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Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #101 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $50
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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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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Ashburn, VA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A great tapas/small plates restaurant with exception wine options - great ambience - what a COOL place - when you arrive on Essex - you will see a guitar/pawn shop and you enter the restaurant through the shop. The ladies bathroom has a champagne bar - very cool. The food is EXCEPTIONAL - our server HANNAH gave us several recommendations... More

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94 reviews 94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We were recommended this place by my wife's cousin. At first I was a little skeptical because the neighbourhood is not as good looking as some other places in New York. Also from outside you don't know what to expect, but once you enter it is another thing completely! We went there for a Sunday brunch and we ordered a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Fabulous cocktails, great sharing food and quirky entrance through a pawn shop. I felt rather old and underdressed for the lively later arrivals, but that didn't stop me returning later in the week. Highlights - lobster tacos, beef carpaccio and caramel milkshake. And bookbinder cocktail. Everything excellent quality. I will be back on a future visit to NY

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Grand Cayman
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

When we travel to meet friends we let them pick where we eat and this was one of the best so far. The front entrance to the restaurant is a cross between a jewelry shop and a vintage nic nac guitar shop. So if you think you are in the wrong place think again... Out the back through the inside... More

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Rego Park, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was our 2nd time visiting. What made our service so amazing was our server, Hannah. She was very attentive, easy to talk with, and wanted to make sure our experience was the best. She gets 10 stars.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You make a reservation, you get a pass word and you show up to the pawn shop. Low and behold an elegant unique dining experience. The brunch red velvet waffles are to die for. And since it's tapas you can try a little bit of everything. The room is sexy and the lighting makes everyone look chic. Highly recommend.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Cute entrance through an antique store. When you first walk in, it's somewhat impressive. The food was average although the kale salad was quite good. Service was also good. A nice place to spend an evening having a couple of glasses of wine and eating "tapas"

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I had read about this restaurant and it definitely didn't disappoint! The food was amazing!!! So good, I wish i could go back and order the stuff from the menu we didn't order. We ordered Red Velvet Waffles, Dark Choc Croissants, Grits, huevos Rancheros, Kale/Apple salad, and a couple other yummy items, but all of them were so delicoius. I... More

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Markham, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

if you walked past this place you would never know it was a restaurant. On the outside it is a pawn shop, but on the inside is this amazing lounge/ restaurant. The food is awesome - tapas style. quite expensive, but well worth it. you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Great atmosphere, great music, great cuisine! Very friendly staff. If you walk near it, you have to visit) democratic prices also.

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