Beauty & Essex- New York

4.6 based on 2087 reviews
Cuisine Type Contemporary American
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Lower East Side

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About Beauty & Essex- New York

From the team behind The Stanton Social comes Beauty & Essex, a grand 10,000 square foot restaurant, bar, & lounge in the heart of the lower east side.


The atmosphere of the space is both grand and intimate, moody and effervescent. Various rooms for lounging and dining unfold on two floors, like a large turn-of-the-century townhouse. Each room has its own unique elements that celebrate timeless jewelry designs and upscale jewelry stores.


The cuisine is multi-ethnic in inspiration, casually elegant, and designed for sharing at the table among friends and family. Where the Stanton Social"s menu is Chef Chris Santos' take on cocktail party classics and street foods from across the globe, Beauty & Essex is rooted in a bold bistro direction focusing on the reinvention of modern family style dining that is both whimsical and sophisticated.
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  2. Brunch
  3. Cocktail
  4. Dessert

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4.6
Excellent
Based on 2,087 reviews
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Moderate
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lots of fun for a special occasion or just friend's night out.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It came highly recommended but my husband and I were not impressed. The setting is fab with a great entrance through a thrift shop but that's about all we could say was good. We found it to be very pretentious with everyone trying to impress and 'look at me'. The tables for couples are packed really close together so you can hear conversations and it's not easy to get in and out to your seat. Service wasn't bad but the most disappointing thing was the food. Over seasoned and over priced. Neither of us enjoyed our food and the drinks are really expensive also (compared to London prices). So disappointed as I'd heard good things about this place.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Atmosphere was fabulous. Service was great. Large portions and so yummy! One of our favorites in NYC. You have to try if you haven't before.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a 8:30 res and weren't seated until 9:30.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is always excellent and the service is as well. Love this place for a fun celebration with small or large groups!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great cocktails and food. Very low lighting everywhere creates the ambience. Fairly pricey so definately for special occassions/one-offs. Came early on a Thursday evening which was very quiet but as more tables were filled, the noise volume increased quickly. If your looking for a quiet meal, pick an early slot and avoid Friday/Saturdays as I'd expect they get pretty busy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great time with great food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this restaurant and have been coming for many different occasions over the years. Only complaint from my last visit for a get-together dinner with a friend on a Wednesday night is that the waiters literally come take your plate and wipe down the second you put your fork down from your last bite. It started to become a bit of a joke. And the second they took our last plate the waiter asked if we needed any more drinks or food or if we were done. It felt like we were being rushed out the table so it didn't make an enjoyable dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant when visiting NYC. The restaurant, itself, has an amazing atmosphere and cool vibe! A fun place to hang with friends or have a date night. The specialty cocktails are amazing, my favorite being The Earl of Pearl, but be careful, they'll sneak up on you! The food is served tapas style which is always fun and adds to the social. Best menu items in my opinion: Tuna poke tacos, grilled cheese and tomato soup (served in a Chinese soup spoon), and the mushroom ravioli....but really, everything is delicious!!! Oh, and I can't forget to mention, they serve champagne in the ladies room!!! Hello?! Salúd!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too bad we didn't get the waitresses name to let everyone know- she was not nice. After asking us 5 times in 20 minutes if we were ready to order (enjoying our drinks) she passed us off to another person- who claimed she was suddenly too busy to help us. We were better off for the switch! Fantastic meal, ambiance and new waiter! Maybe she will grow up and learn the service industry or switch careers. Mean girl.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing, well informed server suggested some items everything was delicious. Place was pretty busy but atmosphere was great. The place was buzzing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a very beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere however the food could be much better with their price tag . At first I was very confused because I thought I walked into a club with the loud music upon entry however it was just special brunch they host on the weekends. Our server was really nice and was very prompt with service. Although towards the end the bus boys gave us a rush vibe.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited for our 1st anniversary and it was absolutely delightful! Eclectic and vibrant atmosphere without being gaudy. Nice tapas-sized servings for sharing and our server was fabulous. She was familiar with all of the dishes and her recommendations were spot on delicious. Will definitely return over and over again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The pawn shop entrance is a great trick and the inside decor is fabulous. The food was delicious, the cocktails though a little weak. The only notable damper is the unnecessarily loud volume of the music. Loud beats kill a great dinner, especially seeing as we were there at 7pm on a Monday...

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time at this establishment. Probably the last time. Overall horrible experience. Food quality and preparation was sub-par, the drinks were too sweet to drink and the service was slow.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited 75 minutes for our table to be ready after we arrived on time, arrogant front desk and bar staff treated us as though we were an inconvenience, from observation they did that to everyone so that's just how they are. The staff that actually served our table were all lovely and attentive though. The food was nice enough.\n\nThe music was great and the decor is gorgeous. I love the champagne bar in the ladies bathroom. \n\nThe place was very overcrowded though and I am not sure if it has the balance right on whether it wants to be a restaurant or a club. It definitely wanted to be a club on Saturday.\n\nThis was my second visit to Beauty & Essex but I won't be rushing back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A better experience than two years ago. Enjoyed the share plates & thought food quality was great. The bar set up being in separate tabs and limited seating is not a great start to the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, service and atmosphere! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for a date or for a group celebration. Food was fantastic

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex was absolutely everything that I expected it to be. Great food, service, drinks, and the look, feel, and design is breathtaking. A great place to entertain just about any occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Look, it's expensive. If you're not looking to spend some money, don't come here.\n\nNow if you're ready to put your big person pants on, this place is AWESOME!!\n\nTapas style, lets you try tons of creative delicious dishes. The only dish I recommend skipping- both at dinner and brunch- are the chillaquiles. They're sad, soggy nachos.\n\nEverything else is amazing. Brunch highlights include grilled cheese tomato soup dumplings, eggs Benedict toast and the steak and eggs.\n\nGREAT for a date (unless you're being a cheap poop), brunch with friends, pre dancing dinner etc.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for my birthday dinner with 6 and had a phenomenal experience! Since it's tapas, I tried a little bit of everything and it all was amazing!! Everyone was happy with their meals and the ambiance is prefect for intimate gatherings. Service was wonderful as well! Highly recommend and definitely get a reservation!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was wonderful. We had a great time and it was fabulous. We will definitely be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome!! What a wonderful place for a great evening! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was beautiful! Took a friend there for her birthday and she cant stop talking about what an amazing place it was!! I can't stop dreaming of the tomato soup and grilled chees dumplings!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were impressed with every item we ordered. Service was terrific!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A beautiful restaurant with a very trendy vibe. The crab meat appetizer was very good and the chicken shawarma had a very nice flavor. Desserts looked better than they actually tasted. A nice dining experience overall

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So the restaurant definitely lived up to the hype. The atmosphere was fun, vibrant and very upbeat. The food was amazing as well as the wait staff. We went for a 30th birthday as a couple but it would've been idea with a group as well. Everything about our experience was perfect.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation at 10:15 and were waiting for a table past 11pm. The hosts were not very informative and the upstairs level was very hot and smelly. We were very excited to eat here, however, the initial experience was poor and we had to forfeit our reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food at Beauty and Essex was outstanding. Enjoyed everything we ordered, which included the ribs, scallops, Thai-style fried shrimp and broccolini. The wait staff were readily present, but not intrusive. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our meals.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Daughter's Birthday!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for a bachelorette!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Is it really a 'speakeasy' if you can reserve online? Nonetheless, it was swanky, fun, and inventive cuisine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So good!! The grilled cheese dumplings are incredible! It's all small plates, so they recommend ordering 4-5 dishes for a couple. Great way to try more stuff! Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Meal was incredible, as always. Server barely acknowledged us after initial greeting. Never offered additional drinks, never asked how food was.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was the second time that I've been there and the food, the ambience never disappointed me. Had a very pleasant dinner with my friends!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very beautiful ambient, nice people and great food from starters to desserts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this original place. Disnt expect the food to be good but it was fantastic!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

GREAT!!!!! Food was amazing, staff was so helpful........ great night !!!!!! ( bouncer not so friendly......) but the place is a gem !!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Spot. The downstairs area is where I would recommend as it is a bit more lively than the second floor.\n\nThe waiter told us they are a Tapas style, but this is not really the situation. We need to add a piece to a couple of dishes so we could share between 4 people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My date and I had so much fun. Drinks great. Food even better. Our waiter recommended great food. My date is extremely picky with food and he loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third time at beauty and Essex. We made reservations so we got there a little later, and they were very understanding. (if you are planning a visit to beauty and Essex, make reservation in advance ). I was highly disappointed in the service we received when we went for brunch on the 19th. We waited 45 minutes for 2 cup of coffee and another 20 to 30 minutes for our cocktail. Our waitress was not nice, she was not very pleasant and she didn't make any type of eye contact with us or really check on us. I mean honestly that was only thing lacking was the service. Granted I understand that it's brunch and they are busy but really it doesn't take 45 minutes to get to people 2 cups of coffee. The food was hands-down amazing , I would definitely go back again but I do hope to service improves.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place kicked ass! Our waiter Dan's service was over the top with special attention given to allergies of one of our guests. Food was good and playful and the lively vibe was oldschool NYC! Great mix of singles and even families, with a surprise champagne bar in the ladies room!!! Surprise! Can't wait to tell the world about this unique gem.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went for my birthday and had a great time. The tapas were tasty, the seats were comfortable and they did not give me a problem when I was late! They also gave me a free cupcake for dessert!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful Restaurant and the food was very good. They have very interesting things on the menu so I recommend going with people who are open to sharing because the portions are small and tapas style. The music was great and the service was good!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a 8:45 reservation. Not seated till 10:00!\nThe place has an attitude...not worth the wait, which is ridiculous when you have a reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only issue was waited 45 minutes after my reservation. 9:15 pm was Reso and only got seated at 10:00pm. Completely unacceptable. Other than that service was great and food was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came with a group of 4. 3 of us arrived but we were told we cannot be seated until the 4th arrived...that is strange because a table for 3 is the same as the table for 4. We ordered a bottle at the bar and when we were being transferred to our table the host never offered to help close the tab or transfer it to our table. She told us to close it out on our own and go back to her again. Food was overall ok...bone marrow was great, burger was good, pasta with veal bolognese was great. Zucchini pasta was over seasoned, tomato soup dumplings were ok....not as good as they were hyped up to be. Short rib was a little dry...and sadly, no more foie. Our waitress was excellent. Atmosphere was cool, lively, and trendy. Overall good but food and host fell short.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had been a few times with friends in the past, took my husband for dinner and was sadly disappointed. We waited 40 minutes after our 8:45 pm reservation in the super crowded bar area. I don't mind a little wait, but 40 minutes....seriously? Once we finally sat, the food was decent although the duck chilaquiles arrived soggy. Overall just a frustrating experience given that I had been excited to take my husband here. A long wait plus mediocre food did not make for a great date night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had reservations for Saturday night and got there 20 minutes late but hostess was able to seat us within minutes even though the place was packed. Beautiful modern decor, trendy vibe with music in the background. Food was very good but pricey for what you get. Service was great! Went to the upstairs bar which had a DJ and lounge area which was a nice way to hang out. Would definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was delicious. Waited almost 45 with reservation so if you're planning on sitting down to eat at a certain time- make the reservation for earlier.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great. Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Definitely will return and recommend anyone thinking about going to go. You will enjoy your time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great dinner with family traveling for the first time to nyc. Thanks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm so happy I decided to come to beauty & Essex to celebrate my birthday. The wait staff were extremely accommodating when two additional people showed to the dinner. The food was really delicious, the restaurant beautiful and the lounge in the bathroom was A+. I will definitely be returning here in the near future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone was so nice and helpful! Food was amazing I will definitely go back !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place will recommend it to anyone that loves to dine out.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit cheesy with an unprofessional atmosphere. Only redeeming quality was the food. Will not go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food, decor, service and music was wonderful. I loved that they didn't price gouge, even though we were getting a prix fixe dinner on V day!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place. Loved the ambiance. I would recommend to everyone. I will be back for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My best friend is a NY native and visited this restaurant with her friends! She called me immediately and told me about the food and atmosphere so I made sure to pay a visit the next time I visited the city! I am so glad I did. Not only is the food excellent but the atmosphere is for young, hip,l and professional millennials! We love good food and a turn up and Beauty & Essex is exactly that! Would recommend to anyone looking for a good time and best of all you don't have to leave the establishment!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Going to this restaurant is definitely all about the experience. I wasn't blown away by the food. Also, being charged $8 for sparkling water that wasn't even sparkling was excessive. I would't go back but it's a place you should try at least once.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Interesting place. The speakeasy aspect was fun. My husband and I sat at the main level bar and had some great cocktails, actually amazing cocktails. The bar atmosphere is nice but the restaurant lacks good lighting. The lights were a little too bright, not warm.\nA nice touch would have been tablecloths to elevate the dining experience considering the tables were old and worn, like a pub would have. I think they could do better with the decor.\n\nThe food was good but not great. The waitress told the 2 of us that the plates were meant to be shared so we should order a few items. That gave us the impression the servings were small but that was not the case. We ended up with too much food.\nCocktails are $17 each but well worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved the food , the ambience , the fact that some guy walks around noticing every thing that happening per table and speaks to his headset and someone on the other side is getting the staff to outperform themselves. Great Job guys !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Both the quality and the presentation of the food are excellent. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, and the ambience is super-cool.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited 30 minutes to get seated for our reservation. Food was good. Waiter was misleading about recommendations. Advised us to order 7-8 dishes off the brunch menu for our group of 3. We ordered 4 and had plenty to eat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a beautiful place to eat. My boyfriend and I has such a great time. The food was amazing, the music was fun and the service was fabulous. We'll be back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food 24 oz stark was cooked perfectly and was delicious appetizers were great also

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Honestly, I feel like I have been to B+E so much that I pay the electric bill, but this last visit was terrible. We had a reservation at 1PM but we still waited for 30 minutes. When we were finally seated, it took over 30 minutes to take our orders and get drinks on the table. I understand that Saturday brunch was busy, but I would have spent so much more money if we had been seated and served in a timely fashion. \n\nOn another note, it was completely filled with tourists. The trendy vibe that was there 2 years ago has been taken over by loud and underdressed tourists hauling suitcases through the restaurant and getting blackout drunk on $20 cocktails. So disappointing because I love this place so much.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I thought the food was great. Our wait staff was very nice. However, I thought that some of the other staff were rude. My friend was bumped into sevreal times by a waitress with no acknowledgement or apology. The seating is very tight, so I understand there's not a lot of elbow room for guests or staff. Still, the waitress appeared to not really care that she kept hitting a patron. Also, it was extremely noisy. I had to scream to talk. Nevertheless. Great food and unique decor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Snuck away with the hubby for a night and had made a rezzy at Beauty & Essex. One of the reasons we love living and exploring in NYC - finding awesome restaurants like this!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere was cool and memorable. The champagne bar in the ladies room was a nice treat. Food was fantastic. My only complaint is that the tables are packed in WAY too tightly. A large party was seated behind my chair and there was no room for anyone to get by, so my chair got bumped all night long by people trying to squeeze by. The layout didn't make any sense to me. Other than that, it was a pleasure. I would go back, I would just try to request seating that wasn't going interfere with my enjoyment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was incredible but the service was very slow.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My girlfriend and I were there for restaurant week. I always wanted to go here and decided to take advantage of the event. With that being said, I'm gald I did. The atmosphere and decor was great. The food and drinks were very tasteful. We agreed that would return to celebrate our birthdays.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, nice atmosphere

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went here on a Saturday night date. The place feels like a hapening nightclub. I loved it, but my husband, who never liked the club scene, hated it. It can get boisterous. There was a large party celebrating an 18th birthday while we were there. The menu was interesting. We had the kale & apple salad (excellent ), tomato soup grilled cheese dumplings (excellent ), bone marrow (excellent ) and the spaghettini (okay ). Four dishes for two people is perfect. We went out for ice cream after. I would definitely go back with a person who might like the night club scene. Not sure I would go in daytime. There are no windows inside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible dinner. Everything from drinks to dessert were incredible. Very cool decor

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worth the crowds and wait -- so delicious every time and lots of fun, lively energy.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disaster! We had a 7 o'clock reservation but the table wasn't ready. We were being ignored and so by 8pm we left, having never sat down. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday which we flew in for. Very disappointing. The hostess was rude and indifferent to my request to be seated

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food has gone down hill. Very very loud but it's expected.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really good food the grill cheese dumplings were delicious highly recommend. Had my 11 year old daughter with us, only kid in the whole place but we were there for her 26 year old cousin. Had a really nice time was getting crowded by 8:30p staff were very polite and accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was restaurant week menu

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited the restaurant for the first time during NYC's Winter Restaurant Week. The menu for restaurant week was amazing! I settled for the Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos (GREAT!), Salmon for the main course (was not cooked as I requested and my waiter never came back to the table), and for dessert the Petite cupcake (cute but nothing special). I could have eaten the Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos all day!!! \n\nOur waiter was not attentive at all. The first waiter we had never introduced himself, nor was he willing to explain the menu. As soon as we sat down, within seconds he asked what we would like to order, without giving us a moment to settle in. Later on when the bill came we realized we had a new waiter. Same issue, there was a lack of communication from both informing us we had a waiter to reach out to if we needed anything. \n\nWhile I understand we were there for the first time to expereince the restaurant during Restaurant Week, it would have been nice to have a waiter who checked in to make sure everything was fine. I'm a strong believer in customer service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful decor in a very charming space. It was a great experience, the service was stellar, and the food was good. I can't wait to go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A most enjoyable evening-- nice restaurant week menu, wonderful drinks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and it was amazing! Great food! Good service! And really awesome vibes!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was the bet restaurant I have ever been to. It is a great place for going on a date, or just going with your friends.Amazing food, and you will be satisfied.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff was great! Kind of cool to walk through a store to get to the actual restaurant where people are lined up to greet ans serve you. The that is just dedicated for drinks and tappas was cool too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Staff was exceptional!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The assigned table was too big for the space and people kept bumping into my guests. The food arrived only warm and it took far too long for dessert to arrive. The noise level was off the charts and the ladies room needs a good deep cleaning -- dusty and dirty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for my boyfriend's 30th birthday. The ambiance was great! The whole look of the place helped the surprise! The food was absolutely amazing. Went for restaurant week and will return for sure! It's pricey but so worth it!! Food is DELICIOUS. Drinks are $15+, so prepare for that. But, you pay for quality and service. Also-champagne served in the ladies room! So fab. Restroom was more like an additional lounge area to touch up hair and make up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

By far the best restaurant week restaurant we have been to. The price & amount of food provided is just perfect. My boyfriend & I came for a dinner date & we loved it. The food was amazing. The ambiance was lovely, dim lighting, music playing & beautiful decor. The staff is very friendly & attentive. The drinks were delicious & again the food OMG so delicious. If you haven't been here you have to try it at least once. I'm sure you'd return as we definitely will.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I enjoyed everything from the drinks to the dessert. Everything was AMAZING!!!! I'm still savoring everything I ate :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My family and I went for the restaurant week dinner. We have been wanting to try this restaurant and restaurant week was a good opportunity. They have lots of choices and didn't go cheap because it was restaurant week. The food was excellent. The service was good. My only complaint is that twice a bus person tried to clear the plates at our table before I was done with my course. This really bothers me.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my girlfriends 32 birthday

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This may be one of those places where the food during restaurant week is fine but not amazing. I can't speak to the regular menu. The appetizer (tuna taco) and the dessert (dark chocolate and peanut butter mousse) were the best parts of the meal, although I did enjoy the salmon...it just wasn't the best salmon I've had. My friend's dish, the baby back ribs, were extremely dry and lacked flavor...but the hush puppies were great. Maybe it would be a place to try the regular menu, but it's a little pricey for what it is, like most things in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday and it was great. We had the restaurant week menu; the food was very good as well as the service. Cocktails, in my opinion are a little pricy, but they were good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A stunning place with decent food. The tuna tacos were pretty yummy. We had a great time

