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Chef/owner Chris Santos has teamed up with Tao owner Richard Wolf, and the James Beard 'Best New Restaurant Design' award winning firm AvroKo, to create The Stanton Social, a staple and neighborhood favorite of the Lower East Side. The design of this three level hot spot tips it's hat to the neighborhood's garment history and offers diners a culinary odyssey. All menu items are designed for sharing, offering guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal. In addition to its 120 seats, The Stanton Social offers a lounge and bar on the upper level, featuring guest DJs. Dishes range from $9-$30 each.

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Phone: (212) 982-4587

Primary Phone: (212) 982-4587

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all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
Downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side

Stanton Social Club

Staton Social Club

Stanton Social (The)

American Restaurants, Bars, Mongolian Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Steak Houses, Night Clubs, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Asian, Mongolian, American, Steakhouse, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Above Average


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delicious! Its all small plate...

delicious! Its all small plates and you order a bunch of different things and share we loved the atmosphere and would recommend!



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An amazing store, love coming here for

An amazing store, love coming here for food and drinks
Great food, good service.



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20% TIP added to bill the and server didn't say anything!!!

I mean really, just tell me you're adding the TIP to the bill. The food is excellent but not saying anything about the 20% being added in hopes I add another 20% is BS!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food, too loud, pricey drinks

If you go there to drink, and eat, then you are up for 100+ tab for 2. Food is good and affordable, but the portions are small! drinks are very pricey.
I recommend trying this place and judging for yourself.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great food, good service

Loved the food, we go here after we shop down at the new Pilgrim store on Orchard Street. That is an amazing store and we love coming here for food and drinks afterwards.

The whole lower east side is really great and changing for the better.



Provided by Citysearch - 
It's slipping

This place used to be a favorite. From the mac n' cheese to the french onion soup dumplings, it was pretty impeccable high-end bar food. (The blood orange jalapeno margaritas totally turned me on to jalapeno-infused tequila.) But I went again recently and I think it's definitely in that phase that NYC restaurants go through when they've been open for a few years and they just don't have to try so hard anymore because there will always be some chooch and his girl --or, worse, all their friends--rolling up to eat here.



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I'm just getting into this reviewing thing, but I knew I wanted to start with my favorite restaurants. I love Stanton Social to the ends of the earth!!!! It has been my go-to place when I want to impress friends from out of town or catch up with my girls. The food is always good and if you get there early or make a reservation, its really not too annoying how crowded it is.



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Every dish we ordered tasted wonderful. The staff was very attentive and friendly. We had Kobe beef sliders, Tuna with wasabi, some pizza dish and others.They were all VERY GOOD.If you have a large group, they cut everything into smaller pieces so everyone can share. Would definitely go back! But make sure to make reservations as they get really packed!



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The Stanton ANTI-Social

Located on Stanton Street on the Lower East Side of New York dwells The Stanton Social, a popular restaurant that serves a variety of ""small plates"" to everyone's delight. The theory is that sharing dishes, which arrive throughout the duration of the meal, makes for a very ""social"" experience, and thus the name of the restaurant, I suspect.

This sounds like a beautiful notion.

Except that my experience there this weekend was unbelievably anti-social, thus the clever little name I have rebranded this place with (The Stanton ANTI-Social).

My friend and her fiance invited me to meet them there, so that we could have a drink and catch up. When I got to the restaurant, they were about finished with their meal, so I sat next to my friend on the ""booth side"" of the table. Suddenly some guy with short, wavy brown hair, who we later learned is the manager, came over and said, ""this is NOT a three-person table, you can NOT all sit here."" So my friend's fiance agreed and we all nodded along as the manager-boy ran off. We then quickly started to complain amongst ourselves about what an uptight freak this guy was (and is, everyday of his life, I suspect). Not ones to stay where we aren't wanted, we asked the waitress for the check and continued on with our conversation while we waited for it. About 7.2 minutes later, the manager-lad returned to the table demanding, ""ONE OF YOU HAS GOT TO GO."" Again, my friend's fiance agreed, explaining that we were waiting for the check.

The check came, we paid, and got up to leave. As I was walking out the same manager-dude said, ""thank you, gooodniiight!"" To which I responded, ""um, yeah, right."" Then my friend stopped him and explained how that was the rudest most uncalled for experience she had ever had in a restaurant in her entire life and that we would make sure never to return and recommend the same to all of our friends.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Total Rip Off

Wouldn't it be great if you could run a business where you overcharge your customers, treat them like cr@p and not care when they complain? Well that must be what the owners of the Stanton Social feel like. We ordered 9 items for 4 people and the running joke throughout the night was that the food was so small, you almost couldn't see it on the plate. We were told by the waitress at the beginning that everything was served ""Family Style"" and meant to be shared - but what you end up sharing are half-bite sized morsels about the size of 1/4 of a business card. I can't imagine anyone ever leaving this place feeling full. The fact that they even give you utensils for food that you can eat with toothpicks makes it even more absurd.



Provided by Citysearch - 

fantastic for sunday brunch, excellent menu and a firm favourite, well worth a visit. staff very friendly and service is amazing.



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One of the BEST dining experiences ever in NYC! Went with some friends this weekend and will be talking about Stanton Social for a long time!! We did a ""chef's tasting"", if you will, and tried nearly the entire menu. I recommend ordering as much as your group can handle because every single bite, right down to dessert, is AMAZING!! A few suggestions... The ribs (the meat falls right off the bone), Kobe Sliders, and of course 'The Chocolate Tasting' for dessert. Service was impeccable, presenation perfected, atmosphere upbeat and fun. You will love this place! 5 STARS!!!!



