Beauty & Essex

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Tapas Restaurant · Lower East Side
146 Essex St (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

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.


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  • What you need to know
    Nikki B.
    "Faves include: tomato tartare, pretzel, lobster tacos, foie."(37 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "Try the Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings - Great"(28 Tips)
    Zoe B.
    "Emerald gimlet, tomato soup dumplings and steak tartare are a must."(10 Tips)
    Jordana M.
    "Don't forget to order the bone marrow - delish!"(16 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • champagne
  • lobster tacos
  • soup dumplings
  • tomato soup
  • lively
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • fancy
  • bone marrow
  • good for groups
  • good for a late night
  • brunch food
  • ribs
  • tartare
  • good for singles
  • steak
  • pretzels
  • tapas
  • Justin C.

    Lobster tacos are some next level shit

    Justin Choy · 1 week ago
  • Hawazen

    Lovely atmosphere average food though!

    Hawazen · 3 weeks ago
  • Peter E.

    Super cool hidden entrance through a pawn shop. Succulent jerk chicken and tasty garlic and chilli broccoli. Cool music too!

    Peter Efstathiou · October 29
  • Claire V.

    Lobster Mac and cheese and emerald gimlet are the best things ever. I die

    Claire Victoria · October 26
  • Rachel B.

    Trendy bar!

    Rachel Bond · October 19
  • Bitches Who Brunch

    The Bitches Say: A+. One of the best brunches we’ve ever had in our lives. Spectacular décor and ambiance, excellent service and amazing cuisine. Read more

    Bitches Who Brunch · October 16
  • Danny T.

    Lots of tapas. Don't be afraid to try the veggie options.

    Danny Trejo · October 10
  • Maddie

    Lobster tacos and fries are awesome

    Maddie · October 8
  • Pascal P.

    Ask for a tasting menu, you will eat about 10 delicious menu items. Buy the 08 Malbec red wine.

    Pascal Prevost · October 8
  • Jenny K.

    The grilled cheese and bacon soup dumplings, as well as the platinum peacock, were on point.

    Jenny Kim · September 30
  • Jay E.

    I loved everything I ate!

    Jay EyeVee · September 13
  • Kevin V.

    What a fabulous place. Strong cocktails and amazing food. My favorites are Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Thai Shrimp and Chicken Meatballls. WOW!!

    Kevin Vaughn · September 1
  • Michelle

    The cocktails are amazing but the DJ was way off in music choices. Totally killed the vibe. It's a good place to start off the night, but not from start to finish.

    Michelle · August 31
  • Lauren E.

    Pricey drinks but great for large groups

    Lauren Elle · August 28
  • Erina Y.

    To be honest I don't remember the food but definitely go for the atmosphere. Good spot to take people visiting NY.

    Erina Yoshida · August 26
  • Mike W.

    Bnt central

    Mike Wrighton · August 22
  • Ryan H.

    The BBQ fries. Just do it.

    Ryan Hubbard · August 22
  • Olivia F.

    Yummiest lobster tacos and tomato dumpling things!! Didn't love the s'mores cup but loved the decor.

    Olivia Fabbro · August 21
  • Canan G.

    Emerald gimlet!!!!, tomato soup dumplings and get the shishito peppers! dont expect a quite atmosphere its loud and fun for a girls night out!!

    Canan Gonensin · August 20
  • Zoe B.

    Emerald gimlet, tomato soup dumplings and steak tartare are a must.

    Zoe B · August 20
  • Kailin V.

    Omg love this place. Grown up version of a Disneyland lol. Awesome food. Can't say any terrible things. Must try: grilled cheese dumpling, gargenelli, smore in a cup and devils sundae.

    Kailin Villamar · August 18
  • Steph M.

    Overrated and overpriced. Crowded and loud with club music blasting. Food was terribly mediocre. There are countless better options at this price range. Skip it

    Steph Massoud · August 17
  • Lee H.