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Trendy hot spot, nice crowd. Good ambience. But the place is very busy and waiting area is overcrowded. We had a reservation and still had to wait about 30 min. to get seated. The food was good but small portions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited Beauty and Essex for Sunday brunch for a \nbirthday. There were six women and we chose to do small plates and\nshare. Everything we ordered was tasty and everyone enjoyed. \nOur only complaint was the over priced cocktails. I think that $17 for\na Mimosa (filled 3/4 in a champagne glass) is extremely high, even for Manhattan prices... \nI look forward to coming back here and bringing other friends & family, but will probably not order cocktails again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

40 minute wait despite a reservation, food was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant...amazing entrance, goid cocktails, food and service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful decor and delicious food but the waiting is horrible. Had a reservation done almost 1 month ahead and called that I was running a little bit late.. Ended up waiting for almost 2 hours for the table.. After finally getting the table, the waitress probably didn't had the best day as she treated us without any kindness... Didn't feel welcome...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing atmosphere. Amazing food. Amazing staff. As a vegetarian I found several options.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambience. A lot of fun. Food was mediocre. Chicken shwarma tasted like it had barbecue sauce on it. And the seating was a disaster. Took them 30 minutes to seat us with a reservation. The waiting area was loud and congested. Very unpleasant. After that service was very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere, food, and service, for the most part. They really do need ditch what looks like a 14 year old witch of hostess/greeter that barks at you to wait for the rest of your party in order to get seated. That rule is nothing new in and of itself. The manner in which it was communicated, however, coupled with the overwhelming air of self importance of the greeter 'Lolita' digs the entire experience into a hole that the rest of the restaurant needs to work unnecessarily hard to dig out of. \nOtherwise, definitely worth a try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex has exceeded our expectations. It is everything: hot spot, great eatery, lounge, cool bar. The food was exceptional, for example, even ordinary French fries were made extraordinary (thanks to seasoning). My scallops were made to perfection (juicy and tender). Gotta mention service.Waiting staff are very attentive and respectful, with a smile and courtesy (it is nowadays harder and harder to find at the restaurants). And of course I have to say a few words about decor! Interior design tells a story of a pawn shop that (like Cinderella) turned into a lavish establishment. Dim light, candles, button tufted couches and chairs. Sophisticated and welcoming. This place is definitely on my list of favorites and I'm recommending Beauty and Essex to everyone who is looking to spend a fun evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went here with 7 of my closest friends to celebrate my 27th Birthday. I had to make the reservation a month in advance. The food was okay.. Nothing special, but not bad. The drinks were good. We felt a little rushed. We ordered 10 dishes and they brought out all of the small plates at the same time and then all of the entrees. The waiter gave us the check without even asking if we wanted anything else.. Some of us would have liked another drink. The ambiance is great and there is a free champagne bar in the women's bathroom which is pretty fun. Overall it was nice but nothing special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant of all time. The food is unbelievable and the service and vibe are fabulous!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful service. The wait staff are very attentive. They are always there to refill water cups without having to be asked. When you have to leave the table they will rearrange the napkin. New plates and silverware are provided with every course. All of this takes place because the place is very popular and becomes full quickly. At the same time I never felt like I was being rushed so they could turn over the table. I like how efficiently there system is.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food! Fun ambiance. Will definitely return

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, fun vibe altho VERY loud. Waitstaff and hostesses are always so nice and friendly. Service is great. Will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for my birthday. Vibe was amazing and staff were very friendly. Defo a place to visit again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service. Some of the dishes were OK and some were just brilliant, even on restaurant week menu that usually is not as good as a full menu.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was impressed with the entrance. You walk in feeling as though this was going to be a very special experience. You're greeted by beautiful smiling hostesses, that's where it ends. The bartenders were friendly - they took my order. I ordered an apple martini, simple enough right? It was awful I expressed to the bartender that it didn't taste like an apple martini and I didn't think it was good and he explained that he had coffee right before and that his taste buds might've been off but he didn't change my drink. Still stunned by his response. I was unable to say a thing - my friend arrived for dinner and I just got up and left the bar and went to our seats leaving the drink there barely touched and no one thought to bring it over and/or to asked me if everything was okay. Our waiter asked if we wanted a drink and I explained that I ordered one from the bar and it was awful and the bartender didn't do anything so I preferred just to stick to sparkling water. Still I'm surprised that nothing was done. The next phase of the disaster was telling our waiter that I was gluten-free - oh why must us gluten-free people will be treated as nuisances. Our waiter agreed to just bring me a plain salmon. He couldn't even handle that - I was visibly upset - and still nothing was done - as though they were used to complaints and ignore it was the norm. My friend got her salmon, the way it was listed on the menu and she found it to be mediocre. I had enough - we had her meal packed because I wanted to leave and still - nothing was done. I know I won't be going back there. It's a shame it's a beautiful place and that's about it. The customer service is below par. And according to my friend the food was nothing to write home about.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant week men in was terrific. Great atmosphere. Busy and lively restaurant, it gets pretty loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing dinner and brunch with great variety. Loved everything we ordered for both meals - only brunch dish that fell flat (although I personally enjoyed it very much) was the fried chicken bites, which apparently tasted like normal chicken nuggets to the rest of my party. Only dinner dish to disappoint was the spaghettini. Wasn't bad but didn't stand out quite like everything else.\n\nOtherwise amazing food and drinks-- get the emerald gimlet there if you like vodka, they do an awesome job. Recommended dinner dishes:\n- grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings (duh)\n- empanadas\n- tomato tartar (shockingly amaZing, seriously!)\n- tuna wanton tacos \n- chicken mole\n\nRecommended brunch dishes:\n- red velvet waffles\n- vanilla beignets (seriously TO DIE FOR)\n- eggs Benedict jewel on toast (DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!)\n- baked eggs and grits

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is awesome. The decoration is super cool and the fact that you enter through a store makes it very special, kind of speakeasy. The food is good but it is a big expensive for what it is. I would come back with someone visiting NY and would make it a night for drinks and appetizers on a weekend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was quite a mixed experience. The decor was nice but not great. Also, this place is LOUD! Do expect to have a bar (yelling) type conversation here because you will not be able to hear anything. The food was quite good and the waitress was absolutely lovely. In contrast, the hostess was terribly rude and completely overwhelmed. Very mixed experience but ultimately it just isn't my type of place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant. The food is fantastic. Drinks a bit pricey but it is NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing but this is NOT a speakeasy!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait more than 30 minutes for our table.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress seemed disinterested in serving is with a smile since my friend and I ordered from the restaurant week menu and nothing else. She seemed impatient with us. Nonetheless I left 20% because I know it's tough in the biz. I just don't think I'll go back there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food, great service .\nDoes get noisy but worth the visit .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Picked this restaurant for Sunday brunch because of the broad range of choices available and all were delighted - the tomato soup dumplings, the fish tacos, the chilaquiles, all excellent. Cocktails were delicious and the people watching was a nice surprise on a Sunday morning.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Portions are hilariously small. Not a great place to go if you're hungry and in it for the food. However, this is an incredibly beautiful place to go if youd like to have a well crafted cocktail in a gorgeous setting.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

even though we had a reservation, they made us wait for half an hour. the food was good, but the portions were poor.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Way overpriced!!! Service wasn't spectacular, especially when the waitress realized we weren't a high ticket table. Disappointing!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pretty cute little spot. Food was good. Dessert is overpriced for what it is.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for sharing, some truly sensational items, and then some mediocre, but all together a great experience. Service was inconsistent throughout..

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't believe the hype.The greeting upon entry was non existent and while waiting thirty minutes it was impossible to find a seat or totally impossible to get a drink from the bar.Once seated the food was ok but totally overrated.i would not recommend,this was a waste of a Saturday night in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After trying some appetizers at the grand opening of Beauty & Essex, I was excited to try a full meal at the original New York location. I was in town for Restaurant Week, so I made my reservation a few weeks in advance. As it neared the day of the event, I changed my time and party size with the restaurant a few times, and ended up with 8 people at 8:30pm on Thursday night.\n\nHalf of my party was on time, but the restaurant didn't want to seat us until our entire party had arrived. It was just before 9pm by the time they arrived, and when I approached the hostess to let her know, she handed me a pager. 9:20pm went back to the desk and was told 'the table has their check.' 9:40pm went back and was told 'the table still has their check.' At just before 10pm, some of my party had to leave as they had other plans afterwards. That's when we found the manager PJ who finally took care of us. He bought us a round of drinks and finally had the remaining 5 of us seated. We were pretty frustrated, but we initially late so partially to blame. But still, an hour and a half late with a reservation?\n\nOur server Nate apologized for the frustrations, but he was not to blame. He brought out a couple of appetizers courtesy of PJ, which was a nice touch. I feel like they made up for the delay with this and the drinks. From then forward, Nate was awesome and all of our needs were met. One of our party was lactose intolerant and all the dishes were customized to accommodate.\n\nEven though I tried a tuna taco already, I chose that as my appetizer. Great dish, and I could easily put away 20-30 of these bad boys. I couldn't decide on a main course and ended up with the ribs per Nate's recommendation. Not the best ribs I've ever had, but they were pretty good and I can't say I was unhappy with my choice. Dessert was the dark chocolate peanut butter mousse. I'm a PB lover, so this was the perfect end to my meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for celebrating special occasions, amazing drinks and delicious tapas style food very pricey but great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for young people. Great food and amazing service! It was an amazing experience. Definitely coming back soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

An amazing restaurant. Looked very suspicious from the outside but what an pleasant surprise. Beautiful décor and structure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my parents here for brunch and they loved it! Great unique menu!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, drinks were on point, and food was excellent.\n\nBest ladies room in all of new york! I could have stayed there all night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service and love love the food and cocktails

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great! The food , service and drinks. The drinks were delicious but a little pricey, which was to be expected. Two people from our party were stuck in traffic and running extremely late so I was worried that they would cancel our reservation. Once the two from our party arrived, almost an hour after our reservation, we were given a pager and were told to wait to be called. We were seated 15 minutes later, which was very much appreciated. thank goodness!!! I will definitely eat here again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is a lot of fun the food comes in small but tasty plates. And is pretty trendy. The staff was pretty good although they changed waiters and bartenders mid dinner, and when we ordered the second round of drinks it was pretty bad (taste wise the first bartender nailed our mojitos) when we were done with our dinner we attempted to go upstairs to have another cocktail and we quickly realized that that wasn't a good idea. The crowd was pretty drunk and out of control. So we vetoed that idea and left. Overall the food was good and I would go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived five minutes before our reservation however when we were given a device to let us know when our table was ready. We were sat 20 after our reservation time. Besides the delay in being sat, everything else was great. The service was good and the food was good. I highly recommend the BBQ French fries.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my first time in New York City and this place was recommended for brunch. When we got there I was puzzled by it because it was a pawnshop.. I thought this couldn't be the place. We walked in and a door in the back took us to this gorgeous, elegant restaurant! It was so cool! Like a speakeasy or something. Food was amazing, our drinks were amazing. Best place I went to in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we waited entirely too long to be seated after our party arrived; almost an hour and 15. Thankfully, the manager was wonderful and took care of us the rest of the evening. Overall I had an awesome experience and would definitely go back. I think the long wait was simply bad luck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I surprised my wife for her birthday and brought her here to have dinner with our friends. Hostess was very cool with keeping the surprise going until my wife got to the table. Food was amazing, cocktails were great, atmosphere is lively.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is so much fun. You feel like you are at a club without it being so loud you can't have a conversation and so crowded you can't be comfortable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for restaurant week and everything from the amuse bouche to the last bite of dessert was divine!! You must try the hush puppies!!! Hush puppies!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious, one of the best tapas.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrible food, not friendly service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food, service and ambiance are good but not necessarily for the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here for restaurant week for the first time. The place was a 10/10 in my book. Really great value for the price - food was excellent & great portion size, decor was gorgeous, staff was attentive, place was packed. I will 100% be coming back here and recommend this hot spot to friends & coworkers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for restaurant week. We had a great evening. The location was excellent, the food was very nice and the people were friendly. Really enjoyed it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A piece of hair was in my food, which was annoying. The meal was replaced promptly. Atmosphere was great. Drinks are great also.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance is amazing and the food is decadent!! It definitely a worthwhile treat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful decor on the inside, very romantic vibe. Loved the tomato soup dumplings... They are a must! Love this place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

really great food, service and ambiance. Will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for the restaurant week special. The portions were very large and there was complimentary restroom champagne!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was incredible, but service was average (they forgot to order our sides) and we waiting an hour to be seated even though we had a booking and arrived on time...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place. Service was fantastic. Food was amazing. Overall a great dinner experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome restaurant, the speakeasy theme was incredible and it really surprised my date. We went during restaurant week on a Wednesday and it was packed out. They didn't give my reservation until an hour later, but the alcohol and ambiance was great and so we didn't mind too much.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great birthday!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for restaurant week -- food was really just not up to par, especially in comparison to the lavish decor. Even my pasta wasn't good (over cooked and over-seasoned). Gorgeous interior, though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a 8 people dinner reservation for 8:00 pm and we got sit by 8:50 pm ... too long to much

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was amazing !!! Dessert was awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We all enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the service. The drinks were also good. We ate off the restaurant week menu, since there were 4 of us, we dined family style and tried everything. Everything was good off the menu. I would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a wonderful time at Beauty and Essex! My date and I went for restaurant week and the food and drinks were AMAZING. The service also was top-notch from beginning to end- the hostess, Amy, even ran out to give me my umbrella that I accidentally left under my table! Not to mention it is a gorgeous restaurant. I will be back soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too rushed. Most dishes came out at once except one which was odd. If you're going to bring them out either space them out or coordinate it better. For small plates they should be spaced out so you're not done in 30 minutes. Otherwise cool space and good cocktails Food is good too if they could time it better

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wait time even with a reservation is long. The food when it arrived was cold and pretty average. Cocktails were good. The only thing going for this place is the ambience and secret bar/restaurant concept. Disappointing overall we won't bother again, my guess is they get few return customers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food wasn't as good as the first time I went, it was too loud, and the waitress didn't check in with us for log stretches of time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant has a lot of energy and is a fun spot. Great cocktails. Love the complimentary rose champagne in the women's restroom.\n\nFood was good, though, the lobster mac & cheese was very lacking in lobster and too spicy for that type of dish. Short rib & broccolini were amazing!\n\nDisappointed to not get recognized as in industry professional from Chicago...especially on a Sunday night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Being that it's behind a Pawn Shop door, it was certainly a Big surprise when the door opened to see such an elegant resturant. Food was good, drinks and atmosphere was great. A little pricey but well worth it. I would definitely recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty, ambiance, delightful flavors, excellent brussel sprouts toast, eggs Benedict. Will go again for dinner. I'm sure will exceed expectations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tuesday January 10th we went for Drinks and they have an event call Beauty Parlor Tuesday's with a DJ spinning and a lively crowd. \nFrom being Greeted by the best hostesses ever, our fav is Danjiella. She was AWESOME open arms very pleasant. We sat at the bar which offered hooks for your hat purse etc. The bar offers awesome craft cocktails and they have a great bar menu (we had already eaten) We were served by Gabbie. \nThe music was great and the crowd was lively. We had a awesome time. We danced laughed, meet locals and enjoyed throughly. \nWe already had reservations for dinner for the next day (my 40th bday) and us having drinks the night before made us even more excited about dinner. As we left we talked with Danjiella and she asked us our names and we left. \n\nJanuary 11th 2017 Bday dinner. When we came in we were greeted by Danjiella who remembered our names and greeted us with hugs. They ushered us upstairs and we were able to take pics on the stairs under the grand chandieler. We sat at the bar and had drinks pre game with Gio and he was awesome look for him as we waited for the rest of our party. Again awesome service and great drinks. As we were seated at one of the best tables upstairs which allows us to hear the music and see the people. Our server ROCKED, she took pictures, suggested lots of great food options, friendly, and she was from our city, chicago. The menu is somewhat tapas and we order sooo much food to share. We tried some of everything. Shrimp, fish tacos, peppers, lobster mac and cheese, mushroom ravioli, Brocollini, Lamb chops, Scallops, Food was excellent and full of flavor.\n\nThis place rocks! Cant wait to go back and check out the other locations. Hopefully the experience is the same!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had heard of this hidden gem, and I am so glad that we tried it during our yearly trip to NYC from Florida. We will definitely recommend Beauty & Essex, and we will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was fabulous! The ambiance, food, drinks and even the champagne in the bathroom. Will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The outside looks like a high end pawn shop but when the doors open up to the hidden restaurant...WOW! The space is gorgeous and cocktails are amazing. It gets very busy and reservations are a MUST! The service was impeccable ! Now onto the food.....DELICIOUS! Every course just got better and better. I'll let you in on a secret.....free champagne in the ladies room! Well worth the trip and the $$

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

They made us wait for OVER AN HOUR before seating us and then the hostess told me this is 'typical for a Saturday night' oh it's typical for you to not honor reservations and make customers wait an hour before seating them without even letting us know it was gonna be a little bit. I've been to Resturants all over NYC and the country for that matter and have never experience such poor customer service for a Tao group location

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is always amazing , ambiance is nice too

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Shocking food and arrogant service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have to stop going to this place. It's just terrible. This time the coat check kept my umbrella. The service here is abominable. It's purely a bridge and tunnel big night out crowd at this stage. \n\nIt's deceptive because it was such a good place once upon a time a long long time ago. \n\nSo many other better places nearby. I have to learn my lesson and stop thinking if this place as anything other than terrible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing. Ambiance so cool and different. Spectacular service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were recommended to come here by our friend from Australia. Best Resteraunt & food & service we have had on our whole trip. Hannah whom served us was fantastic, friendly & extremely helpful. Will definitely come back next time in NYC.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a poorly run restaurant. It's a pity because the food isn't bad. It caters to young people who don't know any better, so it stays full. It may be that the reason the attitude, service and management of the restaurant is so bad is that their clientele is so inexperienced with dining in NY that the restaurant doesn't get any feedback. It may also be that they are content to run the place shoddily since the twenty somethings who go there don't seem to mind. \n\nAnyway, no adult should bother with this place now that there are so many excellent alternatives within a few blocks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing ... I'm completely speechless

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing experience, excellent food and cocktails!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very loud and dressy. Good fun but it's more about the image than the food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday as well as brining his two sisters to go on vacation without their kids. We are from Dallas and our reservation was for the last night we were in the city. It was such a perfect send off for our travels. The atmosphere is amazing. The staff was so nice and informative about the menu. They gave great recommendations. We definitely took the waitresses advice and ordered the whole meal as a tapas dinner, so everyone got to try a piece of everything. The braised short ribs and the Brussels sprout toast was my personal favorite.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

