Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St (btwn Stanton & Rivington St), New York, NY 10002
Closed until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
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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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  • "They serve free champagne in the ladies room. A nice touch to the whole ambience." (7 tips)
  • "For brunch, get lobster tacos and fried chicken biscuits! Delish and so..." (27 tips)
  • "I dream about Grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings and grilled jalapeño peppers" (6 tips)
  • 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
  • Victoria's Secret

    A Victoria's Secret Angel-approved hot spot for New Year's Eve 2012!

    Victoria's Secret · December 27, 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 C. · 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

    Massive and gorgeous with a drool-worthy menu, what's not to love? Read more · January 12, 2011
  • 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 S. · April 27, 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
  • 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
  • Nicole P.

    Complimentary champagne in the ladies' - amazing!!

    Nicole P. · March 26, 2011
  • Cecilia S.

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

    Cecilia S. · 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 K. · April 16, 2011
  • Bec

    Get the box of doughnuts - you will not regret

    Bec · March 2, 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 C. · December 31, 2010
  • Fenny F.

    Lobster tacos. Must.

    Fenny F. · April 22, 2013
  • Charlie

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

    Charlie · August 5, 2012
  • Jake S.

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

    Jake S. · February 21, 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 B. · August 1, 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 F. · March 17, 2011
  • Lisa B.

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

    Lisa B. · February 11, 2011
  • cecilia p.

    Must have the chicken fried oysters! Delish!

    cecilia p. · February 5, 2011
  • Chrissy L.

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

    Chrissy L. · 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 G. · May 2, 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
  • 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 B. · April 7, 2011
  • Veronica H.

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

    Veronica H. · March 1, 2011
  • Ahmed

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

    Ahmed · February 17
  • 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 O. · 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
  • 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 B. · May 14, 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
  • 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 H. · March 6, 2011
  • Carrie H.

    Free champagne in the restroom-- sold!

    Carrie H. · 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
  • Nikhita M.

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

    Nikhita M. · October 3, 2013
  • Cleo Y.

    Classy, gorgeous.

    Cleo Y. · September 10, 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
  • 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
  • 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 L. · May 9, 2013
  • Deej R.

    Tried the bone marrow cuz i was feeling adventurous. Not terrible, but there are much better items on the menu

    Deej R. · January 1, 2013
  • 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
  • Ghostface M.

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

    Ghostface M. · August 19, 2012
  • Scherjang S.

    Lobster tacos, soup dumplings, new york pretzels, Mac n cheese ... List goes on .. Orange jalapeño margarita ...

    Scherjang S. · August 8, 2012

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