Beauty & Essex- New York

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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
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Server took HOURS to bring the card back after charging the check.
Dessert was wonderful although it was impossible to eat. It was the smores one and we had to literally tear it up with hands amd a knife. Taste was good tho.
Food was awesome tho.

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

Overall it was great, but we had to wait 45 minutes for our 9:15 reservation and the hostess was unhelpful and didn’t seem to care that although we had a reservation that we could be waiting for up to an hour.

SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs were insanely good. Had an amazing waiter who made great recommendations. Loved the cocktails and general atmosphere was second to none. Can’t wait for one to open in London so we can go back. Pawn shop entrance is a nice touch, as was the GIF booth!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The food was amazing and our waiter was always around even the restaurant was packed.

n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

B&E made our anniversary dinner so special! The restaurant is a fun atmosphere and the food was amazing (as usual). Always a treat! ❤️ newcomers: Try the kale and apple salad!

JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tried Beauty and Essex because Stanton Social closed. Missed a lot of the dishes from Social. Wish they would add a few.

RR
Houston
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. If you want a NYC experience go here. Food is mostly a sharing menu with a few main course type dishes. We shared the beef Wellington which was divine. Any place that offers you a glass of champagne in The ladies room is pretty terrific.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server and host were very rude. Business dinner did not go well.

AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall very good. The food was excellent and timely. Great service but the A/C was way too cold. We had to ask twice to have it turned off.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its BEST!!!!
I have been dining at Beauty & Essex since it opened in 2010. We actually made a reservation the first month they opened. I was wowed then and wowed now, on my 30th Wedding Anniversary which my husband and I celebrated on Sunday, September 8th.
One would think after dining there all these years I wouldn’t be impressed anymore but actually I was surprised how it’s beauty still takes my breath away. When that Door opens your transported to the Fantasy of a different place and era. The ambiance is exquisite and the food gets better and better every time I come. How is that possible? Only with a chef like Chris Santos!!! Nothing ever leaves his kitchen without perfection.
I ordered the bone marrow with toast, yum!!!
My husband ordered the chicken meat balls with sheep ricotta and truffle and said it was better than ever!
The Beef Wellington was as tender as butter and the flavor divine. The side of puréed potatoes with bacon was seasoned with a delicate touch of heat that was DELICIOUS!!!! I definitely want to try and duplicate that recipe at home.
So if you are looking for Great Food, Beautiful Ambiance and Impeccable Service Beauty & Essex should be your next reservation!!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender, Paul, was great! He was very well versed in his cocktail portfolio and able to customize drinks based on our descriptions. The vibe was hot and upstairs on Sunday there is a second brunch “party” going on. We arrived a tad early for our 6pm reservation; therefore, we were able to enjoy the end of the brunch party.

The food was amazing. We ordered the lobster Mac & cheese and the kale salad as an appetizer. We shared the beef Wellington for our main dish with asparagus. The asparagus was the only thing we ordered that was average. Everything else exceeded our expectations.

It was a really unique experience!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great meal and a great experience here

g
London
44 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brilliant brunch. We had six dishes between three. All very tasty, particular compliments going to the empanadas and avocado toast (yes, really!). Decor and vibe make for a stylishly different and very chilled vibe (although my only complaint is that the air-con was a bit extreme so it was very chilled in both senses of the word). Overall, highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was heavenly as always

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great expirience! Beautiful place, great music and armosphere!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Really hip place but so loud and you can’t hear yourself talk plus they ignore you

NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Though with a booking, we still had to wait. Everything else was great

C
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable experience. Ambiance was unusual and the food was ok.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is nothing to write home about. It's all about the name and the ambiance. The service was excellent. Save your money.

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

Fun place with great food - but too much noice

JS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Beauty & Essex is tucked away on a side street on Lower East Side. Its really interesting how you enter through a pawn shop.
We were seated on the lower level near the bar and a room of empty tables that was scheduled for a private function later that evening. It was really dark which didnt make things easy to read the menu. Sure glad I had flashlight on my cell phone.
Seating hostess was a bit snooty, making sure we knew that we were on a time limit and they would need our table in 90 minutes. Not exactly how you want to be greeted when youve heard great reviews.
The food was served tapas style and did not disappoint. The burger might have been one of the best I’ve ever eaten!
Was glad to go here but not sure Id make effort to eat here in the future.

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

Seated upstairs and it was too noisy

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Our server was disinterested and seemed to be rushing us out. And after ordering another bottle of wine he seemed annoyed (even though we're spending more money?) and then just ignored us and we had to wait a long time for him to come back with the check.

Otherwise a great experience! The food and ambiance is always on point.

PK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was wonderful. Man at next table was very loud.

KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

This place is quite overhyped. The best thing about the place is the staircase.

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

My whole experience wasn’t good, it was outstanding! All of the menu items suggested to us were great. The vibe was cool. My friend and I had an amazing time. I will definitely return and I highly recommend.

CS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning decor and marvelous food. The Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Soup dumplings were my favorite! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and plan to return!

A
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and they treated us like royalty from the beginning- wishing us a happy anniversary, giving us each a glass of champagne and a special dessert cupcake.

M
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What incredible service all around! Love the food, presentation and quality. The place has a great vibe without snobbery. Classy, trendy, artsy, all in.

Thank you so much for the great experience!

K
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthdays
We love this place...... we visit every time in NY....

BD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Gorgeous atmosphere

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and very friendly service. The food is delicious and the Hanger Steak and Eggs is filling after a starter. Highly recommended.

MK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too loud!! And out of the bulogi ribeye tacos!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It was a dope experience. Food could be better.

OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly fantastic!
The only “downside” was the tight quarters of some of the seating. When the staff or people walked by, they had to squeeze in between my table and the table behind me, bumping both seats.
The food was great
The drinks amazing
The music was perfect
And the upstairs lounge was a added bonus
Will most certainly be back again and visit the other locations.

DR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant from the food, to drinks, ambiance, and music.

D
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very loud Food very good Fries delicious Grilled cheese and tomato soup fish tacos favorite! Drinks watered down tasted good though!! Loved the champagne in the ladies room! Lots of fun! Lydia the attendant very kind!

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, a must for New Yorkers and visitors. The food was excellent, their steak was one of the best I've ever had, Lobster mac and cheese was loaded with lobster chunks, Peruvian chicken was cooked to perfection. Ambiance was very chic and cool , what you would expect from NYC.

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a delight to dine at Beauty & Essex! Food is to die for!

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