Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
6060 reviews
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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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every bite of food was delicious from start to finish. I came here for my birthday/Restaurant Week and was not disappointed.

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z
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

the worst food in nyc for the highest prices. avoid at all costs

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

Geburtstag

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, would definitely come again.

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

I absolutely love this place. The vibe is just right, the food is delicious and so well presented, and the champagne brunch on the second level was everything. This was my second time visiting and I was just as pleased as I was the first time. And the grits. You absolutely have to try the grits!

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

I was so excited for my 1st time here. We arrived 15 minutes early and were sat down right away. The food was absolutely to die for, and so were the drinks. I highly recommend the beauty elixir. We spend $250 on brunch for 2, which is a bit expensive, but it was worth every penny & I cannot wait to go back. Our waitress was also very nice & had a great personality.

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EM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe, delicious appetizers and entrees. Craft cocktails are pricey, but worth it if that is what you are looking for.

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

It was great! The food was delicious, drinks were yummy & the music was too good. We loved it.

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

I wrote down that my boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary on the reservation note. We also then told our waitress who said they had something planned. Dinner was over and all she gave us was the check. Food was great, but service could have been better. Rather disappointed to say the least

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

Went for me and my girl friends 5 year anniversary. Food&drinks were delicious, staff was great and music was on point. Can’t wait to go back 😃

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GV
Chile
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trendy. Excellent speakeasy. I love it. Good looking people of Manhattan packing the place.

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

Went for boyfriend’s 32nd birthday. He was very impressed. He loved the food. Great place to wow someone!

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

I had a friend visiting from out of town. Everything was perfect.

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

Amazing as always. Going back this week. I’ve been getting delivery since it got cold out but it’s nice to eat there for a change

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

Everything was wonderful!!

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SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. Such a special night!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place and overall exceptional - just felt very rushed.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was far better than I’ve heard and expected!

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RO
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The room is great, service is well done, great drinks at the bar. All the food is available to share, tuna sashimi, bulgogi tacos, BBQ Fries were excellent, but the grilled cheese tomato soup dumpling is the star.
Tried the Spaghettini with soft fried egg that missed its mark. I will go back!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The chicken meatballs and brcolli are amazing!!!!!!

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NM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went on a recommendation but was pretty disappointed. Two of our food choices were off the menu that night and we ended up having to go with our fourth wine choice, as their menu was also very limited that night. Not worth it for the price TBH. Might be better groups but I won't be back

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ST
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time in this unique location - the food was great and small bites worked great for the group! (Non-food related - we thought the shop might be bigger - there was fun stuff to poke around, but we still had fun!)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent experience

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

very nice place to dinner

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my daughters birthday and had a great experience. Upon entering, we were so blown away. Love the entrance and decor. Waiters were so friendly and helpful and food was delicious! I wrote a comment when I made reservation, stating we were celebrating my daughters birthday and they brought over a small cake to mark the occasion! I would highly recommend Beauty and Essex! 5 stars!

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was done perfectly. Our waitress was excellent and attentive, gave us suggestions. Cocktails were delicious and crafted well. The food was as good as the cocktails!

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

One of the best meals In NY.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and great food. I will be back

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our 10 year wedding anniversary and had a great time! The food was amazing and the waiters brought us two glasses of Champagne and a cupcake with a candle to celebrate. Will love to go again!

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SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the surprise cake and candle to help celebrate a birthday! The food was unique and delicious. Very memorable atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful service... champagne in the basement was over the top perfection!!! everyone was so nice, and catered right to you! music was wonderful at the 10:15 dinner!! FOOD IS AMAZING AND FLAVORFUL!! perfect for sharing lots of appetizers, price is worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great the dumplings in tomato soup is outstanding ! And the 24oz ribeye is not to be played with I enjoyed every bit of it!...

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically cool place. Great cocktail menu. Very reasonably priced yet really tasty and filling. Would definitely recommend the Ferris wheel dessert which was amazing. Overall I would highly recommend this place as it ticks all the boxes

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FN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue, great food, very attentive service. Such a fun place to celebrate a birthday!

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

Amazing everything. The wait was just a little long but not a big deal. The hostess was checking in on us.

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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are awesome, the servers are pretty rude

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cute place. Tiny portions, big prices. Everything we ate was great. Service was good. 25-35 year old vibe.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation here for a birthday dinner and everything was as expected. The drinks were definitely amazing and every food choice made off the menu was outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food nice place

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun! Great food and overall just a good time!

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