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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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4.6

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

Good for a Date (149)
Special Occasion (149)
Hot Spot (145)
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Fun (130)
Vibrant Bar Scene (120)
Good for Birthdays (112)
Creative Cuisine (109)
Tapas (106)
Fit for Foodies (96)
People Watching (95)
Good for Groups (93)
Handcrafted Cocktails (87)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Romantic (74)
Late-night Find (61)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Tasting Menu (45)
Authentic (43)
Worth the Drive (43)
Bar Seating (38)
Cozy (30)
Great for Brunch (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Business Meals (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (14)
Spicy (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Scenic View (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 11 hours ago

Great service and awesome food

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·Dined 13 hours ago

Excellent. Recommended by a friend. Didn’t disappoint!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter Nathan made our fifth anniversary celebration absolutely fantastic. The food was prepared perfectly and presented beautifully.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Impressed every time I go here! The food is delicious and fun while the ambience just makes you smile!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic and the waiter! Very loud but the music was great. They had a DJ upstairs. You will wait 30 minutes passed your reservation. Recommend Sea Bass tacos, tuna tacos and the cheese toast ravioli.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined 3 days ago

予約したのに1時間も待たされた!
何のための予約!!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

We got complementary champagne which was nice. The music and atmosphere are awesome and the food is great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

ALL plates that food will be served on SHOULD BE HEATED prior to food being plated. 3 of the 5 items we ordered for dinner were cold before arriving to our table.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Love the atmosphere. Food was creative and tasty. Server made the experience a bit of a drag.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

One of the best restaurants in NYC, highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined 5 days ago

We came here while celebrating our honeymoon in NYC, it was fabulous!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 6 days ago

Well worth the trip out , the ambiance is delightful ; service very attentive and good - perfectly judged ( thank you Hannah), cocktails perfectly made . Even the entrance is totally unusual , it’ll surprise you ! I love this place

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

The atmosphere and service were excellent in the restaurant!
The manager offered us complementary desserts because they were late to serve our entrees, which was a nice gesture. However, the hostess and the staff at the front weren’t as professional or nice, and the food was average.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great meal here with a friend on Sunday night. I had been looking forward to the evening for some time and loved the setting, ambience and food.

The food and wine were both fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the general ambience of the restaurant.

The service however was really quite poor, the host didn't actually speak to us while seating us which was poor but not overly upsetting. Our waiter however was extremely poor, he forgot our starter and we had to ask for it after our main courses were served. Despite ordering a bottle of wine our glasses were not topped up until we asked - wine bottle wasn't beside our table to do it ourselves. Our water glasses were also constantly empty.

Overall I enjoyed it as it was an informal catch up with a friend but service was really quite poor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Overall I was slightly disappointed based on a couple of friends recommendation. Service was 100% I'll give it that! For $250 for 2 people it wasn't worth it, I think it's more about the concept than actual good food. We had 2 appetizers the bulgogi tacos and the crab "toast". Bulgogi was bland as was the crab on a cracker. We had 2 entrees the lamb burger and the surf and turf. The surf and turf for $35 was the most expensive thing on the menu as the dishes are meant to share but 2 scallops and 2 small pieces of "crispy" pork belly that was not crispy at all but gelatinous was not worth sharing or $35. I will say the fries with the burger were delicious and the donuts for dessert were yummy. But again $12 for fried balls of dough is a tough sell. I get it NY is expensive but I would spend my money elsewhere next time. Overall extremely loud inside a very club like atmosphere with music.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our reservation was for 2:45 pm. We had wanted a nighttime reservation (I tried a month in advance, but this place books FAST) when we arrived at 2:45, we were told we needed to be done and gone by 4:30. Admittedly, I was disappointed, as this was our first experience with B&E and it had come highly recommended and this had not been mentioned prior. B&E stepped up to make up for it, providing us with 2 of their specialties free of charge, in addition to what else we ordered. They were very cognizant of the oversight and made up for it with great service and great food. I would love to try it again next time I go to NYC, but at night. Such a great little hidden gem.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I booked and had a reservation for a party of 4 for Beauty and Essex in NYC on Friday Dec 8 at 12:45 am. . When my party arrived after a 27.00 cab fare we were turned away because of a private party. My confirmation number was 1166578996. Obviously I was beyond discouraged because I came from Florida to NYC with friends who had never been to The City before. I Bragged about what an amazing experience this would be. So I obviously left very disappointed and embarrassed. I want the people at opentable to know this as well as the management of Beauty and Essex. I have been here several times before and I always bring new people. My husband and travel a lot and we love to help new friends navigate the many choices they have in visiting the City for the first time. My friends then bring their friends. It’s a beautiful circle when it works and I had always been extremely pleased with the food and atmosphere. So this was a very sad experience for me and my friends.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great overall experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful ambience, relaxed and groovin’. Creative crab app, succulent kale and apple salad accompanied by the best burger in NYC and wasabi crusted tuna!
Would loved to have had more time at the bar, but the private lounge area was a great alternate :)
Service was attentive, but would have had more cocktails, if persuaded!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 on December 6, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

It was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

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 on December 4, 2017

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 on December 4, 2017

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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