Beauty & Essex- New York

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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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The majority of our food was cold. We sent multiple dishes back and they still came back cold a second time around. Service was poor. My coffee was never refilled and our server never came to check on us all but once when we complained to the manager

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Favorite favorite Restaurant great staff great food great atmosphere great drinks everything is amazing 10 out of 10 would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic mix of food!

TW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

But would prefer coming during the week as found it a little noisy for our 40yr old ears 😁

DF
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

What an ambiance! Hip-trendy-urban. Astonishing entree in the pawnshop, nice bar. The tempo of serving food and drinks is too high though, more time to enjoy the good food would be my advice.

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

This is a must go to restaurant every time we come to NYC. Everything was fantastic!!!

BF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday
Lovely meal, good service, a real experience

TT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended this restaurant from friends in Nz and it did not disappoint. Gorgeous decor and food was delicious.

HC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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

One of the best meals I’ve ever had in New York

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

Always great, wide selection of amazing food, terrific ambiance.

E
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit expensive compared to what we get
We were sat in the 1st room and we were very closed to other tables, with a lot of noises
Not really pratictal to talk with each other and stay long in the restaurant.
The food is great

KL
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The waiter was good with menu but not very interactive.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

My BFF took me for my birthday and it was exactly the fun were used to! Awesome cocktails, food was dee-lish, however atmosphere was EVERYTHING!
Definitely need to get a date to go with next time. Loved it.

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

Great service at bar and at dinner. They have a smooth operation

L
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very cool vibe + decor in the restaurant. Very loud, many large parties, very crammed space, “something for everyone” style menu, indifferent service, restroom dark + filthy.

JT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After going to the one in Las Vegas we had a high expectation of the restaurant.. we were celebrating a friends 40th birthday and brought her from Uk to NYC for weekend. Everything was nice maybe even really good but just not excellent. We seemed to be seated with all the families and even though we had made a great effort to dress up for the occasion the space we were in lacked atmosphere. We would come back but maybe ask to be downstairs/

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service great cocktails. And outstanding food. Waiters guided us correctly so that we did not over order.

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Ambience is always reliable but food is lacking flavor.

GG
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This place has gone down down hill since it's been open for some time now, our server was not helpful and rude. I've been multiple times in the last 6 years and this was definitely my last visit. They do not care about a good customer experience because they are so busy all the time.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not as we remembered but nice enough. More fur coat no knickers kind of place. Service too quick and $200 gone before you know it.

F
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Had to order more Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos because they were just sooo good. Plates perfect for sharing which meant we got to try many options. Save room for desert.
Service was great. Waiter was there when we needed him but he didn't hover. He made great recommendations when we couldn't decide between two or three and knew the items on the menu.
opulent atmosphere. Not quite over the top. Noisy but could hear each other over the table without yelling and could not hear other tables even though we were very close.
Bathrooms in the basement.

KL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was fine, service was poor. Server was rude, side tracked and lacked personality.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good. Good for big croup. We had a party of 7 and they will be able to split the portion for each of us. We are celebrating one of our girl friend’s birthday. They provided a complementary cup cake for her. Over all I will go back again.

JG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled to NYC to visit son. Enjoyed our meal and the ambience.

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Hreat Place and service, but smelled odd and the food was hot and miss. Great eggplant pizzeta and NY doughnuts but blah Eggs benedict

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had made reservations and when we arrived we were seated right away. It was a lively vibe, without being to loud. Our waiter was great and so friendly. I would say the entrees are more of a tapas style in serving. Everything was delish. I would recommend👍🏼

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! The

OT
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Was excited to go and left disappointed. So terribly loud everyone was shouting at their tables. Service was mediocre at best. Had to ask for clean plates and silverware from app to main course. Server barely checked on us and took forever

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Highlight of our trip, so happy we were recommended to this place! Highly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance and cocktails are high end but food is so so, good presentation but not delicious, nothing special

M
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I made a reservation but when we arrive the table was not available and we had to wait for 1hour to get the table. Plus they gave us a tiny table for 5 people. Disappointed about the service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great place, loved the food.

PD
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific atmosphere and service. Food was good. Great NYC experience. So glad to have gone.

AT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wow. I knew what to expect when I booked it but it still had the wow factor. Everything was perfect.

NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

La viande infecte immangeable et je la rendu et la hôtesse n’a pas proposé de la changer

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WJ
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was everything I expected & more! I had high hopes and everything was definitely worth the hype!

KP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful, romantic meal out with my husband. Beautiful venue and lovely low lighting which really set the scene. The food could not be faulted! Although lamb chops could have come with some kind of side, it was still delicious! Perhaps an upsell from staff would have helped - to suggest some greens for example. The only slight downside was that people were wearing baseball caps and hoods (yes, hoods on hoodies were being worn) in an otherwise very classy place which was made to feel quite exclusive. Even if trainers are allowed it killed the ambience a bit too much for hoods and caps to be on. A little more light in the restroom would have been good - had to use a phone torch to see what I was doing

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My experience started with my drinks at the bar, I had The Woodsman and my wife had a Emerald Gimlet, both drinks were outstanding and the bartender was very engaging while we waited for our table. The meal took our experience to another level, we began with the delicious fish tacos that were heavenly. I followed that with the lobster mac-n-cheese while my wife dined on Seared Scallops. I also tried Ginger Marinated Portabella Mushrooms and BBQ fries both were equally delicious. The atmosphere was fine dining in a lounge setting but without the loud talking, everyone kept their conversations to their table. I will definitely dine there again. The staff is on their "A" game.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is a little expensive for what you get
But great food and experience

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