“It’s the little things that make a big difference.”
As they say, “expressions become expressions for a reason.”
It’s just not until you’ve been a recipient of an aforementioned little thing that you realize that an expression like the first came about as a result of differences made. Thanks Sheview. Now can you please get us into a restaurant with a high-end pawnshop in its entrance so we can do some proper people watching?
Beauty & Essex
Beauty and Essex sounds like something on the corner of a made-up location straight out of the deep crevices of my NYC-centric mind, right next to carefree Saturday night plans with the guys, “going out” and both hitting and striking out on girls. Luckily, now that I am (definitely) older and (maybe) wiser, I recognize the greatness in this not only being a night sans guys, but it was a night sans anyone else but HeView and SheView – for the first time in a long time! We walked in and gazed at the wares being peddled in the “pawn shop” – a room in the entrance that is 100% meant to be dark but was awkwardly positioned in the flooding sunshine. SheView kept talking about about Alec Baldwin… I’m pretty sure he must have had some memorabilia in one of the cases. When we were led in to our table – in the way back of a huge room and positioned perfectly to uncomfortably stare at all the people (consisting of fathers and daughters, bachelorette parties, dates and tourists in every sense) we could silently judge, we figured this would be an enjoyable couple of hours. While the time we did spend was actually enjoyable, I’ve been writing this review for a longer slice of time than Beauty, Essex or anyone else on the ownership team would have cared for us to spend in their restaurant. Needless to say, we were immediately greeted by our very dirty-hot waitress whose skintight outfit did not leave a lot to my imagination. Dying of thirst and looking at their specialty cocktail list, Earl the Pearl sounded like a no-brainer – an Arnold Palmer with vodka and mint syrup. This drink was outstanding and I stopped at one, more out of fear for not being able to. Three minutes after our drinks were served and exactly eight minutes before our first plate arrived, dirty-hot took our order and helped us along the way. We decided to try a little of everything tonight and started with Whipped Ricotta on Toast with Peaches, Chicken Fried Oysters with Apple and Bacon Braised Spinach and Lobster Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw and Jalapeno Cream. The toast, referred to by the brilliant business minds behind this machine as “Jewels on Toast” looked good, but was really just a pile of rusted metal in a Tiffany box. The Chicken Fried Oysters were outstanding – flavorful, light and really just perfect in a simple bite. SheView did not enjoy the Lobster Tacos, which was great for me as I enjoyed taking down two out of three. For mains we had the Scallops, which were fantastic, along with Skillet Roasted Corn with Chipotle, Lime and Cotija Cheese and the Onion Ring Tempura with Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dip (and ketchup). The corn looked way better than it tasted and the Onion Rings were, as they say, a little thing that brightened up a too-rushed experience for a couple of married cats trying to enjoy a Saturday night. This place is past its prime anway. Next time we’re on to bigger things. 146 Essex Street | Between Stanton and Rivington (212) 614-0146