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Beauty & Essex

146 Essex St. (Stanton St.) Send to Phone
212-614-0146 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A scene-y pawnshop/nightclub/restaurant attracts the trendy and posh to the Lower East Side.

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Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
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Beauty & Essex, New York, NY

Beauty & Essex Restaurant Review

: It’s a pawnshop. No, wait, it’s a nightclub. Or is it a scene-y restaurant? The correct answer is “all of the above” at Beauty & Essex, from the team behind Stanton Social. The first room you’ll encounter sells guitars and jewelry and other knickknacks in its faux pawnshop. But walk through the next set of doors and the Lower East Side’s see-and-be-seen set will be on prominent display. If you order well, you can eat nicely. Orange-kissed salmon ceviche, tuna poke wonton tacos and crab Rangoon on toast are inventive and revelatory, while the truffle-laced oven-roasted chicken and sheep's milk ricotta meatballs are tender and very satisfying. Lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and braised short ribs are other temptations. Plan on enjoying a dessert, particularly the chocolate bread pudding with roasted pear ice cream. While the food menu is surprisingly affordable, signature cocktails and wine are not. Expect to pay hefty amounts for libations. Brunch offers a pizzetta with house-made green chorizo, potatoes, Manchego and quail eggs.
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