Beauty & Essex

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Nikki B.
    "Faves include: tomato tartare, pretzel, lobster tacos, foie."(37 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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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonAugust 1, 2014
    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
  • belle
    belleApril 5, 2015
    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!
  • Kailin V.
    Kailin VillamarAugust 18, 2015
    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.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BogopolskayaAugust 19, 2014
    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.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanAugust 13, 2015
    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.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MyersJuly 8, 2015
    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 restroom...no lies.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Estelle T.
    Estelle TchaJuly 23, 2015
    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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJune 2
    Everything on the menu is excellent! I specifically recommend the grilled cheese dumplings in tomato soup and the BBQ fries! Yum. Perfect for a special occasion.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BookerAugust 1, 2011
    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
  • Frances S.
    Frances SJuly 27, 2013
    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
  • Arie
    ArieJune 22, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    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!
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 14, 2013
    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 http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/new-york/beauty-and-essex-1
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 7, 2011
    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!
  • Captain Nick's
    Captain Nick'sFebruary 22, 2013
    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!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 11, 2011
    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
  • Victor J.
    Victor JungDecember 14, 2010
    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
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithMarch 14, 2015
    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.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 4, 2013
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsSeptember 23, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Warrent S.
    Warrent SattFebruary 2, 2014
    Do like the quirky entrance which completely masks with the romance inside. Have a fantastic time here. marvelous service, remarkable food, undeniably great ambiance.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TJuly 25
    Come here dressed up. Beauty Elixir as a cocktail. Standout was the Thai Style Deep Fried Shrimp. Baby back ribs and Pan seared scallops. Make at least two trips to the ladies room.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaJanuary 3, 2015
    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.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SJune 19, 2015
    Do not miss the "Philly" pretzel, a yummy twist on the classic Philly cheesesteak. The caramelized shallots and Gruyère cheese sauce make it amazing.
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • Hendy O.
    Hendy OngkodjojoDecember 31, 2012
    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!!
  • Nikki V.
    Nikki VargasAugust 17, 2011
    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
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    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
  • Masha M.
    Masha MatakovaFebruary 6, 2015
    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.
  • Courtney L.
    Courtney LennerMay 9, 2013
    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
  • Rob L.
    Rob LongertApril 22, 2012
    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).
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EdgeNovember 5, 2014
    I still fantasize about Beauty & Essex. Vanilla Beignets, Lemon Blackberry Pancakes, Creamy Mascarpone Grits...you just can't go wrong. First place I'd go if I ever win the lotto.
  • Aerie
    AerieFebruary 21, 2012
    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
  • HipHostessNYC
    HipHostessNYCFebruary 21, 2011
    sprawling hot-spot, tequila cocktail with rioja and blood orange, juicy sliders, see photos from opening night here:http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=259974&id=765634189&l=d83f0a8be2
  • SecondMarket
    SecondMarketNovember 3, 2011
    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 ;)
  • Tausha C.
    Tausha CJune 17, 2012
    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!
  • 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
    Upvoted May 30
  • Grant P.
    Grant PetersMarch 29, 2015
    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!
  • Graham G.
    Graham GibbsMay 2, 2012
    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.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LewisMarch 27, 2015
    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.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyApril 27, 2011
    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.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeMay 10, 2011
    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.
  • Christina
    ChristinaFebruary 25, 2015
    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.
  • Josh
    JoshApril 2, 2013
    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.
  • Sonal U.
    Sonal UMarch 27, 2011
    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.
  • Antonio d.
    Antonio del RioDecember 24, 2012
    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
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VaughnSeptember 1, 2015
    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!!
  • Philippo G.
    Philippo GiffordMay 3, 2013
    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.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJanuary 14, 2011
    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
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 31, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Peter E.
    Peter EfstathiouOctober 29, 2015
    Super cool hidden entrance through a pawn shop. Succulent jerk chicken and tasty garlic and chilli broccoli. Cool music too!
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