Get Lost in Space at Beauty & Essex

I marveled at the scope of the new restaurant and lounge from Stanton Social’s Chef Chris Santos. A former furniture store has been transformed by the designers at AvroKo to simulate a retro-50s cocktail lounge complete with gold fixtures. A pawn shop sits in front of Beauty & Essex, initially obscuring what phenomenal details lie beyond. From front to back is about as long as a city block, with 4 atmopheres to choose from. Up the grand staircase leads to DJ booth, and The Pearl Lounge whose chandelier dramatically drapes below an entire tin ceiling. In the ladies room downstairs, a lovely woman serves free champagne. To accompany the regalia, Chris Santo’s small bites will take center stage, with his take on comfort food from around the globe: grilled apple, bacon and blue cheese crostini with black pepper, truffle, and honey, steaks from Creeksotne Farms, beer battered lobster tacos with red cabbage slaw, jalapeno mayo. Incredible cocktails too. See more photos of the space and night here.

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