    The bacon wrapped grilled cheese in tomato soup dumplings may be the greatest food you will ever eat. The Empanadas, Filet Mignon, and BBQ French fries are all also unbelievable.

    Lee Hoffman · August 13
  • Erica v.

    The eggplant appetizer was good. Wasn't too excited about the salmon or dessert

  • Amrit A.

    Amazing food, highly recommend the filet.

    Amrit Ayalur · July 29
  • Fares F.

    Go for the atmosphere and vibe, you will get nice food with that too but not a wow one

    Fares Fa · July 28
  • Christine T.

    Lobster taco and gimlet - lovely dinner

    Christine Tabone · July 27
  • with Dee

    Bone marrow is so awesome! Ladies, hit the basement restroom, it's great.

    with Dee · July 25
  • Adnan M.

    Excellent, flavorful food. The Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is fantastic. Also, the 90s hip-hop/R&B soundtrack is stupendous.

    Adnan Manjal · July 24
  • Estelle T.

    Love the atmosphere! The first floor is more of a dining vibe, the second floor more of fun. Dessert could be better- do NOT get there smores jars! I thought no one can mess up smores but I was wrong.

    Estelle Tcha · July 23
  • Justin M.

    Awesome speakeasy style restaurant with an entrance through a pawn shop. Fun place to do tapas w/ friends. And of course they serve free champagne in the ladies lies.

    Justin Myers · July 8
  • JJ K.

    Surprisingly great food at an uber-trendy spot

    JJ Kasper · July 6
  • Tim C.

    MUST GET the grilled cheese, bacon and tomato soup dumplings!!

    Tim Clarke · July 3
  • Arie

    Dark. Very stylish. Breath taking. Service was excellent. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Oh, and free champagne in the ladies room? 'Nuff said. Don't forget to make reservations to go though.

    Arie · June 22
  • Marc S.

    Do not miss the "Philly" pretzel, a yummy twist on the classic Philly cheesesteak. The caramelized shallots and Gruyère cheese sauce make it amazing.

    Marc S · June 19
  • Danielle H.

    Lobster tacos!

    Danielle Hayner · June 5
  • Cigdem E.

    Excellent food, nice atmosphere

    Cigdem Erbug · May 22
  • Ru L.

    Surprised to see sashimi on the menu! Sashimi tako was surprisingly good. Also the crowd was older than I expected -- lots of 50+

    Ru Lu · May 21
  • Greg M.

    Tomato tartare is delicious, but really, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

    Greg MacDonald · May 17
  • Oyeah

    Everything is perfect! Sapphire 75 should be tasted.

    Oyeah · May 15
  • Neoshi C.

    All time fav! Trendy, great music, and pink champagne in the ladies restroom 🍸

  • Mimi S.

    Champagne in the powder room.

    Mimi Su · May 7
  • Brittny

    I wish we had places like this in Dallas! Love the romantic atmosphere but fun party clubby at the same time! A must visit in NYC!

    Brittny · May 3
  • Rafi R.

    Excellent food. Tacky decorations.

    Rafi Romero · May 3
  • Kristin G.

    Awesome food, drinks and party atmosphere

    Kristin Gulliksson · April 18
  • Kate H.

    Went here for my 30th bday. Great venue, amazing food, and pink champagne in the girls bathroom!

    Kate Hind · April 11
  • Shrikant S.

    Great bar with amazing tapas. I have been here multiple times and found it best to order a bunch of tapas and skip the larger main courses.

    Shrikant Shanbhag · April 10
  • Jim T.

    A simultaneously clubbing/dining experience for people looking to tick their ‘recommended’ lists, Beauty & Essex is a staple part of Lower East Side life. Read more

    Jim Taylor · April 9
  • Josette

    Yes, it's true, complimentary pink champagne is served in the ladies only lounge/restroom downstairs

    Josette · April 9
  • Mara B.

    The entrance is fun. But if you're looking for an authentic experience, this is not the place! Awful music (top charts type, and loud) and lacks character in general. Attracts tourists.

    Mara Binudin · April 9

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