Beauty & Essex has been one of my favorite dining experiences. It is not only a restaurant, it is a two floor lounge, bar and restaurant. If you are looking for a two for one experience, this is the place to go. The food was extremely good. The portions are small and not presented as full entrees, kind of like tapas servings so what my friends and I did was order various platters and shared everything. I suggest you do this so you can taste as many dishes as you can, especially try the Lobster Mac and Cheese and the Grilled Salmon. Delicious! Also, what was really interesting and different to me was there is a small bar in the restroom where a friendly bartender serves you wine. Unlike other restaurants where you want to get in and out as quickly as possible, this restroom is also a welcoming area for mingling and chatting. I also suggest you go for a birthday or some other form of celebration, they offer private dining areas on the second floor.
Location: Beauty & Essex 146 Essex Street New York, NY 10002
Type of Food: American
Ambiance: Lounge, Upscale, Classy
Stars (Out of 5): *****