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About Beauty & Essex- New York

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.

146 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-3:00pm

Cross Street:
Stanton & Rivington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 614-0146

Website:
http://www.beautyandessex.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Chris Santos

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Chef Chris Santos' sophisticated, mutli-ethnic sharing menu lends itself perfectly to celebrations and group dining for parties of 10 to 400 guests.

Beauty & Essex- New York Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (165)
Good for a Date (156)
Fun (147)
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Hot Spot (139)
Creative Cuisine (120)
Good for Birthdays (119)
Vibrant Bar Scene (119)
Fit for Foodies (111)
Tapas (104)
Good for Groups (102)
Handcrafted Cocktails (87)
People Watching (84)
Romantic (81)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Late-night Find (56)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Tasting Menu (51)
Worth the Drive (49)
Authentic (42)
Bar Seating (38)
Great for Brunch (31)
Business Meals (29)
Cozy (29)
Happy Hour (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Casual (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Great for Lunch (15)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Spicy (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Healthy (7)
Scenic View (7)
Seasonal (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Live Music (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined 20 hours ago

Everything about this place was great. The food was incredible, he service was excellent and fast. We had the braised short ribs, scallops, and devil's food cake. I highly recommend all 3.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Beauty and Essex came highly recommended to us. We loved waking in to the Pawn Shop and going through to the beautiful restaurant.
Food was excellent and the service as well.
Definitely will go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined 3 days ago

Dinner at Beauty and Essex was a night to remember. Amazing space, great food and cocktails. We loved everything we ordered except the Cesar salad which tasted and looked and felt like from the school canteen back in the communist era in Czechoslovakia. We just LOVED the kale salad though :)

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

First time here, but won't be the last. Food was great, ambiance, great. Definitely recommend. :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was outstanding . The food was amazing and delicious .

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved location and menu variety. Would recommend it to all my friends that visit. Combine that with the ambience and bar it’s almost a “can’t miss” if you’re in NYC.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Loooooved I️t ! A hidden gem ! Highly recommend it . Everything was absolutely delicious .

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic venue. Amazing vibe and loved the stories on the history of the venue. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary bruch

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·Dined 6 days ago

Overall, the experience was great. My only issue is when I checked the bill the next day I realized I was charged twice for one of my orders.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One word: AWESOME
Worth every single Dollar Spent, a must if you go to NY

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

Great time great food service is exceptional, music isn’t too loud great bar scene while you wait for your table

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant did not disappoint. Cool vibe terrrific waiter and amazing plates to share. Beef shanks tomato soup spoons fried oysters. A lot of fun.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Beauty & Essex was great about changing our reservation to accommodate two more diners. We were in a cozy booth and actually able to have a conversation, because of a reasonable level of noise. We were there for lunch, though, so perhaps the vibe at dinner was more of a club atmosphere. The small plates were delicious (the best avocado toast in captivity) and whomever thought up grilled cheese dumplings was a genius. Great food and ambiance. I wanna go back.....NOW.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Mascarpone Grits, White Russian Vodka Shots, Complementary Champagne in the Ladies Room, need I say more? Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

the location was not bad. if you drive, there is parking lot not too far. once you arrive the pawn shop is exactly as described in front. someone will have to tell you there is a restaurant in there for you to know. i must say once you enter the door at back, the staff is pleasant and helpful. the ambience is superb. the wait was not bad as we had a reservation. the decor was nice. the menu had good options. i loved the bbq fries and a few other items. i will definitely go back and recommend here to others. great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

So beautiful and the food is delicious and the drinks although pricey are very good too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

We arrived at Beauty and Essex for Saturday Brunch and were quite surprised as you enter thru the doors it is a beautiful setting. The ambiance is nice and the food just spectacular. Our waiter Javier was very nice and although we were 7 and ordered different dishes (meant for sharing) we did not get 2 of our dishes service was slow it took my friend about 20 minutes to get a Bloody Mary. With that being said the place was packed maybe that is why the service was slow but we would definitely return. Price was average we were 7 and with food and 2 bottles of champagne bill was about $507.00 without tip. Would def recommend Beauty and Essex !

