The folks behind Beauty & Essex, the hotly anticipated follow-up to Stanton Social, tell us that the restaurant will open for dinner on December 11, with brunch to follow next year. Apparently designers AvroKO have outfitted the former M. Katz & Sons furniture store with a pawn shop faade as well as four dining rooms, two bars, and a throwback ladies' lounge (complete with sofa and Champagne service) near the bathroom. Are they going for the debutante crowd that flocks to Stanton Social? You betcha!
Were told Chris Santoss menu is still being finalized, but a version weve seen includes a raw bar, a selection of jewels on toast (bone marrow, whipped ricotta, etc.), $7 to $18 accessories (bnh-m-style spring rolls, chicken-fried oysters, lobster tacos, Parmigiano-Reggiano fritters), $16 to $24 entres such as buttermilk-fried chicken, veal short ribs, chicken meatballs, garganelli, and a selection of Creekstone Farms steaks as well as a Beauty & Essex burger served with duck-fat fries. Well have more for you once the menu and space come together.
Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-614-0146