[New York] The Stanton Social
The Stanton Social | www.thestantonsocial.com | Yelp
Address: 99 Stanton St (Lower East Side), New York, NY 10002
Date visited: 2013.05
Total bill: $97 + tax and tip for four people
Will return: Not anytime soon
What to get:
– Chicken n’ Waffles
– French Onion Soup Dumplings
– S’mores Brûlée
The food is not amazing but The Stanton Social is usually the safe place to bring friends who have varying tastes. Otherwise, I don’t have an overwhelming desire to come here. Each time we eat here, there are always dishes we like and dishes we regret getting. The Stanton Social focuses more on being hip and trendy over its food. You won’t get world class service from the young aspiring actresses waitresses here but they do make an effort to pretend to be nice.
This is not for big eaters–you share small plates and everyone will pretty much get a bite of everything. It is a good place to grab a late night bite with friends before heading out.
Cucumber Gazpacho (Complimentary)
A nice refresher to start off the meal. Spicy.
Ahi Tuna Tataki ($14) with crispy wontons, fresno chili
Just alright. The tataki was not prepared well.
Nori Spiced Tuna Tartare Roll ($13)
The tartare was batter fried into a roll and the raw element of the tartare was lost in the deep friedness. Kind of a backwards concept; I just want a normal tartare with no gimmicks.
Smoked Duck & Baby Kale Salad ($12) with roasted baby beets, crispy truffle-goat cheese croutons
I don’t think the components of this salad go very well together. The smoked duck tasted like deli ham. The fried goat cheese was really good.
Red Snapper Tacos ($10 for three; $3.35 for each additional taco) with creamy avocado, spicy mango
Recommend: only if you need another dish
The fish was mushy and I would have preferred it to be chunky pieces instead. The mangos were a nice addition. Overall, the taco had a good spicy flavor.
French Onion Soup Dumplings ($12)
French onion soup wrapped up in a dumpling on a stick. Genius.
Chicken n’ Waffles ($19) brick pressed chicken, aged cheddar waffle, corn pudding, balsamic spiked maple syrup
Recommend: must get
This is the one truly legit dish here. If this dish didn’t exist, I would never come back here again. The corn pudding dressing and maple syrup combination wrapped the whole thing up nicely. This was a “clean” version of chicken and waffles; need to go to Brooklyn to get the real greasy fried chicken and waffles but this was definitely an awesome interpretation.
Red Velvet Twinkie ($4 each)
I should have known that this was just red velvet cake in the shape of a twinkie…
S’mores Brulee ($9 for 3 cups)
This wasn’t actually a brulee; it was more of a mousse. But it was actually quite delicious as a dessert regardless of what it was or was not supposed to be.