99 Stanton St. New York, NY 10002 • (212) 995-0099 • thestantonsocial.com
Stanton Social is indeed a scene, so if scenes aren’t your scene, beware. Also beware of the fact that they will likely make you wait over 30 minutes for your table when you have a reservation. Fortunately they have some pretty good cocktails at the bar upstairs. Unfortunately, the upstairs doubles as a second dining room and becomes horribly crowded and unpleasant with all of the overspill from delayed reservations. Oh, and speaking of unpleasant, the hostess up there is ironically very “anti-social” sporting quite the tude on her. Doesn’t seem to understand the restaurant business is a service industry.
Fortunately, once we got to our table the meal was good. Not great mind you. But a very solid showing indeed. My recommendations being the french onion soup dumplings (pictured), which makes me only about the billionth person to praise them, the perogies (also not a shocker, considering droves before me have already blessed them), and last but not least, the Kobe sliders with truffle cheese fondue. Crazy good, and I believe a road less traveled, so check ’em out.
Also noteworthy was the Foie Gras, but not to the degree of the dishes above.
Things to skip IMO; the crab cakes, the bruschetta and the meatballs. Trust me, your mouth deserves better.
Prices are reasonable by NYC standards. The anemic number of bathrooms however, isn’t so reasonable.