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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

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (164)
Good for a Date (154)
Fun (137)
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Hot Spot (136)
Vibrant Bar Scene (116)
Good for Birthdays (115)
Creative Cuisine (113)
Fit for Foodies (107)
Tapas (100)
Good for Groups (97)
Handcrafted Cocktails (84)
People Watching (84)
Romantic (83)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Late-night Find (54)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Tasting Menu (49)
Worth the Drive (47)
Authentic (39)
Bar Seating (38)
Great for Brunch (31)
Business Meals (30)
Cozy (29)
Notable Wine List (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Happy Hour (23)
Casual (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Spicy (8)
Scenic View (7)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Each dish was superb and full of flavour. We loved the doughnuts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Love love love

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·Dined 4 days ago

2 annual NYC Thanksgiving trip!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing. Great food and drinks. Great ambiance and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful space. Great brunch, the food and adult beverages were a ten. Like the low lighting and the natural light. Many food options and each dish was delicious. Make sure to get the pancakes as well as the eggs. The lobster “potatoes” were a side not to be missed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A few of us arrived 15 minutes late to our reservation so they made us wait another hour to be seated. Pretty ridiculous considering we had a 11:15 pm reservation.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing atmosphere and great food, would definitely recommend for a fun dinner/drinks night out

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Attentive service, great decor and flavorsome food.

I’ll be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

I’m in NY with my two daughters , the youngest birthday. A good friend recommended this restaurant and it was absolutely fabulous. The ambiance is great. I️ love the pawnshop when you first enter. It gives a contrast to what’s behind the door. Once you open the door WOW

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant is awesome! The food and ambiance is what makes it. Being from NY, the price was not expensive. My wife and I enjoyed our 27th wedding anniversary and we loved it there. If we could change one thing it would be the music selection but other than that it was awesome! Thank you for everything!!!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

The night started out great. We were there celebrating my boyfriends birthday. We arrived 45 minutes early, so we went to the upstairs bar which was great. Around an hour or so later, our beeper went off and we were seated in the dining room. We ordered 6 different appetizers instead of entrees. We were pleased with all.

The floor manager was circling around all night which was quite uncomfortable. He was prompting people to exit the dining room and to go to the lounge after you paid your bill. I still had wine in my glass when he came up to us to ask us to go to the lounge. It was uncomfortable, disrespectful and ruined our night there.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was mediocre. We ordered some smoked cheese dumplings and crab cakes along with two cocktails. My wife that the lemon pepper chicken and I️ had the chicken meatballs. Nothing really knocked us off our socks. The food, for our palette, lacked texture & flavor. The place has a good ambience but I️ would trade that any day for good food.

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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was amazing. We had a burger that was very good and the fries were delious!! The lemon chicken was very very good too. The place is beautiful and full of life!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

Anniversary bruch

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

Perfection

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing — great food and service ! No detail was overlooked

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

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 on November 10, 2017

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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