Beauty & Essex

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65 Not Terrible

A clubby restaurant with inventive cocktails and globally inspired small plates.

146 Essex St., New York, NY, 10002

212-614-0146

http://beautyandessex.com

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The lowdown

The bi-level space here oozes early-sixties glam, from the two-story chandelier to the peacock-themed grand dining room to the free-flowing pink Champagne in the ladies’ room. Given this, and the beautiful crowd the place attracts, it wouldn’t really matter too much if the food were good, but for the most part, it is: a globetrotting menu of mostly small plates that emphasizes upscale ingredients. . Cocktails are strong and equally inventive; for dessert, get the “box of doughnuts,” which arrives in an actual box.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!