.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    New Year's Eve Dinner @ Beauty & Essex. This seating is for regular dinner reservations only. We will be closed by 9pm in preparations for our New Year's Eve bash. For more information on ringing the New Year with us, please email NYBeautyInfo@taogroup.com. To receive a deposit refund, all reservations must cancel 72 hours in advance of reservation time. To cancel, please call or email NYBeautyInfo@taogroup.com. All reservations of parties of 4 or less have a strict 90 minute out-by determined by your original reservation time.

Offers

  • As Easy As $1, $2, $3!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Wed 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us for Happy Hour Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5pm - 7pm. $1 Oysters $2 Shrimp Cocktail $3 Beer
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    Tue - Thu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7882 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great vibe. The food was made for sharing which was a great way to try a lot on the menu. Beautiful interior. Overall a fun time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

You have to wait almost one hour for your table… great experience

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heiusa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Everything was perfect. The food was amazing. We had a group of six people and everyone loved the food. The service was very good and the ambiance was excellent. We will definitely go back. Even the bathroom was worth a visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great food! Really enjoyed the tomato dumplings and surf and turf. Service staff were great but seemed exceedingly rushed to get the table free.

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Mat1234
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I have been coming to B&E for my birthday the past few years and have always had a great experience. However, this was completely different this past Friday. The whole party arrived together and was ready to be seated. The hostess kept repeating that we need the whole party and then announced our table was not set properly and a 5th spot was getting added to the booth. She then told us we needed to check our coats bc it would be tight therefore we sent our coats with the girl demanding them. Our waiter and the food were both wonderful. At the end of the meal, I went back to the hostess to get our coats. I was then directed back downstairs after having just come back up and having no one help me. The coat check person then could not count the cards and kept trying to say I only had three while holding 4 cards. She then could not remember the numbers. She brought me 2 coats and then shoved the tip jar further towards me and just looked at me. I then asked where are my other two coats. She rolled her eyes and went to go get them. She then proceeded to rudely state while keeping my coats that tips are shared between the whole staff. I had a $600+ bill in which the tip was over 20%, therefore I responded with “I believe I tipped enough upstairs”. I had to then grab my coats- her still not really handing them to me. A tip is not required especially when it was demanded of us to check our coats. It has ruined the memory of my birthday dinner for this year, and I just want the restaurant to be aware that this is happening especially if you are going to be requiring coat checking.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ray was a fantastic and attentive server. We appreciated her input on menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Very cold and bad food

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing but they never took $50.00 from our reservation and wonder how can we get our money back ? 😅

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Marielovescats28
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to come here every thanksgiving because the food is so outstanding. Every morsel just delicious. Butternut squash pierogis, sweet potato ravioli, spiced pecan and dried cherry corn bread, and Yukon gold potato purée were all so great. We tried their new toffee cake this year and it was best dessert I’ve had at Beauty and Essex. I hope it stays on the menu. Also, the staff are always so nice and welcoming.

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LuzP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service was great. Ambiance fantasy. Thank you.

KM
KathleenM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Perfect. Food, drinks, service. It was super busy Thanksgiving dinner and everything was delicious. Our server was just the right amount of presence and always let us know if we could add to an order so everyone at the table could try a dish. We had a fabulous time.

JB
vipJennyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The chicken meatballs and cocktails are worth everything. Such a beautiful restaurant.

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ChristieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was phenomenal. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. It was a bit overcrowded and noisy.

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NemiO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the Thanksgiving dinner and it was just amazing! Everything was on point. Only the music messed with the atmosphere....too loud, should have been acoustic and just mellow. Also we had to go down to get our coats.... Otherwise, highly recommend and I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and intimate, with a nice Vegan Menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love a good speakeasy. And this one has good drinks and good food. Plus it looks amazing.

But there is one major flaw. Which cost them a full star and almost a half but the food made up for it.

I felt really rushed. There were three courses. No sooner we're the first course plates out down as we picked up the last piece of food off each plate they were clearing the plates individually. And once the last plate for each course was complete the next course was on the table within minutes.

