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Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301 (Lower East Side)
212-614-0146
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Ranked #131 of 11,586 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

You enter through an unimposing porn shop through a large heavy designer door into a bar area then into a large and vibrant restaurant. There is a nightclub upstairs. Great tapas style menu. Good food and good service.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Probably my worst restaurant experience ever. One of the employees was unbelievably rude. It's cool if you have never been to a speakeasy type concept before but it is definitely style over substance

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I totally agree with the reviews citing bad customer service. A lady who works here actually yelled at me very aggressively to 'get off this private property' when I held the door that she had just gone into to ask if it was open. The door was marked 'hot food' so it was an easy mistake to make and I... More

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Fulmer, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is entered via a Pawn shop and opens into a fabulous vibrant bar and restaurant. The menu is based on sharing plates and we had a fabulous selection of spicy prawns, tuna salad and chicken meat balls. All cooked to perfection and stunning looking dishes. The fun part is definitely in the ladies restroom where there is a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This restaurant was very different to anywhere we had eaten before not just in London or NYC, anywhere. You enter through a pawn shop and go through the back door into what can only be described as something like a scene from the film the Great Gatsby, it's a bar/club/party. Upstairs is the restaurant where we ate and the food... More

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New York City, New York
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82 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a very deceptive location from the outside. Half way down a nondescript block looks like a Pawn Shop on the outside (which it is!) Go thru the door at the back of the store and you are in a wonderful space with terrific light and mirror fixtures, cool decor throughout. Food and service was excellent. Our meal started... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

Cool place. Great vibe. Food was quite varied in with flavours from Mexico and Italy which I found a little inconsistent. Having said that, it was all very nice. Tuna Poke Wonton Taco was really nice and the Grilled Double Cut Lamb Chops were a stand out dish!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Only found out about this place from a friend who lives in New York. Went there on my last day of my visit with my mum and a friend and so glad we decided to go. We went for brunch the place looks like nothing from outside but once you go inside it's incredibly beautiful and plush with a menu... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

What a fun scene ... The food is great .. We shared everything.., We were seating 1/2 hr. After out reservation

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful place and good food! Now the customer service the worst. We made reservations for 8 and had to wait long time almost 45mins to be seated. Also the waitress with a very nasty attitude. A black girl with a difficult name to remember. They failed to explain the process of sharing so be careful you don't get caught with... More

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