99 Stanton Street (LES)
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Chances are, if you are a girl and visited your friends (especially if you’re one of those camp obsessed people) in NYC for the weekend, they took you to dinner at one of two places: Beauty and Essex or The Stanton Social. Have you been to both and noticed the similar vibes and food? That’s probably because chef Chris Santos owns both of them. Clearly, he has a handle on how to please young twenty-somethings who enjoy eating or, at least, #eatingfortheinsta.
I would love to tell you all about how the japs/wasps/sorority people of NYC are wasting their money on shitty food, but in this case, they’re really not. The Stanton Social is an excellent place to get drinks, see-and-be-seen, and, most importantly, eat.
If you go between Wednesday and Saturday, you are absolutely going to have to wait before being seated. Don’t get upset, just get drinking. The basil-lime gimlet is one of my favorite cocktails of all time, but for something a little sweeter try the Strawberry Fields, complete with strawberries, lemon and a little wine. The Blood Orange-Jalapeno Margarita is a killer, as is Amiguita’s Blue Old Fashioned if your palette is a little manlier than mine.
Like Beauty & Essex, plates are meant for sharing, so you get to try a bunch of things on the extensive menu. I could describe all of the best plates for you, but you’d get bored and not read all the way through so I’ll just list them off for you:
-French Onion Soup Dumplings (they are famous for this one, pictured above)
-Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogies
-Nori Spiced Tuna Poke Wanton
-Old School Meatballs
-Red Snapper Tacos
-Hand Pulled Chicken Arepas
-Kobe Beef Slider or Mini Lobster Slider (order per slider)
-S’mores Creme Brulee (pictured above)
And there you have it. So next time you’re in need of a fun place to drink and eat before going off, keep The Stanton Social on your shortlist.
*2nd and 3rd images from The Stanton Social