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Amazing for Brunch & Dinner

We randomly had brunch and dinner there this weekend and both were amazing. We were with a large party and the food was phenomenal. We over ordered a bit, but everyone wanted to try everything. The staff was great and really accomodating to some of my picky eater friends.

We will be back.



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best dumplings ever!

My boyfriend and I went here for valentines day and had one of our best dinners ever! We had a reservation for 9:30 on v day and the hostess sat us right away which was surprising because it was so busy in there. At first I was sceptical that it would be the experience we were looking for but they sat us at this cozy booth where we could sit next to each other and watch the buzzing dinning room. But really the best part of the night was the french onion soup dumplings they were sooooo good! The waitress was really nice and even though our dinner was fairly quick we didnt feel rushed. We will definitely be back.



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I don't think I've ever had a worse experience with restaurant management. I'd clearly explained to the nice waitress that I was vegetarian (and she got it because she herself was vegetarian), but found myself biting into a sandwich that had a fat slab of bacon in it. Sadly, not the first (or no doubt, the last) time this has happened to me in a restaurant. Normally, when this happens, the manager is apologetic, comes over to express his/her sympathy and offers to comp the dish and replace it. Here, the waitress apologized profusely and spoke with her manager about it. The manager didn't bother to come over to apologize. The waitress told us she was getting us a new order of the same dish without the bacon. I told her I didn't want it -- I'd lost my appetite. Still, they sent the dish over. We didn't eat it, and it went to waste. Then, without asking or telling us, they sent over a dessert that I did not want, and that too went to waste. I asked to speak with the manager. I explained that I was surprised he didn't personally come over to apologize. Clearly, for a lot of people, dietary restrictions are important, and finding bacon in your food can be highly unpleasant. Certainly, it was for me. He was already on the defensive and kind of angry. Said he didn't come over because he was busy ordering replacement food for us. I explained that I'd clearly said I didn't want the replacement food, and his ignoring my wishes was disrespectful. He just says, ""sorry you feel that way"" -- an apology that's not really an apology, but instead an insult. He didn't offer to comp that awful dish at any point. I will never go back, and I'm telling everyone, my veg and non-veg friends alike, to avoid the place like the plague. Worst manager I've ever encountered, and you never know what you're going to find in your food.



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Not Socially Acceptable

My fiance and I ate there last fall. The Experience was average. I say this because although the decor ( clearly accomplished with minimum funding...Art store/BB & B/Target ) was very chic and upscale feeling, the concept of taking classics and turning them into tapas is nothing new. Every chain restaurant in the country does that. The fact is, after about three of them, they all taste the same. No originality, beyond presentation. The food was ok at best. No flavors that pop or wow the senses. What a shame because they act like they discovered plutonium in there. And BTW a bathroom needs a buffer zone..NSA Stanton Social! I felt terrible for those poor girls in the booth located ADJACENT to the Restroom Door. All those people, standing in front of that table, urging to get in and relieve themselves. I wonder how their food tasted in that booth.



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Honesty, do NOT go to Stanton Social...

So, I'm generally NOT picky about restaurants at all - put a nice drink and some decent food in front of me, and I'm a VERY happy girl. I've never written a restaurant review in my life, but feel absolutely COMPELLED to tell everyone: DO NOT GO TO STANTON SOCIAL. It was BYFAR THE SINGLE WORST experience I've had at a restaurant not in only New York, but out of any city I've ever traveled to.

Let me explain. It was my boyfriend's birthday and I had specifically spoke to a reservationist on the phone to let them know this. They placed us upstairs, and it seemed like a nice table... until fifteen minutes later, a party of approximately forty 19-year olds arrived. Definitely young college students - I'm only 22 myself, but these KIDS were loud, obnoxious, and immature. They took up the ENTIRE FLOOR, even pulling the extra chairs from our table (without asking). My boyfriend and I were LITERALLY the only people upstairs who weren't part of that party... I just don't understand how management could have allowed a party of 2 who wanted to have an intimate birthday celebration to be in the midst of this gigantic, rowdy party off 40? It was RIDICULOUS.

To top it off, after paying the $200 bill, my boyfriend and I were sipping on champagne and enjoying our dessert (enjoying ourselves since that huge party had finally left) when a manager came over and asked us to leave because another reservation needed our table. Unbelievable. When I spend $200 on fancy pizza and some shrimp on skewers, I really don't expect to be rushed out of the door like that.

I've worked as a hostess at Babbo and Dos Caminos, so I am usually very understanding of the issues of running a restaurant. However, this experience was INEXCUSABLE. This was the most negative restaurant experience I've ever had and I hope to prevent other people from having to endure the HORRENDOUS management at Stanton Social.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great drinks!

Great drinks and good service. No line to get in, head straight upstairs to the bar for good times. I have been going to this place for a while and the crowd is always good with a great bar menu. Try the mac n cheese and sit back and enjoy!!!!



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romantic dinner

This was where on went on my first date with my boyfriend, so of course I am going to like it here. I have been other times, but the most recent time was lovely. Nice service, beautiful bar. Kind of dull but great for a romantic quiet dinner. A very civilized place. I like that.

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