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May 16, 2011 11:21 AM

Stanton Social or Beauty & Essex

Hello there,

Will be in NYC from this Saturday afternoon until Monday evening only for a mother-daughter trip to New York.

I am hoping to catch a show on Saturday night with my mum but would like to have reservations somewhere for Sunday. Both Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex have been recommended to me. Between the two, which is better in terms of food and ambiance?

Thanks :)

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. For food, I like Stanton better. For ambiance, I like B&E better.

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Agreed. The food at B&E was quite a disappointment, but it's a beautiful venue. Try to get a seat in the downstairs dining room if you go.

    2. I haven't had the food at Beauty & Essex, but the crowd there (based on my one visit, on a Tuesday) skews a bit older and less scream-y. For that reason, I'd choose it over Stanton Social for the kind of evening I think you're looking for. I think the food at Stanton Social is uneven and overpriced, but food is not really the point of that place.

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      1. re: small h

        I actually think Stanton Social's food is pretty good. I've only been to B & E for drinks, and it seemed more nightclub-y to me. YMMV.

        1. re: uwsister

          I like some of the food at Stanton Social, and I agree about the nightclub-y-ness of Beauty and Essex. It has all those rooms that you can wander through, so you can eyeball the crowd in comfort instead of craning your neck while trapped at a table.

          1. re: small h

            Thank you all for your input!!!

      2. Went to B&E with three other couples on Sunday night for a friends birthday. Had the best time. Staff was great! Friendly and unpretentious, food was superb. We just kept ordering small plates and cocktails! :)

        1. I have been to both, most recently at Beauty & Essex. Food was very good (believe it or not the kale salad was the most memorable!) and the ambiance is really cool. I agree with Leah that the food at Stanton is better.