Beauty & Essex
Chef Chris Santos has over twenty years of experience as an executive chef in NYC’s hottest restaurants and is quickly expanding to the West Coast. From the cult classic Wyanoka, to the famed Time Café and award-winning Latin restaurant, Suba, Santos’ distinctive career has been synonymous with unparalleled success.
In 2005, Chef/owner Chris Santos and his partner Rich Wolf introduced the world to their unique brand of communal dining with the debut of The Stanton Social. Inspired by Santos’ own travels, The Stanton Social’s multi-cultural menu, designed for sharing, made for experiential dining with a cuisine as delicious as it was entertaining. In 2007, he was named Star Chefs Rising Star Chef and began developing a sister-restaurant to his first smash hit.
In December of 2010, Santos and Wolf welcomed Beauty & Essex to the Lower East Side. With an operational pawnshop entrance, the breathtaking design transforms the turn-of-the-century townhouse into a seductive, bi-level restaurant and lounge with a twenty-foot skylight and dramatic crystal chandeliers, with a sophisticated menu to complement. Later in May 2016, he debuted Beauty & Essex Las Vegas in the Cosmopolitan Hotel providing the West Coast with a taste of the original LES hotspot. Continuing his expansion, he opened an additional Beauty & Essex restaurant to the Los Angeles audience in March of 2017.