Stanton Social Team Will Open Beauty & Essex Next Week

Photo: Patrick McMullan

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 façade 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!

Photo: Patrick McMullan

We’re told Chris Santos’s menu is still being finalized, but a version we’ve seen includes a raw bar, a selection of “jewels on toast” (bone marrow, whipped ricotta, etc.), $7 to $18 “accessories” (bánh-mì-style spring rolls, chicken-fried oysters, lobster tacos, Parmigiano-Reggiano fritters), $16 to $24 entrées 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. We’ll have more for you once the menu and space come together.

Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-614-0146