Beauty & Essex

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Elizabeth P.
    "For brunch, get lobster tacos and fried chicken biscuits!"(37 Tips)
    Tim C.
    "MUST GET the grilled cheese, bacon and tomato soup dumplings!!"(31 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Guest of a Guest
    This restaurant and bar has been rated as one of the best brunch spots in the city. Enter through a pawn shop on Essex Street to find a large dining room with jewelry displays on the walls. Read more
  • 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.
  • Nick
    NickAugust 31, 2016
    Come to drink, but the food is the real deal. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup dumplings are a must, but the ribs were really perfect and tender. Don't leave w/o stroking the furry wall
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJune 2, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Keith H.
    Keith HarveyAugust 27, 2016
    Lobster tacos were on-point and the steak was excellent. Also, the music is great too, which kept the environment festive. Highly recommend to go on a Friday evening to celebrate accolades.
  • 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!!
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyJanuary 30
    a rare sceney place with delicious food in addition to a plethora of pseudo-fashion bloggers? go for the woodsman cocktail, tomato tartare, tuna poke, mushroom ravioli, scallops, and bone marrow!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • Annie T.
    Annie TJuly 25, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LMay 30
    they have a tapas style for brunch which means you get to try all sorts of deliciousnesses! red velvet waffles, chicken biscuits, choc croissants, and eggs benedict were very good
  • 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
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanNovember 26, 2016
    Great food and service in a hopping lower east side setting. The mole chicken, Brussels sprouts and donut box were all phenomenal.
  • 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.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BookerAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Brittny
    BrittnyMay 3, 2015
    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!
  • Grant P.
    Grant PetersMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Rhiannon B.
    Grilled cheese&tomato soup dumplings are an absolute must!! I go back just for these. Girls - take a couple singles to the bathroom to tip the server offering you free pink champagne 🥂
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Niki B.
    Niki BDecember 29, 2014
    Had a great brunch and cocktails with friends here. The highlight of the meal was the grilled cheese smoke bacon and tomato soup dumplings.
  • Erin C.
    Erin ConnealyMay 4, 2013
    Great cocktails and loved the champagne bar in the ladies room! Also fabulous were the scallops and the tuna poke tacos!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 13, 2013
    Complimentary pink Champagne in the ladies room, delicious small plates, lavish décor covering two floors, and fun music…what could be trendier?
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 ;)
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BezverkhaFebruary 16, 2016
    If you want a fun night, this is the place to be - 2nd floor lounge. Music, cocktails, champagne and vibe on point!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJune 15, 2013
    Try the Devil's Food Layered Cake - With milk ice cream. Amazing. Very satisfying end to an incredible meal.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rae A.
    Rae AnthonyMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezNovember 9, 2016
    Cocktails tend to lean on the sweet side of things. You may have to consider the wine or bier if that is not your thing. Beautiful people and great ambiance.
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