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Beauty & Essex
Posted by Nick M on 05/09/2011
Same chef owner, same style cuisine. But better! More variety and a bigger space make this place worth checking out. It still has the new restaurant buzz so we got an early reservation and our food and service definitely benefited! Highly recommend the bone marrow and the creamy polenta side dish. Bill will kill a little if you drink, bottom line, go early and enjoy! Will go back.
Posted by RKT on 05/01/2011
My gf had planned a private party here to celebrate her birthday party. I realize that this is the "Hot Spot" but it was over crowded!! It was way more than 290 ppl jammed in there based on the capacity sign on the wall. Our reservation was @ 9:45. We didnt even get to our table or should I say tables until 10:30. They gave us two tables We were confirmed One large table. Clearly NOT enough room for our party size. We sat down for the 1st time, my gf complained and they brought two baby tables to go btween the two large tables. We all had to get up again and stand around bumping into other tables *no room* and wait for them to set the table again. At the end it looked like the kiddie table at Thanksgiving at your grandparents house. Still not enough room. My gf complained AGAIN! Two guests couldnt even sit down and our chairs were all against one another. We GOT UP AGAIN *2nd time*!!! They clear the tables and bring in this HUGE long table top. We sit down again and it is reset. By this time is 11:30! What was really frustrating was that this was planned two months in advance with a contract and a guarantee on the amount of ppl, so management was well aware of how many ppl were going to be there. We were standing around more than enjoying her birthday. The food was crap! For $128 dollars.. I got one curry covered shrimp, one end of a chain restaurant like pizza, two stems of broccolini, one slice of chicken a size of a chicken nugget, 1/8 a cup of lemon/pesto pasta, and four fries. WOW.. I have traveled to Barcelona and have had true tapas style food and this was just crap, over priced and over salted!! The ONLY plus was that we got free champagne in the bathroom however, if you could get through the crowd to get to the bathroom and back to our table you had to convince the security that.. 1) we have a reservation 2) We were already at dinner... My god.. evertime you had to go you were gone for atleast 25 minutes..I will never go back there ever! There are so many better places to spend my money then this "IT SPOT".
Posted by Que on 04/28/2011
Went here on a Friday evening with my bff and I must say the food was awsome. The chicken meat balls were great. I loved the salt and vinger fried but most of all the short ribs and onion rings were to die for. The ribs were so tender they fell off the bone. The service as great. It is also very trendy. I so recomend this place.
Posted by RDM on 04/13/2011
At the risk of being beaten to death with a hollowed-out beef bone, here I go... The food could not have been more unremarkable. Interesting descriptions; failed execution. The bone marrow crostini was a beef bone on a naked plate with triangles of lightly toasted white bread. . . WHITE BREAD! The brussel sprouts were so salty we couldn't finish the small side dish - No kidding, intolerable. We had the hominy, too. . . yawn. The short rib preparation in the tamales was ok but the toppings were completely bland - shredded lettuce and diced tomato - at least squirt some lime over it or add a medium-flavored crumbled cheese; something. The lobster taceos were bland and boring too - jalopeno crema? How about hollow-tasting crema. No small accomplishment to make a bland lobster dish. And here's the clincher - I don't even remember what we had for dessert. Yikes. Go, but be there early to get seated unless you want to wait and be jostled around in a jammed-in crowd of loud, hipster, me-first-you-don't-even-exist types. Watch your feet for those stiletto heels.
Posted by LES local on 04/09/2011
B&E is styled in a near identical fashion to Santos' other restaurant, Stanton Social... which is less than a block away. B&E is pretty good, until you realize that Stanton Social does every single dish better, without exception. That's not the worst comparison in the world, because Stanton Social is just amazing food. ButI can't ever see why I'd ever go to B&E again, when Stanton is literally steps away and serving better versions of the same food. They should put the same effort into perfecting the menu that they did on they decor (which is admittedly impressive.)
Posted by Eddie T. on 03/20/2011
Everything in this place was brilliant! Delish with great style!
Posted by Tilliesmom on 02/16/2011
I celebrated my birthday dinner here with my friends and we had a great time! The food is so yummy! I highly recommend the whipped ricotta crostini, the salt and vinegar fries and the Monkfish. The Ladies Room is great as well - loungey and free champagne. I can't wait to go back!