dish buzz: the stanton social

Stanton Social - Lower East Side

Stanton Social - Lower East Side

I think I’m a little late on this one, but I decided it was finally time to see what all of the hype was concerning The Stanton Social. If you’re going (and you should), get reservations. I called to try to add one in to our reservation this Saturday night, and the response we got was “We’re completely booked – I’m sorry”. And packed it was.

Fortunately, for those who choose to wait for a table, the bar (as well as the restaurant) features a unique mix of cocktails, ranging from around $11-$14. The watermelon-ginger margarita was a perfect summertime pick, with little cubes of fresh watermelon swimming among thin ginger slivers.

The restaurant is dark (hence the somewhat grainy photos). The music is subtle techno/dance at a not-so-subtle volume. This is a great little date spot or place to catch up with friends, if you can handle the loud music. The concept is plates – small plates. And they have a nice mix of things, with favorites such as mac ‘n cheese accented by chorizo. They recommend five plates for two people. We scratched our heads, doubtful, and chose three. Our recommendation would be three plates if not too hungry and four or five if you are. However, you have to keep in mind some plates are more substantial. The mac n’ cheese and the chicken n’ waffles were heavier portions.

The chicken n’ waffles included pressed chicken atop a subtle cheddar waffle. The balsamic maple syrup though truly made the dish. Only slightly sweet, it brought the chicken to life. The risotto cakes, while good, were my least favorite on the menu. There were only three small round cakes and the flavor of the dish couldn’t hold a candle to the chicken or the mac n’ cheese.

Of course, we saved room for dessert. The warm donuts which passed our table on several occasions looked tasty, but we instead opted for the strawberry shortcake. The strawberries, thinly cut, were intermingled with fresh vanilla ice cream and pieces of biscuit, all topped with slices of toffee. The dessert was great, although I have to say the biscuit was the low-point of the dish, devoid of taste and a bit dry.

Overall, I was very impressed with Stanton Social and would like to come back and try some more of their offerings. I thought their menu was very creative, very varied, and very very good.

Stanton Social – 99 Stanton Street, between Ludlow and Orchard Street
Reservations Required

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