Tuesday, February 19, 2013



One Sunday night, we decided to try Beauty & Essex after reading something about it.  This is a restaurant located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan - meaning south of Houston Street (pronounced How-ston).

Earlier last year, while in the area, I looked for it but all I could see is a small shop that looked like it carried some old and new jewelry and "stuff".  The place didn't look much at all.  I have also read that it is a must to get a reservation at this place. So my curiosity to try this stems from having read reviews.

This particular Sunday night, with our luck, I made a phone call around 5:00PM for a seating at 6:30 and luckily we got it. We drove down right away.

The place that appeared to be a little questionable jewelry and junky store had a door that opened to a huge restaurant with high ceilings.  It almost appeared to be a secret private venue. The place has vibes and is definitely hopping!
The place is quite dark so it's not easy to take photos in here without a flash.

This restaurant's menu offers an array of small plates meant to be shared like tapas.  But they do have about 3 full-size dinner portions to select from as well.

Beauty & Essex is named after the street it's at, which is Essex Street.  It's located near Essex Street Market.  They also have another restaurant nearby called Stanton Social; and that is located on Stanton Street.  That restaurant serves tapa-size portions as well.

At Beauty & Essex, they make an excellent roasted bone marrow with braised shallot marmalade.  It is served with slices of light crisp sliced baguette-like bread.

On the left is sashimi of hamachi or what they call yellow tail crudo served with caramelized citrus yuzu, avocado and micro cilantro leaves.

Above is the air-dried beef carpaccio.

To end this meal, I ordered the Black Bottomed butterscotch Pot de Creme.  They serve it with 2 nicely crisp cookies shaped like spoons.

I highly recommend to try this place because it's not what you will expect looking from the outside.  The food is creative as well.  There are dishes they prepare that others don't make such as my dessert.

This is another restaurant I would try a couple of times more to taste other dishes.

146 Essex St
(between Rivington St & Stanton St)
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
(212) 614-0146

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