Party Earth Review Straight out of a young girl’s wildest dreams, Beauty & Essex is a downtown hotspot that attracts an upscale clientele of edgy downtown types, clubbers, and glam party girls looking for a magical night out. A tiny 50s... ... read full review
146 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
F: Essex Street; J, M, Z: Delancey Street
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 11:30am–2am
Lower East Side, New York –
Straight out of a young girl’s wildest dreams, Beauty & Essex is a downtown hotspot that attracts an upscale clientele of edgy downtown types, clubbers, and glam party girls looking for a magical night out.
A tiny 50s-era pawnshop hawking antique radios and guitars out front gives way to a 10,000-square-foot bar, lounge, and restaurant whose pearl-draped chandelier, vintage lockets hanging on the walls and gold-beaded curtains make patrons feel they've landed in a giant jewelry box.
A towering bouncer ushers hip successful couples and in-the-know socialistas through the mod teal-painted shop and into the dreamy, hidden wonderland through the back door.
Conversational crowds of successful downtown artists and business types are clustered around tables in the main dining room, a vast chamber decked out in regal purples aglow in the light of bejeweled lamps and a cathedral-esque oval skylight.
A spiral staircase circling an intricate gold and crystal chandelier leads guests to the raw bar and smaller dining room on the second floor, where shadowboxes full of antique watches and gilded heirloom necklaces form the backdrop for the low-key groups of young professionals enjoying carpaccio.
Two lounges offer plenty of space for the chic clientele to mingle over Emerald gimlets or settle into black leather booths and baroque sofas for a bit of conversation.
Expansive and fantastical, Beauty & Essex may never erupt into full party mode, but its controlled sense of cool is undeniably alluring, giving anyone looking for a little bit of enchantment their diamond in the Lower East Side rough.
Classy downtown entertainers, local art professionals, affluent party girls, downtown clubbers, and laid-back celebs, 20s to early 40s.
Ambient chill music.
International menu featuring Thai curry chicken wings, General Tso’s monkfish, oven-braised chicken meatballs, and “jewels on toast” – whipped ricotta, grilled pears, honey, basil, and chili on crostini.
Appetizers $7+, raw bar $12+, entrées $16+. Beer $7+, wine $13+/glass or $46+/bottle, cocktails $13+.
Downtown chic: suits, button-downs, dresses, stilettos, light bling.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds and the occasional celeb.
Hotel Chantelle / SGT (92 Ludlow Street) is a perfect post-Beauty & Essex spot for drinks after dinner.