Beauty & Essex

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–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Happy Hour
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Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
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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.


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  • champagne
  • lobster tacos
  • cocktails
  • tomato soup
  • soup dumplings
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
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  • good for dates
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  • 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
  • Metromix

    Go for the chicken fried oysters or roasted bone marrow crostini. Read more

    Metromix · December 21, 2010
  • Rent the Runway

    A must-dine in the LES. Get the lobster tacos, but you might need two orders. They're scrumptious.

    Rent the Runway · May 6, 2011
  • Teresa C.

    Free champaign in the bathroom. Okay

    Teresa Cantwell · January 8, 2011
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group

    We've been told to try the Lobster Tacos! Delishhh!

    Gansevoort Hotel Group · June 8, 2011
  • 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
  • Untapped Cities

    FUN FACT: They serve pink champagne in the ladies restroom, which definitely makes the wait more bearable.

    Untapped Cities · November 16, 2012
  • 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
  • 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

    Massive and gorgeous with a drool-worthy menu, what's not to love? Read more · January 12, 2011
  • Nicole P.

    Complimentary champagne in the ladies' - amazing!!

    Nicole Pontes · March 26, 2011
  • Cecilia S.

    Cocktails all great. Must get salt & vinegar fries, lobster tacos, butterscotch pot de creme.

    Cecilia Sun · February 4, 2011
  • 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
  • Glamazon Diaries

    Don't let the pawn shop in the front fool you, open the doors and enter a fan resto and lounge.

    Glamazon Diaries · March 31, 2011
  • angelo w.

    This spot is an awesome speakeasy!!! Great decor and wonderful atmosphere.

    angelo w · March 8, 2011
  • 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
  • Jake S.

    The Manhattans are well made here. This place is literally another world. Make sure you wear your best.

    Jake Smith · February 21, 2012
  • Bec

    Get the box of doughnuts - you will not regret

    Bec · March 2, 2011
  • cecilia p.

    Must have the chicken fried oysters! Delish!

    cecilia pagkalinawan · February 5, 2011
  • Holly C.

    For drinks, don't stay at the crowded downstairs. Go straight upstairs for comfortable couches and a glass of Sapphire Seventy-Five.

    Holly Chen · December 31, 2010
  • Fenny F.

    Lobster tacos. Must.

    Fenny Fen · April 22, 2013
  • Charlie

    Free champagne in the downstairs women's restroom every night! (girls only)

    Charlie · August 5, 2012
  • 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
  • Elisabeth B.

    Girls - If you don't feel like shelling out loads of dough on overpriced (albeit delicious) cocktails, head on down to the ladies room for free champagne!

    Elisabeth Bromberg · April 7, 2011
  • Kate F.

    Get the molten chocolate bread pudding if you have any room after dinner..Also, dont forget the champagne in the ladies room, genious idea!

    Kate Flynn · March 17, 2011
  • Lisa B.

    Make sure you get a Golden Peacock and Ruby Mojito. Not to be missed

    Lisa Brewer · February 11, 2011
  • Ahmed

    Thank you Mikaela! This place is just awesome! Beautiful place, Beautiful people, great ambiance and scrumptious food! Highly recommended.

    Ahmed · February 17, 2014
  • 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
  • Chrissy L.

    free champagne in the ladies restroom! lounge on the 60s' chic furniture and don't forget to tip your bathroom attendant.

    Chrissy Lyn · September 7, 2012

    Where beauty, food and ambiance come together perfectly in NYC!

    BCBGMAXAZRIA · May 14, 2012
  • 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
  • M. Silver Associates

    Cool, sexy, delicious, intimate...great for small birthday parties, dates (and to meet new people), and girls night outs...We love it!

    M. Silver Associates · January 11, 2012
  • April Kate 🍴

    see and be seen. This place can turn a boring night into some glittery fun. Nothing is usual at Beauty and Essex. Expect to dine next to some great looking people.

    April Kate 🍴 · October 6, 2011
  • Veronica H.

    jewels on toast, chicken fried oysters worth getting. Don't miss champagne in the bathroom ladies!

    Veronica H · March 1, 2011
  • Nikhita M.

    Free champagne in the bathroom!! Also save room for dessert - bottomless chocolate pudding is to DIE for.

    Nikhita Mahtani · October 3, 2013
  • 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
  • Tim P.

    Salt and vinegar fries are a crowd pleaser, PB&J creme brûlée is a panty dropper, wear black

    Tim Paans · January 24, 2013
  • 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
  • Maybelline New York

    This bi-level space oozes early-sixties glam. There’s free-flowing pink champagne in the ladies’ room and crostini with creamy ricotta on the menu. Need we say more?

    Maybelline New York · September 5, 2012
  • Ghostface M.

    I would never belong to a club that would accept me as a member.

    Ghostface Miller · August 19, 2012
  • Bastian B.

    You feel like in the middle of a James Bond movie! It's awesome! And the cocktails and the food is really great!

    Bastian Beyer · May 14, 2012
  • amNewYork

    The decor screams luxury and decadence, and a visit to the ladies’ room gets a gratis glass of bubbly (sometimes cava, sometimes prosecco, sometimes Champagne).

    amNewYork · October 26, 2011
  • Elly K

    Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Tacos, Yellowtail Crudo, General Tso's Monkfish, Doughnuts and Strawberry Shortcake are all delish

    Elly K · August 1, 2011
  • Eric H.

    Try kate she's not to be missed

    Eric Hottinger · March 6, 2011
  • Carrie H.

    Free champagne in the restroom-- sold!

    Carrie Hammer · March 1, 2011
  • Roland O.

    Apparently, there's free champagne in the ladies room. I don't get it but I did ask a lady to grab me one

    Roland O · February 8, 2011
  • ℰℓⓔn℁ ✓.

    One of my very favorite NY restaurants, the scene is exciting and the food is delicious. Great kale salad, excellent basil pesto ravioli, Lobster Tacos and the box of donuts for dessert is unique.

    ℰℓⓔn℁ ✓ · August 31, 2014
  • Cleo Y.

    Classy, gorgeous.

    Cleo Yeh · September 10, 2013
  • Wladi M.

    amazing food and service and interior. follow the reco of a waiter, won't regret it

    Wladi Mir · July 25, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group

    Complimentary pink Champagne in the ladies room, delicious small plates, lavish décor covering two floors, and fun music…what could be trendier?

    The Corcoran Group · June 13, 2013

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