Beauty & Essex- New York

4.7
7788 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
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.

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

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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 7788 people are saying
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camel18
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my birthday, enjoyed every minute of it!

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vipDixitaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty and Essex never disappoints, fabulous food, drinks and service. Kale and Apple Salad is just divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Birthday mid week

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SusanW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. A wonderful experience all around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was tremendous, the staff was very nice and made good menu suggestions and make sure the course were coming in waves, with a good progression. The food was next level, not only did it taste delicious but it was all very original, unique and the presentation was superb! 10/10 would highly recommend either for a good date or just dinner with friends.

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chelseaw
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

It was a great Saturday night vibe, energetic and lively. The drinks were very good. The food was okay and decently priced. It was a busy night and the table service was poor. Overall if a fun place for drinks with friends for a night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long wait to be seated…
But cocktails and food were amazing and so was the service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was terrible from start to finish. They’re very insistent on both people arriving instead of giving me a table once I got there. Cant even get a drink at the bar because that’s crazy crowded and the bartenders refuse to make eye contact because they’re already over burdened. The music was terribly loud where you can’t even hear a single word of the person sitting across you. Not at all energetic and fun (like say a Buddakan) but just miserably loud. The service was appalling - had to waive nonstop for half an hour to get a second round of drinks. After the server finally showed up and took our order, there was another half an hour wait. Had to flag him down again, and then he came back only to tell us that they’re out of Palomas (one of the drinks we ordered). Had an espresso martini instead that tasted too strong and unpleasant. We just wanted to get our bill and leave and even that the server messed up. Charged the entire bill on one card instead of the two cards we gave. The place has multiple staff just walking up and down looking harrowed and frustrated but actually only one server taking orders and messing up round the clock. Never ever ever again. Ruined our Friday night and just went home after.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Had my birthday dinner there and lovedddd it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Very surprising entrance. But once you enter its a great experience. Great service and excellent food

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ErickaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They were a little short staffed but our server did an incredible job giving us his best! Food was great! This little gem was incredible .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will always be my favorite restaurant ever! Service is amazing, food is amazing, drinks are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Just a fantastic experience from start to finish. Every morsel was delicious, the cocktails were innovative and fresh. Great value for the quality. We will be back soon.

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Lexstatic
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely an experience! Trendy, exciting and fun to be in. Most are dressed well and the music is lively. A good place to share plates especially if you want to impress someone.

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Justin
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend to a friend. Or a stranger. Pretty much anyone. The ambience was quite cool and the food designed to be shared was perfect. We had a blast, and the service was excellent!

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AnnF
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and service was fabulous. I enjoyed it thoroughly only issue was the noise level OMGGGG

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. The temperature was a bit chilly though so that would be my only suggestion! Otherwise, food and drinks were fantastic, and the ambiance, wait staff were all attentive. Will come back for sure!

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vipKaelin
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

most amazing experience ever

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AH33
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Its a nice place. We sat in a doorway a little isolated from the main dinning room made it sort of odd like we were outside looking in. The service was really good and they were very thorough checking both our vaccine cards and ids to make sure they matched. Which i appreciated. We had a little of everything, the little french dips, the tomato soup dumplings and the lobster sopes were excellent. We got the crispy eggplant and that was less impressive it was heavily coated in sesame oil and that was all you could taste. We ordered the ribeye and beef wellington to share and the ribeye although really tender was underwhelming it was seasoned unevenly one side to salty and the other no salt. The beef wellington was good, cooked well. Then the donuts for dessert they were delicious. If i were to come again (which i probably wouldn't as there are so many options in NYC) I would only get the small plates and dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was awesome!

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ArlenisK
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Reservations dont really make a difference at this restaurant because you still have to wait. They have a selective dress code. A friend was held at the door and analyzed by the door person for having on a short sleeve shirt .... yet others were permitted in with luggage, sportswear and non tailored garments. -_-. So that made absolutely no sense to us when his look was tailored and fashion appropriate. Otherwise the waitstaff was great and the food is consistent although you'll wait a long time for drinks and food.

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RahulD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very cool restaurant with great drinks! food was pricey but tasty. tapas style ordering. highly recommend the milkshake shot dessert and cookie

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MeghanA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall fun. Loud beyond belief! Lots of bdays around us so may have been it. Waitress was sweet. It was my son’s birthday and they forgot to send a candle. Kind of a bummer but not a deal breaker. Definitely not for families. A very young vibe. Not bad.

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RNigel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thai Chili Fried Shrimp 10/10.. amazing flavor.. just could use another shrimp or two.
Peruvian Chicken 10/10.. chicken was amazingly juicy and the sauce was so rich and savory. Perfect amount of chicken.
Broccolini 8/10. Solid side but I can’t quite put my finger on what was missing.
That sunset dip? Drink 100/10 (I love passion fruit) .
Donut dessert (8/10) was solid, however I will say the berry sauce was a bit too tart and the chocolate sauce was bitter, but that caramel sauce was amazing.

For a dinner for 2, I could not complain about price. Ambiance was perfect at around 5 which is when we arrived. Our waiter was perfect and timed every course perfectly. Overall, extremely satisfied and will definitely be back. It was my SO birthday and it was very comforting/cozy.

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Skkk
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hype is real! What an evening. Been wanting to go for some time. we went for my daughters 24th birthday. we were a party of 5. Everything we ordered was excellent. Service was terrific and would go back in a minute. The dumplings, cauliflower tacos, salmon and Peruvian chicken entrees amazing.

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vipLisa
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Fun place great cocktails. Food average and expensive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Great experience, however, my only complaint is about the drinks. If I am paying for a martini, serve it in a martini glass. Don’t cheap out and serve it in a champagne glass. I was shocked that a place with this price point would do that.

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vipJayCee
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently new and exciting menu options, superbly attentive (but not intrusive) service, and great ambience. Beauty & Essex has maintained its high standards year after year.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers and drinks were great, but dinner portions. Atmosphere were unique. Definitely made my boyfriends birthday special.

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vipKristieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the service. They were so accommodating with our reservation when we had to make a last minute change. We will definitely be back again when we are in NYC!

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TamirM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Some portions are small, so order a few entrees and share would be my recommendation.

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JoeB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing energy. Amazing food. Amazing service. Love this place

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DuJuanL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, excellent decor, atmosphere, DJ, food and drinks, you name it, I'll definitely return. This makes for the perfect date night and even better if you have a group. Had a wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my group of friends had the absolute best experience here! I celebrated my birthday and when I say I was thoroughly impressed! The service was incredible
The FOOD WAS AMAZING! And the environment and music were excellent! I was surprised how great this place was! YOU have to go it’s necessary!

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vipdininggalore
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday

Always enjoy my visit when I come in from Toronto!
Mmmm

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EricL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was friendly and served us well. The food is top notch and the atmosphere is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Beauty and Essex, the ambiance, kitschy pawn shop, bar etc… Have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It was always good, but it is now delicious! Honestly, my friends and I are all foodies, lived in Paris… it was beyond expectation. We love to order and eat family style. Now… please bring back the champagne bar in the ladies room! 😜

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service professional, restaurant chic and great music, AMAZING FOOD

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención! Muy buena comida!

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YingS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and the food was delicious (skip the mac and cheese tho, it wasn’t all that special)

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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 7788 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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