Beauty & Essex- New York

4.7
7889 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 7889 people are saying
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AshleyK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

A group of 5 of us got together for our friends 30th birthday. They sat us in the middle section where everyone kept getting hit in the back by passing wait staff. It was so bad my purse kept falling on the ground.

Our waiter seemed like he hated us from the second we sat down. Everything seemed like an inconvenience to me. We noticed the same when he was interacting with other tables too. He explained that we needed 8-9 dishes to share for the table but one of our party wasn’t eating & some in general just weren’t very hungry since this was a 10:45pm reservation. We ordered 5-6 plates for the table & he told us over and over that we would regret it. It was just overalls uncomfortable.

The food was great & the ambiance is amazing too.

I would go back but would ask for a table in a different location & look through reviews to see if there are any wait staff names mentioned for good service.

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GilMo
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friends Celebreration. Always a warranty of great service and ambiance.

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vipEbonyH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! The atmosphere was electric and the service was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! We had the tuna tacos, little dippers, corn ravioli and Korean tacos. Ended with the butterscotch dessert.

Service was amazing, food outstanding and service was great. Our server was helpful and very attentive.

The only one thing I did not like was how the tables were on top of each other. Was hard to get to my bench. Had to keep moving table to get out to go to bathroom and leave.

Would go back it was that good.

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FionaK
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Server was fabulous. Took our order. Starter never arrived at all. Mains
Came ordered beef Wellington as well
Done it came out rare. Complete disaster all
Apologies but still
Meal was ruined. They offered dessert. Couldnt even get that right one came and when that was finished the other one. Never will return Wouldn’t rate at all complete letdown.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything very good :food, drinks and service. I would stop short of saying amazing but I will definitely go back when visiting the city. I’ve been before and had an even better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The restaurant itself and the food was great! The server is what made this experience awkward and uncomfortable. We not only felt rushed, but he blatantly questioned our menu choices in a belittling manner while ordering. To top off the experience, he took it upon himself to select the gratuity percentage he felt he deserved right at the table with the handheld device and processed payment immediately, which I thought was very weird and inappropriate. I don’t think auto-gratuity is applicable to a party of 2. Basic customer service skills would’ve made all the difference.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. Highly recommend

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ErykaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

3 times I needed to send back my food.
Left hungry and disappointed.
Wouldn’t ever return not worth the trip downtown

MD
vipMeredithD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty & Essex is always an amazing experience. The ambience is outstanding. We had a group of six and our waitress did a great job of helping us order. The food is excellent - there is really no dish that isn't terrific.

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vipCharmaineL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

everything on menu is spicy or has some kind of pepper, there should be some balance for those who dont like or cant eat spicy foods

DH
vipDanaH
Key West
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! I try to come every trip to NYC. It never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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heiusa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 26, 2021
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 on November 26, 2021
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 on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Very cold and bad food

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
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 on November 25, 2021
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 on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
KathleenM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
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 on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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ChristieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
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 on November 25, 2021
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
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great looking restaurant but the food is a bit expensive but I would go again because the food is worth going back for.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and intimate, with a nice Vegan Menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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

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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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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 7889 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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