So from Death & Co, since we were just a few blocks away, I absolutely had to take John to Beauty & Essex! Now, if you didn't notice Death & Co while walking past it, there is no way you would ever realize that Beauty & Essex was even here.
From the outside, it looks like an old pawn shop or antique/estate jewelry store. But at the back left of the store is a giant door with a doorman, and once the door is open, you see and absolute vibe of a great place! Sure, this too is styled after an old speakeasy, however, this place is done with some class!
We grab 2 seats at the bar on the left before the dining room, and there were only 2 other people at the bar which probably has about 12 stools. Opposite the bar is seating that was jam packed, all the way down the wall, with some tables, and chairs as well. Definitely a cozy spot.
The menu at Beauty & Essex looks nice, and the few entrees that I saw looked delicious. Appetizers are from $12-$16, and entrees run $18-$52.
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002-2301