Beauty & Essex- New York

4.7
7975 Reviews
$30 and under
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Beauty & Essex has an innovative design that starts in the restaurant’s entrance, a well-curated modern-day pawn shop replete with a saxophone, boom­box, quirky artifacts, vintage treasures, and an eclectic array of “one-off” pieces of jewelry. Continuing past the pawnshop, guests encounter a grand, circular staircase wrapped around a two-story custom chandelier, but only the adventurous will discover all that Beauty & Essex has to offer. With four distinct dining rooms (one private), two bars, a lounge, and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon including a luxurious sofa, and antique perfume bottles. The cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course. Chef Chris Santos was one of the pioneers of the small, share plate dining trend that has swept the nation, and with the Beauty & Essex menu, he once again has created waves on the food scene.
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Experiences

  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off of the bill at the end of your visit. Dress to impress! If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • Brunch Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off of the bill at the end of your visit. Dress to impress! If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Offers

  • As Easy As $1, $2, $3!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Wed 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join us for Happy Hour Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5pm - 7pm. $1 Oysters $2 Shrimp Cocktail $3 Beer
  • Collect 500 bonus points

    Tue - Thu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7975 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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TysheenaR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeeeee a lot Everything about this place is so nice

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KimH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! The staff really caters to what their guests need and made awesome recommendations! Drinks were tasty and food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Oreo pancakes are so yummy. And the margaritas are great as well.

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AmberT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty & Essex has become our favorite place to go to as frequent visitors of the east village. Came to stay overnight to hit brunch and we ended up going for dinner too. Every single bite and sip is worth it. Music is always fun, service is always fantastic. Well worth it.

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PhilipS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night had a lot of fun will see me again

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vipNealD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance

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Kiki
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Our whole table enjoyed the food and overall ambience.

JS
JanS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beauty and Essex never disappoints. Where there for my daughter's 30th birthday celebration and what could be better? Great food, excellent service and wonderful copmpany.

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AmberT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing everything as usual. Drinks, FOOD, service, music, atmosphere. My favorite place to go.

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sandrad
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was fantastic - really good vibe - music was perfect you could talk and hear. Food sharing of small plates was great - love this place so glamorous and comfortable at the same time.

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LM23
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Very delicious - will be back 100!!!!!!

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cathyv
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly…from the doorman to the wait staff. Went here during restaurant week and ordered the special menu and was fantastic and price was great! Food came out pretty quickly and drinks replenished constantly. Overall a great experience and highly recommend.

MO
vipMichaelO
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool place! Would go back!

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AshV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool setup! Enjoyed looking through the pawn shop and then heading into the restaurant. Good food and service.

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CoriH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was stellar, had one of the best cocktails of my life. This place is definitely full of instagrammers, but it's honestly worth the hype.

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VirginiaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty and Essex is my favorite restaurant in Manahattan. I love the ambiance, the cocktails, the food, and the pawn shop speakeasy entrance. If you love basil, try the Emerald Gimlet. Get lots of plates to share so you can try a lot. I definitely recommend the grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, the thai shrimp, and the tuna poke tacos. For dessert, you will regret it if you don't try the Black Bottom Butterscotch Pot de Creme....it's life changing. I would recommend B&E for a date night, ladies night, special celebration, etc. It's pricey, but definitely worth it for a chic evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was amazing and a fantastic value when doing the prix fixe. Loved the strawberry toasts. Atmosphere is just the right balance of opulent and tongue in cheek. Service was on point, flexible, and gracious. Only critique was how close we were seated to other guests in light of omicron, although vaccinations were required. Definitely recommend the brunch, assuming you’re comfortable with dining indoors at this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Brunch was great. Oreo pancakes were incredible. Literally perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was incredible! BEST SERVER EVER!! Thank you Amanda.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The 20$ I paid for the reservation have not been taken off my bill. Please do me a refund

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a birthday gathering

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CoxH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, delicious food, the DJ was littttt. 20/10 recommend

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vipjeannier
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still amazing after all these years!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love the basil gimlet

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ChefSean
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Excellent food and service! Everything was delicious and well presented. We were very happy!

The only things we didn’t like - lobster tostadas and espresso martinis. Both not good.

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mari
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiter was very informative and welcoming, offered suggestions and checked in often. Food was great; however, shareable and side dishes tasted better than the main dish. Otherwise amazing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, everything was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food is for sharing. Good for first date !

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CallumG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Berto was very attentive, fabulous food and definitely worth the visit. A highlight of our trip so far. Thank you.

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vipStephZ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an all-star restaurant from deco, to food and to service. The deco in the lounge and the dining room are sexy and elegant. The food is inventive and tasty. The waiter/waitress is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended and will come back soon. Excellent steak and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took a few friends for brunch here to celebrate one of their birthday. I think the restaurant has the perfect vibe for a celebratory dinner or brunch. Everything we ordered was delicious! We all had a fun time.

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MacyM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty and Essex brunch is a MUST if you’re visiting the city!! Food presentation and taste are amazing!! The vibe is so cool including a unique entrance to the restaurant. I will be revisiting!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food and an outstanding ambience with great customer service.

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BrittanyD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was AMAZING! A real gem! Food was OUTSTANDING! ambience gave a speakeasy vibe. Overall best experience at a NY restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The men standing at the front door like to feel important by power tripping you into submission and forcing you to walk around a pole (that is supposed to form a line for this overwhelmingly VIP establishment full of only New York’s most exclusive…) in order to have your ID checked to enter the restaurant. The kind of place and service that makes you hate humanity and want to never return.

Beauty & Essex- New York
Responded on January 19, 2022

Hello, We are sorry our set up made you feel that way! I can assure you that we are not trying to be anything more than a restaurant. Our ropes are set up so we can check ID's and Vaccine cards in an organized manner while allowing patrons to safely exit the restaurant separate from the incoming guests. Without the ropes, we would have a crowd surrounding the door with people attempting to walk in without being checked or guests having to push their way through to exit the establishment. Sorry!

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KadeejahK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambience and the food were great. A little on the pricey side, but great for celebrating a special occasion.

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vipSarahL
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a double birthday. The restaurant is appointed nicely with great music (neighboring tables were commenting too). The food was delicious. For starters the spicy salmon tartar was our favorite with the bites tomato soup with cheese dumpling as a close 2nd (yes bites). The Korean fish tacos were ok. For mains the beef Wellington was amazing - tender steak & a very flavorful bite. The spicy tuna was good as was the surf & turf. Of note, the surf & turf was better eaten separately & not in the same bite. For dessert we loved the doughnuts (light & fluffy). The waitstaff were very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful venue and exquisite food. Get everything on the menu…seriously do it.

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NathalieR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed coming back to Beauty & Essex. I appreciated our active waiter and staff and I'm glad the dining experience is still strong since the pandemic hit.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Beauty & Essex- New York using the Order Online button. Beauty & Essex- New York also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 614-0146.

Beauty & Essex- New York is rated 4.7 stars by 7975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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