Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6
5651 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 614-0146
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Santos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stanton & Rivington
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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.
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Public transit
by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street.

by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 5651 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience was great overall.

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

Amazing service. Waitress was way better than the one I previously had. No wait time to be seated this time either. Overall Awesome place. The management team are all geniuses. Wish I could work with them ha

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were pretty good. However we were kept waiting for 30+ min for our table (10.15 booking).

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It’s definitely one of my favorites. The food was so good as usual but our waiter could have been better. His customer service was lacking and he definitely could have been more attentive. However the hostess was great and sat us at the perfect table!

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CL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and ambiance
It was our anniversary and we were treated to champagne and dessert- so lovely!

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VO
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a few colleagues so we had to try while we were in New York. Food was excellent!

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Pleasant atmosphere. Service was very good and fast.

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

Great service, the 24 ounce rib eye was very well cooked. Good ambiance and good value! The downside is that we were seated in one of those middle round tables on the ground floor and every time someone walked past they’d bump into my chair because the walk way was too narrow. Other than that we loved it!

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

Great venue and a vibrant atmosphere. Cocktails were top notch. Food was good if a little overpriced. Then again this is NYC. Good evening all around and worth the money.

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DT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening at Beauty & Essex. Wonderful cocktails, the food was fantastic and the restaurant itself was beautiful. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

After entering the restaurant and being seated then starting with a glass of champagne it went downhill. Suddenly the AC started blowing hard and all women sitting near us all had to put on their jackets. Note to restaurant: if we wanted to stand in central park in the wind at night we would have choosen to do so. We repeatedly asked for the AC to be turned down with no response other than it will take a few minutes before you will notice it. Did not notice it in the 65 min we stayed. After that the food was OK not bad but neither exceptional. (been here 2 years ago then it was exeptional). Next f*** u* after clearing the first 3 courses they took all cutlery but a fork, not a problem in itself it did however become a problem when the next plates arrived. Asked are server if she could get us some knives and waited 2 min with hot food on the table. Repeated myself and asked another server the same request. After 5 min in waiting i walked up to the server station with the cutlery and got them myself.

Summary: Last visit to Beauty & Essex and first time in my life were i did not tip at all.

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C
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Muy bonito y agradable con buen ambiente y gente bien

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

*** I recommend you put a NOTE with your RESERVATION asking to SIT DOWNSTAIRS. It is a very fun, bling and exciting place, even for a Newyorker to visit. Only 4 stars because the food came to our table a bit slow but the waitress comped us 2 wines, so that was not a big problem. The Tuna was a huge portion and excellent!!!!

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

Loved it! Beautiful space and everything we ordered was delish and bursting with flavor! Looking forward to many happy returns!

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HL
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great consistent food. Bring a jacket. It was freezing in the restaurant.

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, and relatively quick turn around once order is in. However, service wasn’t the most responsive but I think they were understaffed

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite brunch places. Everything was tasty. Good vibe.

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NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

1 pm reservation but our table was not ready till 1:45

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The waiter was great however the hostess was horrible. Even though we had a reservations , we still had to wait 20+ minutes even though there was tables empty.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun and amazing atmosphere! You gotta go

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was fun

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S
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to beauty & essex. Grest service and fun atmosphere. Kind of loud where you can’t conversate over the music but that’s fine!

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RR
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 2ambience 5

I have to be really balanced in my review and I’m so disappointed that the evening wasn’t as good as I hoped. That said, the Assistant General Manager was fantastic when we flagged the issues.

Our evening started so well... welcomed by a lovely hostess, taken to a beautiful table upstairs and given 2 complimentary glasses of champagne whilst we checked out the menus.

The negatives:
- our $220 bottle of champagne arrived at room temperature and when we flagged this nothing was done until we decided to leave the restaurant 15 mins later
- one of our dishes had a human hair in it and the plate was taken away ultra fast when we flagged it
- we had to leave our table and go back to the reception to have our issues resolved

The positives:
- the food we did order was beautiful
- the assistant general manager was genuinely sorry about our issues and was prepared to comp our food and champagne if we wanted to stay. It was our choice to say that we didn’t want to. He kindly insisted on offering us a complimentary drink and we felt it right to accept so cannot fault how he handled the situation and is a credit to the restaurant
- beautiful bar and great ambiance

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RD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Must have: grilled cheese dumplings.

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MQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Front desk staff needs improvement in their reception of guests. Other than that, everything was FABULOUS!

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and sharing plus the champagne bar in the ladies room!

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F
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing! Food... service... ambience .. everything was just superb and worth every penny

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here on a trip to NYC. Good food, good service, nice ambience.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Red velvet waffles were a little dry sadly, we weren’t given a straw so our cocktail wasn’t mixed properly, bacon was outstanding and so cheap compared to everything else, dumplings were amazing, lobster in hash side was overpowered by spice and came out after the entrees which was confusing, ricotta pancakes were amazing, small entrees for the prices. Amazing atmosphere.

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DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Super pretentious(for no reason) / Staff lack couth

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing that was a damper was that the drinks were so expensive. I live in NY so I know that you can get good drinks for decent price in the $9-14 range.

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1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We enjoyed everything about the restaurant

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AG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fun atmosphere, and great energy! I will go back again and plan to check out the other locations.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Deceptive storefront that opens to a terrific dining venue with many parlor like sitting areas. Food is very good. Noteworthy were the pastrami carpaccio appetizer and wasabi crusted tuna and lemon ravioli entrees. Small appetizers but will custom for number in your group. Service a bit uneven but waitress was pleasant and friendly. Bartenders on second floor are pompous and not welcoming. Pricey.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and phenomenal dishes.

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1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buen lugar, mejor comida

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1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorite places to have dinner at, and take visiting guests to. They never disappoint with food

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambiance would have been a 5 star if we were in the main dining room.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Loved the Wonder Wheel!

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very worth the visit!

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