16. Beauty & Essex

Beauty and Essex in Inventing Anna
Photo: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

Alan Reed and his wife take their daughter to dinner, where she learns she is going to get cut off financially if she doesn’t figure out her life. His wife is worried about the safety about the Lower East Side neighborhood (reflecting well the fear of sheltered uptowners) but Reed assures her nobody gets mugged in New York City anymore and that Anna has recommended this hidden restaurant, located behind a pawn shop.

The interior is filmed at Beauty & Essex, a real hidden restaurant behind a pawn shop. But interestingly the exterior was filmed elsewhere at a different shop.