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Beauty & Essex
Posted by NY_Mozaik on 08/26/2012
A frequent guest of B&E today's event put an end to me dining there again. My friends and I had a reservation for 6:30 pm. 4 out of 6 guests arrived on time, but were not seated by the hostess and were made to wait for the rest of the group. We found a place at a bar & ordered drinks. About 25 minutes later the rest of the group arrived at which point we were informed that our table was given away. Even though 4 of us were sitting at the bar drinking the hostess never told us that our table is being given away, never warned that this will happen, and never offered to move take a smaller table. A heated discussion ensured during which a hostess would not apologize and kept repeating something about a policy. What about the 4 people that were already there? Why not tell us that we are losing out table? Poor customer service, lack of courtesy and respect for clients. I'm sure they won't feel the loss, but neither we nor the rest of our friends will not be dining there again.
Posted by Michelle P on 03/28/2012
Born and raised in NYC, so I am definitely a huge food snob. Yes, this place is rather on the expensive side but is totally worth it as the place itself is beautiful and the food is delicious! They pop complimentary rose champagne in the ladies bathroom. Try the salmon- my favorite thing on the menu. Loved it!
Posted by CZGuest on 03/07/2012
I was excited to try Beauty and Essex, but it wasn't worth the wait.I've been to Stanton Social a couple of times and have really liked the food. So naturally I expected to like it at B&E as well. The space it very cool, Design is a high 10! The staff was nothing but friendly from entering to service. So where does it go "blech"? The food! Nothing was great, it was all OK. Not bad, but not one thing that I thought, wow, that was really tasty let's get another! I love going out for tapas and small plates, But I also like to feel satiated after, and I wasn't. It's easy for the bill to add up, and I expected that in this type of restaurant. But I at least want to feel like I've had a really good meal after, and I didn't! too bad..B&E can get by on it's good looks, but for how long?
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2011
Anyone who said the food is 'amazing' is wrong. Chicken dumplings and the Kobe beef carpaccio were alright but very small, and the braised short rib tamales and chicken meatballs sucked. Desserts were good but not worth the 200 bucks it cost me for 4 appetizers 2 desserts and 6 margaritas. It's a nice looking place and lots of hot girls work there so if you're looking to grab a 20 dollar drink you should check it out.
Posted by Jesse on 09/10/2011
This place, while quite the scene, should not be known for their food. The food was bland and so skimpy. I understand it is small plater, but if you are ordering a meat dish, I would expect the majority of the dish to be meat. We complained to the manager and he didn't even apologize. There are about 200 better places to go in the city than this place.
Posted by Mags on 05/25/2011
This restaurant is suberb in every way ... food, atmosphere, service - IT'S AMAZING!. As a native of Manhattan (born on the lower east side) I have been to many great new restaurants -- Beauty & Essex is the best I have been to in a long, long time! And ... when I thought things couldn't get any better, my evening only improved when I was delighted to meet and talk to the chef/owner, Chris Santos, also of Chopped fame. He was the most gracious host and seemed like a genuinely nice person. Really ... do not miss this restaurant ... you will not and cannot be disappointed!!!
Posted by Takacs on 05/23/2011
Such a cool spot - and totally worth the wait!! The food was amazing, and our server was very accomdating, and walked us thru the menu. Not a place to take parents since they are basically blasted music, but it was SO much fun!! I can't wait to go back!