The hottest Pawn Shop in town…

Posted: December 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Beauty & Essex, Pawn Shops | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The hottest Pawn Shop in town…

This week the people behind Lavo and Stanton Social opened the opulent, bi-level bar-restaurant-lounge Beauty & Essex.  They have a wall covered in horse hair, a ceiling covered by a pearl chandelier, two floors of DJs, a bartender pouring rose in the ladies’ room, and in the front, a PAWN shop. It’s all housed within the century old M. Katz & Sons furniture store, which the award-winning design firm AvroKo transformed into something rather extraordinary.

Beyond the pawn shop (which displays old jewelry, a saxophone, and boom-box), a spectacular staircase leads up to the second floor, winding around a massive two-story crystal chandelier dangling from the ceiling without a care in the world. There are dining rooms and bars on both floors, and in the main dining room a 20′ foot oval skylight “undulates like a soft wave.” Beyond this room, there’s a private dining room called “The Vault,” with security cameras pointing at prized jewelry like someone’s plotting a Great Muppet Caper. The walls in another room are lined with 1,000 carved wood panels inspired by a vintage jewelry box design.

Check. Check it out: 146 Essex Street, between Stanton and Rivington // (212) 614-0146

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