Foodie Fridays: Beauty and Essex

I’ve decided to post all the food based posts on Fridays because well, I like the name Foodie Friday :).

In February (yes forever and ever ago) I took an HTML class.  During the class, my biffle, Jen, texted asking if I wanted to do dinner in the city afterwards with my roomie, Russell (all common characters in my blog).  She chose the restaurant, Beauty and Essex.  Beauty and Essex is owned by Chris Santos, one of the Food Network chefs and a frequent Chopped judge–one of my faves!

Let me just say the restaurant was OUTSTANDING and the decor was so cool!  I definitely need to go back there.  The restaurant is actually kind of hard to find.  It’s on the corner of Delancey and Essex but is fronted by a pawn shop.  It looks like it’s in an industrial building and I honestly would have walked right past had Jen and Russell not been standing there waiting for me.

Because we had reservations we were taken in very quickly.  As I said, the front room is an operational (I think) pawn shop.  Then there is a grand foyer that looks like the entrance to a house.  There are apparently many different rooms.  We were in a room right off the bar.  The dishes are all meant to be shared so we went through and picked a plethora of dishes that at least two of the three of us found appealing.

Jen and I started off with drinks that were delicious.  Russell had a beer that he accidentally dropped but still managed to enjoy most of.

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Jen had a drink called Broken Blossoms with bourbon, vermouth and lemon.  I had a Ruby Mojito which had rum, St. Germain, lemon, mint, and raspberry-lemon soda.  Yum!

They then brought us a pre-appetizer:

Cracker with beet puree and creme fraiche

Cracker with beet puree and creme fraiche

The menu tends to follow along a general meal idea so you started with the cold bar, followed by hot appetizers, followed by heavier items followed by dessert.  Here are the amazing dishes we tried:

Cold Appetizers:

Smoked Pepper Crusted Beef Carpaccio-housemade beef marinated in hearts of fire

Smoked Pepper Crusted Beef Carpaccio-housemade beef marinated in hearts of fire

Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos-micro cilantro, wasabi kewpie

Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos-micro cilantro, wasabi kewpie

Hot Appetizers:

Classic Pan Con Tomate with fresh burrata

Classic Pan Con Tomate with fresh burrata

New York Pretzel-shaved NY strip, mustard aioli and crispy shallots

New York Pretzel-shaved NY strip, mustard aioli and crispy shallots

Crispy Eggplant Pizzetta-charred san marzano tomato sauce, whipped ricotta, chile oil

Crispy Eggplant Pizzetta-charred san marzano tomato sauce, whipped ricotta, chile oil

Wild Mushroom Pizzetta-roasted garlic-green peppercorn puree, robiola

Wild Mushroom Pizzetta-roasted garlic-green peppercorn puree, robiola

'Chle Relleno' Empanadas-poblano, manchego, jalapeno-lime crema

‘Chle Relleno’ Empanadas-poblano, manchego, jalapeno-lime crema

Vidalia Onion Ring Tempura-homemade blue cheese dip

Vidalia Onion Ring Tempura-homemade blue cheese dip

“Main Courses”

Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs-sheeps milk ricotta, wild mushrooms, truffle

Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs-sheeps milk ricotta, wild mushrooms, truffle

Beauty and Essex Burger-spicy roasted garlic aioli, beefsteak tomato, goat feta, crispy bbq fries

Beauty and Essex Burger-spicy roasted garlic aioli, beefsteak tomato, goat feta, crispy bbq fries

And desserts:

Molten Chocolate Bread Pudding-hazelnut ice cream

Molten Chocolate Bread Pudding-hazelnut ice cream

Hot Chocolate Affogato-espresso ice cream, dried cherry biscotti

Hot Chocolate Affogato-espresso ice cream, dried cherry biscotti

Peanut Butter and Jelly Creme Brulee-raspberry peanut butter macaron

Peanut Butter and Jelly Creme Brulee-raspberry peanut butter macaron

Black Bottomed Butterscotch -coconut chantilly

Black Bottomed Butterscotch -coconut chantilly

Each of us had our own personal favorites.  I personally LOVED the PBJ creme brulee–PB&J for grownups!!!!

Every piece of the restaurant was well thought out, down to the restroom:

Fancy Bathroom

Yes, there’s a bar in the lady’s room!

Awesome Flower Wall Sculpture

And awesome art throughout the entire restaurant!

I told Jen that I definitely want to go back there for my birthday this summer–I loved the ambiance of this restaurant and also would like to try Chris Santos’ other restaurants as well!

One thought on “Foodie Fridays: Beauty and Essex

  1. I am drooling all over my keyboard! That all looks and sounds amazing. And a bar in the restroom? So you can escape a bad blind date AND get tipsy? Hrmm…not so sure about that, aside from the originality factor.

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