I love Beauty & Essex’s retro glamour vibe with a funky edge—there is even a pawn shop with high-end collectibles from guitars to 14K gold cabochon earrings! The Champagne Brunch not only gets you’re a family style spread of eight different dishes, but each diner gets two glasses of Moet & Chandon Brut Classic from California. Knowing that most eateries charge $16 a glass for this type of champagne makes this brunch special a real deal! There are a lot of the “young and beautiful” to look at as well.
My dining partner and I started out with flakey, buttery Dark Chocolate Croissants, which were fresh-baked on the premises. There was about a tablespoon of dark chocolate inside each croissant and it was thick like a pudding or mousse and added just the right touch of chocolaty goodness without being overwhelming. Three small to medium sized croissants were served for the both of us, then we moved onto the Red Velvet Waffles (there were also three of these, and they were about four inches by four inches each). The piece de resistance was not just that the waffles were hot, moist and right out of the oven, but they were drizzled with a cream cheese icing that was like a bit of heaven. The icing was not too thick or too sweet, as it is at most establishments making waffles and pancakes.
|Braised Short Rib with Huevos Rancheros|
|Skillet Roasted Potatoes|
|Caramel Mousse Bombe|
I would highly recommend the Champagne Brunch (which is only served upstairs at B&E) for not only a personal Sunday brunch for a group of friends, but for special occasions like a birthday party or engagement party where you want classy food and good bang for your buck. The champagne's already included, which makes it great for a celebration where you do not want to spend extra money on drinks. The elaborate lighting seems to literally put a romantic light on everything, and it's a warm feeling. There is also unique bric-a-brac on the walls. In the room where Champagne Brunch is served, the walls are covered with elaborate gold picture frames with long necklaces hanging inside them. Pardon the pun, but Beauty & Essex is truly a beauty!
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Cuisine: Modern American/Fusion