Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
6534 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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DL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I stated on open table that this was a birthday dinner. They did not bring out the cupcake with a candle. Our waiter came by once and was bumbling over our order. Everything is always amazing when we come the waiter ruined the night.

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SJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect spot for an after work date in the city. Beautiful decor, amazing food and lovely wait staff!

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

excellent, enjoyed the tapas a lot and was a great night.

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

By a country mile the best place in the world food, service, decor, the evening start to finish was amazing

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and phenomenal food. I love the ambiance and great music!!

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

We booked this for 2 special occasions. We were seated after 45mins. The staff was kind and they brought us complimentary champagne and cupcake for the occasion but the service was slow. We got food is batches with the main courses before the sides. We weren’t even served water until halfway through the meal. The restaurant seemed understaffed. Our server brought plates and left them all at the side of the table, not even distributing them. When I finally spoke to him about it, he finally paid more attention to our table. The experience is good but the service can survey be better and not as rushed. The food was flavorful but not plentiful. There are few vegetarian options and they are small so for a big group it wasn’t as impressive as I was hoping.

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JE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, upbeat ambience. Our server Rocky was fantastic! Will definitely go again when in NYC.

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T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed it very much however I did made some request at the end because it was for my husband’s birthday dinner and I was hoping the waiter would surprise him with a candle lit birthday cupcake like everyone else that were dining around us tonight. I was disappointed.

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JP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The staff was extremely nice and had great energy. Would definitely go again!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow but otherwise great!

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LS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Unfortunatly
Our serveur wasn’t the best one
But we had a wonderful Time

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R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Scallops came out ice cold. Asked for napkins and server forgot 3 times. Had he bus boy bring it eventually. Felt rushed out the door and not paid attention too. Guess they aren’t used to young successful men with their dates coming in and wanted to attend to the bigger groups of middle aged people. Food was very poor quality and service was even worse. Will never come back. Do not recommend at all.

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

Excellent food and exceptional dining experience Different but comfortable.

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EP
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our brunch was FABULOUS! The food & drinks were amazing, the service was great and the ambiance was cool. Definitely recommend the chicken biscuit sliders, pastrami mac, grilled cheese dumplings and the mint lemonade!

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R
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La hamburguesa Beauty & Essex muy rica. Muy linda decoración, ambiente y muy bueno el servicio de mesa. Los tragos muy buenos.

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SF
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First meal in New York. Fantastic from the Tao group again.

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A
Savannah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service! Great atmosphere!

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JR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, fun atmosphere. Food and service were excellent and the wine recommended by our waiter was outstanding.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

No time to have a drink first, food came before our drinks order! Second course came before I had finished my starter.... cramped seating and my friends chair was permanently bumped into!

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HT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got recommended this restaraunt from a friend and we were not disappointed. Had an amazing experience and the food was beautiful.

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PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice restaurant with lovely food. Only reason for not giving 5 * for everything was that some tables were a little close to each other and I had lots of people (customers and waiters) brushing past behind me as the tables were to close.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was there for boyfriends 30th, nice atmosphere and good drinks. Service was ridiculously slow. The food was good but definitely not mind-blowing or delicious. We got oysters, lobster mac, broccolini, mushroom toast, and wasabi crusted tuna. The tuna was very well executed and probably the most flavorful. We did doughnuts for dessert and the birthday touch was elegant and not cheesy, so that was fun. The doughnuts were really good, maybe the best thing we ordered. The meal isn’t outrageously expensive but I wouldn’t go back for a celebration or if efficient and fast service is important to you. The servers were lovely and knowledgeable, just took like 20-30 minutes between ordering a drink and receiving it and another 30 or so to even order food...

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M
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with my friends. Good food, cocktails and extremely good service.

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was super tasty and delicious. Service was nice. Everything was really great and would love to come back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! We were looking for something special for dinner because it was both our birthdays. It did not dissapoint!! Food was great, ambiance was very nice! Kind staff.

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CC
Essex
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat - go through the pawn shop and you will be amazed at what lies behind!

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FK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy with the vegan menu. The best experience for my first time in New York!

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole party was totally excited about this beautiful place. It was the best restaurant experience among other great nights out. Food, service, atmosphere excellent. Thanks

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

Good atmosphere overall

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have been here with dates, friends and even my Mom for Mother's day. Highly recommend for food and ambiance. It is a bit on the pricey side but you get what you pay for. Cheers!

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EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding! The staff super friendly! Presentation stunning! Delicious! Plenty gluten free options! Perfect for any occasion! Reasonable price as well.

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m
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food - especially the pancakes and tomato soup with dumpling!!
We were seated right away, and drinks were prompt.
Atmosphere/ambiance very cool. Cab't wait to go back!

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MS
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were hoping for some dancing but unfortunately didn't find any. Was more of a sit down / dinner place than I expected.

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FA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still a very chic restaurant after all these years. Love the fact that you have to walk through a pawn shop to get to the place. The pawn shop is worth a look for sure. Staff is cool but friendly, food is delicious and creative. You can dress up or down. Don't miss the bone marrow or the Russian-style carpaccio. Bonus - They serve champagne in the ladies room!

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DM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived just before our booking time expecting to enjoy a drink at the bar (other reviews all stated the delay in being seated) but for us this wasn’t the case. We were shown to our table straight away (Saturday night). The restaurant is very busy and loud. With the tables quite close together it could be quite annoying if you’re seated next to anyone that speaks loudly (ie shouts).
Our waiter explained the menu to us which was helpful and made sure both our water and wine glasses were never empty.
On the whole I would recommend this place as the restaurant is amazing but if loud music and loud people
are not your ‘thing’ then avoid.

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A
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family and I have been to this restaurant 3 times already. One in Vegas and 2 in NY. Every time outstanding. The food was delicious. I gave it a 4 because I do not eat meat therefore I could not comment on the meals that contain meat but the ones I have tried are maybe the best I have tasted. Try the carousel of desserts, incredible.

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NM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food and service, albeit being quite loud inside.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Space is aesthetically pleasing. Service was very good. Expected great food, but it was⁹ comparable to TGIF in quality, just with fancier presentation. I wouldn't go back for food.

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JT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meh, it was okay. More hype than anything. I didn't think the food was anything special and menu really didn't have a POV. Nothing wrong with it but you can do much better. The service however was excellent.

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS, the service was great, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. My one and only complaint is how packed in the 2-top seating is - we were practically on top of our neighbors. Don't let that detract from the review, though, I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a special dinner!

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