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99 Stanton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Ludlow St.
By nydent on 4/9/2007
Worth it if you are someone who values a cool setting, creative food and who likes to sample. The problem is you get virtually nothing for your money here. Plan on every bite costing you $2 or so...literally. The food, however, is tasty and creative, especially the crab-cake corn dogs and the french onion soup dumplings. You could make the doughnuts in your own kitchen though, so I don't know what all the hype is about those. Good service and attention to detail might make me want to pay for overpriced food, but as others have said, that's missing here in a big way. Go once to try it out if you've got some money to blow but I think you'll leave thinking it would be better spent elsewhere.
Rudest hostess ruined my social experience
By Dino21 on 1/16/2012
I had six friends visiting from out of town and couldn't wait to take them to staton social. I made 9:30pm reservations on 1/15/11. We arrived on time. I walked up near the hostess with black hair and waited patiently for her to finish helping a customer. We made eye contact and I waited. She finished helping the customer and looked down at the computer. Another customer walked in and she looked up and helped her. The customer looked at me and apologized for cutting in. So I moved right in front of the hostess. Nothing. She looked back down at her computer. I was starting to wonder if I was invisible. She looked up a few times again to see if anyone else walked in. Finally I said, "excuse me, are you going to help me?" and she gave me this stuck-up reply, "yea, yea, sure". Never had I been treated so rudely in my life. I raved about this place to everyone and anyone, but her attitude made me lose my appetite that night. Thanks to her I will never come back. Staton social, you need to definitely reevaluate your hostess staff because they are the first person to encounter once a customer walks in and that impression makes your establishment look bad whether your food is amazing or not. I was incredibly appalled. Thanks hostess for taking this place off my list. You need to find a new job.
can we get a slice of pie on the way home?
By sjigga on 9/13/2005
A buzy atmosphere and a tantalizing menu had my mouth watering after an interminably long wait. Food was great but portions were miniscule. Each dish consisted of 4 hors d'ouvre sized morsels, that left our stomachs begging for more but our wallets saying no. Save a couple of bucks for a slice of pie on the way home.
By whoswho on 12/16/2010
The food was fun and in some cases, like the orecchiette with rabbit sausage, excellent. But the overall experience was a disappointment. Service: We were rushed from the minute we sat down even though there were several empty tables the entire time we were there. We ordered 6 different items for the two of us. Although the menu explains the plates will arrive steadily, we weren't expecting to be bombarded with multiple plates at once. Our small table got crowded and the food started getting cold before we could get to it. As soon as we took the last bit off a plate, a busboy would swoop in to remove it. Twice, we had to stop him because there was dipping sauce or topping that we were still eating. All six of our dishes were served in less than half an hour. We ordered dessert, espresso, and armagnac, which were delivered all at once, with the check. Someone then came by every few minutes to check if we had put out a credit card yet, even though we were still eating. Atmosphere: The music was incredibly loud and bad. Really bad. When we mentioned this to the hostess on the way out (in a friendly way), she was rude and said it had worked for 5 years and wasn't going to be changed. Crowd: Mainly large groups of co-workers who wanted to get drunk and were probably relieved not to be able to talk to one another. Generally, a very boring crowd that felt more midtown than LES. If you are looking for tapas, Alta in the West Village is a much better place.
The Stanton Anti-Social
By GuerillaShopperNYC on 8/3/2009
I had one of the rudest experiences of my restaurant life here this weekend, read on for the sordid details: http://guerillashopper.blogspot.com/2009/08/restaurant-review-stanton-anti-social.html
Small portions are fine...if they are done well!
By atteojnnyl on 6/13/2005
First, the portions are small. This can be a great feature, because it gives you the chance to try many different things. But here--tragically--things were not done well. The ingredients sounded fantastic, and a few dishes were well-executed (like the french onion soup dumplings, and the kobe sliders), but too many of them were just blah. The foie gras was actually disgusting...and I love foie. The bus boys were very aggressive, repeatedly attempting to take dishes that were only half finished. The drinks were quite good. At the end of the meal, 6 of us paid about $60 each and then went home and ordered pizza. We were so disappointed! The service was good at first, but when we failed to order dessert or more dishes, it turned to a little rude. And all of the servers were severly malnourished...which should have given us pause in the first place.
Not Worth the Hype
By salubet on 8/10/2013
I came here for my sister's birthday with a group of her friends. Every time we asked about the reservation, the hostesses told us our table was being prepared for us, which was clearly a lie. They also said that they could not give us an estimated time of seating. Finally, after waiting forty-five minutes for a table, we asked for the manager, who was incredibly rude and condescending. His attitude colored the rest of the evening. If management budgeted more time per reservation (e.g. assumed that each party would take one and a half hours instead of one hour), this backlog could be easily averted without adversely affecting business. Maybe it is a purposeful move to make the restaurant appear busier or more exclusive than it actually is. The caliber of the food here does not remotely make up for the incompetent management. Go to a restaurant that cares about your experience.
By jab245 on 10/10/2010
I was so impressed with the decor and my pink grapefruit mint cocktail that I thought nothing could go wrong. Yeah...not the case. The scallops were served with overcooked rice. I'm a scallop lover and could only stomach one. The hanger steak was bland. I don't think it even had salt on it same with the mac and cheese. And the chicken and waffles were inedible. Have a cocktail and go somewhere else.
Nice concept, bad food
By newties on 6/13/2008
It's not the portions that are the problem. Or the prices. It's the food. If the food was cooked properly, this place would be quite fun. The menu has lots of interesting dishes and it's a great idea to make everything sharable small plates. However, nothing was cooked right. The chipotle shrimp would have been great, had they not been overcooked by about 30 mins. I asked the waitress if we could get some less well done, and she said we should order something else - that's how they usually come out. The stone crab corn dogs were a mushy mess, no crispiness. Their kitchen is in mass production mode and it shows.
Why would a new yorker ever go here twice?
By poooo on 8/27/2007
We went with a large group and got seated in the lounge--rang up a tab of a couple of thousand dollars of wine, cocktails and half the menu--and while the waitress was lovely, the rude hostess ruined the evening by saying that we were taking up too much room-- after they had seated us themselves!. There are bouncers hovering over you telling you not to stand up--sorry but some of us have to use the rest rooms -- and really, who wants bouncers breathing down your necks while you're eating? The entire evening was ruined because of the horrible service. I would never waste money here again--and hope no one else does either. Probably ok if you are a tourist-- cause its very sex and the city-like. But this place has passed its prime, just like Sarah Jessica Parker.
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