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Beauty & Essex

This past Saturday, we celebrated our dear friend Judy's 30th birthday at Beauty & Essex in the Lower East Side. This massive, jaw-dropping restaurant & lounge is hidden inside what used to be the M. Katz & Sons furniture store, with its entrance disguised as an unpretentious, functioning pawn shop storefront. Wander toward the back, slip through the rear exit, and...

BAM. Suddenly you're transported into a spectacular lobby that resembles a massive boudoir. This immensely elegant, eclectic space is a complete knockout. Adorned with antique jewelry, art, crystals, peacock feathers, and flowers, each room is literally dripping with decadence. Repeat after me: Pearl chandelier and pony hair walls.

Beauty & Essex is the newborn brain child of The Stanton Social's Chris Santos and renowned design firm AvroKO. It houses four distinctive dining sections and exudes the luxurious aura of a boutique hotel. Our private dinner party was held inside The Vault, which contains multiple security cameras and an insane necklace that would probably snap my neck in half. Judy's custom menu featured courses of delicious tidbits such as tuna sashimi, lobster tacos, truffle meatballs, and baby back ribs. The meal was topped off with mini macarons and whoopie pies. Simply splendid.

Complimentary champagne is served in the ladies' room. As if we needed another excuse to randomly disappear to the restroom together! I usually cringe at the notion of food/drinks in restrooms, but sipping bubbly in that powder room, surrounded by vintage perfume bottles and plush chaises, was an irresistible exception.

Beauty & Essex was the perfect venue for the celebration of our charming, sophisticated, jet-setting friend. Boys - If you're ever looking to impress a classy lady with a lovely date, this place would be a sure bet.

Happy Birthday, Judy!

{Image credits: Katie Sokoler via Gothamist, Michael Weber via AvroKO, Thyra Heder via Vogue}

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Reader Comments (8)

That looks amazing hun and so do you! Love your blog!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManda

it was such a gorgeous place! champagne in the bathroom was a def plus! yep, I wouldn't mind a guy taking me out here. haha

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchi

When are WE goin?

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRay

@Manda - Thanks, missy! Miss you lots.
@Chi - I'm so glad you made it, that was such a nice surprise :)
@Ray - WE have way too many to-do's.

January 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Got any cute friends I can bring there??

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkevin l.

this place looks amazing!!! and i love the pic of u, judy, and cheryl at the end!! u guys look gorgeous too!!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreba

OMG pretty!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Some time ago, I needed to buy a good car for my firm but I did not have enough cash and couldn't order something. Thank heaven my brother proposed to try to get the loans at trustworthy bank. So, I did so and used to be happy with my financial loan.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarleneDodson

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