The Stanton Social

99 Stanton Street

Sleek design and a diverse menu equals a recipe for Lower East Side success. The Stanton Social is one of those places that's constantly abuzz in an enjoyable, energizing way, with the requisite young set among the patrons with decidedly Yuppy vs. Ch... more

Sleek design and a diverse menu equals a recipe for Lower East Side success. The Stanton Social is one of those places that's constantly abuzz in an enjoyable, energizing way, with the requisite young set among the patrons with decidedly Yuppy vs. Chic environs. It's difficult to tell sometimes which side is winning that particular battle. As is usually the case with LES haunts like this, a list of cocktails is constantly labored over, with many proprietary twists you won't find anywhere else. Take the Social Tea, for one, which combines Stoli Citrus vodka, gunpowder green tea, and orange-honey marmalade in a way your alcoholic grandmother never dreamed possible. The 1940s champagne Julep is also a stellar cocktail that should, by all rights, be the worst idea ever: Brut Cava, fino sherry, lemon syrup, fresh mint and caramelized lime, all of which come together to rise above the ingredient list. The food program is geared towards convivial eats, so everything on offer is meant to be shared among friends, from potato and goat cheese pierogies with a truffle creme fraiche to a tuna poke wonton taco, to an assortment of sliders that range from veggie to Kobe to pastrami and pic... more

Sleek design and a diverse menu equals a recipe for Lower East Side success. The Stanton Social is one of those places that's constantly abuzz in an enjoyable, energizing way, with the requisite young set among the patrons with decidedly Yuppy vs. Chic environs. It's difficult to tell sometimes which side is winning that particular battle.

As is usually the case with LES haunts like this, a list of cocktails is constantly labored over, with many proprietary twists you won't find anywhere else. Take the Social Tea, for one, which combines Stoli Citrus vodka, gunpowder green tea, and orange-honey marmalade in a way your alcoholic grandmother never dreamed possible. The 1940s champagne Julep is also a stellar cocktail that should, by all rights, be the worst idea ever: Brut Cava, fino sherry, lemon syrup, fresh mint and caramelized lime, all of which come together to rise above the ingredient list.

The food program is geared towards convivial eats, so everything on offer is meant to be shared among friends, from potato and goat cheese pierogies with a truffle creme fraiche to a tuna poke wonton taco, to an assortment of sliders that range from veggie to Kobe to pastrami and pickles. They may seem expensive, but the Old School Meatballs are worth every penny, with just enough basil and ricotta to melt the parts of your brain the alcohol hasn't gotten to yet.

Of particular note at the Stanton Social is the "Big Sexy," a name that seems hyperbolic until you come face-to-face with it: first off, you're dealing with a burger patty comprised of rib-eye, chuck, short rib, and bacon, for the love of Pete; second, it's covered in American cheese, a special sauce that smacks of salad dressing in the best possible way, and onions cooked in Coke. Go ahead, reread that last part—it won't change reality. If the burger alone isn't enough, the fries that come on the side of a Big Sexy are bacon-and-bleu-cheese fries, which may be one of the world's greatest inventions. Should you choose to take on one of these stellar burgers, take note: they're only served Sunday through Thursday after 9pm, and even then, only twenty-four are served a night, probably in a bid to lower the restaurant's body count of customers who died happy.


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Lower East Side Description

The Stanton Social is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. While this could apply to most neighborhoods in this guide, the Lower East Side might be the best example yet of an area that was once down-at-the-heels, full of recent immigrants striving towards the American dream and long-time residents just trying to make ends meet, and is now as expensive as anywhere else in Manhattan, filled to the gills on weekends with the bridge-and-tunnel crowd looking to eat fancy and party hard.

The Lower East Side is boxed in between Alphabet City and Chinatown and between Little Italy, Nolita, and the East Rive, running roughing south from Delancey Street to FDR Drive and from the East River west to Allen Street. In the last 150 years, the Lower East Side has been populated by successive waves of lower-income German, Irish, and Jewish immigrants, and has seen extensive immigration of Chinese and Latin populations in recent decades. Although the well-known Tenement Museum on Orchard Street chronicles the historically difficult, even squalid, conditions in the neighborhood’s tenements, rents have risen to four, six, even eight times what they were just five years ago. Today, Ludlow and Orchard Streets reflect the newest wave of immigrants: the dot-com and downtown crowd. In fact, an unbelievable array of new boutiques, restaurants, stores, fabulous bars and music clubs compete with the area’s long-established tailors, fabric dealers, button wholesalers, religious artifact suppliers, pickle vendors, and Kosher wine distributors.

The neighborhood’s crowded parks and outdoor recreation areas reflect the pastiche of New York’s ethnically diverse groups, especially in summer, and a dizzying array of music from around the world can be heard literally on every corner. Take a stroll around to see some of the city’s oldest synagogues, famous delicatessens, shopping streets, and hang out with the hippest crowds.

Art enthusiasts will be interested to know that the mother lode of art galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood has seen tectonic shifts, albeit slowly, to the Lower East Side, with trendy smaller new galleries popping up here and there. Many attribute this gallery migration to the Lower East Side to the presence of the New Museum of Contemporary Art on the Bowery, the first art museum ever constructed from the ground up in this neighborhood.

Nightlife on the Lower East Side, especially on the weekends, is always rocking, with almost as many people cruising its narrow streets as there are inside its numerous bars, restaurants and live music venues. Up and coming alternative rock bands play at Bowery Ballroom on Delancey Street and Mercury Lounge on East Houston Street, while lesser known acts perform at smaller venues, such as the performance space in Pianos and the Living Room on Ludlow Street, or by booking Arlene's Grocery on Stanton Street.

If you're looking to grab a bite to eat before concert-hoping from venue to venue, try Apizz, which features great Southern Italian cuisine and Prune, which is renowned for its fine American dining.

The Lower East Side is definitely moving upwardly in its hotel and real estate offerings. The growth of this neighborhood has brought several new luxury boutique hotels, including Hotel On Rivington and the deluxe boutique Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street.

Info

99 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
212-995-0099
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

American (New)

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

DINNER
Mon-Sat: 5:00pm-1:00am
Sun: 5:00pm-11:00pm

BRUNCH
Sat-Sun: 11:30am-4:00pm

Upstairs Lounge
Nightly: 5:00pm-3:00am

Nearby Subway

  • to 2nd Ave
  • to Essex Street

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