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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (136)
Special Occasion (129)
Hot Spot (127)
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Fun (114)
Good for Birthdays (106)
Vibrant Bar Scene (105)
Good for Groups (91)
Creative Cuisine (85)
Tapas (84)
Handcrafted Cocktails (82)
Fit for Foodies (81)
Romantic (80)
People Watching (79)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Late-night Find (51)
Worth the Drive (49)
Tasting Menu (32)
Bar Seating (30)
Great for Brunch (28)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (26)
Notable Wine List (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Business Meals (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Casual (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Scenic View (10)
Seasonal (9)
Spicy (9)
Healthy (8)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great Beer (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was An amazing experience I loved every second of it

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Arrogance without a scrap of substance. The food was TERRIBLE, classic cocktails made incorrectly, the majority of the staff need even basic customer service training - rude.

AVOID. New York has so much more to offer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent from start to finish. Always a great dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Really good fun ambiance good music and amazing food

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·Dined 3 days ago

Went Saturday night for my girlfriend’s birthday. The experience was fantastic. We both had an amazing time! I knew it would be busy but we didn’t have to wait long at all for our table, but it did give us just enough time to grab a cocktail at the bar. The list was long and had lots of unique options. We were seated on the first floor dining area which was very well decorated. There was plenty of space between the tables and definitely didn’t feel cramped. The menu had so many fantastic options but we decided to split the meatballs, grilled cheese dumplings, spaghettini and the burger. All were fantastic but the burger and the grilled cheese dumplings stood out. The waiter was very nice and made sure we ordered properly and even asked about food allergies and dislikes. The food service was also very quick turnaround for how busy the restaurant was. For dessert they brought out complimentary cake pops with icing written out saying happy birthday. But we could t pass on the pecan butterscotch blondie dessert which was awesome! We then went upstairs to where the feeling was more like a lounge/club with a dj and danced. The night was perfect and we were both extremely thrilled. And I have to say I don’t feel like it was overpriced as the portions were generous, the quality was great, and the ambience and experience were awesome! We both had a great night.

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·Dined 3 days ago

This is a tourist trap really. It's not something native NY'ers should go to. It's has very bad music and mediocre food. The martinis are great though.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

It was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Really neat place. The restaurant feels very hip and contemporary. Service was excellent from Lando.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is horrible, very low quality. no reason to be THAT bad. Also the place is worn out, chairs are all old and the place gets packed with a very mixed crowd that spoils the atmosphere

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was amazing, staff was very personable and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome experience, staff was fun and personable, and food was great (small portions though). Definitely worth going for the experience! Dimmed lights with candle lit atmosphere in the evening with a great vibe, playing great music in the background. Highly recommend for someone looking for a more fun dinner, yet maintains the intimate feeling of a date💯👌🏻 and definitely try their grilled cheese dumplings... so. good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was creative and tasty, really fun vibe! Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Cool bar Not cheap though and the cocktails are strong maybe too strong for some to drink but at about $15-$20 a go plus tips maybe fair

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

A very hip restaurant behind the disguise of a pawn shop. Music is very pop and a tiny bit too loud. Great food at a reasonable price, exceptional service, overall really good value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One best places to visit in NYC, took my beautiful girlfriend to Beauty & Essex for valentines day. We had a amazing dinner with tasty drinks & the service was superb. Would definitely tell all the fellas out there definitely a great place to take your significant other to have a great time with good music playing.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Went here for Valentine’s Day with my girlfriend and I was very impressed. Exceeded my expectations. The price fixed menu was a great deal for 2 ($125) and every course was delicious.

My only criticism is the chocolate fondue for desert was weak- poor presentation and taste did not measure up to the rest of the meal.

I still give them an A+

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Popped in for a "quick bite" on Valentine's Day but they had an amazing tasting menu available - $125/2 ppl for 7 courses so we had to take advantage of such a great deal.
We arrived almost 45 mins late & I was so worried we wouldn't be seated but the whole staff was very accommodating. My boyfriend explained the general flavors of cocktail he wanted to our server (gin, ginger, not too sweet) & they delivered the perfect concoction. Soon after we ordered our drinks I saw that a cozy corner booth had opened up & our server happily moved us to a more "romantic" table. We also informed our server that we were on a tight schedule so he made sure that all of our courses moved through quickly with no delay.

