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  • 12.22.10

Beauty & Essex, a Restaurant Inspired by Granny’s Most Beautiful Jewels [Slideshow]

A word to ladies who accessorize like Princess Di: If you’re dining at Beauty & Essex, you might want to leave the bling at home — unless you want to compete with the walls.

A word to ladies who accessorize like Princess Di: If you’re dining at Beauty & Essex, you might want to leave the bling at home — unless you want to compete with the walls.

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The latest swoon-worthy restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Beauty & Essex is done up by crack interior designers AvroKO (of Public and Double Crown) to look like an opulent jewelry store. But, this being the Lower East Side — the land of skinny jeans and studiously mussed bed head — the jewelry shop is more granny than Harry Winston, with lockets in picture frames and peacock feather floral arrangements and a four-story-long chandelier dangling over a spiral staircase like a she-giant’s pearl lariat. Naturally, the entrance has a pawn shop.

Beauty & Essex is the breathlessly hyped follow-up to The Stanton Social, chef Chris Santos’s wildly popular tapas restaurant (also on the Lower East Side). Based on the draft menu — which carries over the jewelry-shop theme, with “jewels on toast” crostini and “accessories” for sides — it’s easy to see why. The place serves lobster tacos; kobe beef carpaccio with wasabi egg yolk; roasted bone marrow with rioja braised shallot marmalade; braised veal short ribs with a tangerine barbecue glaze and tempura onion rings; the mouth-watering list goes on. You’ll have a hell of a time not ordering everything on the menu. The good news: You can always pawn your jewelry to pay for the bill.

[Images courtesy of AvroKO]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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