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Beauty & Essex

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
As featured in Manhattan to Remember
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146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301 (Stanton & Rivington)
+1 212-614-0146
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here for a friend's birthday - the gimmick is of course that you enter through a pawn shop. However, the gimmick doesn't take away form the food - it's great brunch food. Drinks are good, just overpriced but that's to be expected at a place like this.

Thank cincommst
steamboat springs co
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Atmosphere is exotic, imaginative, and fun (but a bit tacky if you look too closely), Staff attentive and efficient BUT cold, unfriendly and arrogant. Made the experience very flat.Food: there is the real issue. Terrible. Only good small dish we ordered (out of 5) was the oysters which had not been ruined by an overly inventive manipulation. 'Famed' dumplings in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on my last night in New York after being recommended by some colleagues. The good: *amazing decor *delicious cocktails (I recommend the beauty elixir) *really friendly staff *delicious food (I had the bolognese and my friend had the burger) *the bar area upstairs is great for a drink after dinner *you get a complimentary glass of rosé champagne... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is definitely good for a special occasion night out but not if you're looking for quiet conversation - it's buzzing, its busying and noisy. Having said that its great fun, the decor is very different and the food is super. All small tapas sharing plates that will have you ordering at least two of a couple things and... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite frankly words do no justice. I think on a quiet night this is an amazing date night spot and for a busier evening, a night out with friends here is spot on. The food is diverse and as I noted, words do no justice however the grilled cheese dumplings (yes) were unreal. I loved the scallops and ribs and... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They charged $8 for still water. Really? Drinks watered down. Creative food ... but over-priced. Not impressed.

Thank WineandDine_12
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere is delicious, the attention by the staff is perfect. We had several items that we liked and loved Octopus cassoulet was good, pressed chicken was to die for, avocado toast was delicious, crab Rangoon also good and do not miss the box of donuts nor the dark chocolate peanut butter mouse. Cocktails were extremely good and they even... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really busy at night, so if you like noisy places this is your spot! It's hiding behind a music store, which is quite cool because you don't realize how big it is until you're inside.

Thank Carlos T
Teaneck, New Jersey
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool, hopping place. Food is interesting, and generally outstanding. Fish tacos were particularly good. Eggplant pizetta was fine, though not remarkable. I've been twice before with ~10 work colleagues, and that was a lot of fun.

Thank AbbaRay
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Sunday Brunch and just a great choice. The funky store you go through was a great distraction while waiting on line to be seated. Placed completely filled up (reservations only for Brunch and you may want to call early in the week) yet Chef accommodated my request to have our items come out one at a time. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $50
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 6:00 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 146 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-2301
    (Stanton & Rivington)
  • Public Transportation: by Train: F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey/Essex Street. by Bus: M9 or 14A to Essex Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-614-0146
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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