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Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #98 of 11,629 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Cross street: Stanton & Rivington
Transit: by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street. by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
Description: Located in the historic Essex Street Market Building, Essex is a loft-like multi-level space with contemporary cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Lower East Side. Essex is known for its weekday dinner and happy hour specials as well as its lively weekend dinner and bar scene. The weekend brunch is a New York institution and is always a top pick on Open Table Diner’s Choice and other sites. The expansive layout allows for intimate balcony and banquette seating as well as festive group dining and private parties.
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85% Recommend
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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

After learning of this restaurant from seeing the owner Chris Santos on Chopped, I have made it a point to always visit here any time I am visiting New York City. The Emerald Gimlet basil cocktail is wonderful and I have started making them at home with basil from my garden. The dishes served here are all small plates. Diners... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We really did enjoy our lunch. There were 6 of us put at a table really meant to hold 4 though so we were a little crowded. The portions were also quite small and the prices were a bit high for what you got. We did have a great time there and the inside is really well decorated and quite... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Killer place for cocktails! You enter in a store-front of jewels and a bouncer then opens the door to an interior bar/restaurant rich with beauty, booze and beats! Must-see in NYC!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best restaurants New York has to offer! The impression when you walk in is a real WOW. The food is an excellent fusion from the best of america. Try the pretzelz and the lobster mack n cheese!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great place, you enter as in an antique store and it opens up to an amazing restaurant!! I was a guest so I did not pay, but I am positive it was quite expensive... However worthed the experience

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Enter a pawn shop (which you can explore at the end), and look ahead to a grand dining space with a very cool vibe. Loved the bar space and the decor, very vintage. Best of all, the menu is wonderfully creative and different Our family of four went for Sunday brunch and we started with the absolutely delicious beignets and... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been to Stanton Social a few times and wanted to try something new, so we decided to try Beauty and Essex. Yes, you walk through a pawn shop. Yes, there is a champagne bar in the bathroom. It is a very trendy restaurant, filled with people who want a scene. We were there for the tapas. Extensive cocktail... More

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is one of the coolest places I've eaten at in a while. From the pawn shop in the front the the lounge area upstairs, you can't help but feel like you've stumbled upon some secret gem (even though its not so secret) Loved the atmosphere and the food was great too. Probably not one of my favorite meals -the... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very cool spot - totally what you'd picture as "NYC" vibe. Loud & busy for sure, but that's kind of the point. I could easily hear what my husband was saying across the table, if that's any indication of volume level... FOOD - yum. We had the grilled cheese/tomato soup dumplings - THE BEST. I would've had another order if... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Really cool place to start the evening, continue and then finish. Not a place for the one who wants to have a profound conversation, this place is loud! After dinner you just slip into the bar and continue having fun. Food is just ok but the atmosphere is great!

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