So we booked our table for 9:15pm Sunday. We got there 8:30 to have a drink and get a table on time. We were seated at 10:35 pm! Are you kidding me? Then they gave us round of drinks on the house but that doesn't change the fact that I waited 2 hours! Ridiculous \nFood was great but service poor!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrating our wedding anniversary and a trip to NYC from our home in Bermuda we were recommended you by our CEO. \nWe were not disappointed and the atmosphere and staff were wonderful. \nIt was our first time with you and we will be back soon and already plan to try out other Tao group restaraunts. \n\nThank you Beauty and Essex.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Upon arrival I was very excited, but i was quickly disappointed when we were sat. It was cramped and so impersonal. We were so close to the next two tables that everyone was commenting on our meal choices and eventually it felt like we were a table of 6. The ambiance was great but the server seemed to be annoyed with every inquiry we made. The food was amazing and as much as I'd love to taste more of the menu I don't think I'd ever be back mainly because it wasn't what I expected as far as service and space to enjoy my date.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came here for a birthday celebration. We loved the food and atmosphere, but were a bit disappointed by the wait. Our dinner reservation was for 9pm and we weren't seated until after 10pm. They did offer us free champagne for our patience, which was nice. Overall, a great spot, but don't come here starving!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had 10pm dinner reservation which the restaurant confirmed that afternoon. We arrived at 10 and said we'd have to wait for a table;!they didn't know how long. They also said they couldn't promise a table in dining room and that we might have to eat upstairs in club where music was deafening. Staff was rude. I don't know what food was like because we didn't stay. Very unpleasant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was somewhat disappointing. Certain dishes were quite bland although pricy and some came out lukewarm. Atmosphere is vibrant (we were seated upstairs,) good place to people-watch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waited 30 minutes after scheduled reservation and hostess was not the friendliest. Luckily service once seated was excellent.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had an 8:15pm reservation and was not seated until 9:30pm.\nMyself along with 3 other couples all got the same run down 'your table has the check but are taking longer than expected to settle up' we were offer 2 drinks on the house.\nI can understand 15-20 wait on a Saturday but an hour and 15 minutes is unacceptable, especially for locals.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited an hour and a half for our reservation. I was late to my own birthday party and I would not recommend this place at all for dinner. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. If you're looking for a place to be seen, go here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant being behind a pawn shop is fun, but the hostess stand is just inside the front door, so the front area was complete chaos while checking in. Once seated, the magic begins. The restaurant pays as much attention to the decor and patron comfort as it does to the food, even though the tables are very close together. \n\nDespite being at or near capacity, the service was quick and the food was hot and delicious, with perfectly timed courses. We chose full entrées over the available tapas offerings. Both our chicken and steak were cooked expertly, with well paired sides. The wine list was adequate, with a good mix of wines by the glass. \n\nWe had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the atmosphere. We'll definitely be back (you should go to, if you have a chance).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service were quick and effective. our waitress was really informative about the menu and the way that the food would arrive. The food was amazing but expensive, so a good experience i would not be without - once in a lifetime visit to this cool dark restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food and great atmosphere. Pricey but worth it - every single thing we ate was absolutely delicious!! Looking forward to going back to Beauty and Essex for our next special occasion!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a go to place in NY, I go back most times I'm in the city. The service is hit or miss - some servers are EXCELLENT and friendly, others are aloof and unhelpful. The food is GREAT. Like, seriously great. I've only been at the weekend so can't say what it's like during the week - but if you are in a group I would ask to be on the ground floor as upstairs gets very busy and loud. Downstairs has much better ambience and decor. Oh and free pink champagne in the bathrooms!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our reservation was for 10:30 and we weren't seated til 12am. It was a birthday and we were dining for the first time at your establishment. Very very disappointing and the hostess was not sympathetic or very polite about the situation at all despite our patience. Once we got our table everything was great, but very dissatisfied up til then. Not the way you want to spend a 30th birthday in a new city :((

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Showed up on time. Waited almost 2 hours for our table. Hostesses were rude never sat us. Kept saying it would be a few minutes. We finally left. I told them we were leaving and they marked us as a no show. Terrible experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was average but venue and experience was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came for our bday and waited over an hour for our reservation table.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a 9:15 reservation for a date on Wednesday night. We got there at 8:45-ish and checked in. I was told by the hostess that it 'wouldn't be a long wait.' We went to the upstairs bar to wait for our buzzer to go off. At 9:25 we went back down stairs to ask how much longer the wait would be. They said just a little longer. At 9:55 we turned in our beeper and left without eating. I was so embarrassed for having suggested this place not knowing that apparently having a reservation doesn't matter. 9:15 is already a late weeknight dinner but I was excited to show my date this place as it was one of my favorites. I wanted a romantic date in a beautiful place. Instead I was welcomed by and hour of hunger. Sorely disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and experience. We are from the uk and would definitely go again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait a long while for our table but food and drinks were amazing! Great vibe

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there as a family of 6. Booked a table at 8.30, arrived at 8.29.\n\nProceeded to wait over an hour for a table.\n\nWent to the bar for 6 drinks while waiting, over $100 per round, maybe thats why the table is never ready. Even the bar has 3 layers of people trying to either get a seat or get a drink.\n\nUnfortunately by the time we did get a table the food tasted like it had been prepared a lot earlier and just re heated.\n\nA very popular restaurant, but now somewhat disorganised, over populated and now over rated.\n\nThis was our second visit, the first time we did not like our table as it was by the entrance to the kitchen and very windy drafts coming from the kitchen when the weather is cold.\n\nSadly we won't be making a third visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique dining experience! My husband suggested our daughter and I dine at this restaurant while in NYC and we are so glad we did! So different from any place we've been to... for you walk through a pawn shop to enter into the restaurant. The decor inside was very nice, and service and food were great. Hostess could have been a bit more friendly, but our server was very good and accommodating to us. Food is tapas style, so sharing is expected. Everything we ordered was delicious. Must try the grilled cheese dumplings!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty & Essex was a fun and trendy place. We took our kids (7 & 2) for a special birthday brunch. Although is was busy, we were not lost in the crowd. The hostesses (especially Danella) were very considerate of my children's comfort levels. Our servers were polite and happy to help in any way they could.\nI would definitely recommend Beauty & Essex for a Girls Night Out, or for a romantic date.\n\nThank you for our great family experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a place!\nVery lively and energetic.\nThe food is served in small portions but it was delicious. I especially liked the salmon ceviche.\nDrinks were very good

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived earlier than the reservation time and we could drink at the bar and had seats earlier than the reservation time. Food was really good and our waiter recommended really delicious meals!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit for brunch and it was out of this world! The pumpkin bread was delicious, and we also loved the individual eggs benedict. Lemon ricotta blackberry pancakes also one of our faves! This will be my fun go to brunch spot for a bit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was exceptional, amazing Ng ambience and atmosphere. Our waitress was very kind, and informative. Definitely, going back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great girls night out here! We loved the cocktails and shared some small plates. It was a perfect way to start our evening in the lower east side.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food in a nice ambiance, but a bit too noise for older people.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love! Love! Love! Amazing and wonderfully chic experience all the way around! ❤️

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is my favorite. The grilled cheese dumplings and tomato soup tapas is the best thing that I've ever had

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant!\nWe from THe Netherlands

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere here is what earns the absolute highest regard. The food and service are good but nothing particularly exciting. We were disappointed that although we told the staff this was our first visit, we waited approximately 15 minutes for our reserved table and then were put next to a sheer curtain separating us from the opening to the bar. Each time the staff walked to and from the bar (which was constant), the sheer would flow against our table and the sides of our arms. Wouldn't recommend a sit down meal unless far from the bar as it was very loud. This is however, the place to go for great modern/upscale atmosphere and good music & drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing gem of a restaurant! Everything was perfection. Grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings and dark chocolate mousse are a must have! Will definitely go back next time we're in NYC

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is a treat - especially love the tomato soup dumplings and avocado toast. Service could be stronger but the cuisine is so delectable it's worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome food and service. Would go back in a heartbeat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place. Beautiful and trendy and delicious. A little pricey but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good night with great food!! The grill cheese dumplings were great, the tuna sashimi, tuna poke tacos and more are fantastic!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time there, loved it again. No restaurant like it! A true dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super cool vibe, great food, awesome service, This was the highlight of our eating our way through NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very Good. Recommend the grilled cheese dumplings and tuna wonton tacos. We also ordered the bolognese (had a BBQ taste to it) and the lobster mac. Good for ordering a few plates to share.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So fun!!!! Loved the food and ambiancs!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and a fantastically cool experience for our time in NYC. Grateful for the recommendation from a friend. Lovely service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was looking for something new and different and Beauty Essex delivered. One can think the novelty of the pawn shop in the front is enough but from the decor, service and food they more than delivered on my expectations. Great night out with my wife and my new favourite restaurant in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, ribs disappointed. tender but over cooked. \n\nTuna tartare and scallops main were to die for both. Salmon was overcooked sadly but flavour was spectacular and well balanced. the cocktails were all awesome and well crafted. Very enjoyable. Dessert was wow.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, good ambiance and excellent service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is amazing! Definitely perfect for a special occasion. The decor and atmosphere is so luxe and beautiful. Great service! Everyone was very friendly from our waitress to busboys to doorkeepers at the front with the exception of the maitre d'. Pretty excited to be there so it's a turn-off to be greeted standoffishly. Food was quite truly one of the best I've had. Every bite was heavenly. The small plates tapas style is so much fun to share with friends and family. Would absolutely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for a date!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had the brunch menu on New Year's Day, took a bit to get your head round the 'order three to five dishes to share' but were pretty pleased with the choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We rang in the new year 2017 at Beauty & Essex with two of our married friends. Nice ambience, style and service was great. We had the lovely Naima as our staff and she was wonderful even giving a spot wine away tx for my husband who spilled his wine on his white shirt. The braised ribs, rabbit and tuna poke tacos were delightful. The burger veal/rib/lamb mix was just mediocre, expected more from having tasted a similar one at DBGB restaurant. We then moved our party upstairs to their lounge/bar area which was fun and not at all crowded like most bars/clubs for NYE where you are literally inches away from your drinks being knocked over. The clientele was also impressive, mostdressed elegantly and formal casual. Loved every minute of our first NYE city experience as husband and wife. Come with a small group of friends or for a date night. You won't be sorry. Loved the speakeasy style (walking into a pawnshop only to be welcomed with modern/old fashioned elegance of crystals and chandeliers. Thanks Beauty and Essex for a wonderful mature night out!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to others! The drinks are expensive, but I thought the food was reasonably priced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I will always recommend this place time and again! Great for groups, dates, anything!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for brunch and did not realize it is tapas style for brunch as well. Would be better with a larger group so you can try multiple items. I am vegetarian and my companion was gluten free and there were no overlapping items we could share. Each item is quite large which reflects the rather high price for tapas. Decor is beautiful and stylish, with funky pawn shop entrance. Five stars for ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique and amazing! The staff, the food and the ambiance!!! Go, go, GO!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lots of food choices. A little disappointed that one of my three short rib portions was cooked overly well done while the other two pieces where cooked appropriately medium well. I would hate to think that one piece of short ribs was prepared earlier in the day or worse the day before and reheated as part of my entre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Such a nice restaurant. AMAZING food. Very well put together & private. It's dark inside adds more of a private/romantic tone to the setting. The manager was attentive shows that he really cares about his customers & he gave me his card if anything as well. Also THE LITTLE THINGS COUNT they had champagne in the bathroom very unique, high class touch to the place. Definitely will recommend & will be coming back !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, atmosphere and decor. Area and entrance is obscure however very busy inside

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely bad. Had a 10.30 PM dinner reservation and waited 45 mins for a table. Never going back again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the second time that I've been to Beauty & Essex. The feel when you arrive is fantastic...walking into a pawn shop and then being directed to a false door to enter the restaurant. The decor is modern and classy. I suggest tasting several of the smaller items.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing as well as drinks. Had to wait a little long for my taste after making and confirming a reservation, but overall great experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Easy to order too much food. The plates are little, but satisfying. The waitress recommended 4-6 plates. 4 was actually more than enough for two of us since we got 2 meats.\n\nThe scene is very happening, even 5 years after opening, and the staff are plentiful and attentive.\n\nUnusually, the noise level is perfect- loud enough so you don't feel that you are in a library, But quiet enough so that you can hear your partner talk.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I put 4 stars as the table was ready half hour after the reservation time. Everything else was perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant, attentive staff, wonderful ambienance, delicious food. Will definitely be going back on our next trip to NYC and taking out friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a gem! I loved the storefront with vintage jewelry then you walk through the inside entrance and it opens up a enchanting dining area. I took my husband and 2 young adult kids and we all enjoyed the small servings so we could try several items. Everything we had was wonderful especially pancakes and eggs benedict. Our waitress was very attentive and helped us order.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husbands birthday

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great if you are in a large group, are between 20 and 30, have lots of money to spend, and have already blown out your eardrums in a hundred other places. Food? Does this restaurant have food? We had a 10:00 reservation, arrived exactly on time, were handed a buzzer and told to go get a drink. We left at 10:20 without making it to the dining room. The people were nice, though, and the entrance through a pawn shop is a great gimmick.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for my gf bday! Had a great time! Service was great from the time we entered to the time we left.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant in the heart of the lower east side. Great ambiance, beautiful decor and they serve champagne in the ladies room. Our server Pablo was excellent!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to eat, highly recommend! Service is always great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fab inviroment, good food but not thar good service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere \nEverything we ordered was delicious and drinks were all a success\nNot my first time while in NY and surely not my last

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was about as close to a perfect meal as you can get. The food and service were absolutely outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lively, innovative and worth every penny! Dine on the early side to avoid delays (even with a reservation, you will wait but stick it out).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great find for us. Awesome food. Look forward to coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious, great service, great feel.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fantastic time! Family dinner and shopping at the Pawn Shop! Great service and delicious food. The ladies room was an unexpected bonus!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for larger parties. Great food options. Some of the plates were okay and some were great but overall it was a great experience. I would eat there again and recommend it. The cocktails were also great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Manager accommodated extra guest we meet at bar!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great. Waitress somewhat dry. Not very friendly. Customer service should be her priority!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Small plated tapas style food , all food was heavily spiced so watch what you order !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful place. Food was fantastic. Definitely would come back. My bartender wasn't the greatest personality but solid.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very cool place to grab drinks & dinner!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I generally expect smaller portions and high prices from fancier restaurants, and Beauty and Essex was no exception. The food was good, but didn't blow me away.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were treated like royalty. Food and prep was very special and everything from appetizers to entre and drinks was fantastic. Highly recommend the very special restaurant in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic decor, service and menu. Will definitely be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is only my second time coming to Beauty & Essex but it left such a strong impression on me the first time. It has a cool, speakeasy, hidden gem type of vibe. Very unique ambiance. It is pricey but the food is very good. A lot of interesting dishes and variety. I love the lounge feel of it. They serve champagne in the women's bathroom. The first level has a bar, lounge, and restaurant seating. The second floor has more of a lounge/club vibe and additional restaurant seating. Sometimes the sides of the second floor are closed off for private parties. Overall, I highly recommend. Perfect for special occasions or date night (but not the first date because it's loud!)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

AMAZING!! Amazing food, service, scene. Lov Lov Lov!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lots of young people~ big bar scene. Vibrant & Fun atmosphere . Food very good~ on the spicy side. Lots of choices.\nVery good service, advice and friendliness.\nWill return with friends!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great all around evening. Cocktails were great, food was outstanding and service was impeccable. I've been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. What a great place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a great restaurant. We absolutely loved every bite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great!! Food, excellent service. Great vibe.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A must go!! This is one of my new favorite restaurants. The food and service is outstanding! I can't wait to go back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had such a wonderful time, coming all the way from London form a friends recommendation. Really hit he spot. Cocktails on arrival, suggestions from the waiter. Nice menu selection. Menu layout is confusing however wait staff very happy to explain and help out. Excellent quality of food and portioning comparative of prices.\n\nWould definitely return and certainly will on my next visit.\n\nBravo.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Husband and I had been before and his time returned with friends. All of us were delighted with everything we ordered - the standbys of tomato soup with dumplings, short ribs, fish tacos did not disappoint! Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and drinks were great and the ambiance was perfect! This is a must when in New York!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Highly recommend! Great ambience and food. Absolutely love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Buzzy and busy with absolutely great food for sharing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The security personnel of color are rude to other people of color. I don't know if they are trained that way, but they suck. The white guy upstairs was nice. They are nice to white people and friendly, but when I asked a simple question in a respectful manner, no eye contact or words were used. Just a head nod. Made the rest of the night suck because of a delay that could have been avoided by him.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had good dining experience, David (one of the managers) brought us dessert for our anniversary. We had him a few times as a server back in the day.\n\nWith that being said, I left my LV scarf on my chair and we were one of the last table to leave at 2 am. We called twice the following day looking for it, once at 10 am and again at 7 pm. They said that they couldn't find... but I feel that one of the staff members decided to keep it for themselves.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for girls night out. We had a last can't wait to go back so much fun

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place with gorgeous decor. Fantastic ambiance and yammy food. Expensive but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic restaurant - excellent staff & great food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Swanky and upbeat. We chose this spot for a girls' night with an out of town friend, and it did not disappoint. Go here for a New York vibe. No complaints on food or cocktails, but the ambiance is what sets Beauty & Essex apart.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing especially the ambience, the venue, the music and the food but our server was rude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it!!! Would definitely visit again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun experience, great atmosphere, food very good but not great. Desserts are best!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing . Only bad thing was waiting 45 minutes even with making a reservations. Like what's the point of making a reservation..... anyway. Everything was great after that. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't threaten to cancel reservation if you are more than 15 minutes late and then take 40 mins to seat you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is delicious, service was great, ambience is lively, price are high. Had a basic bloody mary, nothing special, in a regular rocks glass for 19

