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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

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (154)
Good for a Date (151)
Hot Spot (141)
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Fun (131)
Good for Birthdays (116)
Vibrant Bar Scene (115)
Creative Cuisine (108)
Tapas (103)
Fit for Foodies (100)
Good for Groups (93)
People Watching (91)
Handcrafted Cocktails (86)
Romantic (79)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Late-night Find (59)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Tasting Menu (46)
Worth the Drive (44)
Authentic (43)
Bar Seating (38)
Cozy (31)
Great for Brunch (28)
Notable Wine List (28)
Business Meals (25)
Happy Hour (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Casual (22)
Great for Lunch (15)
Spicy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (7)
Healthy (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Great overall experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The attitude needs to change. This is a special place but they make your experience mediocre with the attitude. It's unfortunate. Tone down the ego and work more on making your guests feel special and delighted to be there. I don't need to spend that money to feel insignificant.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely horrible experience. Waited one hour for our table that we made a reservation for weeks in advanced. Was rudely fluffed off by the hostess and manager when we inquired. Finally left at 10 pm. I will NOT return and will NOT recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been a few times but this time had to wait 50 min to be seated. We had an 8:45 reservation.
They did give us a free glass of wine but this was still unacceptable.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

I had another amazing dinner here. I’ve been coming since the restaurant opened years ago and it’s always great. Loved the crab Rangoon’s, tuna tacos and grilled cheese dumplings. Love this spot for dinner or after work cocktails. The champagne in the bathroom is a bonus!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

What an amazing concept. Great food and atmosphere. We will definitely go back when we are in New York.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 5 days ago

I booked here for my wife’s 30th birthday whilst visiting NYC and it didn’t disappoint.

I’d definitely recommend booking and making a reservation and as it was absolutely packed when we left and we started early (6.45).

Great service and delicious food, we didn’t do the tapas style approach (the wife is a bit fussy when it comes to trying different things) so we went straight to main. The fillet was great! The team even noticed why I’d made the reservation and brought out a cupcake for my wife’s birthday which was a nice touch.

Would revisit if ever in NYC again or anywhere else with a beauty and Essex on offer!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

It was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Wow!! Excellent!! The food was so delicious and the service was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great restaurant! Small plates were fresh and delicious. Kale salad was fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was AMAZING. I can’t even explain how amazing it was. But it was amazing. Not only was the food amazing. Service was spectacular and... champagne in the bathroom...

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely wonderful! Our first time to New York. Food, service- absolutely fabulous!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Visitors from Vancouver....special last night thank you Javier

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Phenomenal food, atmosphere and service. Our new favorite spot! Definitely try the Grilled Cheese Dumplings and really any entree. Yum! We will be back!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always the food was amazing and did not disappoint. But our service was horrible! Our waitress was rude, slow and never checked on our table. It was the first time with such poor service. We wanted more drinks, more food and dessert but she cane so infrequently that we never ordered more.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food again doesn’t disappoint here. Brought friends here from out of town and they really enjoyed. Service was so so. Waitress didn’t seem very interested. Incredibly slow getting drinks to us. Second round game after we were done our food.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We arrived half an hour late due to New York traffic and called ahead so they knew. This did not cause any issues and we were seated 15 minutes after arriving. Our service was faultless, the waitress could not have been more helpful. The food was outstanding and good portion sizes for the money. Really enjoyed our experience here and would definitely recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The traffic was horrendous and we called the restaurant to let them know we would be 30 late. They accommodated us with no problem. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. The service, drinks and food were off the charts during our visit. We tried 7 different items and 3 different desserts. They were all so delicious that we couldn't pick a favorite.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely space, although loud, decent food. Service was poor - server forgot to place an order, one dish never arrived, and we had an item on the bill that we didn’t order or receive. Server never checked in and had to be flagged down.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Saturday brunch- amazing ambiance, above and beyond service, great drinks, but the food is sub par, especially for the price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Unique food in a fun atmosphere! Great for sharing small plates!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love love love this place! The ambiance, service, and food were all amazing. Very hip, vibrant and young, but with an air of class and sophistication. Will not go to NYC without having dinner here.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Happening place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had the most amazing dinner and service at Beauty and Essex. I highly recommend it, I have been several times and it always impresses!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Absolutely delicious! This place was recommended to me by my friend who is a local in NYC. Such a unique find. This place did not disappoint!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Music is very loud! Don't expect to have a romantic evening here. However the food was very good.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Cool "secret" location. Great drinks and food. Little loud but cool atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Really unusual place. From the outside, it's a pawn shop but on the inside, a speakeasy-type entrance takes you into the main restaurant. Decor is an eclectic and fun variety of styles. Service and food were very good, as was ambiance. I'm looking forward to going back.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Atmosphere was great. Food was awful

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Enjoyable experience

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We loved the experience at Beauty & Essex, especially the ambiance, food and incredible service. Not to mention the free bubbly in the ladies' lounge. I would recommend it for a girls night out or a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It’s beautiful inside, host and wait staff were amazing and so accommodating , good recommendations, very creative cocktails, food was delicious. They serve champagne 🥂 in the bathroom, bartender was so nice and took our pictures.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Crystal our host was excellent!!! I love everything then ambiance the experience the food!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love this restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Another fantastic night with friends. We were well taken care of B&E as always. I will be returning very soon

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My wife and I visited for our first time and were very happy with everything. The setting, staff and food were great!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was great/creative. Brought nieces and nephews all in mid-20's, currently living as ex-pat's in Shangai and Chiang Mai here for dinner. They thought it was great, very cool, good food. It was a fun night!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Made reservations on Open Table for Beauty & Essex, noted as an anniversary dinner. This restaurant was highly recommended from a friend (NYC local). The ambiance at this restaurant alone takes your breath away. From the street, this location looks like a divey pawn shop. However, through the 2nd door you will find a beautiful classy dining venue, spiral grand staircase, and chandlers. We received complimentary champagne for the occasion and soups from the chef. The food here is delicious and won’t dissapoint. I’m 24 my boyfriend is 31 - we loved the music here. I’d like to especially highlight the service. Our waiter went above and beyond. We received a complimentary shrimp appetizer plate because our side dish of potatoes came out before our meal. We additionally received an additional side dish of potatoes when our meals arrived. My boyfriend and I were blown away with how attentive and accommodating the server was to our dinner. Will definitely return to Beauty & Essex next time we are in NYC for Sunday brunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Beauty & Essex doesn't disappoint! The ambience is great from the moment you walk in to a speak easy style bar through to the dining area. The menu is extensive -- definitely mix and match a few dishes so that you can try lots of things and the Beauty Elixir cocktail is a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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