Beauty & Essex- New York

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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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IM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance, Food and service were great, however drinks at the bar need a lot of improvement. I ordered a vodka tonic that was watery and it tasted horribly, a shame for a place like this.

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

The plates while simply constructed are made with excellent ingredients and amazing sauces/composition.

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CS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband to B&E for Father's Day. I knew of the uniqueness of this former speakeasy so he was a bit baffled why I walked him into a pawn shop. He was in awe of this plus the sultry ambiance of the bar and dining area. We ordered and shared a variety of small plates and a salad though there were many main courses available as well. The food was outstanding. Great flavors and interesting combinations. Compliments to the creative chef!!! I loved the champagne lounge in the women's room. Thanks for a memorable night in NYC. We will be back!

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

I would like to be seated in the main room next time.

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

We loved our brunch experience at Beauty and Essex. Our waitress was just phenomenal, she was so patient as she walked us through the special, recommended the items, offered us drink options. The ambiance is truly peaceful, just the right noise. The interiors are also soothing and not too loud. Overall a great experience

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

Hostess and manager were rude. Trying to squeeze our party of 6 into a 4 top with an extra chair. There were actual 6 tops open which were reserved. I had a reservation at I'm not sure what that meant.

Almost ruined my Father's Day brunch.

Eventually they relented have is a different 6 top in another room.

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

Overall it was good albeit a little cold because of the aircon in all rooms. Food was very good, sharing food which was excellent quality and tastefully some. There are a couple of bars you can go to while waiting for your table or after but it’s expensive for drinking long term at the venue. Ambiance and buzz in the venue was very good and lighting was excellent with good music which is played loudly but not too loudly to hear conversation. Overall I would recommend it highly for a special occasion for a group or a couple.

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

Amazing restaurant. The ribeye was very good. Try the drinks at the bar before go to the table.

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

I love this place. The atmosphere is amazing, the food is second to none, and the staff are always so attentive and nice. I can't say enough about the tuna poke wonton tacos. Amazing!

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food to share with friends. great service. excellent drinks. nice ambiance. def recommend!

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

We realised it was a Friday night however we did not expect that is was so loud. A table beside the dance floor with lots of drunken young people. I had the idea down stairs the music was less loud so next time it is an idea to ask what we prefer.
The food was great and cocktails were nice too. Bit pricey but that is also the atmosphere. The restaurant looks very nice and love the concept that it is behind a guitar store.

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a
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Beauty & Essex to celebrate an upcoming wedding The drinks, food and services was superb! We had so much drinking rosé in the ladies room!! Fantastic experience!! Thank you!!

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

Overprized, small portions but the interior design is fantastic.

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

Great restaurant, our waiter was quite dis-interested in the service but the restaurant was still a lot of fun

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

the waiters were very attentive and super nice and helpful, answering all of our questions. food and drinks were absolutely amazing.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Ambiance and food are amazing but it’s annoying that whatever time your reservation and how busy the restaurant is or is not that night, they make you wait for revenue management purposes so you linger in the bar and spend more money. This has happened the last 3 times I’ve been there and it feels manipulative. I eat and drink generously so it doesn’t really make me and my guests actually spend more it just gets us annoyed especially with a group.

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A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and food was outstanding. Waiter provided us with complimentary dessert. The only negative thing was having to wait 30 minutes for a table even though we had reservations

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and excellent service throughout A*

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

The food and service were top notch and the tomato soup dumplings are a must. Will be back

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the service. Good place for a romantic date or for an large group gathering. It has character

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C
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service matched the food!

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WH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Not suitable for a date. We wanted to celebrate our honeymoon, which we told the restaurant earlier. They didn’t take that into consideration and instead we got the smallest table cramped between other tables and people. It got to the point where our neighbour thanked us for the mutual dinner. The music was fine but it was more party music and kind of loud. The food was great, the service was extraordinary, the wine as well was delicious. So altogeter it was fine but not for this money. It failed our expectations.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place , good food and nice staff. great entrance through the pawn shop, vey unique

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beauty & Essex is hands down my favorite restaurant to visit while in NY. I have now been twice & plan on going every chance I am in NY or Las Vegas. Their food is absolutely divine & their cocktails are delicious! I have yet to experience what I have at Beauty & Essex at any other restaurant, it's one of a kind! Be sure to try the Emerald Gimlet cocktail- it's the best! I hope to come back soon!!

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The hostesses were rude and didn’t seem to care whether I ever came back again. I try to come here every time I’m in the city, whether it be for business or pleasure. This was my last trip. I’m sad, but I won’t accept a hostess rolling her eyes at me for any reason, ever.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Was so loud we couldn’t carry a normal conversation.
Food is all premade and came out luke warm.
Not accommodating at all for food allergy.
Menu so limited

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e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! The food was beyond fabulous as were the drinks. The décor is beautiful. I cannot wait to come back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Thanks for cupcake and candle.

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Way too loud upstairs. Music speaker was above our table. Ceiling reverberated the loudness. We are in our 50s and still enjoy 'energy', but this had us speaking very loudly to one another. Each table was doing the same thing! Waiter was non-attentive. Perhaps he had too many tables. Will return, but demand to sit downstairs again.

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MN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wasn’t thrilled with my experience. The venue was very hip, clubby and sleek. The food was not the highlight, if one if just looking for good food, and you will most likely have to wait even if you have a reservation on a busy night. I would only recommend if you are going based on ambiance.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Although we had a reservation that we confirmed, we had to wait 25min. Very annoying.

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M
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and very cool restaurant. The tuna entree was fantastic, but one of the NY Stris was extremely fatty, which was a surprise, as the other one was normal. They really shouldn't have served it. The Kale Salad is very good as well. Definitely worth going to this restaurant.

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K
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant tucked behind a pawn shop
Fun. Loud. Cool vibe

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good, particularly the bone marrow. Service was terrible for this kind of establishment. Our server refused to make eye contact, looking at other tables while taking our order, removing menus before we had finished with them, and drinks took a very long time.
Sadly the food wasn’t good enough to make up for it.

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HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

My friend had a birthday

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MF
Montreal
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbe soirée entre amies, excellente nourriture et service incroyable!

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RS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience once you realize you have to go through a small pawn shop to get to the restaurant.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cool entrance thru the pawn shop, but then we were directed to the upper level. We managed to get a table at the entrance level near the bar which felt better. The A/C is really cold, so make sure you dress appropriately! We ordered five dishes for 2 ppl and the last three came at the same time - resulting in the food getting cold (however: no issue to replace it). Slightly too expensive for the quality of the food

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MF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Beauty & Essex. Creative, inclusive menu with a full plant-based menu option including dessert choices. Attentive service and super cool ambiance. Loved it!

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere was unique, really cool. Service was exemplary. Go! You won't be disappointed

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