I had the rack of lamb, which was very good. But it was set on top of a perfectly cooked polenta. But I only just got a taste because that plate was gone before we could dig into it. Yes I know I should have said something. But my daughter didn't want me to and tonight was about her so I didn't want to.

So enough about the bad.

Service was ok. Water was always refilled right away. Waitress stopped by enough. Offered some insight to the menu but nothing over the top.

What made this place great was the experience of walking through the pawn shop to a beautiful resturant. Very well designed. Perfectly lit and laid out. Not too loud but loud enough to be exciting.

And the food was fantastic. While yes too fast and I really would have liked more time ti enjoy it. But compliments to the chef.

The tomato soup and grilled cheese is delicious and looks awesome and unique. Chicken was moist (still love that word). Rack of lamb had a perfect char and cooked perfect.

And while desert was very unique and a must. Only a must once. It was good. Not great. But the doughnuts and the cookie look better. Wish I got those. Maybe next time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I put occasion and wasn’t asked anything upon arrival. The tables were tight and we felt packed in. It wasn’t comfortable at all and there wasn’t enough servers.

The food was edible, but not memorable.

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Peter
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The girls had a wonderful experience and talked about how amazing the decor and ambiance is. Especially noting how those are the coolest restrooms. 🙂

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elve
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance. It's nice to be able try different dishes with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family get together

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! Would definitely go back. There was a delay in seating us so the hostess gave us champagne and we were seated shortly. Went for brunch and it was definitely one of the best brunches I’ve had. Would recommend the Smoking Pearls for cocktails, tomato soup with dumplings, shrimp and grits and Korean skirt steak and eggs. So good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dining experience.

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Samel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

aniversaire

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and service. Server immediately asked about any allergens and even brought a dessert for my birthday. Louder than most places, but definitely part of the vibe as there was even a DJ spinning pretty great mixes. The grilled cheese and tomato dumpling is a must have flavor bomb.

JP
JPReviews
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is amazing- that’s what keeps me coming back. 10 pm reservation for 4, finally seated at 11:40. First course at 12. That was tough. Will I go back, yes. Will I have a snack first, yes.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had to wait ~1.5 hours for a table we had reserved weeks in advance and put a deposit down for.

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vipDame
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. We were able to secure reservations the same day with no problem. The ambience and service was outstanding and our meal was delicious.

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KrystalV
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Ambiance was beautiful. However, the tables were so close I couldn’t squeeze through without hitting table next to me. Was so loud we couldn’t even conversation.

Food flavor could have been wonder but everything we ate was cold. Took a lot of time between courses that we never felt satisfied and was still hungry. We didn’t even get to dessert cause we were there so long.

Also, we checked in to host for our reservation and we were never seated until we checked again as to why it was taking so long.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nul faible service vraiment indigent

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RosneyS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience with great food and excellent service. That's a combination of a epic evening.
Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Really noisy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A dance room would be nice..

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vipKenH
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Very loud this time. Lots of groups celebrating. Food was awesome as usual.

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vipArmstrongKelly
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Quality of food was mediocre for the price. Bar noise and music were too loud. Large crowd indoors given current state of pandemic.

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CONNIEM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat favorite, always special! This restaurant has a great vibe, so lively and energetic from walking into the shop in front to entering the restaurant itself, I always feel as if I am experiencing something special. The food is delicious with great options for shared dishes. We ordered and then ordered and ordered and it was handled seamlessly by our server who was absolutely perfect. She was attentive and was really on top of drinks, orders, questions, even water for the table. There are great drink specials too. This is a must visit restaurant in New York.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was ok. More seasoning needed for the chicken though. The service was good give how busy they were. We booked the experience but I guess the expectations we overhyped for us.overall the place is good stop for a fancy night out.

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vipYURIY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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Jowee
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

i bring clients here because it is visually exciting with great energy.

JW
JennyW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great energetic spot with amazing food! Absolutely loved this restaurant and will be back next time I'm in town!

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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 4.7 stars by 7882 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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