Feature Article by Jennifer Laxmi, one of our Picksie reps
Where: 146 Essex St (btwn Rivington Street & Stanton Street) New York, NY 10003
Reserve Now: (212) 614-0146
Hours: Mon – Sun, 5pm-1am; Fri – Sat, 5pm -2am; Sat-Sun 11:30am – 3pm
Note: gets busy on peak nights, great ambiance, good for groups and dressy attire.
As you make your way into the entrance, you’ll realize that this is not just a trendy restaurant but starts off as a pawnshop. This gives guests kind of an old school original 1920s feel before making their way upstairs to the beautiful venue. Now, the place is certainly an eye-catcher, but we’re here to talk about the food! Unlike our previous entry, Beauty and Essex should place its pride in its aesthetic beauty over anything else. The food’s presentation and quality were great, though served in conservative portions.
Kobe Beef Carpaccio shallot crisps arugula & grand salad, black olive oil.
Straight from the raw bar, this quick delicate starter will get you excited for all the entrees to come. With just the right about of balsamic & parm, this is a must-try for meat lovers.
Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs sheeps milk ricotta, wild mushroom, truffle.
Though the portion size might have you wondering if it’s an entree or appetizer, you’ll feel satisfied before you know it. Dig into the succulent meatballs and dip in the accompanying ricotta to get a savory bite of this popular dish.
While waiting for the entrees you can sip among many a strong cocktails, or enjoy their tasty champagne choices which Beauty & Essex is often known for. Though priced a bit high, it’s all for the experience of the “VIP” feel. So now, onto the next one.
Creamy Parsnip Ravioli smoked butter, wild mushrooms, torn herbs, crispy parsnips.
Lobster Tacos beer battered maine lobster, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno crema.
The tacos and a few many other entrees were a bit overrated and under-portioned. But again, if you want to come here for a birthday dinner, “pre-dinner” before going out for a special occasion, this place is worth the try. If you’ve dined before, let us know your favorite dish! And if not, which are you eager to try?
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