Mon-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 11:30am-4pm and 5pm-1am; Sun, 11:30am-4pm and 5pm-11pm
F at Second Ave.
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Popular since opening in 2005, Stanton Social knows the secret to Lower East Side popularity: Appeal to the transplanted A-listers without alienating the neighborhood’s scruffier long-timers. The posh first-floor dining room is a romance of dark wood with semicircular chocolate-suede banquettes, flickering votives, and cylindrical glass lamps suspended from a soaring ceiling; the upstairs lounge is a shrine to wine. Yet any hint of pretense vanishes once the food arrives. Chef-owner Chris Santos’s globe-spanning tapas menu is as quirky as it is nouveau. Some plates are delicate (tuna tartare in dainty phyllo; French-onion-soup dumplings); other choices are adamantly messy (Kobe-beef sliders; crunchy red-snapper tacos). The snack cakes for dessert include a bite-size version of a red velvet Twinkie; other options include warm donuts and a chocolate tasting.Recommended Dishes
Nori spiced tuna tartare roll, $13; red snapper tacos, $10; Kobe beef slider, $7