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99 Stanton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Ludlow St.
Horrible, horrible service
By nycdiner78 on 6/5/2008
This restaurant - albeit hip - has the rudest staff I have ever encountered in New York City (which, hopefully, says a lot). Their entitled and disrespectful attitude upset my date and I so much that we just got up and left. I would never, ever recommend this place to anyone. While Stanton Social may be what many consider "trendy" - the staffs lack of class would turn anyones stomach.
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.
By amelia5583 on 3/23/2009
The Special Events Manager was nasty and unhelpful when I tried to book a table for 10 people. This place is so over - and over-rated. I discourage anyone to go!
The Perfect Lounge
By the_bos on 7/16/2009
I love this place! I live across the street and go here very often - never had a bad dish or cocktail in the several dozen times I've been. If you like spicey margaritas, they make a truly superb one - a really good blood orange margarita with jalapeno infused tequila. If tequila isn't your preferred poison, their other drinks are also delicious. As for the food, the French Onion Soup Dumplings are quite unique and rather tasty - definitely have a try! Equally creative and delicious, the Stone-Ground Blue Corn Crabcake Corn Dogs also satisfy a curious palate. But if there's one dish that's a must, the Kobe Beef Sliders are a clear crowd pleaser, especially if you're there mainly to socialize than to eat (ie you're seated upstairs in, what believe, is the perfect embodiment of what a lounge should look like) - they are little succulent 'beef clouds' of heavan!
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
Just for the food
By malibu123 on 3/28/2010
It takes getting past the overly trendy ambiance and almost oddly rude hostesses to appreciate the stanton social, but appreciate you will when you try the food. Most of plates are well portioned, and every time I return i try something new that I enjoy. The french onion soup dumplings are a must, in addition to the crab cake corn dogs. For desserts, the warm doughnuts with the dipping sauces will blow you away. Everything about the meal itself is worth a return trip, just be prepared to push your way in and to have to speak very loudly over the music.
Repulsive attitude towards customers
By GarethChuggington on 4/19/2010
The previous week a friend had booked a table at the Stanton Social for a party of four. Upon arrival (on time) we were told that our table was not ready and that it would be ready in 15 minutes, after exploring every other table related option we were told we could have a drink upstairs and wait it out. After 35 minutes of waiting and numerous visits to check on the progress with the table we left to find a restaurant interested in providing us with a service. The main issue I have with our experience at SS was the attitude of the hostess, she lacked common courtesy, made no effort to keep us updated and showed no signs of any basic social skills. This place seriously needs to review it's hiring/training process for customer facing staff.
Go for a posh atmosphere
By Mercy on 8/31/2010
Lovely cocktails and decent bartender....just chat them up and they'll be responsive! Had a pineapple/vanilla martini while my girlfriends each had the spritzer. Refreshing and the seating at the upstairs bar was comfy and pretty.
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.
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.
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