Beauty & Essex

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Tapas Restaurant · Lower East Side
146 Essex St (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (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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    Nikki B.
    "Faves include: tomato tartare, pretzel, lobster tacos, foie."(36 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "Try the Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings - Great"(29 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
  • lobster tacos
  • champagne
  • lively
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • tomato soup
  • soup dumplings
  • fancy
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • good for a late night
  • good for groups
  • bone marrow
  • brunch food
  • desserts
  • good for singles
  • ribs
  • tartare
  • hidden spots
  • tapas
  • Mike W.
    Definitely a trendy nightlife hot spot, but I was happily surprised by all the food. Don't miss the Tuna Sashimi, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Tomato Soup Dumplings and read about it on WinstonWanders below. Read more
    Mike Winston · August 1, 2014
  • belle
    so this restaurant's interior is gorgeous and I will definitely be coming here again. came for brunch (next time dinner!) - especially loved the cheese and bacon dumplings and chocolate croissants!
    belle · April 5, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Nikki B.
    Ask your server to make your appetizers family style, so everyone gets a piece. Faves include: tomato tartare, pretzel, lobster tacos, foie. Skip the entrees and share everything.
    Nikki Bogopolskaya · August 19, 2014
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Kristin B.
    My home away from home. From impeccable shared plates to out-of-this-world cocktails, I would set up residence there if I could. At night, ladies should head to the powder room for the complimentary g Read more
    Kristin Booker · August 1, 2011
  • Frances S.
    Started with the Emerald gimlet. Amazing. Eats; grilled cheese/tomato soup dumplings, eggplant flatbread, salmon ceviche, ribs and the burger. Everything was beyond delicious and great people watching
    Frances S · July 27, 2013
  • BarChick
    Always full of hot and handsome New Yorkers, this is THE place to come and drink, you may need to pawn your watch to pay the bill though
    BarChick · August 14, 2013
  • Ken P.
    Dope brunch spot for a group gathering! The menu is very affordable and the music is dope! Check out the antique furniture store attached to this location!
    Ken Pierre II · August 7, 2014
  • 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, 2015
  • Captain Nick's
    Get the bone marrow, it's delicious! If you are a girl, use the ladies room! They give you a free glass of champagne when you leave! Fun, high-energy restaurant. Great with a group of people!
    Captain Nick's · February 22, 2013
  • Erik C.
    Surprisingly enough this place was fronted as a guitar store. And then u walk in and it's a night club with trendy people and staff. I ordered there steak it was perfect the music was a nice mixture
    Erik Cintron · September 11, 2011
  • Victor J.
    Try the scrumptious Beauty & Essex burger, Earl the Pearl, lobster tacos, braised beef tamales, bread pudding, and some... Great job on the multi-ethnic menu items. Can't wait to show my bag of tricks
    Victor Jung · December 14, 2010
  • New York Habitat
    Enter through the rustic pawn shop and suddenly reveal a whole secret lounge. Tapas dishes and exquisite cocktails, this is a great place to start the night. Free champagne in the bathroom? Yes!
    New York Habitat · November 7, 2011
  • Barton S.
    Incredibly delicious and creative food. It's supposed to be tapas style but the main dishes are good portions. You should try a few starters as well though cos they're just that good.
    Barton Smith · March 14, 2015
  • Travel + Leisure
    Beautiful people, tufted sofas, killer cocktails, shared plates (try the grilled cheese with smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings)—and complimentary pink champagne served in the ladies’ room.
    Travel + Leisure · June 4, 2013
  • Warrent S.
    Do like the quirky entrance which completely masks with the romance inside. Have a fantastic time here. marvelous service, remarkable food, undeniably great ambiance.
    Warrent Satt · February 2, 2014
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Don't let the Pawn Shop store front fool you! There is another door from the inside of the shop that opens up to a gorgeous restaurant and lounge - cocktail menu is creative and food is fantastic.
    Exclusive Resorts · September 23, 2011
  • Ruby A.
    Awesome brunch - great for groups. Interesting decor, good service. Eggs Benedict was cooked perfectly, 3 eggs on small bits of toast & thin slices of ham. Fireball hot cocoa shot? Yes please.
    Ruby Anaya · January 3, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Hendy O.
    Hidden behind the rustic pawn shop!! Can't go wrong with Chicken Fried Oysters, Lobster 'Mac & Cheese' and Roasted Bone Marrow!! Balance with some Kale & Apple Salad!!! Excellent service and food!!
    Hendy Ongkodjojo · December 31, 2012
  • Masha M.
    A hidden place, u can't see from outside that it s a bar as many years ago when there were a dry law. Nice music&wine, 2 floors, so it can be suitable for dates and for big crowds.
    Masha Matakova · February 6, 2015
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    A chic pawn shop greets window shoppers, but those who venture in find a luxuriously decorated bar and restaurant serving roasted bone marrow on toast and lobster mac and cheese. - Green Guide Editor
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · September 22, 2012
  • Rob L.
