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Posted by anonymous on 07/26/2009
I brought my sister here when she came in town and we had a terrible experience. It started when we showed up for the first brunch reservation of the day and had to wait outside because they weren't ready to open for 10 minutes. We ordered a bloody mary and it tasted so bad (like cocktail sauce) we couldn't drink it at all. Then my sis ordered a coke that was too flat to drink. Our waitress didn't even ask about the untouched drinks sitting on the table. We ordered 5 dishes (all WAY overpriced for the amt of food you get) and had to wait forever for our food to arrive. All of the tables that came in 30 minutes after us received food before we did and then we had to ask where our banana pancakes were or we wouldn't have gotten them. Overall it wasn't very impressed and I will never go back.
Posted by FoodieGirl on 07/24/2009
I loved how this place looks, very good service, very very good food with many more vegetarian options than I am used to in such a trendy place, but. A big but. Why does the music have to be night club loud? This is a great place to show off your new bag or killer heels, but do they really need to destroy your hearing in the process? Would go back, but sit upstairs where it seemed a little more quiet...
Posted by Ally on 06/20/2009
Love this place for a night out on the town. Good to go with a group of 4-6 people who like to share. Faves were french onion dumplings, miso glazed sea bass, mooshi chicken and pear and brie dumplings..so delish. Must save room for dessert! donuts and chocolate platter are sinfully scrumptious. Music is loud so dont come here with people who want a quiet evening.
Posted by KAB on 05/28/2009
This place is tired. It seems like they haven't changed the menu since the restaurant opened so it's not exciting or different anymore. The beginning of the night was interesting when we showed up for our 10:45 PM reservation and were told we were early (it was 10:42 PM). We waited for 15 minutes, which was annoying but once we sat down our waitress was fabulous and so helpful. However, this place is NOT a date place or romantic unless you like not speaking/hearing each other. I couldn't get over how LOUD the music was, it was obnoxious. Brunch at this restaurant is much more enjoyable when the music is not loud, and I have to say the drinks and bar upstairs is much better...I was pretty disappointed.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 04/24/2009
A very knowledgeable friend recommended The Stanton Social as having excellent food, and she was not wrong. Every dish we had -- including souvlaki with harissa aioli, a lovely beef carpaccio, crab corn dogs, and spicy chicken wings -- was admirably prepared, generous for the price, innovative and tasty. Our waiter was delightful, although the nasty NYC hostess habit of making one wait for the "entire party" (that would be my one campanion) is always annoying, particularly in a place that at that time had NO other diners! The atmosphere is pleasant enough. But the NOISE!!! Ouch. I still remember leaving the restaurant and feeling like I had entered a delightful Cone of Silence, otherwise known as the street. Between the boisterous crowd and the deafening, heavy-on-the-bass music, it was enough to ruin the entire meal. Sad to say, I can't see going back...my ears are still ringing.
Posted by trynewplaces on 04/20/2009
I came to Stanton Social with VERY high expectations, as I have heard great things from everyone I know who has gone. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic - a perfect place to go with a group of friends. I do not eat red meat, and was therefore pleased to see that I could still eat most tapas on the menu. Everything we got, and we tried about 15 items, was very good, nothing was outstanding. The drinks were also good, but certainly not the best I've had around the city. Out waitress was great - friendly and attentive. I knocked off .5 from service because the hostess was rude - but with everything else being an overall pleasant experience, we certainly didn't let it ruin our night.
Posted by DA112 on 03/07/2009
I live in the area and I have heard all the hype... The place is cool, the food is alright but DROWNED IN SALT, and the service is fine. Not worth the money for the portions that made me feel like a giant holding normal food.