Monday, August 8, 2011

Beauty & Essex NYC

City Belle and I had friends in town from North Carolina so we took them to Chris Santos' new spot called Beauty & Essex for brunch.  He also owns Stanton Social on the Lower East Side but this is his new restaurant.  We always want to take our friends somewhere hip and cool, but also to a spot that has great food.  A lot of times in Manhattan restaurants will have good food but poor service and vice versa, so it's nice when you find a welcome balance of both.  Here at Beauty & Essex there's not only a balance of good food and great service, but the interior is filled with marvelous decorations and dangling chandeliers. The space is Tri-Level with the restrooms downstairs, the restaurant and bar on the main floor, and a lounge upstairs w/ another bar equating to 1O,OOO square feet of gorgeous-ness!   Upstairs there's amazing furniture and vintage jewelry framed in old-school wooden boxes on the walls. The entrance to B&E is a 1950's style inspired Pawn Shop.  So be careful you just might miss it.
Chandelier leading up the winding staircase
City Belle likes Her tea and this is how they brought out the honey. 
Fried Chicken Biscuit Bites
 tabasco honey butter, red cabbage slaw
Skillet Roasted Corn 
chipotle, lime, cotija cheese, & cilantro
Vanilla Beignets w/ raspberry jam
w/ a
 Ruby Mojito 
zacapa 23 yr rum, st. germain, lemon juice, mint, luscombe raspberry-lemon soda

Lobster Tacos 
beer battered maine lobster, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno crema
Grilled Apple Pizzetta 
fontina, double smoked bacon, maple mustard
Tiffani Amber Thiessen, she was sitting next to us.
Pressed Grilled Cheese Quesadilla
 fontina, double smoked bacon, creamy tomato soup for dipping
Warm Blueberry Scones 
Warm Pecan Sticky Buns 
brown sugar whiskey glaze

Beauty & Essex 
American (New) Small Plate, Tapas
146 Essex St, New York 10002
(btw Stanton & Rivington)
(P) 212.614.0146
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 Go to Beauty & Essex. We even got some love on Facebook:

A big thank you to Matthew from Country Boy, City Belle for the awesome review! Everyone be sure to check it out.


5 hours ago ·  ·  · 

  • You and 2 others like this.

    • MDK Global Design Studios We are coming back! We've been half a dozen times and finally decided to write it up!! Thanks for all the support, you guys are a great restaurant.
      3 hours ago · 

    • Beauty & Essex Hey Matthew; It's Chef Chris....thank you so much!!! Appreciate the kind words!!
      about an hour ago ·  ·  1 person

    • Matthew Kennedy Wow Chef Chris! ahh humm, Mr. Santos! Great hearing from you. Thanks for having us and we'll be back!
      2 seconds ago · 

until next time,
Country Boy ~ City Belle
(All photography by MDK Global)

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