Delicious food, superior service, great ambiance, wasn't overly loud - couldn't have asked for a better date night!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Overall, very disappointing. We ordered one of their specialty cocktails and an Aviation, a classic cocktail. They did not know how to make an Avaition, or did not want to take the time to do so. Ordered a glass of Rose Proseco. It came out as regular Proseco. Was told that it was a Rose, but it was not. Waitress then came back with a glass of Rose and apologized, however it was not cold. In both of these drink issues, the server handled it very well. The Thai shrimp was flavorless and the $65 ribeye was not hot and lacked seasoning. Apparently our server's shift ended as we never saw her again after the entree came out. She did not inform us anyone else would be taking over. Also, it is a very loud restaurant and the tables are very close together. Not a great value or experience for the money.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was great, felt a little pressure to order more than we wanted

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

It was lovely. Great food, exceptional service and an all around nice experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This was a nice place for an evening out with my husband. Stunning interior and delicious sharing plates. The surf and turf totally stole the show!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Been to Beauty & Essex many many times and it never disappoints! A guaranteed great meal along with guaranteed great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was beyond fabulous! From the food to the service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. I had been at the Las Vegas B&E in December for dinner and enjoyed the food. Decided to take my husband and son for brunch while visiting NYC. Everything I had was great but my husband was not thrilled with the pork belly BLT. Grits were amazing and it was an afterthought to order them. Looking forward to going back another time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I have been a frequent customer. I frequent the restaurant every month with clients when I’m in town. My past visit was very disappointing. The menu has changed and wasn’t as good. The customer service was poor with me routinely haven’t to get our waiter to get service. I made reservations asi always do but was disappointed that I still ended up waiting nearly 30 mins post reservation. When finally sat it was not the sitting I had requested in advance (2weeks prior). The drinks were good so no problem there. Overall the experience was sub-par at best.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Bueno, buena música, mucho ruido y tardados

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Plan to listen to some great music and be prepared to dance in your chair. Great place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place for good food and a stylish ambiance. I tried 3 different cocktails and none of them were good. Other than that Beauty & Essex get 2 thumbs up.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Theater and dinner with friends

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As a group of 55+ celebrating our friend’s 60th birthday, we were all pleasantly surprised. They honored our reservation as well as giving us a round table in a great location. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The ambiance and the food were perfect.
We had a fabulous time. Most importantly, the birthday girl had a blast!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was the first time to the restaurant. Everything was outstanding. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for excellent quality food and service. I have told, and will be telling people I know to check it out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place with great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

So much fun here! Good food and a good time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We arrived half hour early to our reservation, so we order couple drinks at the bar. I have to say the drinks were absolutely horrible, extremely sweet and not well balanced at all. The bartender was making few drinks at the same time, she was very busy but for $18 drink was NOT worth it.
The food was good very tasty we had the Chile relleno empanadas, the famous grilled cheese tomato soup, and the salmon. The service was very nice attentive but not overwhelming.
Good experiment overall!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

First time here and loved it! Everything was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, drinks, ambiance, vibes for a ladies night out or any special occasion for groups - large or small.

We had a 9:45pm reservation on a Friday night and didn't get seated until 10:20, but hanging at the bar was a fun part of the experience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Would not recommend unless u want to feel like you are on the Atlantic City boardwalk people watching. Food not good and scene super cheesy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food. The portions couldve been a bit bigger but, it was still filling surprisingly! Quick service. Champagne in the women's bathroom. Beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our dinner (lamb) was overcooked and the manger went above and beyond to get us a new one and not charge us. Had us sit in the bar (lounge) and give us cocktails and dessert

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Live Music, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

the food and the service was great but we felt rushed, maybe because of the Restaurant Week, we would’ve enjoyed the experience much more if we were not be given the check before we finished dessert

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
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