    Necessary ingredients: David the waiter, grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, ribs (fo sho), honey, pear and ricotta toast, empanadas, butterscotch jumpoff dessert and a #Macallan (client).
    Rob Longert · April 22, 2012
  • Courtney L.
    Be sure to checkout the woman's restroom for a special treat.. This place was gorgeous inside.. The grey goose martini was delicious as we're the tomato soup Mac and cheese dumplings
    Courtney Lenner · May 9, 2013
  • Ryan E.
    I still fantasize about Beauty & Essex. Vanilla Beignets, Lemon Blackberry Pancakes, Creamy Mascarpone just can't go wrong. First place I'd go if I ever win the lotto.
    Ryan Edge · November 5, 2014
  • Nikki V.
    One of the coolest restaurants I've been to in awhile--on the outside is appears like an old hole-in-the-wall pawn shop; once again proving the old adage to never judge a book by it's cover :) enjoy
    Nikki Vargas · August 17, 2011
  • HipHostessNYC
    sprawling hot-spot, tequila cocktail with rioja and blood orange, juicy sliders, see photos from opening night here:
    HipHostessNYC · February 21, 2011
  • Aerie
    As if walking into the restaurant through a pawn shop weren’t cool enough, the restaurant has a champagne bar in the bathroom (for those girls of age, of course).- Torrey, Copy/Editorial Director
    Aerie · February 21, 2012
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
    Score! You've found one of Cosmo's Sexiest Cocktails. The Cranberry Flower is one of our favorites—a mix of gin, lemon juice, and cranberries is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Read more
    Cosmopolitan Magazine · June 15, 2011
  • SecondMarket
    If you decide to celebrate your birthday here, you can plant your party among the plush couches upstairs - just let the nice host/hostess know. Also - free champagne in the ladies' room ;)
    SecondMarket · November 3, 2011
  • Sonal U.
    Don't get the frittata. The hominy, lemon ricotta pancakes, whipped ricotta and pear appetizer and the short rib huevos rancheros are delicious. Drink the Bright Boy Coolet and Earl the Pearl.
    Sonal U · March 27, 2011
  • Tausha C.
    Honestly, the decor is great and the food is solid but I definitely prefer Stanton Social. There is more variety there. Also, the lobster tacos were underwhelming. Love the dumplings, though!
    Tausha C · June 17, 2012
  • Grant P.
    Best brunch I've ever had! Lemon & blackberry pancakes, red velvet waffles, cubano sandwiches, grilled cheese dumplings were all amazing! Loved the Geoffrey cocktail as well!
    Grant Peters · March 29, 2015
  • Graham G.
    The decor, food, and presentation are impeccable. (Parsnip ravioli! Uffie in the background!) Avoid, (or aim for,) weekends, when you may bump into someone you've read about on page six.
    Graham Gibbs · May 2, 2012
  • Helen L.
    8/10. I could not fault any dish. The 8 rating is due to the atmosphere. The music was ridiculously loud (I like to hear the person I am talking to) and it was very hot inside.
    Helen Lewis · March 27, 2015
  • Mari S.
    If you don't mind the loud 'scenester' atmosphere this place actually has good food. I like the lobster tacos, filet and burger. PS the free champagne in the bathroom weirds me out.
    Mari Sheibley · April 27, 2011
  • Eelain S.
    complete madhouse on the weekends (ie: bridge & tunnel).. for a more authentic experience, come on the weekdays (Mon - Wed). don't just come for drinks because the food is fantastic.
    Eelain Steketee · May 10, 2011
  • 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, 2015
  • Josh
    You definitely CAN make a reservation but they definitely WON'T seat you anywhere near on time. Go to the bathroom and drink champagne so you can deal with the hostesses' attitudes.
    Josh · April 2, 2013
  • Christina
    The burger is definitely one of the best I've tasted. I ordered it rare and it was cooked perfectly. Also, the hot chocolate jägermeister shots are insanely delicious.
    Christina · February 25, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Antonio d.
    Ditch the lobster Mac 'n cheese; the lobster is absent. Can't go wrong with the chicken fried oysters, brick pressed chicken, NY pretzel and the PB&J creme brûlée
    Antonio del Rio · December 24, 2012
  • Serge K.
    If they are making you wait in line at the door to get into the bar, just call and make a restaurant reservation, take a walk around the block, show up for your dinner reservation, then never eat
    Serge Kassardjian · April 16, 2011
  • Rae A.
    I've been to almost all the best steak houses in the city but the ribeye here is amazing... Add the bone marrow as a side and you're golden. Def my fave resto/lounge.
    Rae Anthony · May 18, 2013
  • 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, 2015
  • Philippo G.
    Of you enjoy being deafened by nightclub-decibel music while feasting on indifferent food then this is the place for you! The pretentious decor attracts a certain young impressionable crowd.
    Philippo Gifford · May 3, 2013
  • Thrillist
    Beauty's got a nightly selection of crostinis (burrata, bone marrow...) called "Jewels on Toast", which unlike family jewels, your date will actually want to polish off. Read more
    Thrillist · January 14, 2011

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