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious! Cool atmosphere. Great food. Arrive early to avoid the wait. You won't be disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation. \nThe food was outstanding. Get the steak, the kale salad is so good...then don't miss the box of donuts!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait an hour past our confirmed reservation time. Once seated the menu was explained to us and service was quick. However the expedited service brought home the feeling that we 'a means to an end.' We were not meant to linger and enjoy our food or any conversation. Our total time at this establishment--cocktail, food, paying the bill, etc.--took less time than our hour wait WITH a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had dinner here and loved it!! The atmosphere was very cool, the waitstaff was great and attentive, and every plate we got was impressive and delicious. Would definitely recommend this!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was extraordinary. My wife, daughter and I ordered appetizers only. We were very impressed. Very cutting edge selections. Great job!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing. Our actual server was great and went above and beyond to serve us! However, our bartender who was tall, had dark hair and wore a pinky ring was so rude and not friendly by any means. Although everyone has an off night in the business and I understand this was a celebration night for us, as well as a night off and he didn't seem to care about that. He ruined the bar experience, but Thank god our server was so good! He was shorter, had a beard and short hair. He overheard me just say happy birthday to my Fiancé while Clinking glasses and cheersing our drinks, and came back with not only the dessert we ordered but a cupcake with a lit candle in it as well. So very nice and sweet of him. Overall everyone else was really nice and attentive and it was a lovely night.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waited for an hour for my table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was so fun! Waiter was wonderful, food great but wines way over priced! Woman's restroom was fab!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful. Loved the music! Food was AMAZING!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious! It's share style and there wasn't one thing we didn't like. The waiters were very attentive. We went at around 7:00 and thankfully had reservations. As far as noise level it was definitely louder as the night went on!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere and food were great. Wait staff was outstanding. Super fun night and this is a great venue for a special occasion or just a fun night out - was an unusual dining experience with the pawn shop in the front of the venue and then the fabulous chic restaurant in the back - but that is kind of what it made it special. We were dressed in smart casual attire and we all felt a little under-dressed - but it was not a problem at all b/c the hosts/hostesses were courteous and wonderful about it so that we would not feel uncomfortable - also some people were in jeans and it was fine . People dress up at this place - so for the ladies - I would recommend at least wearing some fabulous sparkling earrings !! The only downfall was that there was a long wait. Would highly recommend it!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was rather cold in my table which is very uncomfortable given that you are paying such a high value.\nFood was great and the entrance is incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere is great and the staff is excellent. Everybody was really professional and the waitress made awesome recommendations. The food was amazing! We loved every minute of it! Good to go with at least 4 people so you can try a lot of different dishes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a cool place, this was our second time here. 2 completely different experiences. This time we had to wait one hour to get our table. Our waiter, drinks and food were all good once we were seated . It was extremely loud and the foyer and bar areas were entirely too crowded while we waited.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would give this restaurant a higher rating, but we arrived 15 minutes before our 10:30pm reservation and still didn't get seated until 11:30pm. When I asked the hostess how long we would have to wait at about 11pm, she kept saying we would be seated any minute now. Eventually when I asked another host how long we would have to wait at about 11:15pm, he also said that we should be seated any minute, but he at least gave us drink vouchers to appease us in the moment. Neverthless, the food was good (probably not worth the $250 bill for 3 appetizers, a burger, 3 meatballs and 1 alcoholic beverage ) and it was a fun environment. I would go back again for drinks, but not to dine. This is the type of place that you go to once for the atmosphere and cross it off your bucket list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food fantastic! Music and atmosphere also excellent! Red velvet waffles to die for, grill cheese dumplings and tomato soup served in a spoon were delicious, crunchy grill cheese tomato soup in one spoonful. Yum! Went for brunch, can't wait to go back for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing venue, loved the crowd, age groups of 28 and up. Beautiful decor, the ladies room is amazing... Hidden Gem of New York City!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place could be outstanding. But it isn't because each time I've been to it, I have scheduled a reservation well in advance and waited over an hour for my table. No matter how good the food is, waiting an hour in the crowded, noisy front room will always bring the experience down greatly. The hosts are doing the best they can with what they are given, but this place has been doing this long my enough to know better. I have seen MULTIPLE tables walk out after waiting WELL over an hour for their reservations. The food is fabulous, and service is always timely and well-informed. The music is too loud- being a twenty-something I too think the music is too loud, it is a trial just to hear the waitor describe the food. It makes the evening awkward cause no one wants to yell over the music. I love Beauty & Essex, but the front end desperately needs to re-evaluate and address the wait times to be seated.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had to wait 45m for my table - reservation was for 10pm, seated at 10.45pm! Everybody was complaining... \nGood food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food, fabulous atmosphere, a bit noisy, downstairs much better for dining, definitely a happening place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never again! What an absolute nightmare this place was. We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation which was at 9:45pm for a table of four. When we first walked in, you couldn't even moved to get to the host stand it was so annoyingly crowded. We were handed a pager and told to wait. No problem so we tried to muscle our way to the bar for a drink which was nearly impossible. As we were standing trying to make our way to the bar, a guy who was acting like a bouncer kept literally putting his hands on my boyfriend and pushing him saying 'you can't stand here'. We were do confused because we weren't standing anywhere that one would think is an issue so as I looked around I notice that he means we couldn't stand in-between the bar room and the dinning room. We finally make out way to the bar shoulder to shoulder and order 3 cocktails and a water which cost $50 and I have to say the worst drink I've had in a long time. It tastes like something you spike get a cheap Mexican restaurant. The bartender obviously used far too much simple syrup and cheap liquor not to mention the ice they use there is cheap ice chips. Needless to say that was my last drink of the night. \n\nAt one point a guy tells us we have to wait upstairs so we go all the way up upstairs and continue to wait. Finally after our pager goes off more then 30 minutes after our reservation was supposed to begin at 10:17pm. We head downstairs to the host who then takes yo back upstairs to sit. As we are walking up I ask if we could sit in the main dinning room and was told no. I was immediately concerned because it was so so loud upstairs like a nightclub. I was absolutely mortified that I had booked this place for my guests. The entire dinner felt as if we were at a bachelor party in a bad nightclub. Every table around us was filled with 22 year old celebrating something because every few minutes their tables would scream with their shot glasses in air. Us in our 40's felt completely out of place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made a reservation for 8:15, but didn't get seated until 8:45. The noise level and music would be my biggest complaint. We couldn't even have a conversation at dinner due to the volume. The place is beautiful and neat on the inside. Food was good and was brought out quickly, but overpriced for the portions. I probably wouldn't come back my next trip to NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food at an incredible restaurant. Tapas style was a hit with our group. Get the brussel sprouts, the ravioli.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place & would def recommend it!!! Only con is you've got to be prepared to wait over an hour past your reservation time to be seated 😕

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the time of my life. Great music and an excellent mature crowd.A must go if your in the NYC!!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic evening. Amazing food. Bar upstairs great fun to stay and have some drinks after dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great and our waitress was on point with her recommendations. Thank you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great experience from the moment we entered. Eclectic, fun, up-tempo - a visual feast! our waiter was fun, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was good, drinks creative - it was just a fun experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex is amazing. The ambiance is lively, cool, and very lounge-y. The service is impeccable, and the waiters/bar staff are extremely kind and helpful. The food is RIDICULOUS. \nWHEN you go, make sure to order the Tomato Soup/Grilled Cheese Spoons (a favourite from my many dinners here) and the Butterscotch dessert (a new favourite recommended by my awesome waitress). I'm a very picky eater, but you cannot go wrong with anything on this extensive, inventive menu. The perfect mix of comfort food classics and new inventive menu choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only issue I had was I had a reservation at 7:00PM, and was not seated till a little after 8:00 PM. An hour wait for an existing reservation. The Crab Rangoon and Beef Steak Tartar was amazing, and the cocktail menu is perfection! The staff amazing never fire them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere! Visiting NYC with my sister and our daughters! Beautiful and fun - we loved it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun atmosphere and good food, but I don't feel like I need to go back. Cocktails were great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment we walked in I wondered if we had come to the right place. The store front antique shop facade fooled me! We walked through into the restaurant which was warm and inviting. Our server was fantastic and tentative enough without fussing over us too much. The cocktail and the sparkling rose we had were top notch. I would have liked to have seen a bit more choice on the cocktail menu. The food was a delight , so tasty and still thinking about it now. We ordered 4 dishes which was enough for 2 of us. I cant stop raving about this place and looking forward to coming back in the spring or summer months when I next travel to New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I were visiting New York and had received numerous recommendations to try Beauty & Essex. Initially, I was quite disappointed as the lounge area was so crowded we couldn't even make it to the bar to grab a drink as we waited to be seated. We waited 45 minutes past our reservation time before we decided that we were going to leave. As we tried to turn in our pager the hostesses (who were lovely) assured us that we were about to be seated, treated us to a round of drinks and apologized very genuinely. \n\nI'm so glad we stayed. The food was truly some of the best food I've ever had in my life. Once you make it into the dining room the ambiance is incredible-- Energetic, but comfortable. The dining service was great, but I really have to commend the hostesses for keeping their cool on what was obviously a very crazy night and really turning our experience around. They even made sure that we had been well taken care of on our way out. \n\nDefinitely on our must-return list!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome atmosphere, craft drinks (get the Mule with Basil, amazing), must try the little cheese dumplings on a spoon (no idea what they are called, but OMG). I must say, be prepared to wait a long time to get seated EVEN with a reservation. I waited an hour after my reservation time on a Thursday night, but the place is a can't miss so.. it's worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cool vibe. Service was great. Food was incredible. Really neat how you come through a false front and then get into a rockin restaurant. We ate there for lunch but I bet dinner would be awesome.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex is a must when I am in NYC! Perfect for a girls night out or sexy date night. Perfect mix of a clubby atmosphere and upscale dining. Champagne in the bathroom tops off the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very cool spot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere hard to beat if you want trendy LES. Great small plates to share and cocktails. Fun place to start the night then bop around bars in LES. Location hard to beat. I'd go back for sure!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent place, and very, very cool. Would go there again in a heartbeat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome, hip, trendy restaurant, but very loud and very crowded. Our group loved the loud music and the hip crowd. We had reservations, but some patrons were waiting over an hour to be seated, nobody seemed to mind since the music and atmosphere is so energetic. Wait staff and hostess were lovely, not sure how they keep their cool with the large crowds but they do. If you are looking for quiet conversation -- this is not the place for you. If you are looking for big portions or cheap prices -- def not the place for you. But for fun, lively, hip, night on the town -- worth the wait and price.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant was extremely loud and crowded. We were constantly being bumped while waiting to be seated. We had reservations but waited almost an hour to be seated!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for brunch. Loved the drinks, the atmosphere and the Beignets!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Place was beautiful and secluded. No one would even know it was there. Best margaritas in city! However, disappointed that there were not larger meals to choose from and mostly all appetizer portions. The drive was much farther than I thought and very costly. All and all, was a great experience .

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wish I was told that the place turns into a legit lounge at the time I made a reservation. I reserved it for my birthday and was expecting a dinner and whatever may have you but it turned out to be rude upon arrival, then walk in to not know where anything was. It's good for a lounge I would go back for that for sure but why would one make a reservation for a lounge? Whatever they ruined the ending of my night... probably try to go again on a regular date night and early!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love Beauty & Essex!! I've been there several times and each time was just as good as the last. The food is amazing, as well as the drinks and ambiance. The tuna poke, lobster tacos, and grilled cheese bites are some of my favorites! I'd highly recommend this place

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were 7 minutes late due to traffic and weather and was told they have a 15 minute grace period. We waited over 35 minutes to get a table and service was quite slow.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thanks for a wonderful night of dinner from hell. I was immediately under my table after signing my Cheque crying bc a bottle was thrown at me. I was there to celebrate my sisters graduation instead I left with fear and anxiety. Pls avoid this place from hell I have been there before but this time it was different. I never seen people scared for life running around. Security had the nerve to escort me out and tell me at least I was not bleeding. FU security and the managers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made a 10pm reservation but were not sat until after 11pm. The host/hostesses were very pleasant but why would a restaurant overbook themselves so blatantly? The food and service were excellent but I honestly don't know if I would go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

If I could give It zero stars I would. I was so excited about this place we had reservations for 10pm. We spent so much money at the bar. 300 plus to be exact. We were finally sat after 2.5 hrs. And still waited another 30 mins for water. We finally got up and walked out after seeing multiple tables sat and fed that had reservations after us for the same amount of people. We were guaranteed an amazing booth for waiting and were sat at a center table no booth. Worst dining experience of my life.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just wonderful! Can't wait to be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food, beverage and atmosphere were superior as usual!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only negative was we had to wait a pretty long time, despite having a reservation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is lovely. The food is delicious and although the portions look small they really do leave you nice and full. I recommend their fried shrimp best I have had by a long shot since I move to NY. \n\nIt is a completely different vibe to Vandal, would suggest this is an evening, dress nice get together or a date type place. \n\nThanks - We will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it!\nBooked another reservation before we left! \nGreat food, fun atmosphere, can't wait to return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friendly and helpful wait staff. Always checking up on the table and making sure we were okay. The food was delicious! The kale and apple salad was a highlight as well or the short braised ribs. Delicious! Would definitely recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is great, great atmosphere, staffs are great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and ambiance but overcharged me for my meal by mistake and I'm still waiting to recover the $40 over charge. Great service but I would use cash to pay.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Beauty & Essex. I will say though that this last visit we were real rushed. I was putting food in my mouth and they were clearing my plates. They even we're taking plates with food on it. I actually had to tell them to quit it. I mean there were 7 of us and we ordered 14 dishes and had drinks and bottles of wine. That should not happen. But I will be back because we love it there and that was the first time that happened!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Beauty and Essex about six times now and every morsel of food I've had here has been incredibly delicious. I especially recommend the eggplant pizzetta. It's a glamorous setting but the wait staff is never pretentious. In fact, on our last visit our waiter was very patient with our party's varying dietary needs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My family visited recently to celebrate our parents' anniversary. We were seated close enough to our reservation time, which while expected, I had doubted that it would happen considering how busy it was that night (Friday, after Thanksgiving); I was glad for that surprise. The pawnshop entrance is a great touch to confuse or even unsettle guests until they enter the main restaurant space, which is grand, opulent, and at the same time sophisticated and chic. The interior is all that it's famed to be. Our parents didn't know what to expect, but once in the main space, the surprise of the interior added to the evening's occasion. Our server was pleasant, and had great patience with our group. She was able to accommodate the tapas selections to serve each guest, instead of the usual portion size, which wouldn't have given everyone dining an opportunity to have a taste of everything we ordered. The cocktail menu offered creative concoctions and was helpfully broken-down into 'sweet' or 'savory' categories. We enjoyed a round but focused on our food selections. For our group of 6, we selected 8 dinner items and 3 dessert items. The runners/bussers were super attentive and never let a dirty plate linger or a water glass remain empty; we received round after round of clean plates and utensils. If we judge the night by our parents' takeaway, then we highly recommend Beauty & Essex! They continued to rave about the food and the ambiance well after dinner was over. We'll be back soon enough ourselves.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately we had to wait an extra 25 mins for our table and we had arrived on time for our booking.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic experience. The decor is interesting, the crowd buzzing with energy, the music loud and the food is terrific. Service was attentive and excellent. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super dope place! Went meat 3 ways, beef tartare, marrow, short rib! Amaze balls!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great fun..amusing and great food. We LOVED our meal ....The waitstaff; mostly students, it seemed, were helpful and served with a smile, answering all questions. We had four tapas and it was more than we could eat, though we did save room for the unbelievable Black Bottom Pot de Creme.\n\nChicken meatballs with something magic served with it...moist and subtly flavored - were so tender. Thai Shrimp - fried to perfection so you can eat the whole thing tail and all ...is spicy and good. I loved the chicken mole.... delicious with cilantro and other unusual flavors. We started with the Serrano ham and Brussels sprouts - chopped in an amazing sauce served on toast was maybe the most interesting, unusual and enjoyable. We will return with friends and perhaps reserve the back private room for a special group dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Go for a drink, with a friends on a weekend night. It's more about the experience than the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great fun...we went for our last night in New York (we're from the UK) and it was totally worth the hype. As soon as you walk through the shop into the back, there's a great vibe, quite clubby. Verging on too noisey (there was a rowdy birthday party in the table in the middle), but it was an awesome experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great decor and comfortable tables. Nice selection of wines and signature drinks. Tapas were good but main salmon course was disappointing and taste was reminiscent of a catering hall.\nDesserts were weak as well. Service was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the energetic music and trendy dressed crowd. We only waited 5 minutes for our Saturday night reservation, which was great considering how busy it was. After dinner, we tried to get a drink upstairs but it was elbow to elbow to get to the bar around 12:30am so we went elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

While the red velvet waffles are enough for me to keep coming back to Beauty & Essex, they score high marks by all measure. Almost everything on their menu is absolutely awesome. The service is always excellent, the atmosphere is modern and sophisticated, and the prices, for where it is and what you get, are good. The drinks list is also outstanding, with some really creative and tasty cocktails on offer. \n\nMy wife and I make a point of having brunch at Beauty and Essex at every opportunity. Even though we don't even live in the Northeast (we're from Dallas) we've been 3 times in the past year!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

first but not last visit! LOVED everything about this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food , great service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Funky eaterie, but extremely busy and VERY expensive, totally over priced for what you are given. But then again so is everything in NYC these days! Back home in Ireland thankfully where we have it all, at much lower prices!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

In general it was awesome! The place is amazing, food was delicious and the champagne on he bathroom was an awesome touch. The only downside is that the other parties were a little to 'happy' and loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food and the energy in the place. Service was great and place is just a cool place to have some drinks and hang out with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with a group of seven people on Friday night and we had a wonderful night. Seated promptly, waitress was great and gave us guidance on menu selections. Food was fab - couldn't fault any of the dishes. Trendy spot and great for a group. It was little loud but overall it didn't take from the experience. Would definitely recommend it and will be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great time at Beauty and Essex. The drinks were good but pricey. The service was very attentive. Some dishes were a hit like the Kale and apple salad, crispy eggplant pizzetta, Thai style deep fried shrimp, lobster tacos and the box of warm donuts. However. There was a pasta with pesto and a fried egg that was not put favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The drinks were our introduction and they were fantastic! The appetizers were enjoyed and shared with all and every one was superb. The food portions were small but the food was so good that I would definitely recommend and I will visit again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came with my boyfriend and best friend. Absolutely wonderful service. This place is trendy, romantic, and just plain pretty. I'll be coming back for sure. NOTE: There's a bar in the ladies' room. Go for it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

b&e is a long time favorite, and it just renewed its status.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the ambiance, drink menu and of course the food. Grilled cheese dumpling soup is my favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is a favorite. It's somewhat pricey, but worth it. The Emerald Gimlet is the best. The food items are petit and expensive, but delicious. You can't beat it for atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food the service the restaurant was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited 1.5 hours past our 8:45 reservation, but everything else was amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

beautiful atmosphere.. perfect for a ladies or date night out. We waited over 2hrs for our table, we left before we could be seated but will return for another attempt.. A guest in our party could no longer wait. Most likely will go for brunch hours.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing. Especially the appetizers. Drinks were strong, which is great for the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came back after a couple of years and were amazed the place is still fantastic. Great feeling, great food, great atmosphere. We'll be back :-)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fanatic! Service was stellar! Vibe was energetic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome venue. The waiter was fantastic and the food was awesome. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pricy but still one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. They are flexible with reservations. Sometimes it is two notches too loud for a conversation-dinner but other than that, a nyc gem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Excellent ambiance, service, food, and decor. I'd be hard pressed to say another restaurant has better food. A truly memorable experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated upstairs upon arrival. A few large parties way too loud for us to talk to each other. The front manager was great in understanding and gave us another table on the 1st level in less than 30 minutes. The ladies room is like a lounge on its own. Serving champagne! Recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing, lobster tacos, philly pretzels, chicken meatballs, grilled cheese tomato dumplings, lobster mac and cheese and onion rings a must try. Desert I had the bacon Elvis Presley, I believe is the name. Closest thing to heaven. Will come again.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place! The ambiance was perfect, the drinks were great, the food was delicious, and they even gave me a cupcake with my candle for my birthday! Will be coming back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun fun fun place to take children who appreciate the finer things in life like fois gras and truffles! They love the secret storefront entranceway and I love the bathroom bubbly!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great date night! Food was terrific, waitress was strong and opinionated with great recommendations but could have presented more warmly with a smile. We were on a date not a mission! Lol\nAfterwords we used the restroom and I came out smiling with a free glass of pink champagne and headed upstairs to the romantic lounge to relax. 9.9 out of 10 for the perfect date night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is literally my favorite restaurant and I've only been here once. I'm hoping to visit again the next time I'm in New York. If you live here, you should be a regular. And if you're visiting this is the place you HAVE to stop by. AMAZING food, amazing service, beautiful decor and ambience. Looking forward to my next trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went on a Sunday night so we didn't run into the issues other reviewers did in terms of reservation vs. actually being seated. Service was good. Food was great. Menu had a lot of options. Cocktails were AMAZING although, like the rest of Manhattan, expensive. The entrance is cool. Atmosphere energetic and fun. Definitely not for you if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing meal. Security guard was super friendly and was very calm and appropriate when dealing with a drunk customer outside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have dined at the sister restaurants of Beauty and Essex and this was the last on my list. Though it is not my favorite of the group it definitely does not disappoint with its food. The only issue is that it does feel a crowded on a Saturday night. This is understandable given it is the hot spot on a Friday/Saturday night. I will definitely recommend this along with Stanton Social, Vandal (My favorite), & Tao.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent restaurant. Food was awesome, atmosphere was great, service was impeccable!!! We really had a great time. We didn't have a single dish that wasn't great. Highly recommend the burger, short ribs, lobster mac and cheese and desserts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is great. Each item that came out was delicious and the drinks were really good as well. The crowd is energetic and the place has great music. Gorgeous decor. I recommend it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome dining experience! Will recommend to any friend traveling to New York.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every single dish we ordered (around 8) came out completely cold. Duck nachos were mushy. Short ribs were tough. Grilled salmon tasted charred. Service was very slow. Ugh. Wouldn't return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant was amazing, service was great and loved the atmosphere! Would definitely recommend! Fun place with super food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun place- took my family for my daughter 16 birthday- great food and service and good energy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

