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Beauty & Essex, the LES' new Club/Restaurant/Pawn Shop

[Krieger, 12/7/10]

Beauty & Essex, the ginormous club and lounge and restaurant of sorts from the folks that brought you The Stanton Social and Lavo, approaches its debut this Saturday. As laid out previously, this is a restaurant with multiple dining rooms on multiple floors, all serving the same expansive Chris Santos menu of small plates and bar food, a couple of bars, plenty of lounging areas, a functioning pawn shop in the front, and a bartender in the ladies room. As a well lubricated preview party revealed last night, the place can handle quite the crowd. Which is good news, because once the LES hordes and the MePa weekenders catch wind of this place, they will be coming in droves.

Other details: there is a giant chandelier made all of pearls (see above). Some walls are covered in white horsehair, others, in hand-carved wooden panels. The bartenders in the bathroom serve rose. We forgot to look for the undulating skylight last night, but according to press materials there is one. Also, open boxes full of antique-looking necklaces line the upstairs dining room, which will probably be stolen. But perhaps we're underestimating the crowd. The pawn shop is very well stocked with Chris Santos' guitars.

Okay, time for the menu:
Raw Bar

Tomato Tartare 9
sunny side up quail egg, parmesan crostini

Sashimi of Tuna, Tonnato Style 13
lemon zested olive oil, crunchy chorizo, sea salt

Yellowtail Crudo 14
caramelized citrus yuzu, avocado, cilantro

Kobe Beef Carpaccio 14
wasabi egg yolk, crunchy wontons, sesame nori

Hand Cut Prime Steak Tartare 15
crispy mustard & chive sticky rice cake

Tempura Shrimp Cocktail 16
charred jalapeno cocktail sauce

East & West Coast Oysters
(half dozen) 15 (dozen) 28

Pearls of The Sea 68
dozen oysters, ½ dozen littlenecks,
4 shrimp cocktail, 1 lb lobster

Jewels on Toast
Classic Pan Con Tomate 8
with fresh burrata +5
with jamon serrano +7

Whipped Ricotta 10
grilled pears, honey, basil, chile

Roasted Eggplant Caponata 11

Avocado, Lemon & Espelette 11

Roasted Bone Marrow 14
rioja braised shallot marmalade


Charred Shishito Peppers 7

Parmigiano-Reggiano Fritters 9
fig balsamic crushed tomatoes

Kale & Apple Salad 10
apple cider vinaigrette, pancetta,
candied pecans, shaved goat cheese

BLT Salad 11
frisee, charred tomatoes, smoked pepper bacon,
maytag blue, crispy sourdough

Braised Short Rib Tamales 12

Crispy ‘Bahn-Mi’ Style Spring Rolls 12
char-sui roasted pork, cilantro,
sriracha aioli for dipping

Thai Lobster Bisque Dumplings 14

Grilled Flatbread 14
apple, double smoked bacon, maytag bleu,
black pepper truffle honey

Chicken Fried Oysters 14
apple & bacon braised spinach

“General Tso’s” Monkfish 15

Salt & Pepper Shrimp 16
miso-sambal mayo

Lobster Tacos 18
beer battered maine lobster,
red cabbage slaw, jalapeno mayo

Crispy Hominy
charred corn, lime, cilantro, chile

Brussels Sprouts
tomato, pancetta, lemon-thyme butter

Salt & Vinegar Fries

Simply Roasted Mushrooms
Thai basil & lime

garlic, soy, chile

Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
tarragon, chile, parmigiano

Vidalia Onion Ring Tempura
buttermilk-blue cheese dip



Brick Pressed Chicken 19
creamy mascarpone polenta &
sweet roasted tomato salad

Heritage Baby Back Ribs 19
tangerine barbeque glaze,
tempura onion rings

Grilled Salmon 21
sherry vinegar glaze, pearl couscous,
red chard & sunchoke puree

Olive Oil Poached Day Boat Cod 23
beet & caramelized citrus salad

Roasted Wild Striped Bass 24
manilla clams, baby artichokes,
roasted garlic & saffron aioli

Spaghettini 17
zucchini, lemon, chile,
parsley pesto, parmigiano

Pan Toasted Torchio 17
merguez sausage, mint,
brown butter & ricotta salata

Garganelli 17
spicy veal bolognese,
whipped Little Italy ricotta

Chestnut & Ricotta Ravioli 18
butternut squash glace,
pecorino, crispy serrano

Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs 18
sheeps milk ricotta, wild mushroom, truffle

Prime Steaks

Classic Thick Cut Filet 28

18 oz. New York Strip 38

24 oz. Bone-in Ribeye 48

All served with Beauty & Essex signature steak sauces:
au poivre / truffle hollandaise / chimichurri
signature roasted garlic & bacon

Beauty & Essex Burger 16
spicy roasted garlic aioli, beefsteak tomato, goat feta,
duck fat fries, house made sweet & spicy ketchup

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