Beauty and Essex

To begin with, sorry I’m crazy behind and slow this month! This past month has been
quite the whirlwind between trips, work and moving out. But definitely a good kind
 of crazy. And now that I’m mostly settled in, I can get back to the important stuff like

And back to where we left off on the latest adventure at the Beauty and Essex on the Lower East Side of New York.

While me and my younger brother Connor, had flown in to NYC. My older brother Dan,
 drove up with some of his friends from D.C. to meet up with us. One of his friends was
celebrating a birthday and in appropriate birthday girl fashion, we put on our best dresses,
 dolled up, and headed out to the ever so fancy, swanky Beauty and Essex.

One thing to know- Beauty and Essex is a speakeasy. An impressive speakeasy at that! The
 first time I came here, I was completely awed by the set up.

When you first walk in, all you see is a pawn shop. But Beauty and Essex is way more than

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Make sure to put in a reservation at this place because it does get busy. Put in your name
 to the man at the front, push through the door and you’re escorted in to a plush, elegant
restaurant. The walls are covered in a lush fur and a giant chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

The first time I came here, I couldn’t stop touching the walls and thinking, “Furry Walls”
 from “Get him to the Greek”. That may just be me though…

We started off with a round of cocktails and I ordered the Oaxacan Old Fashioned-

Ilegal Mezcal, Milagro Barrel Select silver tequila, lemon thyme, chocolate bitters,
and orange oil. It tingled the senses.

Quick tip: They serve complimentary champagne in the ladies’ restroom. Have you

ever heard of such a magical, classy thing?!

Things started to get pretty silly after everyones round of drinks and thankfully, we

were seated at our table, ready to dig in to the menu.

These two handsome fellas! People have said my younger brother Connor (on the left)

 looks like Adrian Grenier. What do you think?

And my brother’s friend was quite the character and definitely added to the evening!

Food is served tapas style, so everyone shares and eats a few bites here and there. 
I nibbled and sucked on roasted bone marrow, dipping the leftovers on a garlic, buttery

 bread. I’ve only had bone marrow one other time, so I’m not too much of a connoiseur
 but it did seem like a small amount of bone marrow, although the tiny bit was deliciously

Everything on the menu is delicious however, from the lobster tacos to the salads. The

service is top-notch as well.

The birthday girl!

And by the end of the evening, we were all feeling perfectly silly and decided now
 was the perfect time to try for a Christmas-style photo.

Needless to say, this did not turn out as well as we had hoped for.

 We started our own mini dance party upstairs and talked for most of the evening.

 Then it was time for this girl to slip in to the pawn shop exit and back in to the gritty,
 cold streets of Manhattan and head to bed.

Beauty and Essex