enter through the secret door at the back of the antiques store in the front to a lovely and expansive place; great menu choices, all of which looked good coming by, including the pancakes, red velvet waffles and burgers; we had the beignets and mini chocolate croissants to start, and eggs benedict, lobster and chorizo hash, bacon, fried chicken biscuits, and short rib huevos rancheros for the mains, all of which were excellent. can't wait to return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing local, and experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great hot spot restaurant with great food, in a fun and sexy atmosphere. Highly recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for an weeknight dinner with a friend. The food is delicious and the cocktails are original and strong. While the service is friendly and professionally, the entree arrived too close to the appetizer. I mean literally two seconds. It seemed that they were rushing us out. My friend and I had no desire to linger but the rushed pace really is a turn off for a place of this calibre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience overall: From a corky entrance into a very sexy restaurant were the food was delicious. The 'on the house' mouth bites with beets etc promised us that great flavors and twists were to be expected. We ordered tuna sashimi which was good but the cucumber felt big and unnecessary. The crab Rangoon and lobster tacos that was excellent and broccolini was braised in a lovely soy sauce-yum! The mac n cheese bites in the tomato soup was like good little pizza bites-not much more than that,but not bad. Gelato dish was big and could probably be improved in taste and texture but still not bad. Drinks and wine was very good and fast. The bathroom offer a very fun surprise (sounds weird) and I will for sure come back and try more food and tell friends about this great place with the sexy atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is beautiful, crowded and noisy, with a quirky entrance. The service was excellent. Fries and onion rings were delicious, as were the scallops. Unfortunately the mushroom ravioli was cool by the time it arrived at our table. We considered sending it back to be warmed, but there were so many people coming and going, and we were hungry, we figured we may not see it again anytime soon, so we kept it and ate it. The crispy eggplant pizzetta was also cool by the time it arrived at our table. This seems to be a very basic requirement for serving food - that it is still hot by the time the customers eat it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant! Don't let the funky pawn shop entry fool you- I thought I was in the wrong place! A wonderful surprise to walk through the pawn shop to the beautifully decorated restaurant. It has a funky - yet elegant vibe. The restaurant was lively but quiet enough to have a conversation. My good friend and I had a 6:30 reservation - we met at the bar for a drink and sat at the bar until around 7:15 at our request. We never felt rushed to our table and when we were ready we were shown directly to our table. The restaurant was full and we had wonderful, conversation filled 3 hour dinner without being made to feel that we were lingering too long. The service was excellent- the wine and food were fantastic! The shishito pepper are to die for, the tuna tatami was fresh and flavorful! The food is great for sharing! We will definitely be back to Beauty and Essex with out husbands!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service, beautiful decor. Innovative menu and good portions for tapas.\n\nIt was my husband's bday and they surprised him with complimentary cupcakes with a candle.\n\nWill definitely be back and recommend to everyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and great service! The tune poke and the grilled cheese soup and dumplings were ridiculously good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was quite good and the space is nice in the early evening. However, the crowd turns rather tragically towards a club scene later in the evening. It felt like a cross between a club, strip bar and a frat party. I'm sure that is what some folks are looking for, however for a work dinner this was probably the wrong choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My new favorite hot spot. Great service as well as food and beautiful people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, music is loud enough to make the you the place fun, but the ceiling is. High so that you can chat with the rest of the table without crying.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Like the prawn shop entrance - very unique and fun to look at all the items especially the guitars up on the wall. The decor is elegant. The food overall taste pretty good. Love the place and will go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing drinks. Flavorful tapas. Well worth the trip even if you're not in the area. Order a bunch and share. You can't go wrong.\n\n Despite the website saying the dress is 'Smart Casual' most people are dressed to impress. You won't feel out of place if you're not in cocktail dress and you won't be the only one, but the overwhelming vibe is dressy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If I could give this place anything better than, 'Excellent,' I would. When you arrive, expect to see a pawn shop out front. You'll walk through to the back door, which is really the front door to the restaurant. Low lighting, lavish decorations and music start out the great first impression. The menu is mostly 'small bites,' but everything we ate (Crab Rangoon Jewels on Toast, Chipotle Duck Chilaquiles, Beauty & Essex Burger, Chicken Meatballs) was so delicious. I wanted to just keep trying everything on the menu, but I was getting too full too fast. The service was above and beyond expectations. We never had a glass that even reached the half-empty point. Plates were cleared within seconds of being emptied. Our waiter was charming and energetic, and was very knowledgeable about the restaurant and the menu. I would recommend this place to anybody looking for a great meal with good atmosphere in this area. Fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my go-to for a fun meal to start a big night out. Yes, it's noisy and pricy, but the ambiance is great and the food is always delicious, albeit tiny. People here are always well dressed, and the service is ever so slightly more aloof than I'd like, but that all plays into the vibe. Definitely try the scallops and the mini tacos! When you're done eating on a Friday or Saturday, head to the upstairs bar area, which turns into a dance party around midnight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When I have a guest coming from overseas that likes trendy and fashionable places, this is where I take them. Because I know I can trust there will be good music, great service, great food and an overall fun evening. This last round had the lobster tacos for the first time. Boy, they were great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent but we had to wait 45 minutes for a table, so no point making a reservation as it doesn't seem to matter.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique experience and a cool concept. Imaginative menu but doesn't really live up to the hype. We went for brunch and the server was pushing food in hopes of a higher bill - that was annoying and dampened the overall impression.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostess held us at the bar for 30 minutes past our reservation even though tables were available. What's the point in making a reservation if you're going to try to force me to buy drinks at the bar first? \n\nService was mediocre even though there appeared to be a lot of staff on hand.\n\nFood was great and the DJ was also very enjoyable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had an exceptional meal, high quality service and an impressive setting while dining at Beauty and Essex. I felt like I hit a trifecta!!!!! This place is not to be missed!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance makes this place what it is - a cool NYC hot spot. The food tries so hard and fails every time. I've been three times and won't go back (they say 3rd times a charm so I was hoping... but no luck). Menu is tricky tacos, Tiny servings, flavorless meat. Drinks aren't even that good and the watiers can't describe them - although they'll spend a lot of time trying to sell them to you. If you go, have lots of champagne (not the weird champagne cocktails) and try a drink at the bar in the bathroom... then maybe the food will taste as good as the eye candy patrons look

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent!! Service, food and ambiance! Thank you.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good. My daughter loved crab cake sandwich but my Husband complained that Steak and eggs was too salty. My lobster tacos was good but lobster was breaded and fried. Wished it was not breaded at all. Waiter came over to refill water few times but never offered or ask if we want refill of coffee.Will probably never return unless I am in neighborhood since I live in Long Island. Was in area to go to Tenement Museum.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding on all fronts. Will return and will recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything is great for us except sometimes the music can be overwhelmed. Other than that, we enjoyed our dinner in every sense!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Don't be alarmed when it looks like you're about to walk into a Pawn shop....you are, but the food and ambiance downstairs was incredible.\nThe vibe and music upstairs was even better. Definitely going back the next time I'm in NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex is a CHARM! We went for my son's 21st birthday and we had a wonderful dining experience. The venue is STUNNING!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was one of the top meals I've had for sure. The vibe in the place is amazing, the music is great and the cocktails are outstanding. Our server was exceptional, young looking guy (forgot his name), he knew his stuff. Being in the service industry myself, I appreciate what these people do, especially in a place that is insanely busy with non-stop turnover. The timing of our courses was perfect as we ordered a bunch of different dishes. Braised beef short ribs and the mac n cheese tomato soup dumplings are must haves. This is one place I would go to every weekend if i lived in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All I can say is phenomenal. From top to bottom, just delicious. Every course was better than the one before. Drinks were excellent and wine was great value. Ask for Pablo, he'll make your night special.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you like spending time at a place that caters to the bridge and tunnel crowd, then this is totally for you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband I really enjoyed our visit. Food is served tapas style - Menu was very diverse and the food was exceptional! The chef was very creative in blending flavors and textures.. would highly recommend. Note: A very happening, trendy place so the noise level was a bit too high \n\nwhat we sampled that evening - bone marrow toast, day boat scallops, mushroom ravioli, pasta meat bowl, grilled cheese tomato dumplings & the DONUTS IN A BOX (are a must try - tasted like authentic New Orleans Beignets!! ) \n\nps - there' is also a very fun & tasty cocktails menu, though we opted for wine instead\n\nIn sum, worth the trip a bit on the pricey side but will not disappoint!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic choice if you want to have it all: great food, great vibe and great location. Make sure you get a reservation if you're a group. Service is attentive but not hovering. Food is meant to be shared (appetizers and sides), and menu offers sumptuous range of choices! Definitely recommended for a fun night out or when you need/want to impress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just a wonderful experience , from the surprise entrance from the street to the wonderful suggestions and service from our waiter. The food was outstanding. Cannot wait to return again with friends and family .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food great service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex is an experience, and worth every penny! From the atmosphere, the decor, the food.... all the way to the restrooms. Starting with cocktails and 'Jewels on Toast' right through to a 'Box of Doughnuts', this is the kind of place that leaves you longing to return to. The food was exceptional and innovative, I'll be making plans to return!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was lovely except for the temperature. Even the men froze!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place would be perfect for good drinks. Great cocktails, trendy vibe. the food was so-so. Lobster tacos were not that flavorful. Chicken meatballs were nothing special. And the service was not good. Our waiter tried to bully us into ordering more food, and was nowhere to be found when we needed something. Would probably not go back for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous creative food served beautifully. And not ostentatious in the least. The noise level is almost unbearable. Four guests can manage it but more and you might as well go alone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance! Great food! Noisy but fun atmosphere 😉

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favourite places to dine in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

B&E still has it. The experience remains exciting and unique. And the food is really good. Cocktails are also excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food but small plates and very pricey. Everything we ordered was wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic restaurant!! Atmosphere & food are excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex was fantastic last night. The service was on point - I am usually really picky about this and they exceeded my expectations. The food - where do I start - fantastic! The philly pretzel is a must have, theBahn Mi Soft Tacos were phenomenal. Really enjoyed the Chili Salted Shishito Peppers - it was a generous serve and just the right amount of spice! Will 100% be back for another go at the menu!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tried it for first time this week - enjoyed the whole experience. Food/Decor/Vibe. Tomato soup with grilled cheese in spoons? Done and done. Every dish was a winner. Will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique and beautiful decor. Always loved coming here. Food is good and creative.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, good venue, cool area but slightly over priced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very cool and energetic spot! Fun spot to celebrate my birthday! Cocktails were great! Food was just ok... nothing special. Overall experience was fun!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The menu has some nice surprises and great wines. The dining room is full of lively, hip young people on weekends, but we've heard great things about the lunch menu. Lunchtime is likely quieter than dinner on a Friday night, but either way the food is excellent. I would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and beautiful atmosphere but very noisy. This restaurant would be good for a bridal shower or girls night out

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought my out-of-town friends to brunch here and we loved everything we ate. The grilled cheese soup dumplings were definitely a highlight. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with art deco stylings and a massive skylight. Definitely impressive for friends who are visiting NYC for the first time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food especially the appetizers seemed like they were defrosted from the freezer. Scallops were not fresh. Service poor. Waiter hardly checked on us. Seemed like a lot of tourists. Not a cool NY scene. Unique concept with pawn shop though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Showed up with a party of 6 at 6:45 for a 7:15 reservation, didn't get seated until 8:15. But it's NYC on a Friday night so we had a few delicious cocktails in the bar. Once seated our waitress came over with a complimentary glass of prosecco for everyone at the table - very nice. We ordered almost everything on the menu, standout items included the tuna tacos, pizzetta, and lamb entree. I was celebrating my birthday with my twin sister and they brought out cupcakes with a candle for dessert. Overall the restaurant didn't disappoint, it's a good place for a celebration if you're looking for high energy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful time celebrating my husband's birthday at this amazing place. The atmosphere was so fun and energetic. We were a party of four so we got to try a lot of the small plates. We loved the chile rellenos empenadas and the crab rangoon toasts, especially, but everything was great. The doughnuts for dessert were perfect. Can't wait to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wrote, that it was my Birthday, but nothing happend :0(

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a fantastic place. Great atmosphere, service and food. They even offer free champagne in the restroom. I'll definitely go again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place was super rad, the grilled cheese tomato soup bites were killer. Felt like I was on a drunk episode of sex and the city. Don't need a shovel to dig it. Boom

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

To congested, can't even walk to the restroom without bumping into diners. Very noisy also.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had 7 pm reservation and were seated around 8 - 8:15 pm. Supervisor/ manager was very accommodating and certainly tried to make my complaining guests comfortable. Food was delicious. Very noisy ambiance and lovely decor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was disappointed by the service when we went for Saturday brunch for a bachelorette party. Upon arriving, we were informed by the hostess and our waiter that brunch ended at 3pm (our table was for 2:30), and that the kitchen would be closed. We rushed to order food so we would have something to eat, and they brought out everything together around 3. However, we continued to see them seat others in the dining area. We asked about possibly ordering more around 3:20, and the waiter said he would check. He came back with one page of the menu (which happened to be what we had ordered from before), and informed us the kitchen was NOT closed as previously stated, but just not the full brunch menu. As this was a celebration, it would have been nice to have downtime before the food came out to enjoy a drink, settle, give gifts, etc. without having all the food on the table in the way and getting cold.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

a very nice restaurant in a classic NYC neighborhood . food was very well prepared and the service was very good. we will def be visiting again in fact the reservation has already been made.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

i had recently read that Beauty and Essex was given a top rating from open table, so my husband and i decided to give it a try.\nwhat a great surprise as the food was outstanding.\nthe bbq ribs and the tuna sashima were some of the best i have ever had.\ncant wait to go back again and try some other options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A fantastic experience! Food exceeded expectations in all respects and would love to share details, however, our awful check-in experience must be addressed. We arrived promptly for our 6:30pm reservation. After passing through the pawn shop (very cool!), we waited in line to check-in. I told the hostess we had a reservation for a party of six, and she told me to let her know when the rest of my party arrived. I told her our party was complete and we were all there and ready. She said they would need to prepare our table and gave me a pager and said she would buzz when our table was ready. She said we could order drinks at the bar while we waited. I was concerned that we might not have time to get our drinks before our table was ready, but we were served quickly in the bar and had our drinks by 6:40pm. Our party of six enjoyed our drinks and at 7pm began to wonder if we had missed our buzzer signal. So, I approached the hostess and said that I was checking on our reservation since it was now 7pm. She told me that my party hadn't arrived until 6:49pm, and they only had a 15 minute grace period, but she would try and accommodate us when a table opened up. I assumed she was looking at the wrong reservation, so I told her my name again, and said that our complete party had arrived at 6:30pm. She said the system showed that I checked in at 6:34pm and the rest of my party hadn't arrived until 6:49. I said there must be a mistake because all 6 of us were in the bar with drinks the whole time, but she argued with me and insisted we had not arrived until 6:49. I began to explain that was impossible since we all had been in the bar, but she cut me off and said, regardless, there was no table for us, and that we would have to wait until a table opened up. Needless to say, it was infuriating, not for the confusion (that is understandable), but for the horrible attitude and argumentative hostess that tainted an otherwise exceptional meal.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bad, bad, bad service. When we arrived, we waited 45 minutes for our pre-booked reservation from Opentable. Then, we were accused of making a reservation of 4 but we were 5 people. Since it was written in an email as confirmation for 5, I really don't understand the attempt to accuse the customer. We were seated in a 4 people table instead of a 5. No one apologized. It was weird. In the end, we were politely encouraged to pay the check and leave. I won't be recommending and won't come back.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Shocking. Overbooked and clearly couldn't manage anything. No help in sorting us after waiting for an hour and having travelled all the way to New York and booked months in advance meant nothing. \nThanks for nothing and for caring even less!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved every minute ! The staff the food the location perfect !

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made a reservation on Open Table about a month ahead, then a week before we received a phone call telling us they would be closed on that day because they were going to film something there. I guess that can happen, though it is kind of a shitty thing to do to people who already have a reservation.\n\nThey offered to move us to another restaurant owned by the same group, Stanton Social, and we would get a free glass of champagne to make up for the inconvenience.\n\nWhile Stanton Social wasn't bad, it wasn't the quality or ambiance I was used to at Beauty & Essex, and they forgot about the glass of champagne, which doesn't really add to the whole customer experience. Quite disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is a hidden gem. Cool atmosphere and great food! Loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is very cool, from the pawn shop entrance, to the sophisticated dining area, and helpful and attentive staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was amazing. Our sever was outstanding. Loved the food and the atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waitress was really rude

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun. Not crazy expensive for a fancy ny restaurant. It's mainly smallish plates which you order a number of. We enjoyed all of the food and drinks. It's enjoyable to go somewhere cool for an hour or two that has good food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostess was terrible. \n\nDespite having a 8:45 confirmed reservation through open table and all members of the party being present, she kept us waiting for 40 minutes past our already confirmed reservation time without providing any explanation as to why. TERRIBLE SERVICE

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for a birthday dinner. Service was great - server was knowledgable and friendly.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beauty and Essex is a great place to bring a date, for a special occasion or, as in this instance, to bring guests from out of town. I brought a business aquaintance from London, and he and his group had a wonderful time. We share a lot of small dishes, but in the aggregate we over ate. Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited for over an hour for our table, even with reservations. \nIt was a birthday celebration and the wait, with nowhere to sit, and no room at the bar was awful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Without doubt the one restaurant I return to each visit to New York. Food is consistently amazing, best play list, beautiful and attentive staff, serious gin and tonics and atmosphere incredible.... Overall best dining experience to be had!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES in NY. Come here whenever I'm in town (if I remember to make a reservation in advance!) The service is unbelievable - friendly, attentive, accommodating. The food is out of this world! Especially the Grilled Cheese/Tomato Soup and the butterscotch mouse. The fried fish tacos were our favorite this trip. The ambiance is chic and the crowd is lively and fun. Great people watching.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had such a great time, it was a 30th birthday. Loved the bubbly in the ladies room and the food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited Beauty and Essex on Oct. 29th for a birthday celebration. The food was great and the drinks were different but very good. Highly Recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We very much enjoyed our dinner. The place is amazing. We are 'foodies' and found everything to be perfect and true delightful experienced. Thank you to all who recommended Beauty and Essex.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful scenery. Great vibes. Amazing food. Amazing Drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yummy food, great service... we'll be back to try brunch!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great house craft cocktail selections - love that it is clear which are sweet and which are not. Excellent menu with diverse selections. Attentive and helpful service staff. Tapas style ordering and service works our great. Loved the cider shot on the dessert menu. For the women in the group, a restroom visit is a must; maybe the men's restroom amenities will catch up someday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great ambiance, very good service. My friends and I enjoyed it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

With the entrance located at the back of a pawn shop, you would never know from the outside that a fantastic restaurant is located on the inside. Well staffed bars take care of your every drink need, and the food and service in the energetic restaurant is nothing short of fantastic. Most plates are tapas style to be shared with everyone at the table, and there is never a doggie bag - the food is simply too good to not eat all of it right then and there. Make your reservation as much in advance as possible - trying to walk-in and do anything other than get a drink is next to impossible. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great birthday celebration at Beauty & Essex. The atmosphere was energetic and fun. The food and drinks were fantastic. We will definitely suggest it to friends and will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We'd never have found this place if it wasn't recommended to us by a local, but we're so glad we did. The food was delicious (though portions were a bit smaller than we were normally served in NYC) and it's a very trendy venue. Check out the bar area upstairs too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our service and food was exceptional. However the club music in the dining room was unexpected and made it extremely hard for our group to enjoy the evening. Great spot for a girls night out, not the right choice for a work dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was creative and everything we ordered was amazing. Service was attentive without being annoying and gave great suggestions on wines and food. The overall space is pretty cool, but it did get a little noisy as it filled up. A bit pricey but worth the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were not sure what to expect - it was unique, quality, great food, slick service. Went with a friend and our 2 x 17 year old daughters , they really enjoyed it. The menu didn't seem to follow any theme -'we all chose different and all were tasty, even down to the onion rings!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Phenomenal service! A definite must visit if you're looking for a memorable experience :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely loved this restaurant! Visited on a Sunday night and it was very busy but our waiter was very attentive and provided honest advice! Favourite dishes were; tomato dumpling soup (amazing), kale salad, ribs, tuna taco and wines by the glass were also very nice!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The most Perfect ambiance in ny! the place to go when in New york. The best and most helpful staf!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex was great, food was amazing, service was great! Perfect for a girls night out, or special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and ambiance. They did make us wait a bit because we were missing one person in a large party but eventually seated us. Great tapa style food for brunch! Beware of the pricey $17+ drinks!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a horrible experience. After securing an 8:30pm reservation, we weren't seated until 9:45pm with no apologies. We weren't even given a beeper to be called when our table was ready like other people. They said they would text us. Unfortunately, it was extremely noisy in the restaraurant, which we usually don't mind at all in most cases but during this time, so we had to constantly check to see if a text had gone through. The food was mediocre at best. The only salvation was that our server was quite pleasant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food here is always great but this brunch was even better than usual

