Four dining rooms (one private), two bars, a lounge, a vintage pawnshop and a women's bathroom serving free bubbly have made Beauty & Essex a nightlife destination on the Lower East Side. Evenings here are fueled by cocktails and small plates of grilled cheese with tomato soup dumplings, bánh mì spring rolls and crostini topped with roasted bone marrow and wine-braised shallots. Pasta and steaks can sate bigger appetites. The chef and co-owner is Chris Santos of The Stanton Social fame. Celebrated design firm AvroKO oversaw the rehab of the former M. Katz & Sons furniture store, installing magnificent chandeliers and a series of cushy VIP booths in the vast, bi-level space.