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99 Stanton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Ludlow St.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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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