Beauty & Essex

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Elizabeth P.
    "For brunch, get lobster tacos and fried chicken biscuits!"(38 Tips)
    Zoe B.
    "Emerald gimlet, tomato soup dumplings and steak tartare are a must."(30 Tips)
    Claire V.
    "Lobster Mac and cheese and emerald gimlet are the best things ever."(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.
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Keith H.
    Keith HarveyAugust 27
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval Zukerman1 week ago
    Great food and service in a hopping lower east side setting. The mole chicken, Brussels sprouts and donut box were all phenomenal.
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Elizabeth B.
    If you want a fun night, this is the place to be - 2nd floor lounge. Music, cocktails, champagne and vibe on point!
  • 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
  • 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 ;)
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ernesto G.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
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