Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Beauty & Essex is literally a hidden gem on the Lower East Side. The gigantic restaurant, lounge and bar completely disguises itself—all 10,000 feet of it—keenly using the exterior pawn shop entrance as a mask. Its true identity is a tempting mystery to all outsiders. The slyness in this top-notch secret makes the Beauty & Essex experience all the more thrilling. Although, the sophisticated bouncer guarding the door into this classified venue may seem a little bizarre to passionate pawn shop lovers.
It’s not everyday you get to meet someone as ‘multi-hyphenated’ as Karen Elson. Model-singer-songwriter-mother-muse, and most recently, design collaborator for Nine West Vintage America celebrated the collection’s debut last Tuesday at Beauty & Essex, complete with a meet and greet beforehand. Her new collection was available for preview and purchase, which was on display in the Beauty & Essex pawnshop and incorporated into the décor throughout. Our anticipation grew as we absorbed the cool comfort of the crowd, seemingly disaffected by the luxurious atmosphere in the candlelit lounge. Guests indulged in wine and champagne and the ceaseless offerings of gourmet tapas; mouth-watering fare including avocado on toast, whipped ricotta and nectarine, lobster pizza, steak tartare, and grilled cheese, tomato dumplings. Soon, we made our way up the grand spiral staircase, past the fur-lined walls, to wait patiently for our turn to meet the honored guest.