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Every dish was fantastic, service was perfect. Will return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a reservation and they made me wait an hour before sitting us. Drinks were way overpriced. Some drinks were $19, even for NYC that is ridiculous. The food was ok if your are a fan of tapas style. I wouldn't recommend going there hungry otherwise you will spend a lot more than you plan. Bread pudding was really good. Only highlight of my experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were told the restaurant was tapas style by our waitress - she had explained that as we were a group of 8, most tapas came with 6 pieces, so she would add 2 extra items to each tapas so we had enough for 8. She also told us we would need 8 different tapas which was way too many. In the end, most didn't come with 6, but only 2 items, so we were served for examples $70 worth of huevos rancheros. It was very misleading.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went to Beauty & Essex to have dinner with my sister, and we both loved it! We went here on a Saturday night and the place was super packed (make reservations!!!). We got here about 15 mins before our reservation, but we weren't seated until 20-25 mins after our reserved time. That was the only downside to the night, but everything else was great.\n\nWhile we waited, we went to the bathroom (the free champagne helped the wait). Our waitress was extremely nice and seemed to know a lot about the menu. I would recommend going here with a group of friends since the portions are perfect for sharing. However, I wouldn't recommend going here on a first date. While the restaurant is amazingly beautiful, the music is a bit on the loud side. All in all, I would give this restaurant a 9 out of 10 -- beautiful, good music, lively, great food, and friendly wait staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a fabulous time at Beauty and Essex!! All of our dishes were amazing (especially those BBQ fries and scallops). The ladies bathroom champagne bar was also a pleasant surprise! Will definitely be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the tapas! Great way to share with friends and try so many dishes!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time there, but will not be my LAST. Loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place!! Food, ambiance and service outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Knocked this review down a star because we had a reservation and weren't seated until 45 minutes after the fact. The service was good though, and the food came quick.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex is a classic place to go to impress out of towners. It is a very cool environment with lots of interesting menu items and lots of small plates that allow you to try many different things. I think part of what you're paying for it the hype an the atmosphere, but all in all the food is good and I'm always pleased with the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time at Beauty and Essex our waiter Mark was awesome helpful with menu great suggestions and superb service highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place!! I can't wait to come back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Halloween night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food (beverages) and service was excellent. Our first time to this location. We previously went to Stanton Social restaurant a couple of years ago. We're senior's from SW Virginia....., so the ambiance was a little noisy for us. But we would go back and highly recommend!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best oven braised chicken meatballs in The World !!! To die for ...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

So much fun and the food was excellent. Women should be sure to check out the champagne bar in the restroom

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is place is excellent for people watching. The service is way too fast since they remove your plate while you are eating the last bites. But it is fun, non pretentious and decent food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went here for a friends birthday. We made the mistake of eating a little earlier which did help actually because we didn't have to order many things! My friend loved the kale apple salad a lot. The bbq fries were AMAZING and the lobster mac and cheese I'd skip on. The staff and waiters were exceptional and so helpful. OH DESERT. GO HERE FOR DESERT. OMG. The Devil layer cake WAS TO DIE FOR. I'm still craving it. The drinks area was very beautiful. Overall it was worth the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is cool on EVERY level and I wish I could have had a complete meal. We went pre-Broadway show and our time was limited. What a shame! Food was fantastic and service was top notch! We told them of our time constraints and they delivered without skipping a beat. They have some great signature cocktails, too. My favorite dishes were the Soup Dumplings (seriously a MUST HAVE) and the Phillie Pretzel. I cannot wait to go back! This is my new favorite on Manhatten.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Used to be one of my favorites. great place which offered great food. Even took the private room for a group few years ago. Yesterday was a disaster. Did they change the chef and kitchen team? Food was completely tasteless. Ordered 6 dishes and only the kale salad was good. tuna sashimi : so-so , all other just bad. Lobster taco - hard and dry, pork pizzetta - tasteless, short-ribs - uneatable. on top of it dishes keep coming out so fast that it was clear we are being rushed. for $200 a couple there are too many better choice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the place we actually booked for our wedding and it was FANTASTIC. This was the first time we went back - and two out of the three meals had to be returned to the kitchen. My drink was not made as listed and my wife couldn't even eat her meal because even after returning due to her food being cold - it was still cold and felt like it was just put in the microwave to warm up. I think it was a bad day for B&E. not how we want to remember the place where we said our I-Do's

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was pretty disappointed with my experience. We were seated 45 minutes after our 10:45pm reservation. The food and service couldn't make up for the delay to our evening and it ruined our after dinner plans. We weren't the only ones, the host desk was full of people complaining about the delay for their tables....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great meal, great experience. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and looking forward to going back. Make reservations well in advance to get the time you want.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent restaurant, server was great\nMust have grilled cheese, steak, drinks, womens bathroom for champagne

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had not been here in several years and previously with larger groups. The menu looks like it was condensed a bit but there were still plenty of options. Service was wonderful and the quality of the food never disappoints. My only caution is not to sit on the main aisle - I was 'bumped' into several times during the course of my meal.................once in the head!\n\nOther than that a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our 4th time here! This is one of our Fave's each time in NYC! The small tapas type portions are what we like. There was just 2 of us this time, but when we have 4; it's fun to order a bunch of small dishes to share! Highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was specatular. The ambience, the food, the service all were top notch. I will definitly be back often!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love coming here, been over a dozen times. Only have had one terrible experience. My only thing is that they should start to limit the amount of people at the bar. It gets a bit frustrating when youre taking people to a nice restaurant to have to stand at the bar with people who arent there to eat, but to drink,\nMaybe they should limit one of the bars to people who are not holding reservations? Its tough, especially when you go there to eat and talk.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was so much fun and good! Great tapas!!! Lively atmosphere! Nice service and good drinks!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My daughter who lives in the City booked this restaurant for us. A son who lives in SanFran came in for a visit, so the other 4 of us converged here to have a brunch and family get together. When you see the entrance off the street it is confusing - looks like a store selling vintage stuff. Once you enter through the next door you come into a stellar restaurant. Great vibe, classy bar, awesome room (upstairs too). The food is modern tapas style from red velvet waffles, to lobster chorizo hash (unreal), little cheese-things in tomatoe soup on a big spoon, the list is endless. beautiful eggs, bacon to die for. Our waitress was helpful, friendly, service was superior. Food came out as fast as we could eat it, and we left NOTHING on our plates. The drinks were creative and very good as well. I cants ay enough. Go visit this unique special place, you wont be sorry!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice experience, Good food and atmosphere. Quirky entrance!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was so noisy! The food was good, the service was OK, the wine list was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an early reservation before a show and our experience was excellent. I'd love to see it later in the evening when it's full. Beautiful sexy space and the food was excellent. Service from everyone was really good. Will visit again next time in NY. Thanks!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The only one bad thing to say about this amazing place is the wait staff -they rush guests trying to enjoy their food and atmosphere. It was three of us and we had our plates snatched from our faces basically when still picking on the food! That's a scandal. Our waitress would come to our table every few min with the question: 'are you guys still working on it???' . If we would like to grab a falafel in the truck on the go - we would do it. But instead - our intention was to catch up after a long time of not seeing each other with great food, beautiful ambiance and possibly accommodating staff. \n\nEverything else was superb. It is an amazing place. Definitely recommend it.\n\nKaro

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere & wonderful food\n\nExcellent in every way, never fails to impress

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant deserves nothing less than superlatives: it never fails to provide excellent beautifully prepared food , great service, vibrant party atmosphere all without sacrificing anything in quality. Yes you have to wait, its always packed but that is because it is consistenly a great night out. Kudos to the whole team

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food in an amazing setting. Truly worth the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Simply fantastic. Our server, Kristin, was superb! She was a gem and made our experience wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was amazing. Busy and energetic atmosphere would definitely go back! Went for dinner, would like to try brunch or lunch next time a I heard those are good as well.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really wanted to love Beauty and Essex. The food was lovely but the service was lacking. We were first timers and could have used some help navigating the menu but didn't receive the help we needed. My friend ended up with a plate of lamb chops that had no accompaniment. Had we realized, we would have loved to try some of the 'accessories'. Drink service was also slow at the table. Again, the food was lovely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very hip! Halloween was a hoot . Best (strongest) Manhattans in Manhattan

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The speakeasy, pawn shop entrance is very cool, but it just gets better from there. The ambience inside is even better. The food is worth the price and the cocktails are pretty good. Definitely experience it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall nice night; the food is just average, however the drinks were excellent and creative. Fun place for a date in NYC. The place was busy, fun and a good atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was the perfect place to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday! Great food, great 'speakeasy' vibe and excellent service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great trendy place to take a date or friends when you want to impress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I really enjoyed our meal here: unique menu and beautiful dining room. Service was excellent: very knowledgeable and attentive. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Red velvet waffles were delicious and tacos

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been here a few times. Went for friend bday. Food was good as always and the music that was playing throughout the restaurant. However, the service was EH, could of been a lot better. Other than that it's always a good vibe when I come here for dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Much too noisy. Had to shout for others to hear me. Food was just OK.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incredible food and a good party atmosphere. The experience was marred by an hour wait - only to find that there were empty tables and they'd simply forgotten to seat us, with no explanation or apology.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation for 7:45 on a Friday and arrived 10 minutes early. Until we complained 3 times we were not seated and that was at 8:15. While the service and food were excellent after this, it really put a damper on the evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything from the ambience, service and food were simply amazing. We had brunch there and I couldn't have been more happy with the choice. Because we had such a great time there it just made our whole trip that more memorable. Without a doubt a must restaurant on anyone's New York list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went back after a year, still a wonderful spot. Some of the menu items have changed, and some of our favorites were modified or no longer available. Still a great spot - will not wait a year before the next visit...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best experience ❗️ A favorite most definately❗️

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic concept and design. The energy throughout the entire restaurant is fantastic, albeit a bit too loud for talking to your friends at dinner. The food was absolutely delicious - from the dumplings, chilaquiles, baby back ribs, salmon - everything was perfect! I thought our service was subpar, however, as we rarely saw or spoke to our waiter. And even more so, I was very taken aback by the hostess stand, who were not only inattentive but rude at times. We waited 30 mins past our reservation time to be seated, and though that is sometimes understandable, I would expect a little more courtesy by your stand of first impressions. Overall a good experience though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waiter perpetually trying to upsell. Disappointing amount of concern for our actual interests/appetite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went here with a group of girls for my bachelorette party. I knew it must have been a happening joint because there were at least two other bachelorette parties going on that same night. There was quite an energy inside so I would reconsider going here if you're looking for an intimate romantic environment. This is more of a place to see and be seen. Don't get me wrong, the food is delicious. Everything we ordered came to our table looking artful and tasting delicious. The cocktail menu was also plentiful and well balanced. I will definitely be coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the ambience. Shared plates for our party of 4 were superb! Large gorgeous space with outstanding service.\nWill definitely return. Best with group, and celebration

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I came here for the second time with a group of girlfriends for a combined birthday / congratulatory new job dinner. As usual, the food was very tasty and the presentation beautiful. My only complaint is that not all of the small plates come with the same amount of servings, so not everyone got to try everything even though we intended to share. I wish there were some way to distinguish sizes. Overall, we had a great time and I would definitely recommend this place to a friend. It's a bit pricey, so I would reserve for special occasions as opposed to weekly datenights. Don't forget to make a reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

as per usual, food served at beauty & essex exceeds expectations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went to this restaurant on a recommendation from someone I shared a cab with from the airport and didn't quite know what to expect. The décor and ambiance of the restaurant are beautiful but not stuffy- definitely trendy, hip and with-it ;). The food was outstanding, especially the pickled peach toast. I highly recommend the woodsman, a bourbon drink with muddled peaches-best drink I've ever had!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex is a fabulous restaurant! It is a neat experience to walk through a pawn shop to get to a door that leads you into this hot spot. The atmosphere is lively and energetic and the food is whimsical and delicious. I'd highly recommend!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful service and awesome food. Two of us didn't like our first choice in drinks and they happily changed our drinks for new ones. Chocolate semifreddo with pop rocks was the best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food amazing, great ambiance. Well worth coming back to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brought my family here for my sister's birthday. They were so impressed and had so much fun dining here. Thanks to B&E for making it a memorable evening!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous food and cocktails, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good food and service, a little too noisy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this restaurant and have visited 3X. \nThe food is wonderful bursting with great flavors. The tuna tacos appetizer was delectable. Love the salmon and steak for entrees and the chocolate rice krispy dessert was off the charts.\nAdditionally, this is a beautiful space for any occasion. From dining out with girlfriends, date with husband or family gathering.\nYou must dine here! Go on Open Table immediately and make reservations!. You will love it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second visit to B&E and both times have been incredible! Great spot for girl's night! Don't miss the champagne in the ladies' room ;)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brunch or dinner are both delightful for a girls-night-out (or afternoon out!). The Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon and Tomato Soup Dumplings are served at both meals and should not be missed - they're tasty and whimsical. Four small plates will do you just fine for two, but order five if you're hunger or feeling peckish or just want to try it all, it's not that excessive. The cocktails are creative and sinfully strong!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fantastic as usual!! Our out of town guests really enjoyed sharing the small plates. Cocktails were amazing and all was served with excellent care. A true NYC gem, great food with amazing ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing place to dine in NYC! Actually it's a MUST done whenever in NYC! Food and service is always great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really enjoyed this meal, loved the variety of choices, great bar drinks, great atmosphere. One of the best dinners out of our week in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server knew the entire menu, and made suggestions to us that were excellent- she didn't steer us wrong at all!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was really surprise\nThe dekoration and the ambiente are amazing\nThe food (Ribs) were amazingly good\nThe service young, super attentive and fast\nThe decoration very spectacular\nI've recomendet my friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My experience was great. The food was amazing and the service went above and beyond. Grilled cheese dumplings were by far my favorite. I would definitely go again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food- all designed for sharing.\nFun, classy, loud atmosphere\nExcellent service\nSlightly on the expensive side

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was disappointed that Lobster Tacos were not on the menu anymore but, everything else more than made up for it. The waiter was attentive, the seats were spacious, the food was spectacular. Definitely something different from Stanton Social and arguably better. Would highly recommend and go back again

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food. Taste presentation. Multi level place had a fun feel- a mix between a private dance club and a brownstone fine home. Fun wall stuff most everywhere, I little lacking in the Ist floor middle entrance seating, but the mirrored wall helped, a lot the wall behind me was bare, so my guests didn't have anything to look at except me! But no big deal. Would return

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, lively and fun atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is always fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Definitely have the grilled cheese tomato soup dumplings, fried thai style shrimp, meatballs and tuna tartare tacos. Empanadas would good too as well as crab rangoon

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best restaurants in NYC.....it has it all great Bar, Food ,service & atmosphere. It doesn't get any better then Beauty & Essex!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex continues to be one of hottest spots in town. Food is out of this world, and the atmosphere is always upbeat & energetic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great time at this little spot where my girlfriends and I went after a show. Great vibe, decor and even the womens bathroom has something spectacular going on that you must see! Excellent time and can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I were recommended Beauty & Essex from a friend and honestly didn't know what to expect. The experience blew our expectations out of the water. I prefer traditional food, not a huge fan of veggies or 'foodie food.' That said,I ate more broccolini than my wife, I tried beets on a wafer, and I became a foodie for a night! The tables were a bit close to other tables, but we ended up meeting a very nice couple next to us and talked with them most of our meal.\n\nVery pleased with our decision!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Elegant decor with food to match.\nLove the 70's glam feel of this place combining sofistication with historical feel. Food is amazing. We especially loved the roasted bone marrow, the crab rangoon, and the chicken meatballs. Eggplant pizzetta was good too. Had the burger as well but would recomnend to skip that dish unless you like that strong mediterranian spices, which we didn't. The fries that came with burger was good. For dessert, we had the dark chocolate peanut butter moose, delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was amazed by ambience and the food. Will definitely take friends back there soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful mood and ambience. \nSignificantly overpriced and overrated food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

When you pull up go ahead and get out as it does not look like a first class restaurant from the outside and I am sure that is the intent, but it is a fantastic bar and restaurant. Great food, great service, and I would go back anytime I am in New York.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Funky and cool.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is a 'shared plates' concept. Prices seem fair per dish but you can easily overpay 4 times as much because the orders are unclear. It's not like other restaurants where you pay for that one dish and it serves a certain amount of people. Instead, you order a $12 dish and they make enough to feed your entire party (even though half your party does not want to eat that dish) and you end up paying $36 ($12 x 3) instead. Basically, you can easily overpay because you have no control of how it works. Another thing is that my nonalcoholic drink was $12, it should have been in a tall glass with less ice. In terms of the food, it was good but not amazing. I've definitely had better and for half that price too. My friends were impressed but I think it was mostly because of presentation and a restaurant with a concept that differentiates themselves from others. I am a foodie and also a culinary student so, you can say I'm a little hard to impress. Overall, everything was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

In a city full of amazing dinning experiences, this one is able to still stand out! It starts with a hidden entrance and goes up from there. Outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant, but you need to consider that all guests should be at the same time, if not you will need to wait to be seated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incredible food, amazing experience can't wait to go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Haven't been there for several years. Food was absolutely fabulous! Love the small plates bone marrow was a winner but so were the veges, scallops and desserts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had dinner and drinks here on a girls trip to NYC. We loved everything about this place. Atmosphere was incredible, staff were wonderful and the food was amazing. Loved the champagne in the restroom! Would recommend to anyone visiting New York.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is horrible. I went there for lunch and could not believe I did not enjoy not one of the dishes my husband and I ordered. Maybe it is better for dinner but for brunch/lunch--- it has subpar than expected. Place is beautiful but that's it as far as I'm concerned. Service was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've know about is place forever but delayed eating here for years. Lovely, exciting entrance through a pawn shop led me to a posh reataurant. Hostess assigned a lovely table in the back as I requested. This is always a plus. Wait staff was helpful, friendly and polite. Made some excellent recommendations such as the dumplings, kale salad, tuna tacos, fried shrimp and beyond amazing onion rings. Drinks were good but not amazing. I had one and it was enough. Passed on dessert as we were too full but they did look inviting on other tables. Only things that bothered me were the extremely young, somewhat snobby diners dressed like for a fancy party. Crowd wasn't diverse at all. I felt a bit out of place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was an awesome Restaurant Week find. Energetic, funky music in bar with a great cocktail list, dinner prix fixe menu was full of really interesting and delicious choices. Loved the little tacos. Really really loved them. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

nice restaurant with good food and good service. The hostess was very accommodating. We did not like the location of our table and when I told the hostess, she made an effort to find us a better location which was perfect. It made our experience memorable. Thank you