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

We arrived on time for our 11:00 pm reservation and had to wait 45 min for our table. The ladies restroom was gross, hot, dark and disgusting.We couldn’t even get close to the bar for drinks while we waited. I️ received an email that we were a no show....I️ wish!!

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 (Dublin)·Dined 7 days ago

Over crowded & loud. Reservation was for 9.45 we were seated at our table at 10.30. 1 main dish was sent back to be cooked some more & they attempted to charge for this twice. A lot of confusion with bill. Would not return. Disappointed as had heard great things

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

Had to wait an entire hour after reservation time. Very annoying, but they comped is three drinks. Door was good, service fine. Definitely a “scene”.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Perfection

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing — great food and service ! No detail was overlooked

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Love Beauty & Essex. So cute inside, great drinks and great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant is very unique, being in the back of a pawn shop. The staff is very polite & accomodating. The food is tasty, but very small portions and very expensive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Beauty &Essex was recommended to me by a friend, I'm so pleased with her recommendation. I loved the atmosphere and the staff was very accommodating. I think I found my new favorite spot. I'll try brunch next.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Horrible !!! We waited 30mn to have our table , then we ordered small plates to share we were receiving one plate every 20 mn , pretty embarrassing when you are a party of 3
Horrible everything , never again

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had an amazing time there and everything I ordered was delicious. Music was great and so was the ambiance. I’d definitely recommend and will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Food & Great Location, we lifted the agelevel a bit😂, but enjoyed it to the max!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Hate to post how great this place is only to bring further attention to it and make it that much more challenging to get a table.... such a fun ambiance from the moment you open the front door. A real eclectic mix of people and dress. Food was very good, but isn’t a Michelin quality by any means. Such a great, fun spot!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I went for dinner during a work trip as a pick me up after a long day. The combination of comfort food dishes and upbeat atmosphere definitely did the job!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We went on a Tuesday and it was packed. We sat upstairs and it was really loud and hard to talk. Service was slow, took forever to get food and even longer for drink re-fills. Food was ok, the servings were small per plate.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This restaurant is a favourite of ours on a trip to New York. Although a little noisy, the food and service is superb and the decor is glamourous. Would definitely recommend this to friends and would always put this on a "must go there" list in New York.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My second time here. Just love it. One my most memorable dining experiences ever.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great first time experience. Very welcoming and great food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Cena especial en viaje familiar. Volveremos!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing venue, great atmosphere and food - loved the champagne bar in the toilet!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and the cocktails were absolutely amazing. The service and the crowd were horrendous! Most likely, never returning. Our server took our order and never returned to the table. We waiting 30 min for the cocktails, the server never came to ask how are food was or if we needed anything. We were here for 2.5 hours (mostly waiting) and were only able to order 1 cocktail each! That was so disappointing considering how delicious they were.The runner brought out my friends personal cake which I requested in advance. The server never came to ask if anyone else wanted dessert or coffee. We finally grabbed a bus boy and asked for coffee, after 20 min he brought coffee for 3 of the 6 of us and we had to ask again for coffee for the remainder of our group. The couple sitting next to us commented "unfucking believable" and rolled their eyes when we sang happy birthday. A woman who was sitting on my friends blazer got nasty with me when I asked if she could pass me the blazer she was sitting on. Several men blatantly pushed us to get out of their way when we were standing near the host area waiting for our table. The hostess were rude and dismissive. The sense of entitlement in this place is insane! Even if I wasn't a restaurant manger myself (which gives you higher expectations when eating out) I would probably consider this one of the worst dining experiences I've ever encountered. Complete shame that I hosted my best friends 30th birthday celebration here.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome and unique menu

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