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The Stanton Social
Posted by Anonymous on 08/28/2006
Went here over the weekend for the first time with a group of 5; and found it to be a beautiful if overcrowded space; with diners and upstairs patrons low-shouting to hear each other over the bit too loud music. Overall though a good experience; especially after escaping the chaotic upstairs bar area and settling into a cozy banquette! We ordered about 12 dishes in total (including second rounds of amazing pierogies and red snapper tacos) and all the dishes were good to very good. The big hits were the french onion soup dumplings, Kobe Burgers and the best Pork Tenderloin (with spicy caramel sauce) that I have ever had. Everything else (grilled pizzas, chipotle shrimp, squid lettuce wraps) were received well by everyone at the table-solid if unspectacular. Donuts for dessert however were better than the hype! Amazing, light and spot on delicious. 2 bottles of wine and a round of cocktails and the bill came to $305 for the 5 of us, or about $60 head. Service was spotty but always pleasant. I would go back, but maybe not on a Saturday night.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2006
4 of us shared 8 TINY tapas plates. By tiny I mean each play would have (for example) 4 little shrimp. The final bill (for the equivalent of 8 shrimp per person and nothing more) was $220. One tapas dish in Spain would have 8 shrimp on it and cost $7. To add insult to injury, the food was very average. Everything seemed to be over salted and under flavored. We all left with empty stomaches and wallets.
Posted by hawkeye on 08/22/2006
Went there in a group of four, shared the Kobe sliders (outstanding), pulled pork (okay), short rib tacos (rich, but good), spring rolls (okay), ravioli (decent) and the beef wellington (nice, but nothing out of the ordinary). Tried a rose cocktail and a ginger saki one, both good. The doughnuts were very nice and light. Service was spotty. It's a beautiful place, and on the whole, the food was good. My husband would go back for the Kobe sliders alone!
Posted by NOT worth the wait on 08/19/2006
I went to Stanton Social with a few other couples. We had to make the reservations 30 days in advance. We were hoping it would be worth the wait... The food is like tapas - small plates that equaled about one bite a person if you have a party of three or more. We ordered about 12 items and each was worse than the next. The only thing good was the Kobe burgers which were about the size of a white castle hamburger. The loster rolls was cold lobster salad on a potato bun, the tacos tasted like taco bell, the tuna tartar was poor. We told the manager who brushed us off and walked away. It was a big dissapointment and was very costly.
Posted by amy on 08/15/2006
I dined at The Stanton Social recently with 3 friends and our experience was fantastic. The scene is fun, young, and intimate, with tables close together. The menu is diverse and very interesting. From reading some reviews below, I would agree that nothing is large enough to share for more than 4, my suggestion would be to order double portions for larger tables of all of the favorite dishes. From the onion soup dumplings to the tacos, all of the dishes were diverse, tasty and enjoyable. Our server did a great job suggesting not only house favorites but also how many dishes to order for the four of us. We had a well priced bottle of a rioja riserva with dinner. Desserts were delish, especially the homemade donuts, which we quickly ordered seconds of. I truly look forward to returning soon and would highly recommend it to any of my friends.
Posted by John on 07/30/2006
The food is very good - can't argue with that,. However, the tables for two are jammed together. You'll actually sit closer to strangers then your date. Also, watch out, the bill adds up super quickly.
Posted by sam1176 on 07/26/2006
Went with 7 people...we ordered what & amounts of food that the waiter suggested. The food was great, but I had like 3 bites of food because there really wasn't enough to go around. The portions should be larger for a larger group of people. Also went early on a weekday, the music was super loud and I asked it to be turned down twice...they just 'yes'd" me with a smile, but never turned it down. Try with a smaller group.