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our party of 4 arrived 20 minuted early for a 8:45 p.m. reservation on Saturday. There to celebrate 25th birthday of our twins. Specifically requested that we be seated in first floor dining room, even if we had to wait awhile. Thirty-five minutes later, after having drinks at the bar, hostess (no smiles) tells us we should follow her upstairs. I ask again about first floor table and she says ' no tables available' with a smirk. We were seated at what could best be described at a corner 'mini-booth' small table intended for 2 people next to the stairs used by servers to transport food, etc., from the first floor kitchen to the second floor. Hostess instructs a server to place 2 chairs on opposite side of the 'mini-booth' so that the chairs are partially blocking the aisle. A space heater is on full blast behind my wife's chair. During the dinner, servers and guests were bumping into both chairs, and the space heater was very annoying. Sent email to restaurant management but no response.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My group went here for a morning after brunch for a Bachelorette party. We loved it. Food: Amazing (the tomato soup and grilled cheese bites are the best. Service: Fantastic. Ambiance: Stellar. Go here and make your mouth happy. Now.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic place. Great tapas.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Even with reservations, we had to wait an hour before being seated. Not exactly controllable but annoying nonetheless.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Environment was fun. Food great. Service was efficient and excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very sexy restaurant. Excellent food. Service is spot on. Chris runs a beautiful restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dinner with out of town friends that we haven't seen in a while. Great choice, outstanding food, excellent selection/variety of small plates. Although very loud restaurant, we were seated at a table that was perfect for my hearing issues.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite place to dine while visiting NY!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, super inventive and fun, and great atmosphere! Really good service as well. I left feeling really full and pleased!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Recommendations were right on target! If I lived in New York, this would be my special occasion 'go to' restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My friends and I went here for my birthday and it was the best birthday spot! The food was amazing, atmosphere was great and we had an amazing time!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The dinner was fantastic unfortunately the wait for a table was horrible. We had a 7:30 reservation, were running a few minutes late but we called to let them know. We arrived at 7:40 and they told us it would just be a few minutes for a table. We were not seated until 8:30. We didn't order drinks because we assumed it would only be a few minutes, if we had an accurate time estimate we would have found a spot in the lounge to wait. Waiting almost an hour for a table, without really knowing how long the wait would be, is a bit ridiculous.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex was recommend back home in the UK. \n\nThe whole experience seemed a good idea. \nOur table was booked for 1930hrs \n Shown to our table given our food order which we had to send the waitress away to give us more time to open the menu and look at it.\n\nOur food started to come our table poorly presented and what annoyed me the most was as soon as the last item was removed from from a serving plate it was taken away from your table, making the experience rush to get you back out the door and back in a taxi. \n\nSomeone was even walking around checking when you had opened the wallet to check the bill and put a card or money in it to settle up. \n\nWhole experience not a good one would I recommend it, NO I don't think I would .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was great, personalized service. Very romantic being able to share your meal with your significant other as the dishes are designed to be shared.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the unique pawn shop at the front to the intimate dinning room in the back, everything was top notch! We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday and we have been happier with the entire experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was super nice but we barely saw him after he took the order. I sat there with my empty drink for at least 10 minutes waiting for someone to offer a second one, and even though I tried making eye contact with everyone who walked by I resorted to flag someone down... Place is beautiful and food is ok but the service was lacking.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love that this great cocktail bar is on opentable. What a treat. This place is great, fun and fast service for a huge place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great time. Food was good, the service could have been a little more on point that evening but it's not something that was a huge bother. Value wise, I feel that some of the portions could have been a little more generous. It's a really good fun scene though, it's excellent for groups.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A first time dinner at Beauty & Essex was such a fun, cool and excellent time. It combined exclusiveness with an openness and friendly service that just seems rare today. The food was very good and our servers we helpful and friendly. Will come back again!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

For a restaurant of this calibre, service was very choppy; having to ask for clean cutlery should not be required. The food was good, but it's all about the vibe. High energy and lots of buzz in the dining area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time for all four of us; it was a fun place to visit, although the noise level made that difficult at times. The small plate idea made it fun to share and to try a lot of different items; the food was very good; drinks a bit on the weak side (especially for the price). The service was very attentive and we were greeted nicely when we arrived. It is a trendy NYC place and we are all a bit on the older side but the hostesses and wait staff were lovely. We went for brunch but I look forward to going back for dinner. Fun place for something completely different!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time at this restaurant. The first time was also for brunch but I was seated upstairs and I found the dining room to be more intimate. I sat close to the kitchen and between the loud music, wait staff and patrons traffic and chatter I was forced to dine and dash.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was really great diring brunch. Portions were perfect and cocktails plentiful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've come here a number of times. It's trendy and has a great vibe and the food is usually quite good. But went for a special occasion and the food wasn't as good as usual and the place was busy and we felt very rushed by the wait staff. I'll think twice about returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Been here a number of times and it's a great place for good food, a great and lovely atmosphere and a good time. A bit pricey but good for an occasional treat night out

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant and excellent service. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Great vibe

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ask for less pepper on the filet next time. Lobster tacos, Thai shrimp, tomato soup dumpling and kale salad excellent.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

You walk through a tiny pawn shop to get to the restaurant which has no windows and is like and old fashioned speak easy. The music was so loud I had to shout at my dinner partner. I asked if they would turn it down a bit and they laughed. Really? The food is interesting and eclectic, all tapas. We ordered about 5 things and they were all very good - except a Duck tostada that was terrible. The drinks are creative - and pricey. For women - free champagne in the ladies room so stop there for a FREE cocktail before you start your dinner. It's fun to go once, no need to return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It'd be great if they clearly specified main ingredients of dishes on their menu. I ordered a 'jerk chicken' dish which came with mushrooms on top. I don't enjoy mushrooms and would have ordered something else if the menu had been labeled correctly. What if I had been allergic to nuts and the menu didn't call that out specifically? Seems like a pretty obvious screw up to me.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is a gem - beautiful decor, fun atmosphere and yummy food. We were a group of 9 for brunch. The kids loved their red velvet waffles and mocktails. We enjoyed the kale salad and avocado toast. Service was attentive and prompt.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tapas is one of our favorite styles of eating, which is why we had high hopes for Beauty and Essex. The restaurant is in a very accessible location on the Lower East Side and when you walk in, you immediately become excited to dine. The decor is amazing, a very spacious unit. Now for the negatives: The staff: management seemed on top of their game, very friendly and welcoming, however our waiter was inattentive and seemed to leave us for up to 25 minutes at a time. The food: Beauty and Essex's famous 'Tomato and Bacon Grilled Cheese Soup Dumplings,' seemed to have bacon bits that were out of a jar, and a 'tomato soup' that was so thick it did not come off the spoon. For 15$ a plate, I think they could splurge for fresh bacon. We ordered 4 other small sharing dishes, they were all sub par. Some too greasy, some lacking flavor, all over priced, nothing was terrible but none of them were anything to write home about.\n\nIn general, places like Stanton Social will have our business any day over Beauty and Essex, in the Tapas dining/LES spots.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

When our cab let us off on the opposite side of the street, we thought he'd brought us to the wrong address. The facade still shows the fact that the building once sold 'Fine Furniture'. At street level, even up close, Beauty and Essex appears to be a pawn shop. Only the menu attached to the glass reassures you that you're in the right place. Once inside, through the actual pawn shop, wonderful food and service await. We were early for our reservation and sat at the bar. Their cocktails, even the non-alcoholic ones were thoughtful and delicious. The shareable portions were creative and very delicious. Our favorites were the lemon-blueberry pancakes, the kale/apple salad, and the huevos rancheros, served on muffin-tin formed crispy tortilla, with the fork tender beef and soft poached egg on top. At the table next to us, the diners were raving over red velvet mini-waffles. The serving sizes are generous, so 2 people can be well fed with 4 menu items. They are all so good, it is hard to pick just a few. My only negative for the restaurant was that the seating was very tight. A booth next to ours had 6 people crammed in shoulder to shoulder. I wouldn't have been happy sitting like that. We'll definitely go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Have to mention that the food here seems to have taken a turn for the worse.\n\nIt tasted like reheated food that was served off a hot plate. The food is missing the fresh cooked taste and texture.\n\nThe prices here are (relatively) reasonable for NY, but you can get much better around town for the same.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was expecting a vibrant scene, with loud music and a bevy of beautiful people. The restaurant was all that, with myriad large groups (probably saw 3 birthday cakes go by) of young people. But, surprisingly, the restaurant was more than that- with a very gracious hostess (another not so much), a very accommodating floor manager (who expertly fixed a wobbly table by getting down on his knees while wearing an impeccably tailored suit, and a terrific waitress who knew the menu backward and forward and was spot-on with her recommendations when we gave her a few dietary preferences. The food was very solid if not gourmet, and perfect for sharing. Would definitely recommend sharing small plates and entrees. Despite what appeared to be a chaotic Saturday night scene, the service was very solid and the kitchen seems to work like clockwork. Would definitely recommend for a fun night with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the food, vibe and ambience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Horrendous bourbon selection. Only 3.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a special treat! Beauty and Essex serve a brunch with a great variety of small plates (larger than I expected) meant to be shared. Order a bunch and they will be served a few at a time. Many options for vegetarians. And the Virgin Gimlet with strawberry, basil, and ginger ale was a treat. I look forward to the next time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time for brunch but won't be last. We ordered a lot of items: pancakes, waffles, lox and bagel board, burger, fries, grilled cheese dumplings and for dessert - beignets. The only item I wouldn't get again were the red velvet waffles. The service issue concerned drinks from the bar, either the server forgot or the bar was very backed up. We ordered drinks before the food but didnt get them until halfway done with meal. Great atmosphere, food comes super fast and is fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was very good! Loved it!! The

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

They used to pace out the food when you ordered, especially the small plates. Instead this time it seemed it all came at once 15 minutes after we ordered. The table was overloaded and food got cold because you just cannot eat everything at once. I think they were really rushing us. I would prefer if they would pace the meal. Next time I order 2 things at a time so I can control when the food comes. The surprise dish was the roasted carrots - so good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My 4th time, I love this place! Great cocktails, awesome food like always. Really good and nice service. The atmosphere is crazy in this restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant was beautiful and all of the food was excellent. I would recommend it if you wanted to go out with someone special. We had a few of the small plates and a drink. We'll be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Found the food to be top notch. Best to go with a group where you can try lots of different plates. Fun to enter through a pawn shop.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very fun and eclectic atmosphere. Interesting and delicious variety of food choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The space was beautiful, as is to be expected. The food was average but the cocktails were great. The service was good, but the female servers were dressed tastelessly.

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 30 2018

I visited New York on a surprise trip for my girlfriend, beauty and essex ended being the show stopping surprise for her birthday. From the moment you walked in, it was special to the moment we left. We was late due to traffic but was told not to stress, our table was our own and we wasn't pressured into having to finish our food and drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a top 10 night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hidden jewel! Great experience went with my husband, loved it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

An impressive place, very nice designed. For us it was feeling more like a bar to eat and drink than a restaurant but the food was very good and it is just the noise and atmosphere that gives it a bar vibes than a restarant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

OMG! This is the most awesome hidden gem! Love it! Everything is incredible and I recommend it to all my friends traveling to NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the ambience and food! It's a hot spot in town!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is amazing, I crave the cheddar and bacon dumplings in tomato soup! The ambience is terrific. It is a perfect option for a great night dining!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dined at Beauty & Essex for the second time and enjoyed the experience even more. Always an adventure to bring new people to a Pawn Shop front and to find a fabulous restaurant in the rear. Went a little earlier this time at 7:30 pm and found the noise level great for table conversation. It gets noisier as the evening goes on and should be expected. Food choices are creative and delicious. Especially enjoy the soup spoon presentation with tomato topped with a fried cheese bite. Recommend this place highly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had the apple and kale salad, the tuna sashimi and the heritage ribs.... Wow!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was impressed that they had a gluten-free only menu ready for me. All I did was note in my reservation that I am allergic to gluten. The service was excellent, extremely friendly and helpful with deciding food. Ambience was excellent as well!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

A different experience. Enter via a pawn shop and are wowed from the moment you walk in. We were there on a Monday night and it was extremely busy. The food and drinks were amazing. Service was average. We were in New York to celebrate my 40th birthday and choose this restaurant to celebrate it in but felt rushed so we were in and out of there very quickly

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you want an over the top dining experience Beauty & Essex is your go to spot. From the moment our taxi dropped us off to the minute we were picked back up it was fabulous. When we were dropped off I questioned the taxi driver if we were at the right location. The store front is a pawn shop so that threw me off. The food is outstanding. The grilled cheese bites served in a spoonful of tomato soup was my favorite. I could have just eaten that. The short braised ribs, onion rings, Brussels sprouts, crab Rangoon and lobster tacos were out of this world. Next time I'm in NYC this is my new go to fav spot to dine. Kudos to an amazing dinner experience. You want a special evening its at Beauty & Essex.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was good. Been here quite a few times. Food was a little more bland then i remember

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food! Second time we've been; the first was for brunch. Evertyhing we ordered tasted great! Seriously, you can't go wrong here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

looooong wait

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing! I love coming here so much it will always be my stop in NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I came to Beauty and Essex with 2 other couples for a friend reunion. We hadn't seen each other as a group for almost 2 years, and one of the girls was visiting and had never been to NYC. This was the perfect spot to grab drinks and dinner on a saturday night before going out. It was cute, trendy, and packed at 7 pm. They were wonderful about holding our reservation - as everyone was running 15 min late, and we were seated promptly when we arrived. Overall, it was a great option for friends to enjoy good food, catch up (and be able to hear each other despite the crowded atmosphere), and have some delicious drinks to get a night out started.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Forget about main courses and sides. Take as many firsts and small plates as you can afford!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow lots of good reviews so we tried it.i was expecting more extravagant atmosphere so it was a little disappointing. The food was great. We started with crab Rangoon it was really flavorful. I had the lamb , yummy and the wife had the rib-eye which was excellent. Would go there again just for the food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Anytime I come to NYC I make sure to go to B&E for brunch; a few of the times happened to be during my birthday weekend. The food and service were excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and great service, always a great time here

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant and great ambiance, but our table wasn't ready until an hour after the time the reservation was for.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Champagne brunch... Average food, thanks for lunchtime night club!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A 'must dine outing' every time in NY! Food and Service is really some of the very best in the city! Of the 5 times I've visited...service is exceptional!! Hats off to B&E!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beauty & Essex is always a fun spot for a big group or a girls night out. The food is consistent, doesn't blow me away but it's always good. Service is usually fine, however, during my last visit our waitress was extremely rude to me. Example: I have been to B&E many times, I had a few girl friends visiting from out of town. Conversation with the waitress went as follows. \nWaitress: 'Has anyone ever been to B&E before.'\n(one would assume she wanted to explain how the shared plates system they have going on works)\nMe: 'Yes, I have but the other girls haven't.' \nW: 'When was the last time you were here?'\nMe: 'Fairly recently.'\nW: 'Ok. When?'\nMe: 'I don't know. Recently.'\nW: 'WHEN?!'\nMe: 'I'm not sure of the exact date, but I come here often.' \nSeriously?? Why are you grilling me about when I was last here? Because one of the items changed on the menu? Get out of here. Completely unnecessary. She had an attitude the entire night for no reason. Regardless, we had a fun time. Check out the ladies room! There is a sitting area and the serve rose champagne, such a cute touch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incredible, I would recommend to a friend. Food was beautiful BUT only go here if you have an open mind (or pallet). Be prepared to try unique dishes which take you by surprise.\nMusic was amazing - they were playing a hip-hop remix playlist which was very restaurant friendly.\nService was brilliant, they were very welcoming - especially as we were celebrating our engagement this holiday. We got 2 glasses of champagne - on the house (without asking).\nThe only let down was the AC. Cold air was being blown out for most of our time dining (2 hours). Everyone in the restaurant was complaining as it was uncomfortable. People just wanted to eat quickly and leave as it was too cold in there.\nWe told the waitress multiple times (who was also really cold). She had mentioned it to her manager but nothing was done about it.\nI'm sure it's not always like that, so I would still recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

loved it, did a double date here. great food and atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent and was a really cool place. Our server was excellent but the hostess was very rude!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved the quirkiness of walking in to the store, the ladies room, the decor was fabulous!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation and many tables empty. They sat us at a terrible table and we asked to be moved. They did not accommodate \nWe went to a other restaurant. I don't understand restaurants 1/3 full and denying you a table choice

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot. Awesome people watching. Trendy bar upstairs. Good time for group of people looking to eat before a night out on town.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

we were recommended to go here by a Chicago friend who went while he was in town, and the Grilled Cheese Bites appetizer was one of the biggest selling points. My two local friends tried to talk me out of it. Yelp reviews looked solid though, we had a reservation and it was convenient to our evening plans.\nThe whole place was fine - hip, clean, nice servers, music. The grilled cheese bites were indeed fantastic. But the rest was very boring and ordinary, which is surprising given the type of foods. I thought maybe it would be good, maybe bad, but not simply bland. The chicken meatballs had very little taste, the spaghettini also quite boring (i misread that it was a parsley, and not basil pesto. Oops. What a bad idea) and the burger, while have quite the pedigree with its inputs was just eh. I'm glad i didn't spend an extra $30 for the short ribs, we were mostly full and I had lost hope. Drinks were fine but pricey (given, I'm from Chicago so $17 may be the norm). Food preparation happened swiftly but not too fast. I had to fess up to my buddy that he was totally right. If you go, sit at the bar and get th grilled cheese bites and a drink then have dinner elsewhere. The bites were quite memorable actually.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Spectacular. Must do in New York. Loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Booked a meal for my birthday as was visiting from London. The venue was stunning. I loved the Pawn Shop entrance. Our waitress was really friendly and attentive and they brought me a cake with a candle which was sweet. We ordered a variety of small plates, but particularly loved the cheese dumplings and the Salmon Ceviche.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun crowd, great food. Joaquin, our waiter was the part.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great nite out with a good vibe and excellent service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great operation you have there. We were wary that, because of your other locations, we would be in a restaurant factory.\nThe food and service were great with a authentic local NY feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything about this spot was perfect. The waiter was extremely friendly and professional. The food was beyond delicious. I can't wait to go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The noise level gives off a good vibe. But unfortunately, we had a large table of over zealous ladies by us that were completely out of control. Ruined our night, dinner and experience. Reataurant did nothing to address it after multiple requests so we stop our dinner, paid our bill and left. Sadly even the GM did nothing but apologize, Greg

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

So very nothing special. Our waitress was young and nice, and knew nothing about food. \nWasn't anything bad, but if your guests are into food vs. scene then might look elsewhere.\nThe Chucky Cheese beeper that they gave us when we checked in should have served as a \nwarning. :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Been there a couple times now, food is always amazing, tapas style so you get to try all their unique appetizers. I always go for grilled cheese dumplings and tuna tacos. Spare ribs also excellent! One of best vodka gimlets I've ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant with excellent, friendly service. The number of servers made me feel like everything was too orchestrated. Having said, great food and drinks. Lots of fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great time and amazing food there. The only thing I would mention is that the AC was waaaaaay too cold it felt like eating in a fridge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

