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The Stanton Social
Posted by GoocherB on 11/17/2005
I have nothing but high marks for SS's variety of flavorful food and buzzing, yet relaxed atmosphere; BUT service is a different rating altogether. From the "chill" scene at the upstairs bar to the "easy" lighting and steady beats throughout the meal, Stanton was a great place to spend an hour or two. The food was unique and delicious. French Onion Dumplings, Grilled Squid wraps, Red Snapper Tacos, Pork Loin ... all top-notch. Each bite kept my taste buds guessing and my palate wanting more. Kudos! Our waitress kept us guessing too! What are the specials? What wine do you have by the glass? When will I get to order another drink? She tried to "up sell" on every order ("Just order some of those and those. They're small, so if you don't like them, so what."). In another service snafu, the bus boy knocked over a glass of wine onto my girlfriend. In fairness to him, he was apologetic and offered to pay the cleaning from his own pocket (we declined), but the waitress ignored it after blatantly looking at the wine-soaked shirt. So, my advice: GO! Enjoy the vibe, enjoy the food, don't expect great service ... and don't wear white.
Posted by Andy B. on 11/09/2005
This place is great. The food was exceptional, and different. Both times there, I've had great waiters. The atmosphere is fun and vibrant, and I can't wait to go back. I am not getting paid for this...I just like the place a lot.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2005
The food here is absolutly fantastic! The portions are not big, but it is Tapas style....So don't expect gorge yourself. Went on a date and ordered 5 items, 4 drinks and desert...Total was 120 including tip. Not that bad. The sweet n sour chicken spring rolls are a must; Spicy snapper tacos were off the charts and don't even get me started on the meatballs! The bacon & blue cheese pizata and the Lobster ceviche cakes were different, but very tasty. Trust me, order the warm Doughnuts! They come with 3 sweet dipping sauces and they melt in you mouth. I will for sure go back!
Posted by nycgal on 08/12/2005
Food was good, but as an UES-er, I would not travel downtown for it again any time soon. The atmosphere, decor, etc. are nice, but do not do much to make up for the service, which went from bad to rude to unacceptable. In Manhattan, a great nice out and a good experience should not be mutually exclusive. Expect waits and attitude like every other "hot" spot soon to fizzle out for sure.
Posted by jud on 08/09/2005
Went here for 7.45 seats. Arrived 7.15 and had a drink upstairs and they collected us for our table on time. Lovely round booth table, perfect if you are 3. Favourite foods include the ceviche, snapper tacos, spicy tuna rolls. Tasty little complimentary starter with drinks of white beans and parmesan. All in all with 4 glasses of wine it was 150 including tip so we thought good value for the level of detail in all the food. Highly recommend.
Posted by Yum Yum on 07/26/2005
Cool place! Food was good! This is just the type of trendy place that will impress friends or a date. I will be back. Oh - and the donuts are AMAZING. I know you think it is crazy - but they are!
Posted by FD on 07/21/2005
I had heard so many good things about this place, I was ridiculously excited to go. Unfortunately, my excitement was squashed the moment we walked through the door. On time for our 8pm reservations, we were told there would be a 15 minute wait. Fine, we'll pop upstairs and get a drink and you'll come get us. Sure we will. Ummm...no. After checking back three times with a rude hostess, we decided to eat at the bar at 10:15pm! 2 hours and 15 mins WITH a reservation and STILL no table. I will not return. That said, if you do want to test your luck with the poor hostess service, our cocktail waitress was very sweet and the food was pretty good (and reasonably priced). Still, nothing would have made up for the seating experience. Sad too - seemed like a cute spot.