23 Dec The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St, New York 10002
Between Orchard and Ludlow St
My friend and I decided that we needed to go out to dinner for a good close to a work year so he recommended that we go to The Stanton Social on the Lower East Side. Upon walking in, I was impressed by it’s Japanese bath house inspired decor complimented with tasteful pieces that you’d only appreciate if you really took it in. Submarine mirrors that lead towards the bathroom and reserved area, a cottage style bathroom with a separate music feed (Jazz in the bathroom and Dance mixes on the floor), frames that make the tasty bottles of liquor appear as they are framed art and the wine wall that completes the room. At first I just grabbed a spot by the door and once my friend arrived and we finished ogling the endless supply of beautiful women that frequent this spot, we decided to take a seat in the lounge area and start sampling the menu.
The lounge area of Stanton Social comprises of a maze of leather couches that are perfect for groups and play on social activity since its not just designated to parties unless specified. Once we received the menus we decided to start with the sliders since they don’t have entrees or appetizers, which is great for this spot. We tried the Kobe Slider first, which comes one per order instead of two or three at other places, but the “Grilled Cheese” slider is in my opinion the best. Consisting of aged cheddar, house cured jalapeño bacon, fried green tomato and lemon aioli gave my partners and I a flavored orgasm. What’s phenomenal about this place is the fact that they make the food so quickly. Once we had a round of the sliders, we went with the French Onion Soup Dumplings and then the Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogies with caramelized onions and truffle creme fraiche. Every dish is brought in small plates that’s great for sharing. Next we decided to order the Old School Meatballs with Basil and Ricotta ‘manicotti’ and the Chicken and Waffles.
We were still waiting for our other comrades who were eventually three hours late from our reservation, but we just kept going on the drinks and food. Next up was the Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cashew Spring Rolls. Everything is just tasty. Finally at 1:30am, the rest of our party arrived and we got to business. Johnnie Walker Black and Patron shots, Grilled Apple and brie Quesadillas with mustard-maple syrup and smoked ‘bacon bits’ and Thai Spiced Baby Back Ribs were thrown around like toys in a child’s bedroom. Eventually the lovely waitress who really took care of us brought the dessert menu and that was it for me. lol. I ordered the Peanut Butter Mousse Bombe with Grape Sorbet and Peanut Brittle. I didn’t really like it, but my friend ordered the warm donuts that was the business. This place is rather pricey, but is worth it when you tie in the quality of cuisine and customer service.
-Prezzi The Boss