SUCH A FIND. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US SLIP INTO A DELICIOUS\nNYC RETREAT.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best & most fun dining experiences I've ever had!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and desserts were delicious! The place is amazing, great music and great spot! The service is excellent, super friendly, it's a perfect hot spot for a special occasion!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first time at Beauty and Essex, and I will definitely be back!! My family and I went for brunch for a joint birthday celebration and we all ended up trying each others' dishes since everything sounded amazing. And it all tasted amazing too. I highly suggest the red velvet waffles if you like sweeter things, the lemon blackberry pancakes as well were amazing. The chicken chiliquilies were fantastic for a more lunch entrée. Then definitely make sure to try the BBQ fries, soooo good. The cocktails here were also delicious. The dining room is so cute and even though it was packed, you could easily hear what everyone at the table was saying (we had a group of 6 at a large table.)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Entering through a Pawn Shop starts off the evening with a unique twist making for a fun evening.\nOur waiter Javier was very patient guiding us through the menu as this had been my friend and my first time here. The menu is meant to be 'tapas' style, shared plates. We had the grilled peach and goat cheese toast, kale salad and chicken meatballs and it was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went for a birthday celebration and everything was perfect. The other person at dinner also liked the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We go to the restaurant and thought we were at the wrong place because of the entrance. The we were so pleasantly surprised to see the inside. The staff were great and the food was fabulous. The tuna sushi was our favorite. We had seen Cris Santos cook on chopped and this confirmed that not only is he a great chef but great at creating atmosphere. We would love to go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the moment the doors open its an amazing experience. Going through a pawn shop to an elegant room it's feels like a scene from the wizard of Oz. \nfood and service is as equally as good. A must go to place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic brunch with a friend. Great ambiance and a cool vibe inside. I'll be back again soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very unique restaurant. We did't really enjoy the music. It was very loud and it sounded like they were playing the same song over and over. Food was good, with gluten free options. We were told it was sharing plates so we ordered a few things to share but unfortunately all of our food items came at the same time. We felt a bit rushed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to Beauty & Essex a few times before but this time the food was disappointing. They need to revamp the menu and make the setting more exclusive and hip again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went here on a date night and loved the whole vibe, starting from the minute we walked through the pawn shop door. The 90s hip hop that played was the best! My only criticism was the amount of salt that was added to the food - it was a little on the heavy side.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everytime I go to Beauty and Essex, they never disappoint. The food is amazing and great place splurge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A little hard to find (google wasn't much help) but worth the trouble. The Roasted Bone Marrow appertiser was magic. Surprisingly the parfait desert (recommended by the waitress) was poor (I can't remember the last time I didn't finish a desert).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been dying to go to Beauty and Essex for such a long time, been to Stanton Social a few times and loved it. Everything was amazing. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing food and drinks. Truly a gem. Can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very cool restaurant in a very cool area. Love the originality, you go through a store front into a beautiful sumptuous restaurant. I guess so much hype that when I actually tasted the food, I was a bit underwhelmed. I am a fan of the small plates concept. The vanilla beignets were a bit mushy and the tomato soup/grilled cheese was okay. Was not a fan of the BBQ fries. We also had the eggs Benedict which were yum. The crab cake sandwich was good also , unfortunately it came with more of the BBQ fries. The service was great, very friendly. I would definitely return again and just try different dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a nice surprise!! The outside of the building is very misleading. The restaurant is beautiful and tastefully decorated. The appetizers and desserts were the best of the trip. You have to go to the Women's restaurant for a glass of Rose Champagne!!! It was a unforgettable experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I want to go back to Beauty and Essex as soon as possible!! The food was excellent! I've already recommended to friends! Loved the entrance and the surprise behind the door!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful birthday brunch! Food was excellent, service was fantastic, and atmosphere was fun!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Too noisy can't have conversation without yelling across table but taps excellent except lobster taco too chewy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The pork ribs seemed a little too salty for me but everything else was amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fabulous although the baby back ribs were a bit salty. No flip flops allowed for men!\nLively atmosphere with loud music. Not a setting for intimate conversation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of the better places I've been in a while. Outstanding food, an amazing venue, and absolutely impeccable services made this an experience to remember.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My friends and I came here this past week during restaurant week. We were able to get a great sampling of a wide variety of food. Every course was so delicious. The dinning experience and quality of food, made the price point worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you are a foodie then this is a must try! It's a tapas bar so this place is perfect for groups to split a couple of items to share. The dumplings were my favorite!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My experience at B&E was great! The place is beautiful and a thumbs up for staff .As for food and drinks,I ordered the ODB drink it was very good not sweet and my fiance ordered the Woodsman which I loved,I actually ordered his drink the following round. For my appetizers we ordered the Greek salad and empanadas both delicious and main dish ribs and salmon were great but I would definitely order the ribs again and again.... oh and the biscuit balls to die for. Keep up the geat work !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE the atrium. It really is a beautiful, large, cavernous space. Somehow, they manage to keep the noise to a minimum, at least during brunch. \n\nService was quick & pleasant. Regarding the food, the bagel and lox board is exceptional. Also loved the red velvet waffles. The frittata was a little under seasoned, but you can tell it's all made with fresh ingredients. \n\nOverall, a great find! Will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience. Reservation was honored with an immediate seating of our party of 4.\nOur waitstaff person was super. Very polite, patient, and friendly. Food was excellent.\nI would go back in a heart beat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love sneaking into this favorite haunt to impress friends when they visit or to take part in a fantastic brunch. The service and skill of the waiters is much appreciated when it comes to clarifying the many delectable items on the menu and ordering their customized drinks is also fun times! Thank you for showing my and my family a wonderful time-

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

So this restaurant was beautiful inside. Gret bar scene, cute couches and tables on the side of the downstairs bar to have appetizers and drinks while you wait for your table. Drinks were yummy but pricey at $16 a pop for the cheapest cocktail. Food looked good and tasted okay but we got food poisoning! Went for a birthday and we were supposed to go out after dinner but ended up being so sick an hour later that we were unable to leave the hotel room all night because we were so sick. It's ashame bc it wouldve been a great spot and a good night if it wasnt for the food problem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first visit and it was a pleasant surprise. Great ambiance, food and service. I would highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Extremely loud. Took awhile to adjust to noise level. Could barely hear music over cacophony of voices. Once you move past that, food and service are awesome! Tomato soup dumplings are delicious. Beauty elixir cocktail very yummy. Shared salmon and scallops and both were delicious. Shared box of donuts....warm and tasty. Complimentary pink champagne in women's restroom a classy touch! Expensive but worthwhile for a treat! Will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I just love this place- the food is stellar the drinks are great and it's away from the madness of manhattan. I had brunch here for the first time.. Not your standard portion size of brunch it's designed to share and my Huevo Rancheros was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was looking forward to trying Beauty & Essex and I recommended it without even being there myself. Long story-short My entree was terrible! the poke tuna tacos were good, but DO NOT ORDER the paprika salmon, it was UNEDIBLE, I'm not kidding! I could not eat it, so I ordered the BURGER because I figured it was SAFE? was I wrong, I asked for it well done, it was rare, sitting in a pool of blood and the bun was chewy. mini cupcakes-Terrible, no taste what-so-ever! \nIt's such a stunning restaurant, I'm just afraid to go back for food anyways.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beayth and Essex is a cool place with a lot of atmosphere and great decor. The real experience is the great music and vibe. The food is good, not great and I had a great bottle of wine at the waiter's suggestion. It is definitely worth the experience. I always enjoy a speakeasy...makes you feel like you are part of a secret club.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Definitely worth a visit... When you find the place the outside isn't appealing but once you enter you are 'WoW'.\n\nMust have the Mac & Cheese!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely amazing dinning experience. Service excellent. Ladies room unforgettable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's an excellent restaurant for GF dinners. First an understanding what is a GF .second , adjusting the menu to GF meal

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dined here with my girlfriends for my bachelorette party and it was so much fun!\nThe servers took good care of us and surprised us with glasses of champagne to celebrate. Our waiter was amazing and so funny. We went for the restaurant week option which was varied and so delicious. Pink champagne in the bathrooms was an excellent touch. Great night!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

NICE PLACE TO GO HAVE A DRINK WITH FRIENDS. Mix and mingle.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved it. Very sceney. Cool mix. Great tapas. Big space

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kudos to Chef Santos and entire staff \n(including front 'pawn shop' employees; of course, we made a purchase!) Perfect. Husband & I date.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always wonderful!! The food is great - the atmosphere terrific

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant has the mystery factor where you cannot really see it on the street. You have to pass through a pawn shop. It makes the experience quite interesting. The decor is unexpectedly charming. \nThe service is ok. Our waiter was quite inexperience. I told him that I am vegetarian but he neglected to inform me that the Kale and Apple salad has bacon bits in it. He never came back to ask how our meal was. I am not sure if I want to go back and hence, I can only give it 2 stars overall.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the place. Delicious food, originality, great atmosphere. Hope to come back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Great service. All suggestions were spot on. The manager Amy came over to check on us during the course of our meal and was great. Loved the experience and my out of town guests loved it too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fantastic and the cocktails were yummy! The background music was great and current. Lively am Bianchi and great service. Sleek restaurant. Had a great time!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What is great besides taking a client out and having it turn into a more than just a business dinner. Food flows, drinks keep coming and the people around us all want to be part of the party. Fun times with good people as usual.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place is amazing! It's huge and beautiful! The food is very, very good also. The Drinks were a bit pricey. Nevertheless it was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite place in NYC!! Great food!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Must be confident in reputation but not in maintaining or improving it....a major disappointment

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service at the table were good but we were made to wait for our table even though we arrived on time and we could see that our table was ready for us. I think that they just like keeping the bar full so they make everyone wait. The hosts at the front were also a little rude. Overall it is still worth trying as the food is delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent but small tapas portions and regular entree prices. Ambience was good but it did get pretty loud as the night went on. Would also recommend as a spot to get cocktails!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Arrive for my 9:15 reservation only to be told that there's a long running function upstairs and I should wait. Everyone with a reservation for this place shouldn't be surprised by this, most groups were waiting 45minutes beyond their reservation time. On most nights this is more of a bar/nightclub than a restaurant so it gets phenomenally loud and crowded. There was no attempt made to wind up the function upstairs, nor was there an effort to contact people with reservations to advise them of a delay. We couldn't even sit at the bar to wait because the venue was packed. While the servers are attentive, the beer is warm, and it took almost two hours to serve a set three course menu. The saving grace is how wonderful the food is. However, the fact that I was out of there close to midnight after finishing dinner from what was meant to be a 9:15 reservation, as well as the crowds and noise, made this one of the least pleasant dining experiences I've had in Manhattan. Go somewhere else if you want to be valued as a customer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fun bar, food appears to be pre-made before dinner service (which happens but grilled cheese dumplings tasted less than fresh), but still very good. still worth it for a fun time with friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a great location for a trendy, fun meal. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with the caveat that our reservation was at 8:45 and we weren't seated until 9:15-9:30. We were starving! The food did not disappoint

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was delicious hype bar hype people hype music

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place! Amazing cocktails and food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waited an hour after our reservation time before getting seated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always enjoy B&E!! Bars are comfortable, if you have to wait 10-15min... Service excellent. Great bartenders, drinks consistent. \n\nWe love the entrance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been here a few times-- always a good, swanky time--, but my most recent visit was so great I had to write a review. We had a reservation, but they were running about 15 min behind. Still, the staff was so apologetic and sweet about it that I didn't care in the least. The emerald gimlet I had while waiting at the bar was amazing, so maybe that had something to do with it, too. Our waiter was the best I've had there in a while - he was friendly and attentive, but not pushy, which I appreciate. The food was delicious (speghettini, the apps, the chicken, the doughnuts for dessert, YUM) and a trip to the ladies room is always warranted for a quick lady chat and a glass of champagne on the vintage sofas.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You will want to put on your best attire for this chic spot and be prepared to make an impression. Here you will find a trendy young crowd eager to splurge on craft cocktails and delicate small plates. I took my mom here while she was visiting the city because I knew she had to see the champagne bar in the women's bathroom. The restaurant has a swanky, speakeasy feel. I will be sure to come back to this savvy spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had brunch here with a group of friends. It took a really long time to get our cocktails after we ordered. The food was tasty. I highly recommend the red velvet waffles and grilled cheese/tomato soup dumplings. The grits and bacon were both delicious as well. The chicken biscuit sliders were very dry. The service was a little slow but quite polite. They don't have an unlimited drinks option so this won't be a frequent brunch spot. Good for special occasions. \n\nCheck out the upstairs champagne brunch if you're looking to spend a Sunday afternoon like a Saturday night and don't mind co-eds throwing up on your shoes....

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's not what it used won't be going back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great night for a birthday dinner. Couldn't have picked a better place; the food was great and the service was also fantastic!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was disppoInted that they did not give us a good table despite booking in advance on opentable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A rad place with sick music! Love the history.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall, I enjoyed the time spent here. It is a little odd and confusing that it is behind a pawn show. But, beyond that, the restaurant is very classy, and the staff was very accommodating. We arrived right when they opened at 5pm (it would be nice if they opened a little earlier), so it was empty. This was the best time. By the time we left, about 2 hours later, it was full and very loud. The seating is, basically, a large, open room. So, it's pretty packed and loud. My table shared sets of appetizers. The food quality was excellent, though the portions were small, for the price. Overall, it was a nice experience, and I would recommend it for a special occasion. But, I think it's too expensive for everyday dining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, service, vibe and ambiance!\nOur waitress was excellent and was right on with her recomendations! Over all a superb experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am a huge fan of Chris Santos's other restaurant so just knew I had to give Beauty & Essex a try... I was not disappointed. I love the small plates style menu which has an incredibly wide variety. Every single dish we had was delicious. You must have the grilled cheese dumplings with bacon if you go! Great cocktail and wine list. But most of all - the service was absolutely superb. Very attentive but not overbearing and made great suggestions of items to try. I will absolutely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for restaurant week, made a reservation. Once all members of the party were there, they handed us a buzzer and we had to wait at least another 15 minutes to be seated. Not a fan of the reservation plus a buzzer concept. Food was delicious. Lively place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I attended Beauty & Essex for the first to celebrate my birthday. I must say that I was blown away by the ambiance. How unique and funky is it to walk into a pawn shop and not even realize the restaurant that awaits you behind the door. The service was great, the waitress that was working the lounge area on the first floor while we waited was very attentive to all the clients and friendly. The crowd was energetic along with the combination of music played. I totally LOVED the ladies room that had a mini bar and couch in there, it was like walking into an entire different space. The food was okay, it could have been what I ordered. Next time I will try the ribs or lobster tacos. I'd say the BIRTHDAY cake that they gave me was really good. I would definitely recommend Beauty & Essex and I will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome pawn shop! Just loved everything we ordered and what an atmosphere! Wow, we'll be back when in NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Creative menu and great vibe. Liked the tomato canapes off the 'raw bar'. Eggplant disappointing after the on line rave reviews. Avocado would be nice over greens rather than uninspiring bread. The pawn shop entrance and women's bathroom are something to behold! Sadly, was hoping for dancing. No dancing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is so unique. You enter into a small pawn shop with lots of great gift items. When the door opens next to the cash register and you look at this big beautiful restaurant, you're really taken back in time. The menu was amazing. Such great variety!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful staff with great recommendations! A great find for us when company comes to NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The grilled cheese and tomato soup were incredible. The huge ribeye steak was enough to feed four people. All of the food was incredible. The waiters and buss boys work together beautifully. Everything comes out in wonderful stages for sharing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food, incredible one of a kind experience with great ambiance and atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect place to impress someone. Beautiful place full of beautiful people. Plus great food and cocktails!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were recommended by friends to try this establishment. As like a few other New York bars we entered through a Pawn broker shop. After opening the main inside door to the restaurant, straight away I was greeted by two lovely ladies and that set the tone for the night. This place is cool and very stylish. It was a real treat to find this place. The staff were fantastic and looked after us. This hidden gem was one of the highlights of our New York Trip. All the food we ordered was very well cooked, heaps of flavour and the service was great. This particular night they were extremely busy and efficient. I would defiantly head back next time, and highly recommend this place. Good Job

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best restaurant we went to when we were in NYC! We loved everything about it. The food, drinks, atmosphere were all amazing! Definitely have to come back here next time we come to New York!! Would recommend to anyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Amazing ambiance. Delicious drinks! Would definitely recommend and return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Long wait time despite reservations (about 20- 25 min). Food was fine, but slightly burnt.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Super fun and Delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Have enjoyed entertaining clients and friends on numerous occasions for an early dinner. Server and food is outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Planned a birthday gathering with out of town guests. There were 8 in our party. The staff- all the staff from the check-in guy to the bartender, to our waiter, servers, and busboys, and even the bathroom attendant were nice - really nice. I've lived in NY many years, and now I'm a CT resident and I was impressed. The food was excellent too. Usually hot spot and all of these other things don't intersect, but they do here. I highly recommend! Thanks for a great evening if managers are reading this!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

So Disappointing\nWe enjoyed the design & creative aspects of the food & location, but it just wasn't very fun. With so many other choices, I just can't recommend this restaurant. The music was so very loud that the table next to us left before their food order; we stayed for 2 courses and then left. Our waiter told us the music was designed to increase the energy but it was just way overdone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We arrived for our early reservation to an already bustling lively atmosphere! Sometimes when a place has a fun 'scene' the food is only so so…not the case here. The food is fantastic - Service was excellent. We'll be back again for sure!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The atmosphere was electric, food interesting and amazing. The staff were lovely and informative and the free champagne bar in the girls toilets was a great addition- Keep this B&E!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Grilled cheese, bacon, tomato soup good. Thai shrimp good. Steak tartare good. Music and vibe awesome!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Reservation was 8:45pm and we checked in a few minutes early. Did not get seated until 9:15

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I heard great things about this place, thats why I tried it. I was disappointed with the food, especially for how much money it was. I did love the Thai shrimp and kale and apple salad though. Those 2 are musts if you go. The vibe was fine, we had an early dinner so I think it was less busy and vibrant than we heard it was. 6:45 is too early there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We booked a table for 5 and even though we were all on time, we had to wait for about 30 minutes for our table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food but nothing outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food, Santiago (the server ), non-alcoholic drinks, atmosphere...everything was great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the third time we have dined here and every single time the wait to be seated has been over an hour eventhough we had reservations. Book at 6 if you want to dine at 7:30!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is great... the vibe is crazy. Went on Saturday and it looked like a bachelorette party fire drill will all these stilettos and bandage dresses bopping around with tulle headpieces and party tiaras. Sigh. \nAnyway, the food and the good music makes up for the mayhem and since I was with my girls, it was actually perfect. Sat next to a bunch of Brazilian dudes that were clearly enjoying the scenery... I mean, how can you not? \nTry the bone marrow toast... stay for the grilled cheese, tomato soup and bacon dumplings, and don't leave without the shishito peppers or the donuts. You've been warned... it's all delish.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overrun by wannabes now. The concept was great but now they let just about anybody in. Thuggish types at the bar, but is better in the restaurant. The food is fine, but don't come here expecting Michelin star quality. It's more about the club/lounge feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Three of us opted for the prix fixe restaurant week menu, which had nice options like a jerk chicken main dish and salmon. I had hoped an iteration of the grilled cheese/tomato soup dumpling was on there, but I enjoyed the two-bite seared tuna taco choice. I absolutely loved my cocktail, the Beauty Elixir with cucumber, strawberry, gin and sparkling rose--not too sweet and so refreshing. The dessert was okay, I wasn't crazy about the panna cotta but liked the chocolate truffle bite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just Excellent!!! Superb! We were a group of 9 and we were delighted. Thanks for everything.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been to beauty and essex multiple times and they never disappoint. The food is incredible, great place to order a bunch and share. Only downside is even if you have reservations you have to wait

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and atmosphere were AMAZING! Wonderful and knowledgeable service. Only reason I did not put 5 stars was the wait- for a 7:15 reservation we were finally sat at 8. Other than the wait wonderful experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is fabulous!! It surprises you....You walk through a vintage shop and then go through the doors to a gorgeous restaurant. Love the bar in the bathroom!! Food was delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Started our girls night out here with some visiting friends. Everyone thought it was perfect - hip, trendy vibe with a great looking crowd and music. Champagne in the bathroom didn't hurt either. We were impressed with the food as well, but portions are on the smaller side. Get the grilled cheese dumplings, seriously. The table next to us said the short rib is fantastic too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had a great time taking my Mom, who is 71 and super cool here. I didn't tell her anything about it, otherwise I knew she would have googled it! I wanted it to be a surprise, and it was. Going up to a little funky 'pawn shop' had her wondering what was going on, for sure. Once you get through the shop, you enter such a beautiful and elegant setting. The waiters were fabulous, and it was fun to watch the action. And the food was wonderful and so creative. Very fun night out for us!